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12 Reasons We Are Smitten With South East Asia

12 Reasons We Are Smitten With South East Asia

We spent a lot of time in 2011 in South East Asia. Based out of Bangkok for four months while researching a book and working on stories, we bounced across the region on assignments, around Thailand, along the Mekong, and to Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia....
Local Knowledge: Janet Chan from Siem Reap

Local Knowledge: Janet Chan from Siem Reap

Our Local Knowledge interviews — and the other expert interviews we do for our local guides and Playlist series — are with locals we’ve befriended who have helped us get beneath the skin of a place, by sharing insider advice, hidden gems, local secrets, and their most favourite...
A Local Guide to the Siem Reap Arts Scene and Creative Community

A Local Guide to the Siem Reap Arts Scene and Creative Community

This local guide to the Siem Reap arts scene and creative community comes from designer, gallery owner and entrepreneur Loven Ramos, a long-term resident. Siem Reap has a rich artistic and cultural heritage, evident in its Angkor temple architecture and elaborate carvings, and in the...
Performing Culture, Tourism Spectacles and Authenticity

Performing Culture, Tourism Spectacles and Authenticity

Musings on the nature of tourism spectacles, performances that are artificially constructed and commodified for the tourist gaze, and the notion of authenticity when we travel. This is the metanarrative of my previous post, I suppose, so perhaps you’d better take a read of that...
Eating Out in Siem Reap

Eating Out in Siem Reap

What makes Siem Reap town so compelling, along with its fabulous shops, cafés and bars, are its excellent restaurants — everything from traditional Khmer food in a casual setting to refined Cambodian cuisine served up in elegant surroundings. Eating out in Siem Reap is a real delight....
Siem Reap’s Best Cafes and Bars

Siem Reap’s Best Cafes and Bars

Siem Reap, like Phnom Penh, boasts plenty of cool cafés and bars, whether it’s for a coffee and pastry to kickstart the day, a cold beer to quench the thirst, or a heady cocktail to sip after the sun goes down. There are so many...
Shopping the Gorgeous Stores of Siem Reap — an Itinerary

Shopping the Gorgeous Stores of Siem Reap — an Itinerary

For most travellers, Siem Reap has been little more than a departure point for exploring Angkor Wat and the other Angkor temples. Yet it hasn’t always been that way. And once again the riverside city is offering visitors more to do than scramble archaeological sites....