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Travel Safety in Cambodia – in The Daily Telegraph

My thoughts on travel safety in Cambodia in his Telegraph piece. Behind the paywall, unfortunately. Tom Vater, one of Telegraph’s south-east Asian experts who travels frequently in Cambodia, says the recent boom in investment in Sihanoukville from China has led to the arrival of violent gangs and a rising crime rate. “Since 2018, the Cambodian […]

Going ‘wild’ in Cambodia’s Cardamom Mountains

“Camera traps have been smashed and stolen. We have caught hunting dogs. A logging gang started to build a road through the national park so our team watched them for three days, then stormed the camp and arrested 20 people. The following day, everyone was freed, but at least the road was not built.” Laure […]

Cambodia: Jouney through the Land of the Khmer 2nd edition bestseller

Cambodia: Journey through the Land of the Khmer with photos by Kraig Lieb and my text remains a bestseller in Cambodia. The second edition came out late last year. There’s currently a great light display for the book at Phnom Penh airport.

Moon Angkor Wat – Third Edition out now!

The third updated edition of Moon Angkor Wat, my English language guide to the Angkor temples in Cambodia is out now, both in print and ebook format. Reviewer Janet Brown had this to say: I’m the kind of person who reads guidebooks to remember where I’ve been as well as to plan my next destination […]

Moon Angkor Wat 3rd edition out now!

The brand new third edition of my Moon Guide to the Angkor Wat temples is out now and it looks fantastic. Here’s my complete line-up of titles for Moon, a US based travel guide publisher. Get your copy here. Reader and fellow author Janet Brown wrote: I’m the kind of person who reads guidebooks to […]

The Detective Maier Mystery Series – at Amazon for 10US$

All three Detective Maier novels, including my brand new title, The Monsoon Ghost Image, are available from Crime Wave Press via Amazon in one handy The Detective Maier Mystery Series package for less than 10US$.

2nd Revised Edition of Cambodia: Journey through the Land of the Khmer out now

Kraig Lieb’s illustrated book Cambodia: Journey through the Land of the Khmer, featuring my text, is currently Cambodia’s bestselling illustrated book. A newly revised, freshly edited, fantabulous edition with new images is out now!

The Crime Fiction of Phnom Penh @ Crime Reads

Patrick French reports on Drifters, Conspirators, and Noir in Cambodia’s Capital City for Crime Reads and writes… “Hard-boiled and noir is pretty much the only option on the menu when it comes to Phnom Penh crime writing. Tom Vater, a Bangkok-based writer and publisher, wrote The Cambodian Book of the Dead (2013) which sees German […]

3rd Edition of the Moon Guide to Angkor Wat is out October 2nd

The third edition of my guide to the Angkor temples, published by Moon in the US, is out October 2nd. Lots of changes around the Cambodian temples and in Siem Reap which is growing at an extraordinary pace. And lots of new hotels, eateries and other attractions in the new edition. Trip of a lifetime! […]

Some of my best recent stories in the Nikkei Asian Review

From a punk rock collective in Borneo to European proto-colonies and ethnic minorities in India, rock stars and a circus from Cambodia, the scourge of development in Laos, female motorcycle taxi drivers in Thailand, Japanese entrepreneurs in France and my eye witness reports of the 2015 Nepal earthquake, the Asian Nikkei Review has published some […]

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