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The Bangkok Publishing House in The Daily Telegraph

I recently reviewed the quite unique Bangkok Publishing House in The Daily Telegraph. The Bangkok Publishing Residence is a unique property, a one-off, and a very personable hotel experience. The building started as a row of 1960s shophouses, though most of the walls and floors have been removed, creating a beautifully open ground-floor space that’s […]

The Daily Telegraph in Kandy, Sri Lanka

I’ve recently reviewed six hotels in Kandy, Sri Lanka for The Daily Telegraph. Kandy House, the former home of the last king of Ceylon, now a stunning hotel property amidst jungle and paddy fields outside of town,  was a particular highlight.

Helga’s Folly, Sri Lanka – A 20th Century Classic

Gandhi stayed here and Paula Yates loved it. A handsome mansion built in the 1930s, run by the eccentric Helga De Silva, the property is now a faded but incredible Alice-in-Wonderland-meets-Hammer-Horror bohemian ghost ride experience. If you are looking for conventional accommodation, don’t stay here. Hotels don’t get any more unique than Helga’s Folly. Every […]

The Daily Telegraph Bangkok Hotel Guide

I have completed a long term project for The Daily Telegraph, reviewing 20 or so luxury hotels in Bangkok. It’s been an intriguing assignment, stretching over several months with great insights into the hotel and restaurant business in the Thai capital. Working with a host of PR staff has been a joy. Many of the […]

Tom Vater reports for the SEA Globe – The Overstay – Bangkok’s Underground Music Venue

The Trash Palace The crowd surges forward. The singer, a skinny white guy, screams into the microphone, which has been taped to the top of a camera tripod. The room is so hot that water drips from the ceiling.  Strips of linoleum are coming off the floor in long torn rolls of dirty plastic. The […]

The Overstay – Thailand´s Worst Hotel is a Gem! Just Don´t Sleep There.

The crowd surges forward. The singer, a 40 something skinny white guy, screams into the microphone, which has been taped to the top of a camera stand. The room is so hot that water drops from the ceiling. The linoleum is coming off the floor in long torn rolls of dirty plastic. The drums thud […]

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