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How to Eat Calçots Like the Locals in Catalunya

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How to eat calcots is something that has intrigued us since we were last in Barcelona and a local named it as the must-do eating experience. It wasn't until our trip to the Penedes that we finally had the chance to learn to eat calcots like the locals in Catalunya. As calçotada get-togethers and festivals are ...

Scenes from the Siem Reap Water Festival – Bon Om Tuk in Images

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Browse these colourful scenes from the Siem Reap Water Festival or Bon Om Tuk in Khmer, which marks the end of monsoon and reversal of the Tonle Sap (Great Lake) with boat races, water rituals, and celebrations. Be warned: they could inspire you to book flights to Cambodia for the next water festival. Click on the arrows ...

Cambodian Rock and Roll History with the Cambodian Space Project

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Cambodian rock and roll captivated the country in the pre-war years when legendary crooners like Sinn Sisamouth and divas such as Ros Sereywothea and Pan Ron got the country dancing. Thanks to the Cambodian Space Project people are listening to the swinging sounds of Cambodia’s Golden Age once again. UPDATE 20 March 2018: Cambodia is heartbroken today. Kak ...

Cambodian Street Food in Siem Reap – Footpath Feasting in Temple Town

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Cambodian street food in Siem Reap is there for the sampling, sold at stalls within local markets, along the riverside, on the city's boulevards and backstreets, and from vendors on foot and motorbike selling snacks in local neighbourhoods. Cambodian street food was a highlight of the recent Water Festival in Cambodia's northern city of Siem Reap, gateway to Angkor ...

Cambodian Space Project – A Chat with Kak Channthy and Julien Poulsen

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Cambodian Space Project is a freewheeling, psychedelic Cambodian rock group founded by Cambodian singer Srey Channthy and Australian musician Julien Poulson. They formed the band to bridge their respective cultures by performing Cambodian rock and roll covers from the pre-war years. UPDATE 20 March 2018: Cambodia is heartbroken today. Kak Channthy, the effervescent singer of the ...

Siem Reap Water Festival – A Celebration to Mark the End of Monsoon

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Siem Reap Water Festival or Bon Om Tuk, the Cambodia Water Festival, traditionally marks the end of the monsoon period and rice season, the reversal of the flow of the Tonle Sap (Great Lake), and the start of the fishing season, with boat races, water rituals, traditional ceremonies, celebrations, and fireworks. This year, the 3-day Siem Reap ...

Some Things To Do In Siem Reap When It Rains

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Things to do in Siem Reap when it rains? There are countless things to do. So why is it that so many travellers think the only thing to do in the riverside city is scramble temples? Markets, cafes, galleries, shops, museums, galleries, spas, bars, restaurants, and there's even a circus (without animals). Rain can ruin a holiday. Elsewhere. Not ...

Sombai Infused Rice Spirit — A Taste of Siem Reap in a Bottle

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Sombai infused rice spirit makes an essential liquid souvenir for travellers to Cambodia. Based on the traditional rice spirit infused with local ingredients, Sombai was created by expats Joëlle Jean Louis and Lionel Maitrepierre. Sombai - which means “some rice, please” in Khmer - is a taste of Siem Reap in a bottle. Liquor makes ...

Halloween in Siem Reap

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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 Bite Sized Barcelona and Catalunya Culinary Guide

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Our bite sized Barcelona and Catalunya culinary guide covers the best of our eating experiences of our recent trip, from the best cava sipping spots and wineries with tasting rooms and cellar doors to the best market walks, tapas bar hops, and restaurants in Barcelona and Catalunya. Beguiling Barcelona and its beautiful Catalan countryside tantalised our taste ...

Social Travel and the Deregulation of the Travel Industry

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Social travel and the deregulation of the travel industry has been on my mind a lot since our recent trip to Barcelona, where we witnessed local protests against over tourism, illegal holiday rentals and anti-social behaviour. Recent events in Barcelona have had us pondering the role of the sharing economy in the rise of the ...

Meet the Local Behind The Hunt Singapore Guide

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If we’re going to use a guidebook when we travel, our preference will always be themed, quirky little guidebooks written by locals or expats like The Hunt Singapore guidebook. As you know, we used to write guidebooks. We worked for all the big publishers: Lonely Planet, Footprint, Dorling Kindersley, Rough Guides, Thomas Cook, Hedonist’s etc. ...