"Not all who wander are lost." -- J.R.R. Tolkien

Résumé (CV)

This résumé emphasises Joe's writing experience. For a summary of other work he has done see Joe's official Lonely Planet bio.

Joe Cummings / © Brent T. Madison,

© Brent T. Madison,


Insight Guides Laos & Cambodia; Laos Compact Guide; Myanmar; Thailand.

Lonely Planet Publications: Bangkok City Guide; China; Indonesia; Laos; Malaysia, Singapore & Brunei; Myanmar (Burma); Southeast Asia on a Shoestring; Thailand; Sri Lanka; Thailand's Islands & Beaches.

Moon Handbooks: Baja; Cabo; Mexico; Northern Mexico; Mexico City; Road Trip USA; Texas.


Asia Books/Pacific Rim Press: Chiang Mai; Laos; Myanmar; Muay Thai; Samui; Thailand.

Lonely Planet Journeys: Buddhist Stupas of Asia: The Shape of Perfection; One People, Many Journeys (contributor).

Mandarin-Oriental: Lanna Renaissance.

Marshall Cavendish: Chiang Mai Style.

Periplus Editions/Thames & Hudson: Burmese Style: Art, Architecture & Design of Myanmar.

Periplus Editions: Bangkok: City of Angels.


Lonely Planet Journeys: Tales from Nowhere (contributor).

O'Reilly & Associates: Travelers Tales Thailand (editor/contributor).

RDR Books: I Should Have Stayed Home (contributor).


Lonely Planet travel atlases to Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar; Lonely Planet city map for Bangkok; Lonely Planet phrasebooks for Thai and Lao; Lonely Planet World Food: Thailand; Southeast Asia map editor (Thailand, Laos, Myanmar) for Periplus/Charles E. Tuttle; Chronicle of Thailand, Editions Didier Millet, 2009


Ambassador (USA); Asia Magazine (Hong Kong); Asian Wall Street Journal (Hong Kong), Aspirations (Singapore); Bangkok Post (Thailand); BBC Holidays (UK); Car & Travel (USA); Condé Nast Traveler (USA); Earth Journal (USA); Geographical (UK); The Guardian (UK); The Independent on Sunday (UK); International Herald Tribune (Paris); Los Angeles Times; The Nation (Bangkok); Outside (USA); San Francisco Examiner; San Francisco Chronicle; Sawasdee (Hong Kong); South China Morning Post (Hong Kong); Via (USA); World & I (USA)

FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT FOR: CPA Media, Hong Kong; Travel Intelligence, London.


Lonely Planet, Moon Handbooks, Encyclopaedia Britannica; Pacific Rim Press; Crescent Press Agency; various periodicals


Pluma de Plata (Silver Quill) 2001, for outstanding foreign journalism on Mexico; Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Gold Award 1995 (Lonely Planet Thailand); Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Gold Award 1993 (Travelers Tales Thailand); Thomas Cook Guidebook of the Year finalist 1991 (Lonely Planet Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia) and 1984 (Lonely Planet Thailand)


Society of American Travel Writers; American Society of Journalists and Authors; Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand (lifetime member); Mexico Writers Alliance


"No one smoothes the path like Joe Cummings, guidebook author supreme." -- Outside

"Perhaps the hardest working, best known, and most successful guidebook writer in the world." Thailand & Indochina Traveller

on Lonely Planet Thailand: "One of those rare travel guides written with such care and insight it deserves listing as literature." -- American Geographical Society

"The best guidebook by far is the Lonely Planet. It is written by Joe Cummings, who has been traveling around Thailand for more than 20 years, exploring every nook and cranny, and its material and judgements are correspondingly authoritative." -- Pico Ayer, Conde Nast Traveler

"The standard to which all others are compared. Essential." --

on Lonely Planet Thai phrasebook: "Brilliant, as we have come to expect from all of Joe's work. Includes a non-trivial section on grammar, a handy menu decoder where the Thai script is listed first, and now includes hill tribe languages (previously a separate book)." --

on Lonely Planet Bangkok city guide: "A superb and well-organized guide." -- Vancouver Sun

on LP Laos: "Everything you could possibly need to know about Laos - the wildlife, architecture, transportation, even how to order an Ovaltine." -- USA Today

on Buddhist Stupas in Asia: The Shape of Perfection: "[T]his is no dry academic treatise. Coupled with superb photography by Bill Wassman, Cummings's learned but accessible book enriches our knowledge far beyond such a facile purpose." -- The Australian

"Congratulations on this superb book. It is a masterpiece, and your text harmonizes and blends wonderfully with the lovely pictures." -- Dr Johannes Glauche, author of Der Stupa

on LP Myanmar: "This extraordinarily well-researched edition provides the potential traveller with details on the country's history as well as its intricate political structure." -- Toronto Sun

on LP South-East Asia on a Shoestring: "Probably the most popular traveler's manual ever." -- Village Voice