A former Khmer Buddhist monk shares his love of Angkor Wat

A former Khmer Buddhist monk shares his love of Angkor Wat

A million-watt smile lights the way as we drive along the dusty roads from Siem Reap to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Angkor Wat. The warm smile belongs to our Urban Adventures Khmer guide, Kim Khemara, whose personality is equally as vibrant. He tells us that his name, Khemera,...

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Why this boozy tour is the best introduction to Melbourne

Why this boozy tour is the best introduction to Melbourne

After living in Australia for a year, I’ve learned there are few things Aussies love more than an ice cold beer. Well, maybe a cocktail or two followed by a nice bottle of wine. It’s no secret that Australians love to drink, so the Melbourne Booze Makes History Tour was...

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Responsible Tourism in Cambodia: A Khmer meal that gives back in the heart of Phnom Penh

Responsible Tourism in Cambodia: A Khmer meal that gives back in the heart of Phnom Penh

Urban Adventures’ Phnom Penh Secrets tour begins with an enlightening morning learning about the Khmer Rouge at S21 Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and Choeung Ek Killing Field. After such a humbling experience, it was soothing to enter the lush gardens of Romdeng. We’d faced the worst of humanity–and now we had...

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Discovering hygge and happiness in Copenhagen

Discovering hygge and happiness in Copenhagen

We run up to the meeting spot for our tour, faces red and short of breath. Our tram that morning had oh-so-conveniently decided to be late, and our frustration was clearly evident. The rest of our group, too, likely isn’t feeling so hyggelig towards us latecomers. Yet thanks to Copenhagen...

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The Nepal most travellers miss: Exploring Patan and Bhaktapur

The Nepal most travellers miss: Exploring Patan and Bhaktapur

When travelling to a new country it’s easy to visit only the main cities and sites. But what about the areas that aren’t so well known? Are they worth your time and effort? I’m here to say for certain that yes, they are. In Nepal, many travellers only base themselves...

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Tasting the bites and seeing the sights with Gergo in Budapest

Tasting the bites and seeing the sights with Gergo in Budapest

It’s a blazing hot day in the middle of summer in Budapest, and a group of 11 travellers from various parts of the world are gathered outside the city’s iconic Central Market Hall. We’re hungry to explore one of Europe’s great destinations, and Gergo Csada, our guide, has just the plan...

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Learning the craft of traditional rice paper-making in Vietnam

Learning the craft of traditional rice paper-making in Vietnam

Nestled on a quaint country road between Hoi An and My Son is a family home that moonlights as a rice paper-making facility. A lovely lady named Hoa crafts the famous Vietnamese snack, known locally as banh cha. She gently holds my hand as she taps her arm with her...

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Wine, food and history in Zagreb

Wine, food and history in Zagreb

As instructed, we meet Max ‘”under the tail,” a popular meeting place (and expression) among Zagreb locals. The tail in question belongs to the statue of a horse in Jelacic Square, the square being the heart of the city centre and where we start our tour. Once we’ve identified Max,...

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How to eat like a local in Penang

How to eat like a local in Penang

When UNESCO named Georgetown, Malaysia, a World Heritage site, it recognised the city as an important example of world cultural history. The city’s 500-year history as a multicultural trading city embodies the unique history of Malaysia and its dual Asian and European influences. Architecture and historical preservation are key to...

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How to eat like a local in Marrakech

How to eat like a local in Marrakech

There are so many reasons why Morocco is a popular destination for every type of traveller. It could be the beautiful architecture, the beaches, the rich culture or the super affordable flights from Europe — or all of the above. However, another reason travellers are coming to Morocco in doves...

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