The Phnom Penh files: September 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. September was a whirlwind month. I had 2 sets of friends come to visit, as

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The Phnom Penh files: August 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. The halfway mark already! How time flies. The first couple of weeks of August found

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My top 10 Penang street art murals and where to find them

There were two main things on my radar when heading to Penang, Malaysia. First: street food; and second: street art. Penang, and in particular its capital George Town, has a compelling cultural scene that flourished after George Town was deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008. The city’s cultural identity was cemented when the Penang State

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Sampling the best of Penang’s food scene with Urban Adventures

Penang has garnered a reputation for being one of the premier food destinations in South-East Asia and many would claim that its culinary scene rivals that of neighbours Bangkok and Singapore. Visitors to Penang are lured by the enticing aromas of Malay, Chinese and Indian dishes and traditional Peranakan or Nyonya cuisine—a blend of Chinese and

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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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