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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 – […]

Holidays in Cambodia? Tom Vater´s new German-language guide to Angkor published 4.1.2011

My new guide to the ruins of Angkor in Cambodia is published on the 4th of January 2011, by Germany`s largest independent travel publisher Reise Know How. The book contains almost a hundred color images by photographer Aroon Thaewchatturat, as well as maps of all the temples, a fold-out plan of the Angkor Archaeological Park […]

Cairo, Africa´s first city!

This city pulsates. We cruise into town from the airport, Ahmed at the wheel of an old beaten up Peugeot. The traffic is a crazy as anything anywhere, fast, furious and jerky, a sea of cars, old and new, antique and flash, barely functional and elegant, weaving along three aside on a two lane road. […]

Tom Vater interviewed by Rolf Potts

Every month, Rolf Potts, author of Vagabonding, interviews a fellow travel writer about the nuts and bolts of our trade. The extensive Q&As are published on his website. This month, it’s my turn. Read the full interview here!

New Author page at Amazon Author Central

I have opened an author page on Amazon (Author Central) which will keep Amazon surfers abreast of my activities. Not all of my titles are currently featured there, but readers will find a page with info on publications and a new blog , as well as other news from my literary twilight zone.

Paul Theroux in Bangkok

Bestselling travel writer Paul Theroux was in Bangkok this week to deliver the key note speech for the 2009 Southeast Asian Writers Award at a royally attended gala dinner. On Saturday, October 11th, I bumped into Mr. Theroux in Kinokunya at Siam Paragon, one of the city’s larger book stores. Mr. Theroux was there to […]

From Backpacker-Ghetto to Global Shopping Mall – Joe Cummings on Bangkok’s Khao San Road

The Khao San Road, one of the world’s greatest and most fascinating tourist ghettos, is coming of age. Last week the first MacDonald’s outlet opened inside one of the guesthouse complexes on the strip. Legendary hippy hangout, subject of a Hollywood blockbuster and barely more than 300 metres long, the Khao San Road offers a […]

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