These posts will cover experiential travel and our attempts to learn things.

Behind the Scenes at Jaan Bai Restaurant in Battambang

2018-05-28T15:29:48+07:00By |

In October 2013, we went behind the scenes at Jaan Bai restaurant in Battambang to cover the opening of the Cambodian Children's Trust's new social enterprise hospitality training restaurant. We spent a lot of time in the kitchen. Supported by Australians Chef David Thompson of Nahm Bangkok and restaurateur John Fink of Quay restaurant in Sydney, a …

Exploring the Lost City of Mahendraparvata at Mount Kulen Cambodia

2018-05-10T17:46:29+07:00By |

Exploring the Lost City of Mahendraparvata at Mount Kulen or the 'mountain of the lychees' in northern Cambodia has so far been one of the highlights of our time here as travellers in Cambodia as well as a writer and photographer fortunate to be able to report on groundbreaking new archaeological discoveries. We've been fielding …

How To Experience The Real Dubai – Take a Walk Through Old Dubai

2017-12-01T13:06:21+07:00By |

How to experience the real Dubai isn't all that hard – you just need to leave the side of your five star hotel swimming pool and stroll through Old Dubai to soak up some history and see where the city's residents live. How To Experience The Real Dubai I had one of those conversations the other …

A Local Guide to Sydney Architecture

2019-01-29T14:03:38+07:00By |

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 …

Early Morning Alms Giving to the Monks in Luang Prabang, Laos

2018-05-03T16:42:00+07:00By |

The early morning alms giving to the monks in Luang Prabang, Laos, is one of the main attractions that lures many travellers to the laidback Mekong River town although it's not unique to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city. The few times we’ve been out at the crack of dawn in Bangkok — generally on our way to the …

A Local Guide to the Siem Reap Arts Scene and Creative Community

2018-11-27T17:39:00+07:00By |

This local guide to the Siem Reap arts scene and creative community comes from designer, gallery owner and entrepreneur Loven Ramos, a long-term resident. Siem Reap has a rich artistic and cultural heritage, evident in its Angkor temple architecture and elaborate carvings, and in the classical Khmer dance and music, but we didn’t expect to …

The Ethereal Apsara: Celestial Nymph, Storyteller, Messenger

2017-11-17T14:00:05+07:00By |

It’s hard to escape the apsara in Siem Reap. The celestial nymph is everywhere we look. Clad in silk and a colossal golden headdress, she seductively adorns temple walls in the form of elaborate carvings, or in human form as a graceful and distant dancer performing the Dance of the Apsara Divinities. The Apsara is …

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

2018-11-29T15:18:55+07:00By |

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 …

Saigon, the Vietnamese City of Millions of Motorbikes

2019-01-29T16:51:09+07:00By |

Some call Saigon, Vietnam, the city of millions of motorbikes. Some say that there are 10 million bikes. We’re not entirely sure there are ten million motorcycles – estimates vary from 2.5 to five to ten and more – so let’s just settle on millions. Either way, for a small city, that’s a lot of …

Front Row Seats at Bangkok International Fashion Week

2018-12-17T17:20:29+07:00By |

From the buzz of fashionistas chatting excitedly as they find their seats pre-show, to the moment the lights go down, music goes up and the first model hits the runway, fashion shows can be exhilarating – even electrifying – events, and the shows we saw at the 2011 Bangkok International Fashion Week were no exception. …

Backstage at Bangkok International Fashion Week

2018-12-17T17:20:43+07:00By |

Interviewing Thai fashion designers and photographing models backstage during the 2011 Bangkok International Fashion Week was the last thing we expected to be doing when we went to Bangkok to work on a first edition Hedonist’s Guide to the city. While it’s not unusual to find us in restaurant kitchens interviewing chefs or out and …

A Winter’s Tale: Our First Full Winter in Europe

2018-11-26T11:00:56+07:00By |

Having just spent our first full winter in Europe, we thought it was time for some reflections on the last four months of our grand tour. Having lived in Sydney for many years, it’s fair to say that winter was of little consequence. Sure it gets a little chilly, but you have to drive a …

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