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"Down to earth, accurate information for every budget, enthusiastically written." -- Travel and Leisure --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Londoner of sorts, Nick Ray harks from Watford, the sort of town that makes you want to travel. He studied history and politics at university, which condemned him to be drawn to strange events in strange places across the globe. After stints with London magazines and tour leading in countries as diverse as Vietnam and Morocco, he hooked up with Lonely Planet in 1998 and has worked on more than 20 titles over the following years. Cambodia is his backyard and he has worked on several editions of the Cambodia guide, as well as Southeast Asia on a shoestring and that international bestseller Cycling Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia. He is also happy exploring the neighbourhood and has worked on Lonely Planet guides covering Vietnam, Indonesia and Thailand. Southeast Asia may be home, but he is not averse to mad missions in Afreeka and has been known to hang around in tourist hotspots such as Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
When not exploring the globe for Lonely Planet, Nick writes articles for leading magazines and newspapers, including The Sunday Times and Wanderlust, and leads and lectures on tours for leading travel companies and international organisations. He also works as a location scout and manager for the world of television and film, including Tomb Raider, Two Brothers and countless documentaries for the BBC, Discovery and National Geographic.
He currently lives in Phnom Penh, but is just as likely to be found in Siem Reap, Luang Prabang or Hoi An, three of his favourite places in the region. To date, he has sampled the beers of more than 70 countries and one day hopes to have tried them all. Primus of Rwanda comes in scary sized bottles and Salva Vida of Honduras has to be the best name for a beer, but it is hard to beat the crisp flavour of Beer Lao, best served on draft on the banks of the Mekong in Vientiane.
Favourite destination: It has to be the best of the Mekong