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Tom Vater at Bangkok Poetry

Very pleased to announce that I’ve been invited to perform at the next Bangkok Poetry event on Saturday, July 21st at Opposite in Tong Lor. The event starts at 8pm. Bangkok Poetry is a reading series devoted to the lyrical, the risky, the unexpected. Happenings are every six weeks. Check out the fb page for […]

The Sounds of the Moken – Sea Gypsies of Southeast Asia

I used to work with the British Library’s Sound Archive a decade ago and collected and documented music from around Asia for the library’s International Music Collection. Several ethnographic CDs of this work were released in the 90s, the rest sits in London and is accessible to researchers. The music of the Moken Sea Gypsies […]

The Most Secret Place on Earth on pirate DVD….in Cambodia

On a recent trip to Cambodia, I noticed that my first non fiction book Beyond the Pancake Trench is still being sold as a bootleg photocopy in Siem Reap bookshops. I was browsing the shelves of a pirate DVD shop in Phnom Penh a couple days ago, when I found, much to my surprise, that […]

The Good News continues: Sacred Skin at Siem Reap Airport!

Just passed through Siem Reap International Airport in Cambodia today and spotted my new book Sacred Skin in the airport bookshop, displayed prominently next to Birds of South East Asia and Ferns of the Tropics…hm, topical. Spent a week on assignment in Siem Reap before returning to a flooded Bangkok. Sacred Skin is the first […]

From the Archives: Pol Pot’s Sheet Metal Roof

The following text is an account of a journey to the grave of Pol Pot near Anlong Veng, Cambodia in 2002. It is part of my non fiction book Beyond the Pancake Trench – Road Tales from the Wild East, published by Orchid Books in 2005, which made Book of the Week in the South […]

Tom Vater’s 2006 non-fiction title Beyond the Pancake Trench bootlegged in Cambodia

While I was in Cambodia last week, I noticed that my 2006 non-fiction title Beyond the Pancake Trench is still available as a photocopied bootleg in several outlets around the country. My very own work, pirated by nefarious greedy people, does not sell nearly as well as the multitude of Lonely Planet titles that are […]

(Deutsch) Der langsamste Zug Asiens – Unterwegs im Battambang Express

From the Archives: Wai Khru Day – The Wat Bang Phra Tattoo Festival in Thailand

Every year in March, thousands of Buddhist devotees gather at a temple an hour west of Bangkok to worship and celebrate one of Thailand’s strangest cults: At Wat Bang Phra, Buddhist monks use long needles to tattoo magic images and prayers on the believers’ skin. The tattoos are believed to give the wearer protection, especially […]

Tom Vater’s 2006 non-fiction title Beyond the Pancake Trench bootlegged in Cambodia

While in Cambodia, I noticed that my non-fiction title Beyond the Pancake Trench, published by Orchid Books, is being sold in bookshops around the country, along with scores of other titles, as a photocopied bootleg. Damn. The majority of books currently sold in Cambodia are probably pirated products, as is the vast majority of DVDs, […]

Tom Vater’s Beyond the Pancake Trench is review of the week in the SCMP

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