Adam Nebbs

Adam has lived in Hong Kong since 1988. He briefly managed the demise of the Wanderlust travel bookshop on Hollywood road in the mid 1990s, then worked as Associate Editor on Cathay Pacific’s inflight magazine Discovery for several years. He began writing Travellers’ Checks for Post Magazine in 1998, working for several years under the pseudonym Peter Walbrook. A former contributing editor for the exclusive luxury travel guide NB Review, he has also edited several books, including the first-ever travel guide to Uzbekistan in 1996, and 'The Amazing Adventures of Betsy And Niki' (2008) by Captain Charles “Chic” Eather. His non-fiction book 'The Great Fire of Hong Kong', was published in 2010.
Adam Nebbs
Adam has lived in Hong Kong since 1988. He briefly managed the demise of the Wanderlust travel bookshop on Hollywood road in the mid 1990s, then worked as Associate Editor on Cathay Pacific’s inflight magazine Discovery for several years. He began writing Travellers’ Checks for Post Magazine in 1998, working for several years under the pseudonym Peter Walbrook. A former contributing editor for the exclusive luxury travel guide NB Review, he has also edited several books, including the first-ever travel guide to Uzbekistan in 1996, and 'The Amazing Adventures of Betsy And Niki' (2008) by Captain Charles “Chic” Eather. His non-fiction book 'The Great Fire of Hong Kong', was published in 2010.

Latest from Adam Nebbs

Travellers' Checks | Remembering the world’s first transatlantic flight that crash-landed in Ireland 100 years ago

Also, new art deco hotel in quirky Otaru offers stylish alternative for exploring Sapporo region and Caribbean cruise by Moody Blues frontman offers raft of ripe rockers for seven nights of old-school entertainment.

17 May 2019 - 5:00PM

Also, new art deco hotel in quirky Otaru offers stylish alternative for exploring Sapporo region and Caribbean cruise by Moody Blues frontman offers raft of ripe rockers for seven nights of old-school entertainment.

Remembering the world’s first transatlantic flight that crash-landed in Ireland 100 years ago
Travellers' Checks | When Hong Kong resembled ‘Italian seaport’ and tourists were ‘globe-trotters’

Also, Royal Caribbean’s mega cruise ship Spectrum of the Seas is on course for Hong Kong, and a new, sleek Silversea vessel is being purpose built for Galapagos Islands cruise.

10 May 2019 - 1:15PM

Also, Royal Caribbean’s mega cruise ship Spectrum of the Seas is on course for Hong Kong, and a new, sleek Silversea vessel is being purpose built for Galapagos Islands cruise.

When Hong Kong resembled ‘Italian seaport’ and tourists were ‘globe-trotters’
Travellers' Checks | Is the TWA Hotel at New York’s JFK airport the coolest in the world?

Also in travel news, Thailand and Cambodia reconnect by rail after a 45-year break, with services between Phnom Penh and Bangkok expected to resume before too long.

4 May 2019 - 3:20AM

Also in travel news, Thailand and Cambodia reconnect by rail after a 45-year break, with services between Phnom Penh and Bangkok expected to resume before too long.

Is the TWA Hotel at New York’s JFK airport the coolest in the world?
Travellers' Checks | Doulos Phos, The Ship Hotel, drops anchor in Indonesia – complete with swimming pool, spa and museum

Previously known as the MV Doulos, the ship and floating bookshop was popular in Hong Kong for its cheap, Christian-themed books.

26 Apr 2019 - 1:30PM

Previously known as the MV Doulos, the ship and floating bookshop was popular in Hong Kong for its cheap, Christian-themed books.

Doulos Phos, The Ship Hotel, drops anchor in Indonesia – complete with swimming pool, spa and museum
Travellers' Checks | Why you should book ahead for Tokyo 2020 accommodation: Cary Grant film remembers room shortage of 1964 Games

Some of the hotels that were opened in anticipation of the 1964 Games are still open today and may be worth checking into during next year’s Olympics

19 Apr 2019 - 1:21PM

Some of the hotels that were opened in anticipation of the 1964 Games are still open today and may be worth checking into during next year’s Olympics

Why you should book ahead for Tokyo 2020 accommodation: Cary Grant film remembers room shortage of 1964 Games
Travellers' Checks | Can Malaysia’s Desaru Coast compete with Sentosa in Singapore or Indonesia’s Bintan Island?

Backed by Malaysia’s sovereign wealth fund, which invested US$1.1 billion in its development, the resort has seen a slew of luxury hotels opening, plus two golf courses, but doubts remain over its sustainability.

12 Apr 2019 - 12:49PM

Backed by Malaysia’s sovereign wealth fund, which invested US$1.1 billion in its development, the resort has seen a slew of luxury hotels opening, plus two golf courses, but doubts remain over its sustainability.

Can Malaysia’s Desaru Coast compete with Sentosa in Singapore or Indonesia’s Bintan Island?
Travellers' Checks | How three deadly Pan Am plane crashes in nine months changed airline’s safety culture

Faulted by the FAA for its substandard airmen and inadequate training after 1970s disasters in Pacific, Pan Am made sweeping changes; a reminder of the Bali disaster, a hotel owned at the time by the airline, is soon to be redeveloped.

5 Apr 2019 - 12:56AM

Faulted by the FAA for its substandard airmen and inadequate training after 1970s disasters in Pacific, Pan Am made sweeping changes; a reminder of the Bali disaster, a hotel owned at the time by the airline, is soon to be redeveloped.

How three deadly Pan Am plane crashes in nine months changed airline’s safety culture
Travellers' Checks | The world’s largest hotel in Malaysia is a far cry from what top properties used to look like

The Royal York, in the Canadian city of Toronto, claimed to be the largest hotel in the British Empire when it opened 90 years ago, today, its modest 1,048 rooms pale in comparison to the 7,350 available at First World Hotel in Genting Highlands

29 Mar 2019 - 2:12PM

The Royal York, in the Canadian city of Toronto, claimed to be the largest hotel in the British Empire when it opened 90 years ago, today, its modest 1,048 rooms pale in comparison to the 7,350 available at First World Hotel in Genting Highlands

The world’s largest hotel in Malaysia is a far cry from what top properties used to look like
Travellers' Checks | London welcomes Hard Rock Hotel, in a former haunt of Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Diana Ross

Another notable hotel opening is the first by Japanese homeware brand Muji, in Ginza, one of Tokyo’s top shopping districts, while for those who like to sleep on the road, new manual Van Life teaches all you need to know.

23 Mar 2019 - 4:41PM

Another notable hotel opening is the first by Japanese homeware brand Muji, in Ginza, one of Tokyo’s top shopping districts, while for those who like to sleep on the road, new manual Van Life teaches all you need to know.

London welcomes Hard Rock Hotel, in a former haunt of Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Diana Ross
Travellers' Checks | When General Tom Thumb wowed Hong Kong crowds with his little-person performance

Plus, HK Express to launch a direct route to Japan’s Miyako Islands in July, and Lonely Planet’s somewhat uninspiring anthology of travel writing

15 Mar 2019 - 2:39PM

Plus, HK Express to launch a direct route to Japan’s Miyako Islands in July, and Lonely Planet’s somewhat uninspiring anthology of travel writing

When General Tom Thumb wowed Hong Kong crowds with his little-person performance
Travellers' Checks | Gay old closing time – Flintstones theme park near the Grand Canyon shuts up shop

The classic American roadside tourist attraction had been serving Bronto Burgers and Dino Dogs since 1972

8 Mar 2019 - 9:23AM

The classic American roadside tourist attraction had been serving Bronto Burgers and Dino Dogs since 1972

Gay old closing time – Flintstones theme park near the Grand Canyon shuts up shop
Travellers' Checks | Korean Air marks 50 years of excellence, or is it accidents?

The airline suffered multiple tragedies but a 1999 crash out of London saw it address cockpit culture and turn its record around

1 Mar 2019 - 8:39AM

The airline suffered multiple tragedies but a 1999 crash out of London saw it address cockpit culture and turn its record around

Korean Air marks 50 years of excellence, or is it accidents?
Travellers' Checks | Iconic 1960s terminal building at New York’s JFK Airport to open as stylish TWA Hotel

Plus, Vietjet to launch new direct Hong Kong service to Vietnamese island Phu Quoc in April, and Thailand permanently closes smoking rooms at six major airports.

22 Feb 2019 - 6:35AM

Plus, Vietjet to launch new direct Hong Kong service to Vietnamese island Phu Quoc in April, and Thailand permanently closes smoking rooms at six major airports.

Iconic 1960s terminal building at New York’s JFK Airport to open as stylish TWA Hotel
Travellers' Checks | Marriott opens first international luxury hotel on Japan’s remote Miyako Islands, go before everybody else does

Plus, Silverseas to offer 167-day Antarctic to Artic cruise for 2021, and new book details Pan Am’s involvement in second world war

15 Feb 2019 - 10:59AM

Plus, Silverseas to offer 167-day Antarctic to Artic cruise for 2021, and new book details Pan Am’s involvement in second world war

Marriott opens first international luxury hotel on Japan’s remote Miyako Islands, go before everybody else does
Travellers' Checks | Sunken Boeing 747 to be highlight of world’s largest underwater theme park in Bahrain

Morbid attraction recalls Universal Studios Hollywood’s live-action Screen Test Theatre of the 1970s when the California theme park urged tourists to ‘Come survive the crash from Airport ’77!’

30 Jan 2019 - 3:01PM

Morbid attraction recalls Universal Studios Hollywood’s live-action Screen Test Theatre of the 1970s when the California theme park urged tourists to ‘Come survive the crash from Airport ’77!’

Sunken Boeing 747 to be highlight of world’s largest underwater theme park in Bahrain
Travellers' Checks | Two plane crashes in two days and their Hong Kong connection – thankfully, both belong to another era of air travel

A Hong Kong-Vancouver flight crash-landed in Tokyo; a day later, a Hong Kong-bound flight taxied past the wreckage, took off, and itself crashed. Plus, Manga Art Hotel, which opens in Tokyo next month, welcomes guests with collection of 5,000 manga.

25 Jan 2019 - 3:11PM

A Hong Kong-Vancouver flight crash-landed in Tokyo; a day later, a Hong Kong-bound flight taxied past the wreckage, took off, and itself crashed. Plus, Manga Art Hotel, which opens in Tokyo next month, welcomes guests with collection of 5,000 manga.

Two plane crashes in two days and their Hong Kong connection – thankfully, both belong to another era of air travel
Travellers' Checks | London hotel where Litvinenko was fatally poisoned will reopen under a different name
  • Also, HK Express to launch budget Hong Kong-Bangkok service on March 31, and Connexus Travel offers two-night Shanghai city break starting at HK$2,990
18 Jan 2019 - 1:03PM
  • Also, HK Express to launch budget Hong Kong-Bangkok service on March 31, and Connexus Travel offers two-night Shanghai city break starting at HK$2,990
London hotel where Litvinenko was fatally poisoned will reopen under a different name
Travellers' Checks | Israel’s new airport puts Petra in Jordan and Egypt’s Red Sea Riviera on region’s travel map

Serving southern Israeli city of Eilat, Ramon Airport is a one-hour connection from Tel Aviv.

10 Jan 2019 - 3:13PM

Serving southern Israeli city of Eilat, Ramon Airport is a one-hour connection from Tel Aviv.

Israel’s new airport puts Petra in Jordan and Egypt’s Red Sea Riviera on region’s travel map
Travellers' Checks | Emergency landing on remote island off Alaska a reminder of when airline operated ‘its own airport’
  • A Delta Airlines flight from China recently made an unscheduled stop at a remote US air base on Shemya in the Aleutian Islands, once leased by Northwest Airlines
4 Jan 2019 - 6:30PM
  • A Delta Airlines flight from China recently made an unscheduled stop at a remote US air base on Shemya in the Aleutian Islands, once leased by Northwest Airlines
Emergency landing on remote island off Alaska a reminder of when airline operated ‘its own airport’
Travellers' Checks | The hottest hotel and resort openings for 2019, from London to New York

Muji Hotel spreads its ‘anti-gorgeous’ wings at home in Tokyo while Singapore braces for the return of its iconic Raffles, at long last

27 Dec 2018 - 5:35PM

Muji Hotel spreads its ‘anti-gorgeous’ wings at home in Tokyo while Singapore braces for the return of its iconic Raffles, at long last

The hottest hotel and resort openings for 2019, from London to New York
Travellers' Checks | Rare footage of Kai Tak airport features in Michael Redgrave air disaster film based on a true story

Plus a High Speed Rail package from Hong Kong to Xiamen that will take you to the port city in less than five hours

15 Dec 2018 - 11:02AM

Plus a High Speed Rail package from Hong Kong to Xiamen that will take you to the port city in less than five hours

Rare footage of Kai Tak airport features in Michael Redgrave air disaster film based on a true story
Travellers' Checks | How Hong Kong’s first and worst commercial plane crash happened 70 years ago

US president Theodore Roosevelt’s grandson and the older brother of Rong Yiren, later China’s vice-president and founder of Citic Group, among 35 killed when DC-4 crashed in fog in December 1948.

8 Dec 2018 - 11:01AM

US president Theodore Roosevelt’s grandson and the older brother of Rong Yiren, later China’s vice-president and founder of Citic Group, among 35 killed when DC-4 crashed in fog in December 1948.

How Hong Kong’s first and worst commercial plane crash happened 70 years ago
Travellers' Checks | Bangkok’s 314-metre-high Mahanakhon Skywalk is not for the faint-hearted

New tower offers impressive 360-degree view. Also in travel news, Asian cycling adventures – from Thailand, Laos and Vietnam to Sri Lanka – to help you achieve your New Year health and fitness resolutions.

30 Nov 2018 - 1:05AM

New tower offers impressive 360-degree view. Also in travel news, Asian cycling adventures – from Thailand, Laos and Vietnam to Sri Lanka – to help you achieve your New Year health and fitness resolutions.

Bangkok’s 314-metre-high Mahanakhon Skywalk is not for the faint-hearted
Travellers' Checks | The opening of the ‘magnificent’ jet runway at Hong Kong’s Kai Tak airport

With the opening of the runway jutting out into Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong aviation entered the jet age. Plus, 100 hidden towns for Japanophiles yearning to travel beyond its main cities

22 Nov 2018 - 10:52AM

With the opening of the runway jutting out into Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong aviation entered the jet age. Plus, 100 hidden towns for Japanophiles yearning to travel beyond its main cities

The opening of the ‘magnificent’  jet runway at Hong Kong’s Kai Tak airport
Travellers' Checks | Living the vanlife: what you need to know before you set off, from the best routes to parking safely and legally

Plus, the book A Photographic History of the Orient Line gives insight into a forgotten cruise line

17 Nov 2018 - 5:25AM

Plus, the book A Photographic History of the Orient Line gives insight into a forgotten cruise line

Living the vanlife: what you need to know before you set off, from the best routes to parking safely and legally
Travellers' Checks | The places every daring traveller should visit, unveiled in new book Atlas of the Unexpected

An abandoned train station in Spain and Japan’s Aogashima Island are just some of the unusual destinations listed

8 Nov 2018 - 4:01PM

An abandoned train station in Spain and Japan’s Aogashima Island are just some of the unusual destinations listed

The places every daring traveller should visit, unveiled in new book Atlas of the Unexpected
Travellers' Checks | How adventures of first woman to cycle around the world were dismissed as fiction in Hong Kong and Singapore

Congratulations to Scottish cyclist Jenny Graham, who recently became the fastest woman to cycle around the world, 125 years after the first, American Annie Londonderry.

31 Oct 2018 - 8:27PM

Congratulations to Scottish cyclist Jenny Graham, who recently became the fastest woman to cycle around the world, 125 years after the first, American Annie Londonderry.

How adventures of first woman to cycle around the world were dismissed as fiction in Hong Kong and Singapore
Travellers' Checks | When the first solo flight across the Atlantic made Charles Lindbergh the most famous man in the world

Plus, Singapore’s Raffles Hotel reopening faces further delays, with website saying hotel to open in mid-2019 – one year behind schedule

25 Oct 2018 - 12:27PM

Plus, Singapore’s Raffles Hotel reopening faces further delays, with website saying hotel to open in mid-2019 – one year behind schedule

When the first solo flight across the Atlantic made Charles Lindbergh the most famous man in the world
Travellers' Checks | When Air France lowered Europe-Hong Kong flying time to six days

Also, London’s Cadogan Hotel reopens with ode to Oscar Wilde’s infamous 1895 arrest at the property.

19 Oct 2018 - 10:27AM

Also, London’s Cadogan Hotel reopens with ode to Oscar Wilde’s infamous 1895 arrest at the property.

When Air France lowered Europe-Hong Kong flying time to six days
Travellers' Checks | Himalayan ‘kingdom’ of Sikkim, in India, opens first airport and is ready to welcome travellers

Plus, “moving hotel” Cabin’s overnight sleeper services between San Francisco and Los Angeles have attracted mixed reviews, but might be worth a try

12 Oct 2018 - 2:29PM

Plus, “moving hotel” Cabin’s overnight sleeper services between San Francisco and Los Angeles have attracted mixed reviews, but might be worth a try

Himalayan ‘kingdom’ of Sikkim, in India, opens first airport and is ready to welcome travellers