The Phnom Penh files: July recap

I thought I would start a series of posts called the ‘Phnom Penh Files’, which will be a monthly recap of my time in—you guessed it—Phnom Penh. The following is just a stream of consciousness, so please forgive my babbling. Okay, this post is late because I’ve literally spent the last couple of weeks cooped

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Luang Prabang, you had me at sabaidee

It’s a familiar occurrence for me: I tend to carelessly leave fragments of my heart in the places that I visit. Yet, for whatever reason, I was not expecting to leave a piece of my heart behind in Luang Prabang. This was my first visit to Laos and after being in South-East Asia for a

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How to spend 24 hours in Hanoi

An army of decrepit buildings with yellowing facades and elegant French shutters, a stream of red flags with yellow stars, a sea of conical hats. Motos whiz by with towering boxes strapped precariously to the back, defying the rules of gravity. Masks protect faces from the fumes of other motorbikes. Groups of men sit on low

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The Phnom Penh files: June recap

I thought I would start a series of posts called the ‘Phnom Penh Files’, which will be a monthly recap of my time in—you guessed it—Phnom Penh. The following is just a stream of consciousness, so please forgive my babbling. I really cannot believe that a whole month has already passed and that I am

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Visiting the Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai

The image of the elephant is ubiquitous throughout Thailand, emblazoned on the labels of the local beer and the popular elephant-print harem pants worn by nomadic travellers. However, far from being revered as a cultural icon, elephants are commonly seen and used as a financial means. Once abundant in population numbers—there was thought to be

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Discovering street art in Phnom Penh: Street 93

Phnom Penh’s Beoung Kak neighbourhood is as colourful as its history. Once a popular backpacker’s oasis, the area around Beoung Kak Lake, or Lakeside, heaved with party-hard gypsies and drifters—it was a psychedelic (and drug-fuelled) haven for misfits and deviants. The lake is now a distant memory, completely filled in as a result of development

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Finding my ‘Moby’ moment

Greetings from Phnom Penh! I have to admit, I wasn’t even sure that I would make it into Cambodia given that when I arrived at Perth International Airport, the lady at the check-in counter said that I couldn’t travel on a one-way ticket without proof of onward travel. I immediately panicked thinking that my sojourn was already

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The next 6 months

It’s time again for another life musing! Maaah favourite. I’ve been hinting at new adventures, so here it is: I’ll be spending the next 6 months in Phnom Penh, Cambodia! You might remember that my first visit to the city to visit my brother at the end of last year left me enamoured, and I

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The best banh mi in Hoi An

If you’re heading to Hoi An in Vietnam, it’s pretty much guaranteed that at some point, someone will direct you to Banh Mi  Phuong—arguably the best banh mi in Hoi An. Banh Mi Phuong solidified its reputation when Anthony Bourdain, acclaimed chef and author, declared that Phuong’s banh mi was the best in the world. So you can understand why visiting Banh Mi Phuong

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Confessions of a travel snob

We all know someone who fits the profile of a travel snob. You know, the person who constantly talks about the time they lived in a yurt in Mongolia for a year under the tutelage of a Bedouin monk. Or the person whose eyes glaze over when you start talking about your recent beach resort

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Tam Thanh Mural Village: Art for a better community

I had no idea about Tam Thanh Mural Village until my father’s friend spoke about his recent trip to a fishing village outside of Hoi An that had mural art. Murals? Art? Why did I not know about this? My interest was instantly piqued and I knew I had to go. Tam Thanh Mural Village is

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