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Local Knowledge: Hack from Luang Prabang

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The waiter who looked after us during the Amantaka cooking course we did on the organic farm in the Luang Prabang countryside was brilliant. His service was impeccable. He was so good at his job that when we asked him what his future plans were, whether he had a dream, we expected he would say ...

Local Knowledge: Janet Chan from Siem Reap

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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 things to do. We’ve interviewed local artists, chefs, singers, a filmmaker, musicians, a surfing ...

Eric Raisina’s Guide to Siem Reap Style — Where to Find Cambodian Chic

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Eric Raisina is something of a celebrity in Siem Reap, a city the fashion designer finds inspirational and integral to his work. We talked to Eric Raisina about his inspiration, his work, Cambodian fashion, and Siem Reap style. We first met Madagascar-born fashion designer Eric Raisina at his atelier when researching shopping in Siem Reap on our first trip to ...

Local Knowledge: Vibol from Phnom Penh

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We met 18 year-old Cambodian waiter, Pheng Vibol, or ‘Vibol’ as he’s called, at the wonderful Romdeng restaurant in Phnom Penh. Romdeng had been recommended to us by several locals as Phnom Penh’s best restaurant with fine Cambodian cuisine and a lively atmosphere. It didn’t disappoint. In addition to the delicious food, what we also ...

Local Knowledge: Audrey from Saigon

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We met the delightful Miss Audrey Tran and her warm smile at her groovy shop, Saigon Kitsch, when I was scouting shops for the magazine story we were working on in Ho Chi Minh City. The 26 year-old French-Vietnamese Audrey told us that she had started Saigon Kitsch just six months earlier, after leaving her ...

Local Knowledge: Chef Bo from Bangkok

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We first met Thai-born chef Duangporn 'Bo' Songvisava, better known as Chef Bo and her Australian chef husband Dylan Jones — protégés of the legendary master of Thai cuisine, David Thompson, at Nahm London — after eating a very memorable meal at their restaurant Bo.lan, just after it opened in Bangkok. In the last 18 months or so, ...

Chef Ian Kittichai’s Guide to Eating and Drinking in Bangkok

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Chef Ian Kittichai, celebrity chef, Thailand’s Iron Chef, and a global ambassador for Thai cuisine, has restaurants in Bangkok, Mumbai, Hong Kong, and New York City, and does a weekly television cooking show Chef Mue Thong, which has been broadcast since 2001 in 70 countries around the world. Somewhat surprisingly, Chef Ian Kittichai (whose full Thai name is ...

Local Knowledge: Owen from Edinburgh

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We’ve resisted using mainstream guidebooks on our grand tour this year, choosing instead to rely on local people for advice. However, wherever possible we’ve sought out local guidebooks written by residents of the places we’ve visited. In Venice, we used the illustrated My Local Guide to Venice, and in New York City we used the ...

A local Guide to Berlin

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We met Berlin local Gerd Tepass in Buenos Aires about four years ago when we were writing a guidebook to the city. Now back in his home city, he gives us a local Guide to Berlin. Gerd owned a funky boutique in Buenos Aires, with a good little restaurant and a bar. It was the kind ...

Local Knowledge: Kaska from Kraków

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When we met Kaska from Crazy Guides, when she came to collect us from our apartment for the Communist Tour in Kraków, I felt like I’d met her someone else before... Later, on our drive, she mentioned that she had an additional job bartending to put herself through university. Do you work at Dym? I asked. She did! Dym ...

Dora Henger’s Guide to Budapest Style

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Fittingly, our interview with Hungarian fashionista Dora Henger about Budapest style takes place in the café of design hotel Lánchíd19 where she has set up a temporary office until she opens her first boutique next door. The daughter of entrepreneurs and a product designer by training, 29 year-old Dora Henger is one half of the chic duo ...