From the Archives: The real Phuket – Tom Vater reports on the Vegetarian Festival for Fortean Times

Another golden oldie, that old chestnut, the Phuket Vegetarian Festival, which I covered in 2005 for Fortean Times and several other publications. Never mind the flash resorts, sleazy bars, high rise condos and MacHolidays on offer on Thailand’s largest and most overdeveloped tourist island.  Phuket also has culture. Every year, men and women have their […]

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Kampot Pepper in Geographical

Published in November’s issue of Geographical Magazine, magazine of the Royal Geographical Society, was Bangkok based photographer’s Luke Duggleby‘s feature  on the reviving of Cambodia’s pepper industry after it was destroyed by the Khmer Rouge. I traveled to Kampot with Luke to write the story. One of Cambodia’s best known exports prior to the Khmer […]

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Tom Vater is the Daily Telegraph’s Bangkok Expert!

I am very pleased to announce that I am the new Bangkok expert for The Daily Telegraph. My intitial destination guide to Bangkok has just gone online – featuring sights, hotels, restaurants, shopping, and yes, even a few tipps on Bangkok‘s sometimes notorious, often hilarious and never boring nightlife! I will be updating the guide […]

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From the Archives: The Sea Gypsies of the Andaman Sea – A British Library Project

When I first traveled around Asia in the early 1990s, I collaborated with the British Library on a long term recording project of indigenous music from the region. Hundreds of hours of recordings from Pakistan to the Philippines resulted from these travels and they are now deposited with the British Library’s International Music Collection part […]

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From the Archives: Tom Vater witnesses The Stooges play Funhouse

This story goes back a bit…to the 30th of August, 2005, to be exact. “The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs. There’s also a negative side.” – Hunter S Thompson The early evening light is dying […]

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