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Moon Angkor Wat – Third Edition out now!

The third updated edition of Moon Angkor Wat, my English language guide to the Angkor temples in Cambodia is out now, both in print and ebook format. Reviewer Janet Brown had this to say: I’m the kind of person who reads guidebooks to remember where I’ve been as well as to plan my next destination […]

Moon Angkor Wat 3rd edition out now!

The brand new third edition of my Moon Guide to the Angkor Wat temples is out now and it looks fantastic. Here’s my complete line-up of titles for Moon, a US based travel guide publisher. Get your copy here. Reader and fellow author Janet Brown wrote: I’m the kind of person who reads guidebooks to […]

Vang Vieng, Laos: From party capital to eco-adventure paradise on CNN Travel

Sitting on the banks of the Song River, the rural town might seem serene now. But Vang Vieng has seen a tumultuous 15 years, evolving from an agricultural community to a hedonistic party capital when it was “discovered” by Western shoestring travelers in the late 1990s. Excessive drinking, drugs, trash, concrete construction and fatal accidents […]

The Travels of Marco Yolo: Blazing Trails where Marco Polo Feared to Go

  My friend Marco Ferrarese has published his latest and very very cool travel anthology, The Travels of Marco Yolo: Blazing Trails where Marco Polo Feared to Go.   It’s a great read that jumps all over Asia and the Middle East, including some pretty obscure and remote corners, proving that good travel writing survives […]

Cambodia: A Journey through the Land of the Khmer – Cover

Cambodia: A Journey through the Land of the Khmer has just been published. It’s currently only available in SE Asia but this will change soon. I am told the book will be available on Amazon soon. It’s been a great project to work on with photographer and publisher Kraig Lieb. And it’s the heaviest book […]

36 Hours in Bangkok? Check out my new guide in The Daily Telegraph

The Daily Telegraph has just published 36 Hours in Bangkok, my quick round-up of the Thai capital’s highlights. What to do, what to see, where to shop and when to drop. Check it out!

Burmese Light rocks London

My new non fiction title Burmese Light has been subject of photographer Hans Kemp‘s exhibition at the OXO Tower Gallery in London this week. The private view on the 10th was a wonderful opportunity to catch up with old friends and see plenty of new faces interested in the magical light of Southeast Asia. We […]

Where Sidewalks End – Interview

I’ve been interviewed by acclaimed travel blog Where Sidewalks End, about travel, crime fiction, Sacred Skin, Burma and The Devil’s Road to Kathmandu.

From the Archives: Hampi: Ruins Forgotten in Time

Gone are the days when these kind of stories could finance a trip across India. This particular story Hampi: Ruins Forgotten in Time appeared in Lifestyle + Travel in a special segment on India in around 2005 and was republished several more times in travel magazines across Asia. Here is the entire pdf, also featuring […]

Writer Chris Taylor on Global Travel and Tom Vater’s The Devil’s Road to Kathmandu

Chris Taylor, author of Harvest Season, a dystopian backpacker novel set in China that I recently reviewed in the Wall Street Journal, recaps and comments one of our meetings in Bangkok and our discussion on the future  of backpacking, guidebooks and my novel The Devil’s Road to Kathmandu, which will be republished as an e-book […]

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