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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! […]

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 […]

Mekong Shadows anthology features The Cambodian Book of the Dead

Earlier this week, Saraswati Publishing in Phnom Penh launched Mekong Shadows a new anthology of dark tales from Cambodia. Edited by British journalist Iain Donnelly, this collection includes both Cambodian and ex pat writers, both complete unknowns and widely published authors, including Kosal Khiev, John Burdett and James Newman. Feedback has been positive with coverage […]

Cambodia: Journey through the Land of the Khmer

Cambodia: Journey through the Land of the Khmer , photographed by Kraig Lieb, with my text, is doing well in Siem Reap bookshops. Blurb: Cambodia: a Journey through the Land of the Khmer throws the doors to this small Southeast Asian kingdom wide open and invites both visitors and armchair travelers on a trip through […]

Moon Angkor Wat Reloaded – Second Edition out now

I have been busy promoting the new second edition of Moon Angkor Wat, published by Avalon Publishing in the US, which is out now. Some of my thoughts on community tourism, gay and lesbian travelers, volunteering and travel photography in Cambodiacan be found here.

Celestial Dancers in Angkor: Tom Vater interviewed for Morning Calm Magazine

I was interviewed a while back in Korean Inflight Magazine Morning Calm by Marco Ferrarese for his article Celestial Dancers on the Apsaras, the celestial dancers of Angkor Wat in Cambodia. Marco’s story runs from pages 74 to 79.

Cambodia: A Journey through the land of the Khmer – Book launch in Phnom Penh, December 8th

Cambodia: A Journey through the Land of the Khmer – in The Advisor

An extract of my new book – with renowned American photographer and Lonely Planet veteran Kraig Lieb – Cambodia: A Journey through the Land of the Khmer, is featured in The Advisor this week. Read the text – about the country’s capital Phnom Penh – here.

Cambodia: A Journey through the Land of the Khmer – Cover

Cambodia: A Journey through the Land of the Khmer has just been published. It’s currently only available in SE Asia but this will change soon. I am told the book will be available on Amazon soon. It’s been a great project to work on with photographer and publisher Kraig Lieb. And it’s the heaviest book […]

Cambodia: a Journey through the Land of the Khmer – Out Now

“Cambodia: a Journey through the Land of the Khmer” , an illustrated book by photographer Kraig Lieb, went on sale over the weekend in Cambodia.  I contributed the text. Great project, great journey. This shot by Kraig is from Monument Books at Phnom Penh Airport. The book will be available on Amazon US & Amazon […]

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