24 Hours in Canberra

Whether it’s your first time in Canberra or your first time since your year 5 excursion, we’ve got a jam packed 24 hour itinerary for you! Forget about Parliament House, Cockington Green and Questacon, because we’ve got a day of luxury and relaxation planned. Scroll down and check it out!

7am – The cupping room

Start your day off with a hearty start and a quality cup of Joe! There’s no better place to satisfy your needs than at The Cupping Room. Having one of the best baristas in the world manning the machines, you’ll be well looked after. With the menus continually changing with the seasons, there will always be a good variety of fresh bites to choose from. If you’re stomachs grumbling for a feed grab their grilled fish with koji and leek cream of their beetroot cured salmon with a kataifi egg! Whatever you get, you sure won’t be disappointed!

10am -Unwind at the Botanical Gardens

Begin your morning relaxing and strolling through the serene landscapes of the Australian National Botanic Gardens. Boasting a wide variety of native plants, walking paths and lush greenery, it’s a great place to have a stroll or read a book. Want to take relaxing to the next level? Within the botanical gardens lies Jindii Eco Spa, a relaxing oasis for you to get a massage or a simple soak. Whether you want to bathe in minerals and detox or get a hot stone massage, there will be something for you!

1pm Visit the Canberra truffle festival

If you’re visiting Canberra in the winter months, you must head to the Canberra Truffle festival! Celebrating one of the most decadent foods in the world, this festival elevates the luxurious truffle by integrating it into many dishes and products. You’ll find products here such as truffle crème brulee, truffle pizza and even truffle beer! Expand your taste buds and sample some of the best truffle you’ve ever had presented by Canberra’s top bars, cafes, restaurant and wineries! If you head there around lunch time, they might even be conducting some truffle hunts so get in there quick!

3pm – Have an afternoon nibble or sip at Pialligo Estate

Located on the banks of the Molonglo River, Pialligo Estate is the perfect place to watch the sunset, enjoy good company and have a sip! Their vineyard produces some of the best wine in the area and is highly recommended by locals. They also have an olive grove, fruit orchard and market garden in case you wanted to try any of the local nibbles! Don’t worry, if you don’t have any room for their local preserves or oils, you can purchase a small sample to bring home!

7pm – Grab dinner on Lonsdale Street

After a day of relaxing, it’s time to dine like kings! If you head over to Lonsdale Street, you’ll be spoilt for choices as it is a notorious hub for activity and good bites. Wherever you go, you won’t be disappointed, however, we definitely recommend Lazy Su. It is a Japanese, Korean and American fusion eating house which packs a punch! The food is loud and will definitely tantalize your taste buds! Dishes include tea smoked duck breast, buttermilk fried chicken ramen and wagyu cheese steak spring rolls.

9pm – Wind down for drinks at The Highball Express

End your night at the hip and Cuban late night joint, The Highball Express! Thing Cuban themed tropical styled bar is famous for their cocktails in highball glasses and it is the perfect way to settle down for the night. Enter through the custom built spiral staircase and take you last sips for the night! With over 500 varieties of rum and some spectacular cocktails, you’ll be spoilt for choice!

Whether you spend a day or a week in Canberra, there’s always something to do! But don’t worry, we’ve sorted out where you can stat at Aabode.com!

The Most Instagrammable Eating Spots in Sydney

In Sydney for a holiday? Do you crave that perfect brunch? Do you also crave that perfect Instagram feed? Then, you’ve come to the perfect post to find out those secret places in Sydney that will add that style and quality to your Instagram feed! Whether you’re a fan of the food or the ambiance, get ready to lose yourself on this cafe/restaurant-hopping spree!

The Grounds of Alexandria

There is literally always a line at The Grounds so my advice is always to get in early or you could be waiting around for an hour or two. Although, you’re in luck as there is a lot to keep you entertained at The Grounds including the best florist, a mini farm and a gorgeous picturesque vintage garden. They even use recycled items as part of their decor, from hanging jars to using soda cans as plant pots. Tucked away in the industrial suburb of Alexandria, entrepreneur, Ramzey Choker turned this heritage-listed warehouse into “The Grounds”, that we all know of all. It really is a miniature village and foodie’s wonderland. Every person that’s on Instagram has probably posted an Instagram story or photo at The Grounds. So why not check out what the fuss is all about while you’re here!

The Boathouse, Balmoral Beach

Does your ideal weekend stroll lead to a filling brunch under the sun? Then The Boathouse is the perfect little place for you. White benches and fresh displays of flowers and their scents along with munching on those bacon and eggs sounds like a dream come true! With white-washed benches, marine hues, and vibrant displays of fresh flowers and produce, The Boathouse is one of Sydney’s most beautiful brunch spots, and that’s not even counting the view. The café is perched right on Balmoral Beach, so you can tuck into bacon and eggs or a burger while watching the water lap against the pier. On weekends, there’s usually a wait, but that’s fine, it gives you time to sneak in a swim!

Opera bar, Circular Quay

You probably can’t get more Sydney than the Opera Bar which has the benefit of spectacular views of the Sydney Harbor Bridge and the Sydney Opera House at it’s doorstep. I’m sure many Sydney-siders will take their tourist friends and relatives to this bar just for the views alone. And as the winter days are getting colder and the sun is miraculously shining on, what better way can be there to enjoy this other than heading straight to the Opera Bar? Nothing better than a pair of hot steamed buns… filled with delicious golden and crisp soft shell crab and kimchi of course. It’s not called Opera BAR for nothing. To have a boozy time with a view order some Winter Sour, Sydney Sling or Lady Lavender and drink away. Perfect for harbor side drinking on a summer-in-winter day.

Nour, Surry Hills

At this Lebanese restaurant in Surry Hills, think millennial pink. ‘Nour’ translates to ‘light’ in Arabic, which is fitting as the venue is flooded with natural light, and boasts a dusty pink interior so beautiful, it’s all over Instagram. This spot is the perfect spot for semi-formal dining. You’ll find some of the most aesthetically pleasing colors, including pastel pinks, whites and flashes of copper and oak. The menu is designed to share which makes it an ideal location for groups and also features both smaller and larger share plate options.  It is fully licensed and offers an extensive range of wines from around the world.

Watson’s Bay Boutique Hotel

Overlooking the iconic Harbor Bridge, Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel serves the perfect ‘The Hamptons’ vibe with European-style lunches. This place also has one of the greatest seafood menus along with some top-quality cocktails that will definitely be worth the price. Watsons Bay is also home to some beautiful walking options – you can even follow the coastline all the way to Bondi! Walking to the nearby Hornby Lighthouse requires a little less energy, and you’ll be rewarded with picture-perfect views. The venue itself is a place that gets crowded and buzzing pretty quickly, but don’t you worry about that as the management in the place runs very smooth and you will be busy getting that perfect Instagram shot anyway!

Visit Aabode.com to book your perfect accommodation now and make your Sydney trip Instagram goals!

Gold Coast Grubs under $10

On a budget? Spent all of your money on a $20 smoothie in the airport? Rather spend your money on activities? Not to fear! We’ve compiled some of the best cheap eats in the Gold Coast that are $10 or under. Grab your spare change and lets go get some grub!

Weiner Haus

When you think of cheap eats, hot dogs are probably the first thing that pop up in your mind, but these dogs from Weiner Haus will blow your mind! With all of their food truck hot dogs $10 or under, they’ll blow up your taste buds but not your bank. These gourmet dogs are pimped up with toppings from sour cream and guacamole or Japanese mayonnaise and fried shallots!


From crispy fried chicken wings to juicy stacked burgers, Burgster’s got it all. This packed burger joint always pleases the crowds with their specials which include $5 taco Tuesdays, $1 wing Wednesdays and $1 oyster Fridays. Feeling thirsty? Don’t worry, they also do weekly thirsty Thursday specials! Whether you wanted a quick bite or a satisfying sip, Burgster will take care of you.

Sandwich Bros

Sometimes nothing satisfies your hunger like a fat sandy, and that’s where the Sandwich Bros comes in. Whether you’re after some scorching hot toasties, loaded wraps, colorful salads or a thick sandwich, you have to run down to them! Grab your pennies and dimes, because they have lunch special sets for $10 and daily $7 special baguettes.


We’ve got one for the veggie lovers and vegans out there too! Govinda’s offers a multitude of options at their store and it’s filled with healthy and abundant feeds. All the food is made in house daily and they have a mecca of options including hearty salads, hot plates, lasagna, filo pastries and cakes all under $10 dollars. We would definitely recommend the mini cheesecakes that only go for $4!

Harajuku Gyoza

If you’ve got a big appetite and you’re still looking a place to fill your mouth, Harajuku Gyoza will be the place to tantilise your tastebuds. Most of their steaming hot gyozas go for $10 or under and include flavours such as lemongrass chicken, takoyaki and cheeseburger!  Still got some chump change after your juicy dumplings? Grab some matcha KitKat gyoza, chicken karaage or raindrop cakes!

We’ve got you sorted on where to eat. We can also sort you out on where to stay! Check out the amazing Gold Coast properties we have on Aabode.com!

The best markets around Australia

Whether you’re after the freshest produce possible or the tastiest food truck grubs, these markets have got it all! Come along with us as we show you some of the best markets across Australia!

NSW – Carriageworks Farmers Market

Although there’s a mecca of markets for you to visit in Sydney (lucky you), if you could only visit one, you must visit Carraigeworks Farmer’s market! Whether you’re after the best seasonal produce or freshly baked artisanal bread, you’ll find it here. Open from 8am on Saturdays, they’ve got a range of gourmet products for you to choose from! Whether truffles or gourmet chocolates tickle your delight, they’ll be sure to fix you up at this farmers market.

SA – Adelaide Farmers Market

Although Adelaide Central Market steals the show, many forget about the quaint Adelaide Farmers’ market! Here, you’ll have access to some of the best produce from South Australian family farms and a vibrant environment. Open from 9am every Sunday, you’ll have a stellar morning at one of Australia’s best farmer’s market! Whether you need little nibbles for your charcuterie board or a hefty meal for your lunch, the Adelaide Farmer’s market has got something for you.

VIC – Queen Victoria Night Market

The first thing you’ll notice here is the aroma of barbecued meats wafting to your nose as you enter the market. Held on Wednesdays in the summer, the QV night markets is an iconic food mecca that you cannot miss! With more than 60 eclectic street food stalls and 100 specialty stores, you’ll be lost in choices! Soak up the last drops of sun in the hottest place in Melbourne and treat yourself to a drink before the night begins.

WA – Perth City Farm Farmers Market

Situated in Perth City Farm, this market is the perfect place to shop for all of your sustainable and ethical produce! They’re held every Saturday and is connected to an amazing café and nursery. Whether you wanted to grab some homemade produce, relax in the courtyard or have an extravagant breakfast at the farm café, you won’t be disappointed at this market!

NT – Mindil Beach Sunset Market

Whether it’s late lunch or a dinner date, enjoy a slow and evening by spending it at the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets. Run on Thursday and Sunday nights, it’s the perfect way to end the weekend or had a mid-week break! With more than 260 stalls, you won’t fall short of having something to see, eat or do. Hungry? They also have more than sixty food stalls! Grab yourself a bite to eat and settle yourself down on the beach to enjoy the real sunset

TAS – Farm Gate MYarket

Although most tourists go to the infamous Salamanca for their market visit, the Farm Gate Market is where you need to be! Rather than being a tourist destination, a majority of the traffic each week is from the locals. It opens from 8:30am every Sunday until 1 and it also has a designated food hub, so come hungry! From fresh seafood to breakfast delights, the Farm Gate market will definitely satisfy your delight. If the delicious bites don’t tickle your fancy, there’s an abundance of local produce that you can take home with you!

QLD – Noosa Farmers Market

From organic local produce to freshly squeezed juices, Noosa Farmers Market has everything for your perfect Sunday morning out! Being situated amongst the gum trees, it’s the perfect place to wander around and sample some delicious bites.  It’s deemed one of the best markets on the Sunshine Coast and we definitely agree! Want to spend more time here? Check out all the things you must do in Noosa!

Wherever you are in Australia, you’ll find an amazing market to stroll and peruse around. Wherever you are, you can also find an amazing property to stay at Aabode.com!

Thailand: Culture and Food

Known for its gorgeous terrain, amazing cuisine and laid back culture, Thailand is the next best holiday destination for you and your friends to have a unique and surreal experience away! 

With our range of fascinating facts about Thailand’s customs, traditions and beliefs, you’ll be set to fly on over to the “Land of Smiles”! 


There are many traditional customs embodied in Thai culture. Whether it is learning how to greet locals, or what not to do when visiting sacred sites. 

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  • Greet others with the Wai – In Thailand, locals greet each other using the Wai, as a sign of respect. Place your palms together at your chest and bow your head. 
  • Do not touch anyone on the head – The head is considered sacred, and therefore it is looked down upon to touch someone’s head. It is also disrespectful to point your feet at others. 
  • Do not mention the king – It is a serious offence to disrespect the king’s name. In fact, it’s best to not talk about the King at all as Thai people can be very sensitive. Don’t stomp on a coin rolling away or a banknote either, as it contains the Kings image. 
  • Cover up – When visiting sacred temples, wats, monasteries or palaces, it is important to cover up your elbows and knees. 
  • Gift giving – If you’re planning to give a gift to someone, don’t wrap it in black, blue or green. These colours are used in funerals and associate with mourning. Instead, opt for red, which is an auspicious colour that symbolises good luck.

READ MORE: 9 Exotic Places to Visit in Phuket, Thailand!


Thailand is known to be the land of friendliness and hospitality. Foreigners aren’t expected to effortlessly master the complex world of Thai etiquette, however, it is good to have a basic understanding on what is acceptable and what is frowned upon!

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  • Eat off your spoon, not from your fork – It is considered crude and unrefined to eat directly off your fork. Instead, you should use your fork to push the food onto your spoon. Hold your spoon in your right hand, and fork in left!
  • Use your fingers to eat rice – Whether you’re dining at a restaurant or in someone’s house, you should always use your right hand to eat sticky rice – using your fingers! 
  • Don’t leave any food on your plate – Try not to leave any food on your plate, particularly meat and vegetables from main meals. When finished eating, nestle your spoon and fork together to indicate that you are full. 
  • Share your food – When eating with a group of people, it is polite to share the range of dishes provided with everyone. Don’t take the whole plate of food either, it’s better to take one-two spoonfuls of each dish at a time. 
  • Napkin or toilet paper? – In Thai food culture, napkins and toilet paper are basically the same thing. Sometimes you’ll find a piece of toilet paper sitting on your plate – but rest assured, it’s completely fine to wipe your hands with it! 

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The Thai people are incredibly superstitious. There is an endless lift of strange, but incredibly fascinating beliefs that to someone from a different culture will find quite unfamiliar. 

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  • Geckos – It is believed that if you hear a gecko before you leave your home, it is a warning that something bad will happen and you should, therefore, stay home. 
  • No haircut on Wednesdays – Most hairdressers are closed on Wednesday as it is believed to be bad luck to have your haircut that day. This superstition stems back to the royal family who would often get a haircut on a Wednesday, and therefore common people where prohibited to do so. 
  • Don’t call a baby cute –  Legends say that if you say your baby is cute, an evil spirit will hear and snatch your baby away. It is also believed that if a pregnant women attends a funeral, her baby will be haunted by the spirit of a dead person once it is born. 
  • Ghosts will tell you your next winning lottery numbers – Ghosts are mentioned largely in Thai culture and belief, so much that they are believed to predict your future in the form of lottery numbers. Most of the times it will be the last two numbers, but you must ask the ghost. 

7 Thai Street Foods you must try!

Thailand is not only renowned for its breathtaking beaches and culture but also for its mouth watering cuisine.

A common way to enjoy a meal, either alone or with friends, is at the street food stalls. The food stalls are set up along the streets and showcases Thailand’s plentiful and diverse dishes.

After you order your meal, find your dining spot at one of the plastic tables and chairs nearby!

Keep reading to see our top picks for Thai Street Food.

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 1. Pad See Eiw

Pad See Eiw is a Chinese-influenced dish consisting of flat rice noodle stir fried in dark soy sauce and light soy sauce. Chinese broccoli, egg and either chicken, pork or beef is also added to the dish.

2. Thai Roti

Thai Roti has a Muslim origin but is a staple with street food vendors. The flat bread is commonly eaten as a dessert as it is filled with bananas, condensed milk and even chocolate.

The main objective for the food vendors is to flatten the Roti as much as possible. Order one and watch as they flatten it and fill it up with your favourite toppings!

3. Khao Niew Ma Muang

Also known as Mango Sticky Rice, this Thai dessert is made with glutinous rice, fresh mango and coconut milk. The rice absorbs the coconut milk, leaving behind a mild sweet taste.

This dessert is also consumed in other parts of Southeast Asia, including Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia!

READ MORE: Explore Koh Samui, Thailand

4. Kluay Tod

You might mistakenly identify Kluay Tod as fried chicken!

This snack is deep fried mini-bananas, coated in a flour batter mixed with coconut and sesame seeds. Eat it fresh or at room temperature – either way is delicious!

5. Luk Chin Ping

Luk Chin Ping is Thai meat balls prepared on bamboo skewers. The juicy meatballs are  tossed into several herbs and spices and grilled right in front of you!

The result? A smokey taste.

6. Pla Muek Yang
Grilled Squid at street food in thailand

Thai grilled squid skewers can be found at just about every food market place in Thailand.

The road side favourite is served with Thai hot sauce so be cautious if you’re not a lover of spicy foods.

7. Kai Jeow

Kai Jeow is a Thai style omelet served over rice.

Being one of the easiest and cheapest dishes you can order, Kai Jeow is prepared differently from its Western counterpart. The egg is deep fried in oil and fish sauce, and topped with fresh chilli or chilli sauce. The outside should be golden and crispy, while fluffy on the inside!

Satisfy your Thai food cravings now! Book your trip and head over to Aabode.com to find your accommodation. Or click here to see our Thailand accommodations!