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I Love My India

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 […]

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.  

Burmese Light – The Book Trailer

Check out the book trailer for Burmese Light, my new non fiction book with photographer Hans Kemp, published by Visionary World this month. Reviews: “Whether you are planning a visit or have recently traveled to Myanmar, Hans Kemp’s magnificent photographs combined with Tom Vater’s illuminating text create an unforgettable portrait of a truly remarkable country […]

Burmese Light in Shops around the World very soon!!!!

“Los mochileros son consumistas” entrevista a Tom Vater

I’ve been interviewed by Editorial Xplora to promote Kathmandu, camino al infierno, the Spanish edition of my first novel The Devil’s Road to Kathmandu which has just been republished in paperback with Crime WavePress. Here’s the lowdown: Tom Vater, escritor y periodista experto en el Sur y Sureste Asiático, lleva viajando y viviendo durante más […]

Daily Telegraph live webchat on Wednesday 7th from 12.30-2pm

As I am currently the Daily Telegraph’s Bangkok expert, I will be taking part in a live web chat on Southeast Asian travel destinations on Wednesday the 7th of December from 12.30-2pm. London time of course.

Book Review: Chris Taylor´s Harvest Seaon in The Wall Street Journal

My review of Chris Taylor´s excellent novel Harvest Season is running in The Wall Street Journal this week. A thoughtful meditation on backpacker mayhem in Southern China, quite unlike Alex Garland´s The Beach. Read the full review here.

Tom Vater on Kep in the Asia Wall Street Journal – Now online at the Center for Thai & ASEAN News Study

My AWSJ feature story on Kep, a seaside resort on Cambodia´s southeastern coast, is now available online. In the 1950s and 1960s, Kep-sur-Mer was a popular beach getaway for Cambodia´s elite, who built villas and modest palaces along the beach front and sipped cocktails to the sounds of Khmer Rock’n’Roll. In the 1970s the small […]

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