These posts cover festivals and events we experience during our trip.

King Father Norodom Sihanouk – Remembering Cambodia in Mourning

2018-10-20T15:26:39+07:00By |

King Father Norodom Sihanouk died on 15 October 2012, bringing Cambodians together to mourn the loss of their beloved former king in the capital Phnom Penh. On the eve of the anniversary of his passing, we thought we’d share our story of a nation in mourning. In October 2012, we rented an apartment for a …

Pchum Ben, Cambodia — Feeding the Ancestors During the Hungry Ghosts Festival

2018-10-14T20:10:16+07:00By |

Pchum Ben in Cambodia is the country's most important Buddhist festival. Also known as Ancestors Festival or Hungry Ghosts Festival, Pchum Ben, which marks the end of Buddhist lent, takes place over 15 days towards the end of monsoon. Pchum Ben in Cambodia has started! The Pchum Ben festival begins on the fifteenth day of the tenth month …

River Graze, a Celebration of Food and Wine from Victoria

2019-01-28T12:29:35+07:00By |

River Graze, which sprawls along the banks of Melbourne’s Yarra River on Southbank Promenade, is a celebration of food and wine, from across the Australian state of Victoria. Launched on Friday night and running through to Sunday evening, it's one of 200 events on the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival calendar. We might have landed …

Georgetown Festival Penang to Feast on Art, Culture and Food

2018-12-14T10:23:34+07:00By |

Georgetown Festival Penang kicks off on the Malaysian island of Penang in two days and we’ll be there! The month-long arts festival is jam-packed with events, exhibitions, screenings, and installations. It’s our first trip in 15 years and we can’t wait to get back. Our work is kind of crazy. It’s nothing new to us, …

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 …

Halloween in Siem Reap

2018-05-10T18:27:54+07:00By |

As it’s Halloween tomorrow night we thought we’d share some images from Halloween in Siem Reap last year. Whether you like Halloween or not, participating in festivals and events or celebrating holidays when you travel is a fantastic way to meet locals. First, a confession: we've never been into Halloween and never really participated until …

Our Guide to the Arts and Architecture in Battambang in Cambodia

2018-11-27T18:29:32+07:00By |

There’s much to experience when it comes to the arts and architecture in Battambang in Cambodia. In recent years the charming colonial city has blossomed into an arts hub as graduates from its excellent arts school have collaborated to establish galleries and collectives and organise group shows and arts events. Battambang's impressive architecture is everywhere. Boasting …

Our Local Guide to Rio de Janeiro

2016-07-19T13:47:45+07:00By |

Our local guide to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s sexy seaside city, covers the things that locals love to do, from sipping sucos to samba dancing. As the 2016 Olympic Games is kicking off on 6 August, we thought we’d share some of our favourite things to do in Rio. Our Local Guide to Rio de Janeiro Start with a suco …

An Update from the Road: to Singapore via Phuket and back to Bangkok

2014-09-23T18:52:35+07:00By |

We’re back in Cambodia at our home in Siem Reap so this isn’t strictly an update from the road. Although I did start writing it in Singapore where I was feeling terribly guilty for having had to neglect poor Grantourismo because we were so busy working on print stories. Terence and I have just returned from …

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