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Lara Dunston
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Grantourismo: slow / local / experiential travel
Grantourismo: slow / local / experiential travel

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We still have early-bird spots (10% discounts) for our 9-day Cambodia Culinary Tour and our 10-day Travel and Food Writing and Photography Retreat in October. The culinary tour is for people who want to eat and learn about Cambodia's cuisine and culture, while the Retreat is for writers/bloggers/photographers - aspiring, working, established - who want to hone their skills, force themselves to develop and complete a story, or simply hang out with likeminded people and be inspired and stimulated by this incredible country. PLEASE SHARE with your creative and/or food-loving friends.
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This is a fascinating video we shot with the architect Damian Evans, who was responsible for the groundbreaking lidar survey using airborne laser scanning technology which recently identified colossal medieval cities hidden beneath the jungle floor in Cambodia. He explains how the lidar technology works, what exactly has been discovered, and how it changes history as we know it. And not only in Cambodia. Truly incredible stuff.
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We took a break from food stories to do some archaeology stories starting with the exclusive on the groundbreaking new discoveries of monumental medieval cities hidden beneath the forest floors here in Cambodia which we broke on The Guardian. This post on our site provides more background than we could cover in the newspaper.
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Cambodia's national dish, fish amok, is a much talked-about local specialty - a lot of controversy surrounds this dish amongst foodies because it's very hard to find an authentic rendition of the dish, which, like a lot of Cambodian food, is often adjusted to satisfy tourists. Sadly, that could eventually lead to the demise of the country's culinary heritage. Do you think travellers have a role to play in preserving the cuisine of a country? Should we be asking people to change their food to suit our tastes?
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We still have some spots left on our delicious Cambodia Culinary Travel Writing and Photography Retreat... it's just a month away so the last places will sell fast! Click through for more details. Hope to see you in Siem Reap!
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A reader has emailed me to ask if there are any experiences in Cambodia where they can "have a go at being a monk for a while". There are indeed... in this post -> #Cambodia   #SiemReap   #AngkorWat   #Buddhism   #spirituality   #transcendentaltravel  
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Some of my favourite restaurants in Saigon - a great eating city. Looking forward to getting back soon to try some new openings. Anybody have any great tips for restos that have opened in the last 12 months? Specifically looking for restaurants. #Saigon   #HCMC   #Vietnam   #restaurants   #eating   #food   #travel  
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We've finally announced some dates for our #Cambodia  #Culinary #Travel   #Writing  & #Photography  Retreat. Do come and join us - in May or October in #SiemReap  - we've love to see you here! #food   #trave   #blogging   
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Living like locals amidst the temple ruins in rural Cambodia in a Banteay Chhmar homestay. Highly recommend this experience, easily arranged through their website.  #communitytourism   #villagetourism   #travel   #Cambodia   
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I've spent a fair bit of time at Angkor Archaeological Park recently - twice in a week - and I've been thinking quite a bit about the impact of tourists on the park (it's high season) and how differently tourists and locals use the Park. In this interview I did with Elizabeth Becker she says the temples have defined Cambodians. They still do, but for how long can they? If the Park isn't properly managed, I worry about their future. I'll expand on this in a future story on Grantourismo, but I'd encourage you to read this interview if you're interested in cultural heritage, tourism and sustainability. #Cambodia #tourism #travel #environment #history #archaeology #culture #heritage #Angkor 
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