Bangkok Podcast 51: Joe Cummings

In today’s digital world, the requirements for being a travel writer are pretty minimal: do you have a computer? Have you travelled? Bam! Travel writer. But a few decades ago, being a travel writer was something rare; an exotic, sometimes dangerous job that took you into the dark, unexplored corners of the world on adventures of all kinds.

On this episode of Bangkok Podcast, we welcome Joe Cummings, legendary travel writer, best-selling author, badass musician, and all-around cool dude. Back when the tallest building in Thailand was the Dusit Thani Hotel, Joe pitched the idea of a guidebook to Thailand to a little company called Lonely Planet, and ended up being in charge of the company’s best-selling guide for 25 years. He’s also written guidebooks on Burma, Laos, and Mexico, as well as one-off volumes on various aspects of Asian art and architecture. His new book, Sacred Tattoos of Thailand, will be released in June. Joe also tells us how he ended up stranded on a boat for three days in the middle of the ocean with three Indonesian fishermen, how advanced technology has changed the art of travel writing, and what he thinks will happen with Thailand’s ongoing political troubles.

Also, don’t forget to join the BANGKOK PODCAST 1-YEAR ANNIVERSARY PARTY on May 15th at the swanky Q-Up lounge. Good people, good drinks, good times!

Show Links:

[unordered_list style=”arrow”] [/unordered_list]

Bangkok Podcast 1 Year Anniversary Party!
It’s hard to believe it’s been a year already, but Bangkok Podcast is celebrating our 1 year anniversary in style! Here’s your chance to celebrate with Tony and Greg, meet former and future guests of the show, and hang out with the generally awesome crowd that we’ve gotten to know during the last 12 months. Q Bar Bangkok is generously sponsoring the event and giving guests a special deal – 500 Baht gets you a free selection of drinks from 8:00 – 10:00. Come join us for a chilled out evening with good folks on Q Bar’s Upstairs deck lounge.

Date: May 15, 2011
Time: 8:00pm ~ 10:00pm
Location: Q Bar Upstairs
Cost: 500 Baht

Bangkok Podcast 1yr Anniversary Party

BK Magazine Bangkok Podcast

Bangkok Podcast Herbie Hancock Herbie Hancock
The American jazz legend and one of the world’s most influential pianists and composers pays a visit to Bangkok, bringing with him the signature blend of rock, funk and soul which has earned him 13 Grammy Awards.

The Drums in Bangkok The Drums Live in Bangkok
Voted one of 2010’s best indie pop bands by Rolling Stone magazine, Brooklyn-based outfit, The Drums are paying us a visit, bringing along gems like “Down By the River” and “Let’s Go Surfing” May 24, 9pm. Muse, 159/8 Thong Lor Soi 10,

FOR Wall Painting 2
A group of 16 young and emerging artists’ wall paintings under the concept of “Brave New World by Post-Graffiti Blood.” Through Aug 25. Bangkok Art and Culture Center, Rama 1 Rd. BTS National Stadium.

For information on these events and more pick up a copy of BK Magazine