Who is Simon Ostheimer?

Well, my name is Simon Ostheimer, and I’ve been writing travel stories about Asia for the last 15 or so years. I grew up in Hong Kong where I am a permanent resident (and so classify myself as a British Hongkonger), but since 2004 have been living in and writing about other countries across Asia. Besides HK, the list of Asian abodes so far reads: Suzhou, Shanghai, Beijing, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Phuket, and Phnom Penh.

So you’re a travel writer?

Yes that's right, I’ve written for a multitude of travel guidebooks and magazines (see the full list below), some of which may not even still be in print. A little while ago I decided that it was about time to start writing for myself (although if any editors are reading this, I’m always open to new commissions!), and so started this travel blog.

Is your blog free to read?

Yes absolutely! You can read any of my travel stories for FREE right now (click here). You can either browse from newest to oldest, or try the country categories if you’re looking for something on a particular destination. Through doing this, I hope to not only inspire you to visit the destinations, but also open yourself up to meeting new people - most of my pieces are not about the place per se, but the people you meet.

So you don’t charge anything?

Well… it does take quite a bit of effort on my part to produce an original new travel story every week (they go out Saturday mornings, Cambodia time), with a writing, editing and production team of one (that’s me), so if you look through my stories and enjoy what you’re reading, I’d appreciate you considering an annual subscription of $50 (or $5 a month). It not only helps to support my work, but encourages me to keep going! If your own circumstances change, you can always unsubscribe at any time.

Can you give me an example?

Sure, here’s one of my more popular posts (click the headline to read it), where I explore my identity between being a British passport holder yet from Hong Kong:

Ich Bin Ein Hong Konger: After years of struggling with my identity, I ended up defining myself as Hong Kong British, but can an expat kid with a German surname ever really be a Hongkonger?

So where have you been published?

Too many to count! There have been plenty of travel guides (mostly Thailand and Cambodia), and also magazines - from lifestyle to inflight to travel. Here’s the list:


Forbes Travel Guide (Cambodia), Fodor's Travel: Thailand (Phuket & Cambodia), Rosewood Phuket: Destination Guide, Rosewood Bangkok: Destination Guide, Rosewood Guangzhou: Destination Guide, Rosewood Luang Prabang: Destination Guide, D/A City Guide Bangkok, Porter & Sail Guide to Phuket, Hong Kong Tuttle Travel Pack, Phuket Colouring Book, Deck of Secrets Eat & Drink Guide to Phuket


AsiaLife Cambodia, Bangkok 101, Bangkok Post, Bikinis & Martinis, Business Traveller Asia-Pacific, Cape + Kantary, Cathay Dragon, City Weekend, CNN Travel, Coconuts Bangkok, Conde Nast Traveler China, Conde Nast Traveller India, Cubes InDesign, Design Anthology, DestinAsian, Dwell Asia, Eight (Dusit International), Epicure, Esquire Malaysia, Expat Living Singapore, Expatriate Lifestyle, Fah Thai (Bangkok Airways), Goldrush, Have Family Will Travel (Four Seasons), Holidays for Couples, In Essence (Centara), InDesign Live Singapore, Indulge (Star Cruises), In Sing, Jetstar Asia, Jetstar Australia, Lanna 101, Men's Health Malaysia, Mindfood, Novosti Phuketa, Oryx (Qatar Airways), Phuket Tatler, Remote Lands, Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, Sawasdee (Thai Airways), Scoot, Silkroad (Cathay Dragon), Silkwinds (Silk Air), SilverKris (Singapore Airlines), Skylife (Turkish Airlines), Smile (Cebu Pacific), South China Morning Post, Surface Asia, Thailand Tatler, That's Beijing, That's PRD, That's Shanghai, The Beijinger, The Daily Meal, The Expat KL, The Phuket News, The Ritz-Carlton, Tiger Tales (Tiger Airways), Time Out Hong Kong, Time Out Singapore, Tourism Selangor, Travelife, Travel & Leisure Southeast Asia, Tuttle Publishing, UO (Hong Kong Express), Vacations & Travel, Voyeur (Virgin Australia), World Travel

Okay, you know your stuff. What now?

Well, you probably want to get reading! Head over to the homepage, and don’t forget to leave a comment if you enjoy any of the stories, or just hit reply to the email once you’ve subscribed. Thank you for taking the time to read Tales of the Orient, and if you would like to support my ongoing writing, please consider a paid annual subscription.