After earning an MA in Southeast Asian Studies at the University of California at Berkeley, Joe Cummings became one of Lonely Planet’s first guidebook authors, creating the seminal Lonely Planet’s Thailand guide, followed by titles on Bangkok, Thailand’s Islands & Beaches, Northern Thailand and Laos. In a review of Lonely Planet Thailand, the American Geographical Society wrote “One of those rare travel guides written with such care and insight it deserves listing as literature.”
Joe spent three years as deputy editor of Bangkok Post’s TheMagazine, and is now editor at large for Talisman Media Group, which publishes Bangkok 101 magazine. Illustrated reference books Joe has written include World Food Thailand; Buddhist Temples of Thailand; Sacred Tattoos of Thailand, Burmese Art, Design & Architecture; Muay Thai; Chiang Mai Style. Lanna Renaissance.
He has consulted on tourism for UNESCO and Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism, and carries out location scouting for numerous TV and film productions.