Ronan O'Connell

Ronan O'Connell

Ronan O'Connell has been a journalist for 17 years and is based between Australia, Thailand and Ireland, reporting on travel and current affairs for the likes of CNN, BBC, WIRED, Forbes, The Guardian and The Telegraph. He has been freelancing for eight years and prior to that spent nine years reporting for daily newspapers in Australia.

Latest from Ronan O'Connell

In Princess Diana’s footsteps: a walk through London, past Buckingham Palace to Kensington Palace and Gardens

The 11km-long Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Walk takes in four of London’s eight royal parks and passes by Buckingham Palace – a fitting way to remember her 25 years after her death.

The 11km-long Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Walk takes in four of London’s eight royal parks and passes by Buckingham Palace – a fitting way to remember her 25 years after her death.

31 Aug 2022 - 6:31PM
Australia’s 16-day celebration of Asian cultures held in a remote beach town – welcome to Broome

The Shinju Matsuri, an amalgamation of Chinese, Japanese and Malay celebrations, attracts thousands of visitors each year to Broome, possibly the most multicultural small town in Australia.

The Shinju Matsuri, an amalgamation of Chinese, Japanese and Malay celebrations, attracts thousands of visitors each year to Broome, possibly the most multicultural small town in Australia.

14 Aug 2022 - 11:15AM
On the trail of space exploration history in Australia, from Neil Armstrong’s ‘one small step’ to Aboriginal astronomy and Uranus’ rings

Perth Observatory lets visitors marvel at the wonders of the galaxy through its telescopes and celebrate Aboriginal Australia’s connection to the stars.

Perth Observatory lets visitors marvel at the wonders of the galaxy through its telescopes and celebrate Aboriginal Australia’s connection to the stars.

6 Aug 2022 - 1:15PM
Australia’s Aboriginal history celebrated in stunning new Sydney monument overlooking the opera house

Australia’s Aboriginal heritage has long been underappreciated and a beautiful new public art project overlooking the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge is trying to address that.

Australia’s Aboriginal heritage has long been underappreciated and a beautiful new public art project overlooking the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge is trying to address that.

20 Jun 2022 - 7:15AM
Traditional artisans front and centre of tourism promotion in Hanoi as Vietnamese capital seeks to preserve dying craftsman communities

The Vietnamese capital has been a hub of traditional crafts for hundreds of years, and as the city emerges from the pandemic, tourism authorities are putting its 800 artisan villages front and centre.

The Vietnamese capital has been a hub of traditional crafts for hundreds of years, and as the city emerges from the pandemic, tourism authorities are putting its 800 artisan villages front and centre.

18 Jun 2022 - 1:15PM
From a vertical gondola ride in Singapore to Bangkok’s downtown forest park, seven new Southeast Asian tourist attractions

A forest park in Bangkok, a gondola ride offering a panaroma of Singapore, an Instagram-worthy bridge and a theme park in Malaysia, a man-made beach – there’s a lot to draw visitors back.

A forest park in Bangkok, a gondola ride offering a panaroma of Singapore, an Instagram-worthy bridge and a theme park in Malaysia, a man-made beach – there’s a lot to draw visitors back.

28 May 2022 - 12:27PM
Chinese Sydney beyond Chinatown - from temples to a war memorial and centres of cultural exchange

After being shut to the world for almost two years thanks to the pandemic, Australia has reopened to international tourists. Here’s how to explore the deep Chinese connections in the nation’s most populous city.

After being shut to the world for almost two years thanks to the pandemic, Australia has reopened to international tourists. Here’s how to explore the deep Chinese connections in the nation’s most populous city.

2 Apr 2022 - 1:15PM
Indigenous and Asian slaves were the lifeblood of Western Australia’s early pearl industry

Indentured workers, plucked from Indigenous communities and, later, Asia, risked their lives to enrich their white masters in the pearl fishing industry of Broome, Western Australia.

Indentured workers, plucked from Indigenous communities and, later, Asia, risked their lives to enrich their white masters in the pearl fishing industry of Broome, Western Australia.

18 Jan 2021 - 7:40AM
What to see in Biden country, from Pennsylvania to Ireland’s County Mayo

The US president-elect’s familial ties to Mayo, one of Ireland’s most trad­itional and untamed counties, run deep, while in his home state of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia played a pivotal role in his election, as it does in modern American history.

The US president-elect’s familial ties to Mayo, one of Ireland’s most trad­itional and untamed counties, run deep, while in his home state of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia played a pivotal role in his election, as it does in modern American history.

27 Nov 2020 - 7:40PM
Sukhothai: could Thailand’s answer to Angkor Wat be the nation’s most overlooked attraction?

The ancient capital has been given Unesco Creative City status for its crafts and folk art and their enduring impact on Thai aesthetics.

The ancient capital has been given Unesco Creative City status for its crafts and folk art and their enduring impact on Thai aesthetics.

27 Nov 2020 - 1:27AM
Zhang Ziyi Chinese reality show to make Shoalwater Islands Marine Park in Western Australia a star

The real stars of the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park, however, are its little penguins and Australian sea lions.

The real stars of the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park, however, are its little penguins and Australian sea lions.

25 Apr 2019 - 10:45AM
How Ho Chi Minh City architects are reshaping the city, in the spirit of Zaha Hadid

Visionary designers reimagine the chaotic Vietnamese metropolis with beauty, sustainability and liveability in mind

Visionary designers reimagine the chaotic Vietnamese metropolis with beauty, sustainability and liveability in mind

22 Mar 2018 - 11:53AM
Motorbike heaven: Sri Lanka’s laid-back and friendly southern coast

Stunning scenery and welcoming, laid-back locals make it difficult to keep your eyes on the road along Sri Lanka’s southern coastline

Stunning scenery and welcoming, laid-back locals make it difficult to keep your eyes on the road along Sri Lanka’s southern coastline

21 Sep 2015 - 9:59AM