Tamara Thiessen

Tamara Thiessen

Tasmania-born journalist, travel writer and photographer, Tamara Thiessen, is also a global hotel correspondent. Like an arctic tern, she migrates regularly between Australia and France, but consider hotels her true pied-à-terre. She writes for business and leisure travel publications, in-flight magazines and newspaper travel supplements worldwide, and is the author of several books including travel guides to Vienna, Barcelona, Australia, Switzerland, Borneo and Rome.

Latest from Tamara Thiessen

Skydiving, paragliding, abseiling – Chinese adventure tourists doing extreme sports in ever greater numbers

Adventure tourism is growing in popularity among a generation of uninhibited Chinese travellers. From extreme sports to Arctic cruises to African safaris, they are chasing thrills the world over.

26 Nov 2019 - 2:43AM

Adventure tourism is growing in popularity among a generation of uninhibited Chinese travellers. From extreme sports to Arctic cruises to African safaris, they are chasing thrills the world over.

Skydiving, paragliding, abseiling – Chinese adventure tourists doing extreme sports in ever greater numbers
Architect of Hong Kong’s high-speed rail terminus West Kowloon Station on his award-winning creation

Partly inspired by New York’s Grand Central Terminal, the design of Hong Kong’s high-speed rail terminus, by American architect Andrew Bromberg, has been hailed as a ‘manifestation of the second golden age of rail travel’.

6 Oct 2019 - 2:30PM

Partly inspired by New York’s Grand Central Terminal, the design of Hong Kong’s high-speed rail terminus, by American architect Andrew Bromberg, has been hailed as a ‘manifestation of the second golden age of rail travel’.

Architect of Hong Kong’s high-speed rail terminus West Kowloon Station on his award-winning creation
Malaysian Borneo, natural wonder: will Chinese tourist boom destroy it, and kill the holiday trade in Sabah too?

Nearly 600,000 Chinese tourists visited Sabah in Borneo – one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots – last year, sparking fears of overtourism. An influx of illegal Chinese tour operators is also a problem for local travel agents and guides.

1 Oct 2019 - 7:53PM

Nearly 600,000 Chinese tourists visited Sabah in Borneo – one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots – last year, sparking fears of overtourism. An influx of illegal Chinese tour operators is also a problem for local travel agents and guides.

Malaysian Borneo, natural wonder: will Chinese tourist boom destroy it, and kill the holiday trade in Sabah too?
Why French luxury cosmetics need a compelling brand story in China, and non-stop innovation, to feed demand for novelty

French luxury cosmetics need a compelling brand story to sell in China, and innovation, to feed a demanding clientele’s desire for novelty. Sephora’s China Red, a niche line created in China for an international clientele, goes a step further.

30 Sep 2019 - 8:10PM

French luxury cosmetics need a compelling brand story to sell in China, and innovation, to feed a demanding clientele’s desire for novelty. Sephora’s China Red, a niche line created in China for an international clientele, goes a step further.

Why French luxury cosmetics need a compelling brand story in China, and non-stop innovation, to feed demand for novelty
Three Chinese artists inspired by beauty of Tasmania on why they chose self-exile on Australian island

A number of Chinese artists have fallen in love with Tasmania and moved to the Australian island to paint. Jane Qing Yang, Shanshan Ai and Chen Ping talk about Tasmania’s natural beauty and how it inspires them.

23 Aug 2019 - 11:18AM

A number of Chinese artists have fallen in love with Tasmania and moved to the Australian island to paint. Jane Qing Yang, Shanshan Ai and Chen Ping talk about Tasmania’s natural beauty and how it inspires them.

Three Chinese artists inspired by beauty of Tasmania on why they chose self-exile on Australian island
Chinese architect’s tornado-inspired staircase to take the Netherlands’ migration museum by storm

Ma Yansong’s tornado-inspired staircase will embellish the first Dutch museum of migration, in a Rotterdam neighbourhood that housed one of Europe’s oldest Chinatowns and from where three million sailed for the Americas.

23 Jul 2019 - 2:33PM

Ma Yansong’s tornado-inspired staircase will embellish the first Dutch museum of migration, in a Rotterdam neighbourhood that housed one of Europe’s oldest Chinatowns and from where three million sailed for the Americas.

Chinese architect’s tornado-inspired staircase to take the Netherlands’ migration museum by storm
Can architecture help mental health? The high-rise housing designed to battle urban loneliness

We talk to architecture firms turning high-rise housing in places such as Hong Kong and Singapore into vertical neighbourhoods, creating tightly knit communities that enhance social interaction and alleviate mental ills.

7 May 2019 - 7:45AM

We talk to architecture firms turning high-rise housing in places such as Hong Kong and Singapore into vertical neighbourhoods, creating tightly knit communities that enhance social interaction and alleviate mental ills.

Can architecture help mental health? The high-rise housing designed to battle urban loneliness
From Boracay to Maya Bay, how to fix overtourism: travellers’ tips and advice for authorities

From Boracay to Maya Bay, overtourism and beach closures have been making the news of late. While many governments drag their feet trying to find a solution, what can travellers do to help resolve the problem?

3 May 2019 - 6:12AM

From Boracay to Maya Bay, overtourism and beach closures have been making the news of late. While many governments drag their feet trying to find a solution, what can travellers do to help resolve the problem?

From Boracay to Maya Bay, how to fix overtourism: travellers’ tips and advice for authorities
What’s driving China conspiracy theories in Australia?

China is Australia’s biggest trading partner and its people flock down under for both tourism and education. But intellectuals say a racialised anti-China narrative has taken hold in the media – and it’s time to call it out.

27 Mar 2019 - 9:07PM

China is Australia’s biggest trading partner and its people flock down under for both tourism and education. But intellectuals say a racialised anti-China narrative has taken hold in the media – and it’s time to call it out.

What’s driving China conspiracy theories in Australia?
How a global traveller came home to reconnect with China of his youth and preserve fading traditions

Photojournalist and art collector Keren Su never forgot the ‘living museum’ he encountered on a 6,800km bike ride across China in 1981; he has built three traditional lodges to share with others his collections and love of the past.

6 Mar 2019 - 7:25PM

Photojournalist and art collector Keren Su never forgot the ‘living museum’ he encountered on a 6,800km bike ride across China in 1981; he has built three traditional lodges to share with others his collections and love of the past.

How a global traveller came home to reconnect with China of his youth and preserve fading traditions
China Love documentary explores the country’s pre-wedding photo shoot industry

Olivia Martin-McGuire became fascinated by flamboyant pre-wedding photoshoots and the Chinese concept of love after she moved to Shanghai. She published her first photo series in 2016 and her documentary China Love premiered in Sydney.

29 Jan 2019 - 8:27PM

Olivia Martin-McGuire became fascinated by flamboyant pre-wedding photoshoots and the Chinese concept of love after she moved to Shanghai. She published her first photo series in 2016 and her documentary China Love premiered in Sydney.

China Love documentary explores the country’s pre-wedding photo shoot industry
War on wheels: Europe’s love-hate relationship with cheap Chinese electric bikes

Movement in Brussels towards imposing taxes on imports from China has sparked a battle over e-bikes between consumers, companies and conservationists.

16 Jan 2019 - 6:18AM

Movement in Brussels towards imposing taxes on imports from China has sparked a battle over e-bikes between consumers, companies and conservationists.

War on wheels: Europe’s love-hate relationship with cheap Chinese electric bikes
Chinese film and television producers flock to France for the classical settings – and the tax breaks

Vicky Zhao Wei shooting a gastronomic reality-TV show in Colmar, Chen Bolin shooting a romantic comedy in Bordeaux - Chinese stars are suddenly everywhere in France. A tax rebate for foreign productions is part of the draw.

12 Dec 2018 - 9:09PM

Vicky Zhao Wei shooting a gastronomic reality-TV show in Colmar, Chen Bolin shooting a romantic comedy in Bordeaux - Chinese stars are suddenly everywhere in France. A tax rebate for foreign productions is part of the draw.

Chinese film and television producers flock to France for the classical settings – and the tax breaks
Netherlands floating farm paves way for self-sustainable agriculture – could China be next?

The world’s first floating dairy farm will help Rotterdam produce more of its own food. The company behind it is in talks with China, seeing it as a sustainable solution to swelling populations.

5 Dec 2018 - 7:23PM

The world’s first floating dairy farm will help Rotterdam produce more of its own food. The company behind it is in talks with China, seeing it as a sustainable solution to swelling populations.

Netherlands floating farm paves way for self-sustainable agriculture – could China be next?
Backlash in Paris as Chinatown ‘gaming club’ prepares to open

The planned opening of a gaming club in Paris’s 13th district has angered the local French-Chinese community.

13 Nov 2018 - 8:51AM

The planned opening of a gaming club in Paris’s 13th district has angered the local French-Chinese community.

Backlash in Paris as Chinatown ‘gaming club’ prepares to open
Burgundy lures wealthy Chinese tourists with an appetite for culture, and wine

The city of Dijon and the Burgundy region are pulling out all the stops to entice Chinese luxury tour operators to the wine-growing area of eastern France. Day trippers are being replaced by visitors interested in cultural activities who stay longer.

30 Oct 2018 - 1:23PM

The city of Dijon and the Burgundy region are pulling out all the stops to entice Chinese luxury tour operators to the wine-growing area of eastern France. Day trippers are being replaced by visitors interested in cultural activities who stay longer.

Burgundy lures wealthy Chinese tourists with an appetite for culture, and wine
Living in fear: Chinese are prime targets of Paris gangs and violent muggings are on the rise

Police believe they have dismantled a gang of youths responsible for a wave of violence against Chinese in the French capital, but the community says there are assaults every two days, creating ‘a kind of psychosis’.

20 Oct 2018 - 11:17PM

Police believe they have dismantled a gang of youths responsible for a wave of violence against Chinese in the French capital, but the community says there are assaults every two days, creating ‘a kind of psychosis’.

Living in fear: Chinese are prime targets of Paris gangs and violent muggings are on the rise
Hopes for a Chinese cash cow in France milk country sour

French farmers fear for future of a dairy plant once billed as China’s largest foreign investment in the milk processing sector.

11 Oct 2018 - 10:22PM

French farmers fear for future of a dairy plant once billed as China’s largest foreign investment in the milk processing sector.

Hopes for a Chinese cash cow in France milk country sour
France launches ‘operation seduction’ to woo more Chinese tourists with cashless payments, KOLs and influencers

Only two per cent of visitors to France are from China, and to change this, tourism boards across the nation are pulling out the stops, signing deals with Chinese mobile payment platforms and inviting influencers to visit.

24 Sep 2018 - 8:03PM

Only two per cent of visitors to France are from China, and to change this, tourism boards across the nation are pulling out the stops, signing deals with Chinese mobile payment platforms and inviting influencers to visit.

France launches ‘operation seduction’ to woo more Chinese tourists with cashless payments, KOLs and influencers
The growing revolt against Chinese ‘conquering’ French farms

Having witnessed its prized Bordeaux vineyards gradually bought by Chinese investors, France is now on its guard against a similar ‘Chinese invasion’ of its farmland.

8 Sep 2018 - 9:19PM

Having witnessed its prized Bordeaux vineyards gradually bought by Chinese investors, France is now on its guard against a similar ‘Chinese invasion’ of its farmland.

The growing revolt against Chinese ‘conquering’ French farms
As culture tops Chinese tourists’ reasons for visiting Paris, French art looks for a home in China

From the Musée Rodin to the celebrated Pompidou Centre, venerable French art institutions – encouraged by Chinese interest – are making China their first stop for collaborations, pop-up projects and overseas exhibitions

25 Sep 2018 - 10:11AM

From the Musée Rodin to the celebrated Pompidou Centre, venerable French art institutions – encouraged by Chinese interest – are making China their first stop for collaborations, pop-up projects and overseas exhibitions

As culture tops Chinese tourists’ reasons for visiting Paris, French art looks for a home in China
6 best ‘bleisure’ hotels that cater to the workaholic vacationer

From New York to Kuala Lumpur to Amsterdam, hotels are responding to the bleisure travel craze by offering purpose-designed work-plus-play environments

10 Sep 2018 - 3:15PM

From New York to Kuala Lumpur to Amsterdam, hotels are responding to the bleisure travel craze by offering purpose-designed work-plus-play environments

6 best ‘bleisure’ hotels that cater to the workaholic vacationer
Pritzker Prize-winning Chinese architect Wang Shu battles to save China’s traditional rural building style amid rampant urbanisation

Wang Shu and his wife, Lu Wenyu, of China’s Amateur Architecture Studio want to protect Chinese culture and history by returning to artisanal building techniques and the use of traditional materials.

30 Aug 2018 - 8:38PM

Wang Shu and his wife, Lu Wenyu, of China’s Amateur Architecture Studio want to protect Chinese culture and history by returning to artisanal building techniques and the use of traditional materials.

Pritzker Prize-winning Chinese architect Wang Shu battles to save China’s traditional rural building style amid rampant urbanisation
How China’s fake Paris impressed a French photographer with the Eiffel Tower and more

When Parisian photographer Francois Prost visited the Hangzhou neighbourhood of Tianducheng he was fascinated by the duplication of his home city. His images in an exhibition in Paris show there’s much more to the Chinese city than an Eiffel Tower replica.

20 Aug 2018 - 7:58PM

When Parisian photographer Francois Prost visited the Hangzhou neighbourhood of Tianducheng he was fascinated by the duplication of his home city. His images in an exhibition in Paris show there’s much more to the Chinese city than an Eiffel Tower replica.

How China’s fake Paris impressed a French photographer with the Eiffel Tower and more
Chinese millennial tourists in Paris swap luxury shopping for authentic local experiences, influenced by social media

It’s not cool for young Chinese travellers to queue at upscale Paris department stores like their predecessors. Instead they want to discover Parisians’ real way of life by visiting the best cafes, artisan bakeries, boutiques and concept stores.

13 Aug 2018 - 1:09PM

It’s not cool for young Chinese travellers to queue at upscale Paris department stores like their predecessors. Instead they want to discover Parisians’ real way of life by visiting the best cafes, artisan bakeries, boutiques and concept stores.

Chinese millennial tourists in Paris swap luxury shopping for authentic local experiences, influenced by social media
Chinese bike-sharing giants battle for Paris turf after ‘Vélib fiasco’
Five of the best Borneo river trips to see its nature and wildlife up close – from rainforest cruises to tribal adventures

The lush rainforests of Borneo hide a startling array of flora and fauna, as well as tribes who live life by the island’s waterways. Tamara Thiessen reports on the best river adventures available and what you’ll see along the way.

5 Aug 2018 - 7:46PM

The lush rainforests of Borneo hide a startling array of flora and fauna, as well as tribes who live life by the island’s waterways. Tamara Thiessen reports on the best river adventures available and what you’ll see along the way.

Five of the best Borneo river trips to see its nature and wildlife up close – from rainforest cruises to tribal adventures
Lost in translation: black market in Chinese guides and tickets has cost Paris Louvre ‘millions’

Paris museum’s lack of support for Mandarin means Chinese tourists are forced to rent audio guides from scammers on the street, who also trade in used tickets.

11 Jul 2018 - 10:18AM

Paris museum’s lack of support for Mandarin means Chinese tourists are forced to rent audio guides from scammers on the street, who also trade in used tickets.

Lost in translation: black market in Chinese guides and tickets has cost Paris Louvre ‘millions’
Where to feast like the locals at Malaysia's Ramadan bazaars

During the Muslim holy month, visitors to Malaysia are greeted with a smorgasbord of street food at lively sunset markets held at the end of each day of fasting.

3 Jun 2015 - 11:37PM

During the Muslim holy month, visitors to Malaysia are greeted with a smorgasbord of street food at lively sunset markets held at the end of each day of fasting.

Where to feast like the locals at Malaysia's Ramadan bazaars