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The lauded “temple town” of Siem Reap—a leafy riverside departure point to the majestic Angkor Wat—is in the midst of a metamorphosis as part of a grand modernization plan. New wider roads, cycle lanes, parking, car-free pavement and gardens will make for a more walkable city, while at Angkor, a forest network of shaded bike paths, pedestrian boulevards, landscaping and the removal of vendors have reduced the bustle, providing peace to a sacred experience. Bonus: the return of wildlife—otters...
A clutch of restaurants run by young homegrown chefs is raising the profile of Siem Reap as a bona fide food destination—and preserving Cambodia’s culinary traditions in the process.
It may have been a French chef, Joannès Rivière, who put Cambodia on the culinary map in 2015 when his Siem Reap restaurant Cuisine Wat Damnak became the first establishment in the country to land on the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list. Today, however, it’s six young Cambodian talents who helm Siem Reap’s five mo...
Few rivers have more mystique than the Mekong, its Vietnamese Delta and Cambodia’s vast Tonlé Sap—and there’s no better way to get a taste of the region than on Cruiseco Adventurer. Cover story, April 2018 issue.
A clutch of Cambodian restaurants run by young homegrown chefs is raising the profile of Siem Reap as a bona fide food destination — and preserving Cambodia’s culinary traditions in the process. 11-page feature story, published in April/May 2018 issue.
Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, is having its moment. A decade in the making, the long-awaited Louvre Abu Dhabi opened in November 2017 with over 500 artworks on display in its permanent galleries and launched its first special exhibition “From One Louvre to Another” with a jaw-dropping exhibition of 150 masterpieces from Musée du Louvre and the Palace of Versailles.
They say every meal at Spoons makes a difference to someone living in the north Cambodian tourist city of Siem Reap. Opened late last year, the rustic-chic café serves polished Cambodian street food in a cutting-edge bamboo building constructed from raw materials supplied by a sustainable farming enterprise. The supply chain, from napkins to vegetables to rice liquor, is resolutely local, and the staff are young hospitality trainees from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Spoons, run by hospitality s...
Where to stay, eat and drink in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia : Australian Gourmet Traveller. May 2017
Exotic flavours of Angkor Wat - Signature Luxury Travel and Style magazine. February 2017
What to eat, drink and do in George Town, Penang : Australian Gourmet Traveller. December 2016
Our EXCLUSIVE on major archaeological discoveries in Cambodia - vast medieval cities hidden beneath the forest floor, identified by airborne laser scanning technology called lidar. 11 June 2016.
A sustainable shopping guide to Siem Reap, Cambodia, for visitors who are eager to give back as much as they take away. June 2016 issue.
More than a gateway to Angkor Wat, Siem Reap is a centre for Khmer culture, authentic cuisine and chic shops. February 2016
I enlist the help of a local export to explore the history of Melbourne's coffee scene and increasingly sophisticated cafe culture. March 2016 issue. p 39-45.
When my editor asked for nominations for the global Hot 100 I chose Malis restaurant, Siem Reap - the hottest opening of 2016, by Cambodia's celebrity chef Luu Meng, of Malis Phnom Penh fame. April 2016