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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.

A Day in the Life – Photo Moments of a Territorial Agnostic

Where it all started – standing atop a sand dune in the Draa Valley around Zagora in southern Morrocco in 1992. It looked and was unbearably romantic. I can still smell the sand today. Zagora was to become one of the main locations for the shoot of Paul Bowles‘ incredible novel The Sheltering Sky which […]

Tom Vater, Author & Traveller

Tom Vater has a dream job: as a travel and guidebook writer, he constantly explores Asian roads to get the details right and inspire others to start their own adventures. Writer Marco Ferrarese, author of seminal punk rock novel Nazi Goreng, recently interviewed me about my early travel exploits in Asia. Read the full story […]

A Life Lived On The Road

A slightly worn version of myself nicely captured by the inimitable Viraj Singh at Ta Prohm, Cambodia a couple of weeks ago. Been on the road for so long, 20 + years, that travel has become a permanent state of mind, all experiences are thankfully transient and most reflections turn into stories that continue to […]

My Worst Experience on the Road – In this Month’s Esquire Magazine (Thai edition)

I have been interviewed in the October edition of Esquire Magazine (Thai edition) about my worst travel experience ever. Bit of a dilemma as I have encountered quite a few disastrous scenarios in the past 25 years on the road. But my failure to rescue a severely injured men in Zanskar (northwestern India), the subject […]

Roadtrip Northern Thailand 2012

Currently on the road  updating the 16th edition of Reise Know How Thailand. 14 days around the north, Chiang Mai, Pai, Mae Hong Son, Mae Sariang, Chiang Dao, Fang, Thaton, Mae Salong, Mae Sai, Chaing Saen, Chiang Kong, Nan, Phrae, Lampang, Chiang Rai and a few places that escape me now. Eating miles every day….

The Moon Guide to Angkor

Am currently on the road in Cambodia to write a brand new guide to Cambodia’s Angkor Wat. Great to be on the road in 2012. The book is due out in the autumn…

Tom Vater at the first Bangkok Literary Festival

Many thanks to all those who could attend my talk ´From Rough Guides to Sacred Skin`at the very first Bangkok Literary Festival at the Nelson Hays Library. I really enjoyed talking about the life of a freelance writer in a quickly changing and often brutally competitive and partially collapsing  media landscape, trying to explain what […]

Tom Vater at the first Bangkok Literary Festival – May 22nd, 2011, 6pm!

I will be giving a talk at the Nelson Hays Library on Surawong Road in Bangkok, as part of the first Bangkok Literary Festival on May 22nd, 2011. From Rough Guides to Sacred Tattoos – The changing career of a travel writer in Southeast Asia will focus on how my job has changed over the […]

Are You Mad Enough To Be A Travel Writer?

The website Tripbase offer information for would-be travel writers, on the whole very sensible and useful for prospective scribes. The introduction -The harsh realities laid bare- is both sobering and spot-on: Travel writing is a tough and competitive business, a trade for which one needs to have plenty of persistence and low financial expectations – […]

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