Adam Nebbs

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 | MV Astoria: the world’s oldest ocean going cruise ship to set sail for last time

The former MS Stockholm is expected to be retired after an eventful, storied 72 years at sea.

14 Feb 2020 - 1:23PM

The former MS Stockholm is expected to be retired after an eventful, storied 72 years at sea.

MV Astoria: the world’s oldest ocean going cruise ship to set sail for last time
Travellers' Checks | The Boeing 747 at 50: how first wide-body airliner changed commercial aviation forever

Hong Kong welcomed its first Boeing 747 flight, a Pan Am, on April 11, 1970. When a Singaporean flew on one of the revolutionary wide-body jets a few weeks later, it was headline news in the Southeast Asian country.

7 Feb 2020 - 8:00PM

Hong Kong welcomed its first Boeing 747 flight, a Pan Am, on April 11, 1970. When a Singaporean flew on one of the revolutionary wide-body jets a few weeks later, it was headline news in the Southeast Asian country.

The Boeing 747 at 50: how first wide-body airliner changed commercial aviation forever
Travellers' Checks | Sherlock Holmes author’s extensive yet unsung adventures to feature in new travelogue

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was an unusually well-travelled man, although few of his explorations have been published.

31 Jan 2020 - 2:25PM

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was an unusually well-travelled man, although few of his explorations have been published.

Sherlock Holmes author’s  extensive yet unsung adventures to feature in new travelogue
Travellers' Checks | Van Lear Black, the man who proved the potential for long-haul passenger flights

When Van Lear Black landed in Hong Kong, on a stopover from London to Tokyo in 1930, he was said to be the world’s most widely travelled air passenger.

17 Jan 2020 - 3:28PM

When Van Lear Black landed in Hong Kong, on a stopover from London to Tokyo in 1930, he was said to be the world’s most widely travelled air passenger.

Van Lear Black, the man who proved the potential for long-haul passenger flights
Travellers' Checks | Macau’s old Hotel Lisboa the star of exhibition featuring photos captured by locals

Nostalgia for its striking birdcage design is born from a contrast to its ugly sister, the Grand Lisboa, next door.

10 Jan 2020 - 6:35PM

Nostalgia for its striking birdcage design is born from a contrast to its ugly sister, the Grand Lisboa, next door.

Macau’s old Hotel Lisboa the star of exhibition featuring photos captured by locals
Travellers' Checks | Traditional Thai tattoos on offer at Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel – for a price

The Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel namechecks Angelina Jolie, Ryan Phillippe and Brooke Shields as sak yant recipients.

3 Jan 2020 - 2:34PM

The Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel namechecks Angelina Jolie, Ryan Phillippe and Brooke Shields as sak yant recipients.

Traditional Thai tattoos on offer at Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel – for a price
Travellers' Checks | Shanghai’s Westbund Hotel to open at location of ‘greatest air disaster in China’s aviation history’

On December 25, 1946, three aircraft crashed trying to locate Shanghai’s Lunghwa Airport in thick fog. It closed to airlines in 1966 and has been redeveloped into art galleries, museums and upmarket hotels.

20 Dec 2019 - 2:34PM

On December 25, 1946, three aircraft crashed trying to locate Shanghai’s Lunghwa Airport in thick fog. It closed to airlines in 1966 and has been redeveloped into art galleries, museums and upmarket hotels.

Shanghai’s Westbund Hotel to open at location of ‘greatest air disaster in China’s aviation history’
Travellers' Checks | The top 15 hotel openings to look forward to in 2020

In Asia, the ones to watch out include the Capella Bangkok – finally – and Six Senses’ property near Jaipur

12 Dec 2019 - 6:45PM

In Asia, the ones to watch out include the Capella Bangkok – finally – and Six Senses’ property near Jaipur

The top 15 hotel openings to look forward to in 2020
Travellers' Checks | Hong Kong’s Star Ferry makes it into Lonely Planet’s Amazing Boat Journeys book

The 10-minute, 28 US cent trip across Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour features in Lonely Planet’s new book Amazing Boat Journeys alongside Yangtze, Mekong and Nile river cruises and sailing around the Galapagos islands.

6 Dec 2019 - 7:35AM

The 10-minute, 28 US cent trip across Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour features in Lonely Planet’s new book Amazing Boat Journeys alongside Yangtze, Mekong and Nile river cruises and sailing around the Galapagos islands.

Hong Kong’s Star Ferry makes it into Lonely Planet’s Amazing Boat Journeys book
Travellers' Checks | The Bikini Killer: serial murderer Charles Sobhraj to be subject of Netflix drama The Serpent

Murderer, 75, who terrorised Asia in 1970s remains behind bars in Nepal.

29 Nov 2019 - 10:40AM

Murderer, 75, who terrorised Asia in 1970s remains behind bars in Nepal.

The Bikini Killer: serial murderer Charles Sobhraj  to be subject of Netflix drama The Serpent
Travellers' Checks | Retrace 1926 Amundsen flight to the North Pole in a luxury airship

A two-bed cabin for the 36-hour voyage will set you back just under US$64,000.

22 Nov 2019 - 7:27PM

A two-bed cabin for the 36-hour voyage will set you back just under US$64,000.

Retrace 1926 Amundsen flight to the North Pole in a luxury airship
Travellers' Checks | Flying from Hong Kong to Da Nang once took almost six hours

These days the popular route can be covered in less than 90 minutes, and with the Vietnamese destination growing in popularity, there are now more than 30 flights operating between the two cities.

15 Nov 2019 - 3:45PM

These days the popular route can be covered in less than 90 minutes, and with the Vietnamese destination growing in popularity, there are now more than 30 flights operating between the two cities.

Flying from Hong Kong to Da Nang once took almost six hours
Travellers' Checks | One of communist China’s first luxury hotels reopens in Beijing as the BEI Zhaolong Hotel

First opened in 1985, the ‘legendary’ Zhaolong Hotel was named after the father of Hong Kong shipping tycoon Pao Yue-kong.

8 Nov 2019 - 3:48PM

First opened in 1985, the ‘legendary’ Zhaolong Hotel was named after the father of Hong Kong shipping tycoon Pao Yue-kong.

One of communist China’s first luxury hotels reopens in Beijing as the BEI Zhaolong Hotel
Travellers' Checks | The first direct London to Hong Kong flight 70 years ago took a total of 37 hours

The BOAC Argonaut had pressurised cabins, allowing it to operate at twice the speed and altitude of its compar­atively cumbersome counterparts.

1 Nov 2019 - 2:25PM

The BOAC Argonaut had pressurised cabins, allowing it to operate at twice the speed and altitude of its compar­atively cumbersome counterparts.

The first direct London to Hong Kong flight 70 years ago took a total of 37 hours
Travellers' Checks | New Guinea: an Australian cruise offers the chance to explore ‘the last unknown’

The 35-night voyage starts and ends in Darwin and, at US$17,000 per person, does not come cheap.

25 Oct 2019 - 4:14PM

The 35-night voyage starts and ends in Darwin and, at US$17,000 per person, does not come cheap.

New Guinea: an Australian cruise offers the chance to explore ‘the last unknown’
Travellers' Checks | The MS World, ‘the largest residential private yacht on earth’, is coming to Hong Kong

Arrival to hark back to days before aviation took off in Hong Kong, when elegant cruise ships, such as the Asama Maru and her two sister ships, made front-pages news.

18 Oct 2019 - 11:00AM

Arrival to hark back to days before aviation took off in Hong Kong, when elegant cruise ships, such as the Asama Maru and her two sister ships, made front-pages news.

The MS World, ‘the largest residential private yacht on earth’, is coming to Hong Kong
Travellers' Checks | Instagram-shattering 10-flight trip takes Hongkongers from world’s most northerly to most southerly airports

Norwegian has added Ushuaia, in Patagonia, to its network, allowing a journey from world’s most northerly international airport, in Svalbard, to its most southerly. Hongkongers can turn this into a round-the-world journey.

11 Oct 2019 - 4:03PM

Norwegian has added Ushuaia, in Patagonia, to its network, allowing a journey from world’s most northerly international airport, in Svalbard, to its most southerly. Hongkongers can turn this into a round-the-world journey.

Instagram-shattering 10-flight trip takes Hongkongers from world’s most northerly to most southerly airports
Travellers' Checks | Why Madeira’s Cristiano Ronaldo Airport in Portugal is called the Kai Tak of Europe

Crosswinds and a precipitous location frequently land the island’s airport on scary-runway lists.

3 Oct 2019 - 3:51PM

Crosswinds and a precipitous location frequently land the island’s airport on scary-runway lists.

Why Madeira’s Cristiano Ronaldo Airport in Portugal is called the Kai Tak of Europe
Travellers' Checks | How the ill-fated first flight from Portugal to Macau ended up in Shenzhen

When three Portuguese airmen took off from Lisbon 95 years ago, little did they imagine how fraught their journey would be.

27 Sep 2019 - 2:30PM

When three Portuguese airmen took off from Lisbon 95 years ago, little did they imagine how fraught their journey would be.

How the ill-fated first flight from Portugal to Macau ended up in Shenzhen
Travellers' Checks | Inside London’s Great Scotland Yard hotel – once home to famous criminals

Spending a night at the Metropolitan Police’s headquarters takes on a whole new meaning as Indian tycoon turns property into hotel.

20 Sep 2019 - 5:44PM

Spending a night at the Metropolitan Police’s headquarters takes on a whole new meaning as Indian tycoon turns property into hotel.

Inside London’s Great Scotland Yard hotel – once home to famous criminals
Travellers' Checks | Croatia’s Instagram-friendly abandoned luxury hotels, popular with urban explorers and budding photographers

Badly damaged in the 1990s during the country’s war of independence, these properties are sad remnants of a once-thriving tourism industry

20 Sep 2019 - 11:47AM

Badly damaged in the 1990s during the country’s war of independence, these properties are sad remnants of a once-thriving tourism industry

Croatia’s Instagram-friendly abandoned luxury hotels, popular with urban explorers and budding photographers
Travellers' Checks | Why Holiday was ‘the best travel magazine that ever was’

Popular during its 1950-60s heyday, the American publication employed famous names such as Truman Capote and Ernest Hemingway.

8 Sep 2019 - 11:45AM

Popular during its 1950-60s heyday, the American publication employed famous names such as Truman Capote and Ernest Hemingway.

Why Holiday was ‘the best travel magazine that ever was’
Travellers' Checks | From Hong Kong to Kota Kinabalu – when it took Cathay Pacific nearly 10 hours to get there

This year is the first since 1949 that no Hong Kong-based airline has flown a scheduled service to Borneo.

30 Aug 2019 - 2:00PM

This year is the first since 1949 that no Hong Kong-based airline has flown a scheduled service to Borneo.

From Hong Kong to Kota Kinabalu – when it took Cathay Pacific nearly 10 hours to get there
Travellers' Checks | When first female solo traveller Ida Pfeiffer visited Hong Kong in 1847

The Austrian travel writer, who completed two round-the-world journeys, paved the way for famous solo female travellers such as Nellie Bly and Isabella Bird.

23 Aug 2019 - 2:50PM

The Austrian travel writer, who completed two round-the-world journeys, paved the way for famous solo female travellers such as Nellie Bly and Isabella Bird.

When first female solo traveller Ida Pfeiffer visited Hong Kong in 1847
Travellers' Checks | Singapore’s Raffles hotel finally reopens after a major makeover

The revamped heritage property will feature three new restaurants, which are yet to open, and is running a number of promotional offers to celebrate its relaunch.

16 Aug 2019 - 8:47AM

The revamped heritage property will feature three new restaurants, which are yet to open, and is running a number of promotional offers to celebrate its relaunch.

Singapore’s Raffles hotel finally reopens after a major makeover
Travellers' Checks | Eddie Redmayne film The Aeronauts recalls the early days of air travel

Ballooning was first witnessed by Hongkongers in the late 19th century, although it was already a well-established pastime in the West.

9 Aug 2019 - 2:37PM

Ballooning was first witnessed by Hongkongers in the late 19th century, although it was already a well-established pastime in the West.

Eddie Redmayne film The Aeronauts recalls the early days of air travel
Travellers' Checks | Marriott enters glamping arena with tent resort on Bintan Island in Indonesia

Natra Bintan, handy for visitors from Singapore and Johor in Malaysia, has 100 air-conditioned tents with Wi-fi, LCD televisions and four-poster beds; plus, Soneva resorts bring in ex-Engand players for Rugby World Cup commentary.

2 Aug 2019 - 10:52AM

Natra Bintan, handy for visitors from Singapore and Johor in Malaysia, has 100 air-conditioned tents with Wi-fi, LCD televisions and four-poster beds; plus, Soneva resorts bring in ex-Engand players for Rugby World Cup commentary.

Marriott enters glamping arena with tent resort on Bintan Island in Indonesia
Travellers' Checks | Canada gets delivery of Chinese-built modular hotel, from Shanghai to the Great White North

Guest rooms have been prefabricated in China and come complete with furniture, television sets and other fixtures and fittings.

26 Jul 2019 - 3:06PM

Guest rooms have been prefabricated in China and come complete with furniture, television sets and other fixtures and fittings.

Canada gets delivery of Chinese-built modular hotel, from Shanghai to the Great White North
Travellers' Checks | Angkor Eye: Siem Reap gets Ferris wheel to ‘help promote Khmer culture to tourists’

The Angkor Eye will be 25 metres taller than the Hong Kong Observation Wheel and is expected to enhance the region’s already rich offerings for local and international visitors.

19 Jul 2019 - 10:48AM

The Angkor Eye will be 25 metres taller than the Hong Kong Observation Wheel and is expected to enhance the region’s already rich offerings for local and international visitors.

Angkor Eye: Siem Reap gets Ferris wheel to ‘help promote Khmer culture to tourists’
Travellers' Checks | Indian budget airline SpiceJet to start daily Hong Kong-Mumbai flights

Months after Jet Airways suspended operations, the low-cost carrier SpiceJet has announced plans to fly the popular route

12 Jul 2019 - 10:51AM

Months after Jet Airways suspended operations, the low-cost carrier SpiceJet has announced plans to fly the popular route

Indian budget airline SpiceJet to start daily Hong Kong-Mumbai flights