Photo: Street side bbq chicken in Bangkok.

Meet somtam2000

Age: In the region of 40-49
Currently hanging out in: Indonesia
Boy or girl: Male
Travelfisher since: 21st January, 2004
Travelfish member #: 1
Total forum posts: 7,644

About somtam2000

I'm Somtam2000, better known as Stuart McDonald, and am the co-founder of, which I founded alongside Samantha Brown who is Editor in Chief.

I've been travelling in Southeast Asia since 1993 and living in the region since 1997 with stretches in Bangkok, Phnom Penh, Jakarta and Bali. I've travelled extensively in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam and continue to work on expanding my personal coverage of Malaysia and Indonesia. I've never been to Burma, the Philippines, Brunei nor Timor Leste.

Before I co-authored a couple of guidebooks, worked at a foreign embassy, taught English, did a bit of freelancing and mastered the art of laying in a hammock doing nothing.

Past travels

Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, USA, Canada, Mexico, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, India, Nepal, UK, Ireland, France, Spain, Portugal, Morocco, Yugoslavia (when it was still Yugoslavia!) germany, Austria, Belgium, Greece, Italy, Turkey.

Future travels

Timor Leste, Burma or the Philippines.

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