Journalism

I write long feature stories for a wide variety of publications, on travel, culture, counter culture, the environment, the arts and politics in South and South East Asia. My stories have run in The Times, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, The South China Morning Post, The Far Eastern Economic Review, Marie Claire, The Diplomat, Geographical etc, as well as in tattoo and other niche magazines.

On assignment in Cambodia

I’ve been destination expert for The Daily Telegraph‘s travel section for eight years and am a regular contributor to The Nikkei Asian Review. Other recent clients include MERIAN and The Mekong Review.

Interviewing German photographer Ralf Tooten

Selected past work:

Read Thailand’s holiday hotspots have become dystopian ghost towns in The Daily Telegraph, 2020

Read Guidebooks in the Age of Covid-19 in The Nikkei Asian Review, 2020.

Read Thai tropical paradise finds opportunity in adversity in The Nikkei Asian Review (with Laure Siegel), 2020.

Read Bangkok, an insider guide to Thailand’s colourful capital in The Daily Telegraph, 2020.

Read A year in the life of a travel expert in The Daily Telegraph, 2020.

Read Going ‘wild’ in Cambodia’s Cardamom Mountains in The Nikkei Asian Review (with Laure Siegel), 2019.

Read After The Quake – 5 Years after the Nepal Earthquake in The Mekong Review, 2019.

Read Will cleaning up Thailand’s most famous party street improve it, or kill its soul? in The Daily Telegraph, 2019.

Read Belt and Road reaches Nepal’s wild north, winning China influence in The Nikkei Asian Review (with Laure Siegel), 2019.

Read A Prison Encounter With Charles Sobhraj, Asia’s Most Infamous Serial Killer at Hardboiled Wonderland, 2018.

With Nikkei Asian Review editor Gwen Robinson, journalist Laure Siegel, fixer Jan Supatra and Chaloem Changthongmadn, president of the Motorcycle Taxi Association of Thailand (AMTT) at the Foreign Correspondents Club Thailand.

Read Hard Choices in the Andaman Islands in The Nikkei Asian Review, 2019.

Read Darjeeling’s tea king wants an organic agricultural revolution in The Nikkei Asia Review, 2018.

Read India’s ‘Middle Kingdom’ faces winds of change in The Nikkei Asian Review (with Laure Siegel), 2018.

Read India’s decaying ‘Little Europe’ gets a facelift in The Nikkei Asian Review (with Laure Siegel), 2018.

Read Laos sees marked shift in tourist appeal in The Nikkei Asian Review (with Laure Siegel), 2018.

Read Vang Vieng, Laos: From party capital to eco-adventure paradise at CNN Travel (with Laure Siegel), 2018.

Read Circus shows temple tourists another side of Cambodia in The Nikkei Asian Review (with Laure Siegel), 2017.

Read Bangkok’s ‘motorcycle mamas’ roar into men’s world in The Nikkei Asian Review (with Laure Siegel), 2017.

Read Kolkata places to visit: Tips for exploring the city in three days at CNN Travel (with Laure Siegel), 2017.

Read Japan’s love affair with Alsace grows stronger in The Nikkei Asian Review (with Laure Siegel), 2017.

Read India’s Odisha gradually opens up to hardy globe-trotters in The Nikkei Asian Review (with Laure Siegel), 2016.

Read Balancing tradition and protest in Borneo in The Nikkei Asian Review (with Laure Siegel), 2016.

Read Not easy rock ‘n’ roll — the saving of Srey Thy in The Nikkei Asian Review, 2015.

Rise Tattoo Magazine on Nepal

Read Nepal earthquake: What does the future hold for tourism? in The Daily Telegraph, 2015.

Read Kathmandu — a city in shock in The Nikkei Asian Review, 2015.

Read Trembling Kathmandu — an on-the-ground view in The Nikkei Asian Review, 2015.

Read Thailand ministers try to tempt tourists back in The Daily Telegraph, 2015.

Read Thailand: Murder in the Land of Smiles in The Diplomat, 2014.

Read Thailand: Is the party over for now? The effect of the curfew on tourism in The Daily Telegraph, 2014.

Read Fred Branfman – obituary in The Daily Telegraph, 2014.

Read Spiritual inkings – Thailand’s sacred tattoos in The Nikkei Asian Review, 2014.

Read Thailand shooting: are Ko Phangan parties safe? in The Daily Telegraph, 2013.

Read Phnom Penh’s cultural revival in The Guardian (with photographer Conor Wall), 2012.

Read Bangkok: After the deluge, back in the flow in The Daily Telegraph, 2012.

Read Shangri-La Is Lost Again in The Wall Street Journal, 2011.

Read New Horizons – Kep, Cambodia in The Wall Street Journal (with photographer Luke Duggleby), 2010.

Read Vann Molyvann, Cambodia’s greatest living architect in The Wall Street Journal (with photographer Luke Duggleby), 2010.

Read A Home Alone – India’s Havelis and Their Fabled Frescoes in The Wall Street Journal (with photographer Luke Duggleby), 2009.