Tim Bewer gave up a career as a legislative assistant to become a freelance writer, photographer, editor, and tour leader. His writing has covered topics ranging from autism to punk rock, but he focuses on his first love: travel. Most of his work these days revolves around Thailand, the Isan (northeast) region in particular. Born and raised in Wisconsin in the USA, he has called Khon Kaen, Thailand home since 2007.

row of travel guidebooks
I’ve written or co-written nearly 50 books, mostly travel guides for Lonely Planet covering a variety of destinations, from Thailand to Mexico and Sudan to Nebraska.
woman walking on cliff-side pathway at Wat Phu Tok
My wife and I lead slow travel cultural tours exclusively in Thailand’s seldom-visited Isan region.

My newest endeavor, Meng Mountain Books publishes unique titles about Thai culture, history, and art.
people walking in a Kathin parade
In-depth articles and random musings about culture, food, and travel in Thailand.
mural painting of god rescuing man from a shipwreck
I wrote the first-ever abridged versions of all 547 Jataka tales.
Buddha head in roots of banyan tree in Ayutthaya
I don’t write many newspaper and magazine articles anymore, but here are a few.
sunset over a temple in Sukhothai
Some of my photography is for sale through Getty Images. You can also purchase many other photos direct from me.