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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 […]

A Day in the Life – Asia, mon Amour

Asia, mon amour. Every time I go out in the street in my adopted continent, I see something that, by the central European standards I grew up with, is outrageous, logic defying, irresponsible, shocking or at the very least unusual. Sometimes it is terrible, at other times beautiful. Sometimes it is trivial,sometimes sublime, at other […]

Moon Angkor Wat Reloaded – Second Edition out soon

My new guide to the Angkor temples in Cambodia, published by Moon in the US is out this month. It’s a completely revamped second edition on the temples and Siem Reap and features Phnom Penh and Battambang. And it’s the #1 New Release in the Cambodian travel guides on amazon where you can pre-order it […]

Wonderful book launch for Cambodia: Journey through the Land of the Khmer in Phnom Penh

Enjoyed the book launch for Cambodia: Journey through the Land of the Khmer with photographer Kraig Lieb. I participated in a panel on travel writing with Lonely Planet authors Greg Bloom and Nick Ray in front of an animated audience at Meta House in Phnom Penh. Thanks to everyone for turning up. Photo by Hans […]

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 – 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 […]

The Cambodian Book of the Dead reviewed at A Writer’s Sidequest

I somehow overlooked this excellent review of The Cambodian Book of the Dead at A Writer’s Side Quest from back in August. “I was left astounded by The Cambodian Book of the Dead. It defied and often surpassed my expectations of the genre…” I am currently in the last stages of editing the second Detective […]

Bauk – Gang rape, favorite past time of Cambodia’s young and affluent

In the light of several recent horrific rapes in Cambodia and the deplorable human rights situation in the country in general, I am republishing a 2003 story on gang rape in Phnom Penh. Cambodian sex workers In the shadow of the Independence Monument in Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh, young women sell themselves for 6$ a […]

Angkor Wat Guide out in January

The first edition of new my English language guide to Angkor Wat (including Siem Reap and the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh) is hitting shelves this month. After Moon Cambodia and Spotlight Angkor, this is my third book for Moon Guides and Avalon Publishing. You can purchase the book on Amazon. Content: A group of young […]

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