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 was 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 Substack.

Is your Substack free to read?

Partly… If you sign up for a free subscription, you’ll receive my new stories every week sent direct to your inbox (or via the Substack app). They remain free for a month, then are locked for subscribers only. So if you want to read my archive of more than 100 stories published over the last few years, you’ll need to take a paid subscription. The good news is that it only costs $5 per month, or $50 a year. The decision is yours!

Can you give me an example story?

Sure, here’s one of my more popular posts (click the headline to read it):

A Photo of Life and Death
On 17 April 1975, young French photographer Roland Neveu found himself on the streets of Phnom Penh as the Khmer Rouge made their final push on the capital…

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, DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Cambodia and Laos


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?

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Simon Ostheimer
Hong Kong-raised, Cambodia-based writer