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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 […]

The Tom Vater Collection at the British Library to be digitally preserved

This recording is part of the Tom Vater Collection (C799) at the British Library. A longer extract has been published on The Moken: sea gypsies of the Andaman Sea (Topic Records TSCD919, 2001).  The full collection also includes recordings from India, Laos and Cambodia. It will be digitally preserved as part of the Unlocking our […]

Srey Thy aka Channthy Kak, singer of The Cambodian Space Project passes away

Srey Thy aka Kak Channthy , the singer of seminal Cambodian band The Cambodian Space Project, was killed last night when a Lexus smashed into the back of a Tuk-Tuk she was traveling in, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. I had the good fortune to meet Srey Thy many times. My brother Marc took me to […]

Moon Angkor Wat 3rd edition racing towards final deadline

In the final throes of writing the new edition of Moon Angkor Wat, my guide to the Angkor temples in Cambodia. Two trips this year, and I met some great people in Siem Reap, Battambang and Phnom Penh, and of course the monuments remain as magnificent as ever, no matter how vulgar the mass tourist […]

Cambodia: A Journey through the Land of the Khmer remains bestseller in Cambodia

Cambodia: A Journey through the Land of the Khmer by Kraig Lieb, with my text, continues to shift copies in Cambodia. Photo taken at Monument Books, Siem Reap.

Researching Moon Angkor Wat 3rd Edition

Currently in Siem Reap, Cambodia, to research the 3rd edition of the Moon guide to Angkor Wat. Just had a gloriously sunny day amongst the monuments, with few other visitors in sight away from the main sites. Adding a chapter on how to beat the crowds….

Mekong Shadows reviewed in The Nation

Great write-up by Paul Dorsey in today’s Nation newspaper for the Mekong Shadows anthology with praise for The Cambodian Book of the Dead. The anthology’s best episode, hands down, is actually a long excerpt from “The Cambodian Book of the Dead”, a taut and disturbing novel by Tom Vater (“Sacred Skin – Thailand’s Spirit Tattoos”). […]

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