These posts are about the volunteer experiences we cover during the trip.

Sponsored Spots for Cambodians on our Retreats and Tours

2017-08-25T14:55:49+07:00By |

We’re thrilled to announce that we’ll be offering sponsored spots for Cambodians on our future retreats and tours following the success of our first sponsored placement on our recent May retreat. Our 10-day May Cambodia Culinary Travel Writing and Photography Retreat ended last week and while it wasn’t the first such experience we held (we hosted [...]

The Giant Puppet Project Parade Snakes Through Siem Reap

2018-05-27T15:25:06+07:00By |

Giant Puppet Project Parade snakes through Siem Reap on a Saturday night each February. If you're heading to Cambodia in 2017 try to time your trip to coincide with this wonderful event. It's a fun-filled night that's made for families with kids. Getting along to local festivals and events, whether as an observer or participant, is a wonderful way to get [...]

Why You Should Avoid Orphanage Visits in Cambodia

2018-11-27T17:31:27+07:00By |

Why you should avoid orphanage visits in Cambodia is a no brainer as far as we're concerned. Orphanage tourism is a thing and it's a big corrupt business that's fuel by tourists who are under the misapprehension they're doing good by visiting orphanages. They're not and here's why. As we waited at Siem Reap airport for [...]

Behind the Scenes at Jaan Bai Restaurant in Battambang

2018-05-28T15:29:48+07:00By |

In October 2013, we went behind the scenes at Jaan Bai restaurant in Battambang to cover the opening of the Cambodian Children's Trust's new social enterprise hospitality training restaurant. We spent a lot of time in the kitchen. Supported by Australians Chef David Thompson of Nahm Bangkok and restaurateur John Fink of Quay restaurant in Sydney, a [...]

Last Minute Christmas Present Ideas — Gifts That Give

2018-05-09T16:30:24+07:00By |

It’s nice to go shopping and buy presents for friends and family, have them open them and go “wow!” and all the rest, but that's hard when you're overseas at Christmas and away from loved ones and need to do your Christmas shopping online. These days there's an abundance of opportunities for online shopping. But [...]

Making Merit En Masse: Giving Alms to 12,600 Monks in Bangkok

2014-09-24T02:14:42+07:00By |

Shades of saffron, mustard and tangerine stretched as far as our eyes could see – the robes of some 12,600 Buddhist monks from southern Thailand who travelled by bus to Bangkok to attend the mass alms giving to commemorate Visakha Bucha Day*. The sun may still have been low in the sky when we got [...]

The Cats of Istanbul

2015-08-25T15:59:14+07:00By |

Want to live like a local in Istanbul? Take care of your neighbourhood cats. We should have added ‘cat food’ to the Istanbul shopping list. Because if you’re planning on settling into the city for a while, the first thing you need to do is to adopt a neighbourhood cat or four and leave food out [...]

Tree Planting at Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary

2018-11-26T11:00:53+07:00By |

It was difficult on our final morning at Salt Lick to drag ourselves away from the non-stop animal entertainment we’d been enjoying the last couple of days from the window of our room and the verandas of the game lodge. But Oliver, our guide, was determined to take us to see the lions we’d got [...]

A Cultural Visit to Msorongo Village, Kenya

2014-09-24T03:26:18+07:00By |

“This is the graveyard of a young woman, eight months pregnant, who was killed by an elephant,” 55-year old Jane Mwamburi of Msorongo Village, Kenya, tells us through our guide and interpreter, Oliver. There are actually two graveyards, because the Taita people do not believe in burying a pregnant woman with her baby, Oliver reveals, [...]

Masai Mara Take-Homes: Bargaining for Beads at a Mara Village

2017-09-19T11:16:49+07:00By |

My husband called me ‘the Queen of Shopping’ when we lived in the Middle East and I wrote on subjects like ‘Bargaining 101’. But no amount of years spent drinking tea with carpet sellers from Morocco to Dubai prepared me for bargaining for beads at a Mara village in Kenya. At the end of our visit to the [...]

A Cultural Visit to a Maasai Village in the Masai Mara

2017-10-02T19:00:39+07:00By |

If these guys get any closer to my camera they’re going to be smack up against my lens, I think as I desperately try to keep the image in focus. We're on a cultural visit to a Maasai village close to the Sarova Mara in the Masai Mara and I’m filming the Maasai warriors, resplendent in vibrant red [...]

More Monkey Business: The Colobus Trust, Diani Beach

2015-11-29T19:52:50+07:00By |

It should come as no surprise to our readers that we’re fond of monkeys. Both in Bali and in Costa Rica we had close encounters with the primate kind. But we’re in Kenya, where it’s all about the Big Five, right? Not entirely... More Monkey Business: The Colobus Trust, Diani Beach On our drive to our holiday rental at [...]

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