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Weekend in Barcelona Itinerary for Food and Wine Lovers

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Weekend in Barcelona? Yes, please. Barcelona has to be our favourite European city for a weekend getaway. When we lived in the Middle East we used to make a beeline for the Catalan capital the first chance we had. Oh how I wish we lived that close again! Now with the proliferation of low cost airlines, ...

Green Hua Hin – The Best Eco Resorts in Pranburi and Cha-Am

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In Thailand's green Hua Hin and its holiday towns of Pranburi and Cha-Am, a handful of eco-friendly resorts are endeavouring to do their bit to reduce their environmental footprint, from establishing kitchen gardens and using local organic produce to recycling and supporting green initiatives. These are the best. Green Hua Hin – The Best Eco Resorts ...

Asana Organic Farmers Market in Siem Reap

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Make a beeline to the Sunday morning Asana Organic Farmers Market in Siem Reap, when you're in Cambodia. If you’re planning on renting an apartment and settling into Temple Town for a while, buy a cotton bag and do your grocery shopping. If you're not, pop down for some picnic supplies and post-temple snacks. Asana Organic Farmers Market in Siem ...

Thai Experiments and Basque Cuisine at Aziamendi Phuket

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Thai Experiments and Basque Cuisine at Aziamendi Phuket? Who would have thought. Certainly not us. But that's exactly what's happening down at sleepy Baan Natai in Thailand's South. You might expect Iniala Beach House, Thailand’s newest and most lavish luxury retreat, designed by some of the world’s foremost architects and designers, to be located on ...

Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2015 List — A Handy Guide

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From the Michelin Red Guide’s starred restaurants to Australian Gourmet Traveller’s Top 100, restaurant lists are always contentious — few more so than the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list. The regional edition, Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2015, announced in Singapore last night, already has everyone talking. But what does that mean for food-loving travellers like yourselves? ...

A Local Guide to the Phnom Penh Bar Scene

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Once known for little more than colonial style pubs and seedy girlie bars, the Phnom Penh bar scene now boasts an array of interesting drinking spots including a handful of stylish small bars. Here’s a local guide to the Phnom Penh bar scene from the guys responsible for reviving the drinking scene in Cambodia's capital. The owners of some of ...

Culture, Heritage and Tourism: a Chat with Elizabeth Becker

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The American author of Overbooked: the Global Business of Travel and Tourism, award-winning journalist Elizabeth Becker was in Siem Reap recently for the UNWTO and UNESCO World Conference on Tourism and Culture. I chatted to her about culture, heritage and sustainable tourism in Cambodia. Elizabeth Becker kick-started her writing career in 1972 as a war correspondent ...

Thai Cuisine — Everything Old Is New Again in Bangkok Kitchens

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When it comes to Thai cuisine, everything old is new again in Bangkok kitchens, especially in those of Bangkok’s best restaurants where chefs are cooking Thai heritage cuisine, everything from the dishes of their ancestors to the centuries-old recipes of the Siam aristocracy. Not far from the Chao Phra River in the historic quarter of Bangrak lies Bangkok’s ...

The Giant Puppet Project Parade Snakes Through Siem Reap

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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 ...