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These posts are about the local people we meet, with insider tips we gather from locals, Q&As with locals, as well as great local spots and hidden gems we discover.

Local Guide to Eating and Drinking in Bangkok by Chef Ton of Le Du

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This local guide to eating and drinking in Bangkok, Thailand, comes courtesy of Chef Ton of Le Du, one of the most creative Thai restaurants in the country and one of the finest in Southeast Asia, landing on Asia's 50 Best Restaurants list at #37 yesterday*. There are few people best able to provide a local ...

A Local Guide to Eating and Drinking in Canggu, Bali

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This local guide to eating and drinking in Canggu, Bali, comes from Geoff Lindsay, the Aussie owner-chef of Salumeria Tanah Barak a Spuntini and Campari Bar in Canggu, Dandelion restaurant and the Crab Club Pop Up, Melbourne, and chef at Saigon Street in Seminyak, Bali. We’re big fans of Geoff Lindsay’s Vietnamese restaurant Dandelion in Melbourne (and his ...

Chef Jess Barnes Guide to Trashy Chinese Food in Bangkok

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We believe great food should be celebrated in its many forms, whether genuinely old and authentic or the good old-fashioned bastardised cuisines of the kind we grew up on in Australia that Chef Jess Barnes calls ‘trashy Chinese’. We just spent a week in Bangkok, where we were covering the Grand Gelinaz! Shuffle and Chef René Redzepi and ...

A Local Guide to Shopping Siem Reap by Nathalie Saphon Ridel

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Much to the surprise of most visitors to Cambodia, shopping Siem Reap is a real delight, with everything from stonemasonry and woodcarving that date back to the Khmer Empire and artisanal crafts such as silk weaving and basketry to contemporary fashion and handcrafted jewellery. There are few people more equipped to provide advice on shopping ...

A Guide to the Hanoi Art Scene — Art Galleries, Museums and Arty Cafes

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Most travellers visit Hanoi for the fantastic food. That's why we went. After motorbikes, visitors to Vietnam’s capital find themselves dodging street food stalls and the footpaths are littered with locals perched on tiny stools tucking into something. Yet the Hanoi art scene is doing well to compete for attention with the city's food scene. Here's ...

Absorbing Australian Art at Art Gallery of NSW With the Curator

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Last week the winners of Australia’s most important and most talked-about annual art contest, the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes, were announced and the exhibition of finalists opened at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney’s and Australia’s premiere art museum. During the final days of last year's exhibition, we met Wayne Tunnicliffe, Head of ...

A Local Guide to Sydney Architecture by Local Architect Eoghan Lewis

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The Sydney Opera House is Sydney’s most recognisable asset and a cornerstone of Sydney architecture. Every time we return to Sydney and we see it, we’re home. The story behind the commissioning and construction of the Sydney Opera House is a narrative that leaves few participants with any honour in the creation of one of ...

Local Knowledge: Richard Graham from Sydney

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Richard Graham is the kind of traveller we identify with. Since the age of five, Richard has travelled to at least one new country every year. Every year. Before starting his tour company, My Sydney Detour, Richard did a 14-month overland trip from Mexico down to Tierra del Fuego in Argentina in 2007–08, spending as ...

A Local Guide to Eating and Drinking in Sydney by Restaurateur John Fink

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This local guide to eating and drinking in Sydney comes from John Fink, a Sydney restaurateur and director of some of Australia's best restaurants, including Quay, Bennelong, Otto. We first encountered Mr Fink on Twitter when we were tweeting about our Melbourne restaurant experiences. He tweeted: “Come to Sydney! Sydney's milk bars shit all over Melbourne's restaurants!" ...