Thammy Evans, born in London of Welsh and Peranakan parents, has travelled and lived abroad for 25 years. Her first overseas trip was to Malaysia at the age of eight, and she has been dabbling in numerous foreign languages ever since. Amongst many other travels, her most memorable are the Trans-Mongolian Railway from Tianjin to Moscow in 1991, mountaineering in Bolivia in the summer of 1999, and doing the field research for her second Bradt travel guide Great Wall of China in 2005. She has also written the Bradt guide to Macedonia. She and her family now have a small stone house by the sea in Istria.