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Emily in Whistler, Canada

Emily

Global Travel Advisor

I first caught the travel bug from my family, who have taught me the value of visiting and learning from new places and cultures. As a result, I’ve always had travelling at the forefront of my mind and have tried to fit it around my lifestyle and work.

I studied abroad in South Korea at Yonsei University in 2023, where I developed my Korean language skills. I’ve a passion for learning new languages, and would love to enrol in more foreign language schools in the future.

When travelling, I generally prefer city breaks. From the modern metropolis of Singapore to the bustling old streets of Hanoi, you’ll often find me searching for the most authentic local cuisine. I've also explored my fair share of Mother Nature, from the white bays of the Whitsunday Islands in Australia to the domineering mountains of Whistler in Canada.

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Q&A with Emily

Khao soi in Thailand

What’s the best local dish you’ve tasted?

The first meal that comes to mind is Khao Soi, a noodle soup from northern Thailand. When I visited Chiang Mai, me and my friend became obsessed with it — eating it for lunch and dinner some days. We found every restaurant and street stall had a slightly different version, but we both agreed that the best one we came across was from an elderly woman in a small stand in the Anusarn night market. Maybe it was the ambiance of the night market, but I’ve never enjoyed a bowl of noodles more.

Hanoi City Scene

What’s your most vivid travel moment?

When visiting Vietnam, I vividly remember how shocked I was by the sheer amount of motorbikes in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. On the first drive from the airport into Hanoi I saw a small motorbike balancing an entire cow on the back of it — I couldn’t believe my eyes. On top of that, crossing the road when they’re all zooming around you was difficult to get used to, but I remember feeling giddy with excitement after successfully crossing.

Emily at Gyeongbokgung Palace, South Korea

Which book, film or artwork captures South Korea the most?

As a lover of Korean dramas, I was inspired to visit the old Joseon Palaces after watching the TV series ‘The King’s Affection.’ The drama is set during the Joseon Dynasty in South Korea, and follows a royal romance in the idyllic setting of a Joseon Palace grounds. I was shocked when I visited the Gyeongbokgung Palace grounds in Seoul to find that they were just as beautiful as shown in the programme, with pink blossom trees and ornately painted buildings. A good tip for anyone visiting is to rent Hanbok (traditional Korean clothing) and you'll be granted free entry to the grounds.