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The Death of Bangkok’s Amazing Streetfood in The Daily Telegraph

My thoughts on the imminent demise of Bangkok’s incredibly varied, often delicious and pretty cheap streetfood in today’s Daily Telegraph. “Since the May 2014 military coup, Bangkok has been gradually changing from a chaotic, bustling happy-go-lucky south-east Asian capital with a hedonistic bent into an increasingly drab and orderly bargain basement version of Singapore,” said […]

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 […]

Tom Vater – Crime fiction writer, Journalist, Publisher – at Clippings.me

Here’s my new and very slick professional profile at Clippings.me. Thanks for taking a look. Sure beats LinkedIn.

Road Trip Sri Lanka

I have been traveling in Sri Lanka recently. it was a blast and my first time on the island. Mellow people, so long as you don’t dig into the war (and I was not there for that), luscious green hills, great food, wonderful festivals and no stress. I did a bunch of hotel reviews for […]

Songkran 2016: where to celebrate Thai New Year – The Daily Telegraph

My guide for The Daily Telegraph on where, when and how to best celebrate Thai New Year.

Songkran celebrations begin under the watchful eye of the military – The Daily Telegraph

My lowdown on Thailand’s New Year celebrations in The Daily Telegraph today. Among tourists, Thailand’s Songkran festival is best known for its exuberant and anarchic water fights. For three to five days, depending on the region, Thais of all ages throw ice cold water at each other and at visitors, along with copious ladles of […]

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 […]

Thailand’s Unspoilt Islands in The Daily Telegraph

Thailand’s unspoilt islands: Paradise mapped Looking for the perfect beach in Thailand? Tom Vater, our local expert, reveals his favourite island secrets… Read the full text here. Or check out this wonderful photo series presenting Thailand’s most sumptuous and low key hideaways.  

My story on the Nepal earthquake for The Daily Telegraph: What does the future hold for tourism?

Holidaymakers in Nepal were helping dig locals out of the rubble in the aftermath of Saturday’s earthquake. Tom Vater assesses the damage to the country’s tourist industry. Read the full story in The Daily Telegraph today.

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