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 […]

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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 […]

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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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Urlaub in Angkor? Tom Vaters neuer City Trip Reiseführer Angkor und Siem Reap erscheint am 4.1.2011Holidays in Cambodia? Tom Vater´s new German-language guide to Angkor published 4.1.2011

City Trip Angkor und Siem Reap erscheint am 4. Januar 2011 bei Reise Know How. Dieser kompakte Reiseführer zu den atemberaubenden Ruinen des Reiches der Khmer erläutert Geschichte, erklärt Architektur und Hintergründe und soll einen Aufenthalt in der Boomstadt Siem Reap, in der Nähe der sagenhaften Tempel (seit 1992 ein UNESCO Weltkulturerbe und derzeit eines […]

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

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 stop-over […]

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