Living Like Locals in Phuket – Settling into a Surin Beach Apartment

2018-09-27T21:09:09+07:00By |

Living like locals in Phuket will give you a more enriching experience of the Southern Thai island than staying at a beach resort. Rent an apartment, breakfast with the locals, learn to cook some Phuket food, and you’ll leave with more than a taste of Phuket. Living like locals in Phuket, the Southern Thailand island, …

Living like Locals in Darwin – How to Settle Into the Top End’s Sultry Tropical Capital

2018-12-26T11:13:18+07:00By |

Living like locals in Darwin, Australia’s Northern Territory capital, is the best way to appreciate this sultry tropical city’s laidback vibe, rich indigenous culture, ethnic diversity, multicultural neighbourhood markets, and gobsmacking sunsets. For many travellers to Australia, Darwin is little more than the launching pad for more epic adventures east, south (to Alice Springs and …

Ragu alla Bolognese Recipe – How to Make a Traditional Bolognese Sauce

2018-11-27T20:43:51+07:00By |

This Ragu alla Bolognese recipe is based on the traditional recipe for this classic meat sauce from Bologna, Italy, used for both pasta and lasagne. Follow my exacting ingredient list and cooking directions and the result will be a perfect ragù alla Bolognese. This Ragu alla Bolognese recipe – or more correctly ragù alla Bolognese – …

Singapore Laksa Recipe – How to Make a Spicy Coconut Curry Noodle Soup

2018-06-10T22:33:40+07:00By |

This Singapore laksa recipe is the rich coconut milk-laced version of this Southeast Asian classic noodle soup dish. A great laksa is not made starting from a jar of paste, a great laksa starts with curry paste made from scratch in a mortar and pestle – like my version below. I've been making this Singapore laksa …

Banteay Chhmar Homestay, Living Like Locals Amid Ruins in Cambodia

2018-05-27T15:35:39+07:00By |

Just a two and a half hour drive from Siem Reap, in northwest Cambodia, a rustic Banteay Chhmar homestay offers a rare chance to live like locals in a village set amidst the Khmer Empire ruins of a garrison-city. We’ve just returned to Siem Reap from the sprawling Angkor-era archaeological site, where our accommodation was …

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

2018-11-23T21:54:37+07:00By |

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 …

How To Eat Like Locals When You Travel

2018-12-17T18:05:02+07:00By |

How to eat like locals when you travel? There’s an abundance of advice out there: slurp soup from a street food stall, sample home-cooked food at a local home, savour creative cuisine at a secret supper club, or... eat fast food at KFC or McDonalds. Which advice should you follow? How To Eat Like Locals …

Winter Warmers — Hearty Stew Recipes for Cold Winter Evenings

2014-12-16T15:38:45+07:00By |

Cool weather here in Siem Reap is our excuse for cooking up some hearty stew recipes and sharing these winter warmers with you. Any excuse, right? While Europe and North America have been experiencing a brutal winter, here in Siem Reap we have not been faring much better. Okay, sure a 14˚C (57˚F) minimum during winter …

Price Check: a Siem Reap Shopping List

2017-08-25T15:21:38+07:00By |

Having settled into Siem Reap where we've established a home, we’ve become familiar with what things cost in Cambodia and thought it was time to share a Siem Reap shopping list for our Price Check series, just in case you're planning to settle in for a while when you venture here. In short: shopping here is inexpensive …

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