Moon Cambodia

First Edition, December 2009
Pages: 344

Price: $19.95 USD
ISBN: 9781598802146

Author, journalist, screenwriter, and researcher Tom Vater leads you on an adventure through Cambodia, from the bustling markets in the capital Phnom Penh to the almost deserted tropical beaches around Sihanoukville and the lush jungles of Mondulkiri. Vater’s insider knowledge guides readers to the temple ruins of Angkor, traces of French colonial architecture, and Cambodia’s hardest road—from Sen Monorom/Mondulkiri to Ban Lung/Rattanakiri. With unique travel strategies such as The Wild North East and Seven-Day Tour from the Thai to the Vietnamese Border, Moon Cambodia gives travelers the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable experience.

What’s inside Moon Cambodia

Enjoy the very best of Cambodia with these itineraries:
  • Best of Cambodia
  • Total Cambodia
  • The Temples of Angkor
  • Cambodia’s Top 10 Temples
  • From Coast to Coast
  • The Wild Northeast
  • Happy New Year, Cambodia Style
Explore what Cambodia has to offer.

Recommendations for the top sights, recreation, entertainment, hotels, and food in:

  • Siem Reap and Angkor
  • Phnom Penh and Vicinity
  • The Coast including Sihanoukville (Kompong Som), Koh Kong, Kampot and Vicinity, Kep and Vicinity, and Takeo
  • The Tonle Sap Basin including Kompong Chhang, Pursat, Battambang and Vicinity, Sisophon, Poipet, Anlong Veng, Tbend Meanchey, and Kompong Thom
  • Northeastern Cambodia including Kompong Cham, Kratie, Stung Treng, Banlung, and Sen Monorom
Resources include a Khmer Phrasebook

Tom Vater first visited Cambodia in 2001 to document the indigenous minorities in Mondulkiri for the British Library’s International Sound Archive, and instantly fell in love with the country. A year later, Tom co-wrote and production-managed a documentary on Angkor for German-French television, which gave him the opportunity to spend several weeks among the country’s temples. Since then, he has returned to Cambodia several times each year to cover its politics and culture for various publications. On his journeys around the country, he has encountered kings, pilgrims, soldiers, secret agents, pirates, hippies, policemen, and prophets. Every one of them put up with him for longer than he deserved.

Tom has been writing and traveling in Southeast Asia since 1993. He is the author of numerous books, and has co-written several documentary screenplays for European television. He is a regular contributor to the South Eastern Globe, one of Cambodia’s English-language magazines. His feature articles, mostly on Asian subjects and destinations, have appeared around the world in publications such as The Asia Wall Street Journal, The South China Morning Post, The Far Eastern Economic Review, and Marie Claire.

Tom often works with his wife, photographer Aroon Thaewchatturat, with whom he shares a home in Bangkok and has published three photo books on South Asia. Visit his website at