Hi there!

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.

Along the way I’ve written for a multitude of travel guidebooks and inflight magazines (see 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.

As the name suggests, Tales of the Orient covers my adventures across Asia, as well as interviews, opinion pieces, and hotel visits. I hope you enjoy reading, and please do share with others if you like it. I also love feedback, so do get in touch via comment.

If you’d like to receive more than just my free stories, you might also consider a paid subscription - a new original story every Saturday morning to your inbox.

Wishing you fun journeys and safe travels!




Forbes Travel Guide (Cambodia), Fodor's Travel: Thailand (Phuket), 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