Ed Peters

Ed Peters

Ed Peters is one of Asia's most experienced travel writers, and has reported for the Post from every continent except Antarctica.

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Shock of Covid-19 for travel guide publisher ‘unprecedented’ – 9/11 and financial crisis did not have as big or deep an impact

A publisher of travel guides has seen his business plunged into uncertainty by the collapse in international travel. Another publisher sees a vast untapped market for armchair travel until we start taking trips again.

10 Aug 2020 - 6:42PM

A publisher of travel guides has seen his business plunged into uncertainty by the collapse in international travel. Another publisher sees a vast untapped market for armchair travel until we start taking trips again.

Shock of Covid-19 for travel guide publisher ‘unprecedented’ – 9/11  and financial crisis did not have as big or deep an impact
Four Hong Kong boat trips to outlying islands, traditional villages and quiet bays aboard ‘kaitos’ show a different side to life in the city

Hong Kong’s remaining kaito ferry services offer links to outlying islands, traditional villages and quiet bays that remind travellers of a slower pace of life. Here are four worth taking for the boat ride alone.

5 Aug 2020 - 2:27PM

Hong Kong’s remaining kaito ferry services offer links to outlying islands, traditional villages and quiet bays that remind travellers of a slower pace of life. Here are four worth taking for the boat ride alone.

Four Hong Kong boat trips to outlying islands, traditional villages and quiet bays aboard ‘kaitos’ show a different side to life in the city
How losing both legs and an arm covering the war in Afghanistan gave photographer Giles Duley a reason to live

Photographer and triple amputee Giles Duley – who lost his legs and an arm to an IED on assignment in Afghanistan – explains why losing his limbs has made him even more passionate about highlighting human suffering.

24 Jul 2020 - 3:44PM

Photographer and triple amputee Giles Duley – who lost his legs and an arm to an IED on assignment in Afghanistan – explains why losing his limbs has made him even more passionate about highlighting human suffering.

How losing both legs and an arm covering the war in Afghanistan gave photographer Giles Duley a reason to live
Thomas Coryat, the world’s first backpacker, travelled from Britain to Asia on foot – for fun

His name may have fallen out of historical favour but the eccentric Englishman was pioneering budget travel – such as walking to India – at a time when few people would have dreamt of venturing further than their front door for fun.

24 Jul 2020 - 5:19AM

His name may have fallen out of historical favour but the eccentric Englishman was pioneering budget travel – such as walking to India – at a time when few people would have dreamt of venturing further than their front door for fun.

Thomas Coryat, the world’s first backpacker, travelled from Britain to Asia on foot – for fun
Camping in Hong Kong: six of the best campsites, most in country parks far from the concrete jungle

Hong Kong’s country parks offer more than 40 free campsites. From Victoria Harbour to Lantau Island and Sai Kung, these six sites have few mod cons but amazing views.

20 Jul 2020 - 6:47PM

Hong Kong’s country parks offer more than 40 free campsites. From Victoria Harbour to Lantau Island and Sai Kung, these six sites have few mod cons but amazing views.

Camping in Hong Kong: six of the best campsites, most in country parks far from the concrete jungle
Crisis looms for outdoor education provider Outward Bound in Hong Kong if cash crunch caused by protests, coronavirus persists

Outward Bound has been taking people out of urban Hong Kong and out of themselves on adventure training courses since 1970.

19 Jul 2020 - 1:15PM

Outward Bound has been taking people out of urban Hong Kong and out of themselves on adventure training courses since 1970.

Crisis looms for outdoor education provider Outward Bound in Hong Kong if cash crunch caused by protests, coronavirus persists
Places to avoid the crowds when a Hong Kong-Thailand travel bubble opens up

If and when the authorities in Hong Kong and Thailand agree to allow visits from each place without quarantine, most tourists will head for the usual Thai hot spots. You may want something quieter.

13 Jul 2020 - 6:28PM

If and when the authorities in Hong Kong and Thailand agree to allow visits from each place without quarantine, most tourists will head for the usual Thai hot spots. You may want something quieter.

Places to avoid the crowds when a Hong Kong-Thailand travel bubble opens up
Homeless and at rock bottom: charity fed him, gave him work and found him a place to stay

At the age of 37, Peter Leung had run out of hope. Homeless and destitute, he heard about ImpactHK, a Hong Kong charity helping vagrants, and suddenly he was given a second chance.

6 Jul 2020 - 11:02AM

At the age of 37, Peter Leung had run out of hope. Homeless and destitute, he heard about ImpactHK, a Hong Kong charity helping vagrants, and suddenly he was given a second chance.

Homeless and at rock bottom: charity fed him, gave him work and found him a place to stay
New hotel openings in Asia-Pacific expected to proceed as owners bet on travel recovering after the pandemic

New hotels are still expected to open in Asia-Pacific this year as large chains gamble on a post-pandemic recovery in tourism. Accor plans more than 100 openings, for example.

6 Jul 2020 - 5:53PM

New hotels are still expected to open in Asia-Pacific this year as large chains gamble on a post-pandemic recovery in tourism. Accor plans more than 100 openings, for example.

New hotel openings in Asia-Pacific expected to proceed as owners bet on travel recovering after the pandemic
Burmese food expert on her ‘unusual life’ – she met her parents when she was 12, emigrated to Australia, then returned to Myanmar and opened a restaurant

Born two days before Burma’s 8888 Uprising, she first saw her parents in a Thai refugee camp when she was 12. Educated in Australia, she returned to Myanmar, and recently devised the menu for a restaurant in Hong Kong.

1 Jul 2020 - 5:29PM

Born two days before Burma’s 8888 Uprising, she first saw her parents in a Thai refugee camp when she was 12. Educated in Australia, she returned to Myanmar, and recently devised the menu for a restaurant in Hong Kong.

Burmese food expert on her ‘unusual life’ – she met her parents when she was 12, emigrated to Australia, then returned to Myanmar and opened a restaurant
Crowd-free alternatives to five Asian Unesco World Heritage Sites worth a visit when flights resume

The Unesco stamp acts like a magnet for tourists, but similar sites nearby don’t draw the crowds. We picked five in Asia worth your attention once travel is OK again.

22 Jun 2020 - 5:41PM

The Unesco stamp acts like a magnet for tourists, but similar sites nearby don’t draw the crowds. We picked five in Asia worth your attention once travel is OK again.

Crowd-free alternatives to five Asian Unesco World Heritage Sites worth a visit when flights resume
Bartender, distiller, whisky bottler – women in Asia changing the face of drinks industry

A head bartender creating cocktails in Bangkok, a gin distiller in Hong Kong, Malaysia’s only female whisky bottler – women in Asia are making their mark in a man’s world.

15 Jun 2020 - 8:24PM

A head bartender creating cocktails in Bangkok, a gin distiller in Hong Kong, Malaysia’s only female whisky bottler – women in Asia are making their mark in a man’s world.

Bartender, distiller, whisky bottler – women in Asia changing the face of drinks industry
Five must-see locations in Hong Kong you’ve probably never heard of

From an indoor market like no other to uninhabited islands to beautiful waterfalls, here are five stunning locations in Hong Kong that are well off the beaten track.

16 Jun 2020 - 12:17AM

From an indoor market like no other to uninhabited islands to beautiful waterfalls, here are five stunning locations in Hong Kong that are well off the beaten track.

Five must-see locations in Hong Kong you’ve probably never heard of
Hong Kong-based diplomats share their travel secrets and books, films and songs that remind them of home

Consular officials recall their best loved holiday destinations in the countries they represent, and from Kazakhstan’s Charyn Canyon to Kruger National Park, in South Africa, there is plenty to inspire.

12 Jun 2020 - 3:38PM

Consular officials recall their best loved holiday destinations in the countries they represent, and from Kazakhstan’s Charyn Canyon to Kruger National Park, in South Africa, there is plenty to inspire.

Hong Kong-based diplomats share their travel secrets and books, films and songs that remind them of home
Lifted from poverty by a Cambodian Cirque du Soleil, acrobats support 1,200 students through nightly shows

Orphans, beggars, human trafficking victims, drug addicts, they found salvation, and trained as acrobats, with a circus in Cambodia.

11 Jun 2020 - 12:31PM

Orphans, beggars, human trafficking victims, drug addicts, they found salvation, and trained as acrobats, with a circus in Cambodia.

Lifted from poverty by a Cambodian Cirque du Soleil, acrobats support 1,200 students through nightly shows
Planning to leave Hong Kong? The best countries to emigrate to, how much migration can cost, and some possible pitfalls

The news that China will draft a national security law for Hong Kong prompted a rise in inquiries from the city about migration, say immigration consultants.

5 Jun 2020 - 9:25AM

The news that China will draft a national security law for Hong Kong prompted a rise in inquiries from the city about migration, say immigration consultants.

Planning to leave Hong Kong? The best countries to emigrate to, how much migration can cost, and some possible pitfalls
Gap year encounter in Nepal that changed an American teen’s life, and the lives she has changed there since by helping rural poor

She was a teenager from New Jersey on a gap year trekking in Nepal when she saw a young girl breaking rocks. Maggie Doyne’s life changed in a second. She has devoted herself to helping the girl and her neighbours ever since.

1 Jun 2020 - 11:29AM

She was a teenager from New Jersey on a gap year trekking in Nepal when she saw a young girl breaking rocks. Maggie Doyne’s life changed in a second. She has devoted herself to helping the girl and her neighbours ever since.

Gap year encounter in Nepal that changed an American teen’s life, and the lives she has changed there since by helping rural poor
Hong Kong mountaineer, 67, on climate change, the moment he conquered Everest, and his next adventure

Mount Everest was Chung Kin-man’s bugbear until he reached the summit at the fifth attempt, on his way to climbing the highest peaks on seven continents. Now 67, he wants to scale at least one more 8,000-metre peak.

26 May 2020 - 1:36PM

Mount Everest was Chung Kin-man’s bugbear until he reached the summit at the fifth attempt, on his way to climbing the highest peaks on seven continents. Now 67, he wants to scale at least one more 8,000-metre peak.

Hong Kong mountaineer, 67, on climate change, the moment he conquered Everest, and his next adventure
Beyond Raffles: seven of Asia’s lesser-known colonial hotels, some gone but not forgotten

Around the turn of the 20th century, the Sarkies brothers built an empire of heritage hotels from Singapore to Indonesia. But not every boutique property bore the entrepreneurial siblings’ name.

21 May 2020 - 8:45AM

Around the turn of the 20th century, the Sarkies brothers built an empire of heritage hotels from Singapore to Indonesia. But not every boutique property bore the entrepreneurial siblings’ name.

Beyond Raffles: seven of Asia’s lesser-known colonial hotels, some gone but not forgotten
‘Keep hold of the belief anything is possible’: how having the courage to make a late career change can alter your life for the better

A late career change may see you stepping off the corporate ladder and giving up a regular salary, but the rewards can outweigh any initial fears. We talk to four people who flourished after taking the plunge.

18 May 2020 - 7:58AM

A late career change may see you stepping off the corporate ladder and giving up a regular salary, but the rewards can outweigh any initial fears. We talk to four people who flourished after taking the plunge.

‘Keep hold of the belief anything is possible’: how having the courage to make a late career change can alter your life for the better
How dining is going digital: AR dishes, virtual culinary journeys and high-end meals that will take your breath away

From virtual chefs that take diners on culinary world tours to augmented reality 3D models that help customers choose dishes, dining and tech are being combined in ways that could change how we eat out in future.

12 May 2020 - 8:02PM

From virtual chefs that take diners on culinary world tours to augmented reality 3D models that help customers choose dishes, dining and tech are being combined in ways that could change how we eat out in future.

How dining is going digital: AR dishes, virtual culinary journeys and high-end meals that will take your breath away
John Pilger on 50 years spent shining a light into humanity’s darkest corners

The London-based Australian has dedicated his career to bringing crises, corruption and crimes against humanity into the public sphere.

9 May 2020 - 3:56PM

The London-based Australian has dedicated his career to bringing crises, corruption and crimes against humanity into the public sphere.

John Pilger on 50 years spent shining a light into humanity’s darkest corners
Lonely Planet story: how travel guide ruled before Tripadvisor and what’s next for founders

Lonely Planet has sold more than 145 million travel guidebooks but its fortunes turned in recent years with competition from websites like Tripadvisor. Co-founder Tony Wheeler reflects on its legacy and details his future plans.

6 May 2020 - 10:21AM

Lonely Planet has sold more than 145 million travel guidebooks but its fortunes turned in recent years with competition from websites like Tripadvisor. Co-founder Tony Wheeler reflects on its legacy and details his future plans.

Lonely Planet story: how travel guide ruled before Tripadvisor and what’s next for founders
Tales from Asia’s early travellers – suicidal slaves, drunk translators and decadent deaths

With contemporary tourism grounded, take a trip through some of history’s greatest – although sometimes lesser known – Asian travel journals.

3 May 2020 - 7:18PM

With contemporary tourism grounded, take a trip through some of history’s greatest – although sometimes lesser known – Asian travel journals.

Tales from Asia’s early travellers – suicidal slaves, drunk translators and decadent deaths
‘The Tesla of eco-villages’: Silicon Valley entrepreneur’s optimistic vision for sustainable, resilient 21st century communities

Silicon Valley entrepreneur believes the time has come to build artificial-intelligence-driven eco-villages that generate their own power and produce their own food. ReGen Villages are ‘the right optimistic solution coming out of Covid-19’, he says.

27 Apr 2020 - 9:33PM

Silicon Valley entrepreneur believes the time has come to build artificial-intelligence-driven eco-villages that generate their own power and produce their own food. ReGen Villages are ‘the right optimistic solution coming out of Covid-19’, he says.

‘The Tesla of eco-villages’: Silicon Valley entrepreneur’s optimistic vision for sustainable, resilient 21st century communities
‘We don’t kill trees’: Thai design studio founded by Belgians forges bespoke, handmade furniture from rustic hardwood

A radical design studio in Bangkok set up by a pair of Belgians crafts bespoke, handmade furniture from huge pieces of reclaimed wood with the help of Thai artisans and an Italian bronze master who once worked for Salvador Dali.

16 Apr 2020 - 7:30AM

A radical design studio in Bangkok set up by a pair of Belgians crafts bespoke, handmade furniture from huge pieces of reclaimed wood with the help of Thai artisans and an Italian bronze master who once worked for Salvador Dali.

‘We don’t kill trees’: Thai design studio founded by Belgians forges bespoke, handmade furniture from rustic hardwood
Opinion | Bogsmacked! Why are Hong Kong’s public toilets so grim?

Despite promising to spend HK$600m on upgrades, government-funded loos remain bog standard at best.

6 Apr 2020 - 1:47PM

Despite promising to spend HK$600m on upgrades, government-funded loos remain bog standard at best.

Bogsmacked! Why are Hong Kong’s public toilets so grim?
What the concierge saw: 30 years of Hong Kong history, and a few tall tales, from a man with hospitality in his blood

The chief concierge at the InterContinental hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui, Louis Baleros shares anecdotes from the past 30 years, from running out of champagne on handover night to weathering the storm of Sars.

3 Apr 2020 - 10:32AM

The chief concierge at the InterContinental hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui, Louis Baleros shares anecdotes from the past 30 years, from running out of champagne on handover night to weathering the storm of Sars.

What the concierge saw: 30 years of Hong Kong history, and a few tall tales, from a man with hospitality in his blood
How baseball became a national Japanese pastime and spawned fans like no other

Introduced to Japan in 1871, baseball became the country’s first team sport and is now spoken of as the second national game, after sumo. But why do the Japanese love it so much?

1 Apr 2020 - 6:22AM

Introduced to Japan in 1871, baseball became the country’s first team sport and is now spoken of as the second national game, after sumo. But why do the Japanese love it so much?

How baseball became a national Japanese pastime and spawned fans like no other
Coronavirus: for crazy rich Asians, private islands offer the ultimate quarantine (and they’re cheaper than you think)

For discerning super-rich Asians, there’s only one option when it comes to coronavirus bolt-holes: buying a private island. For a fraction of the cost of a Hong Kong home, you can join them.

30 Mar 2020 - 10:07AM

For discerning super-rich Asians, there’s only one option when it comes to coronavirus bolt-holes: buying a private island. For a fraction of the cost of a Hong Kong home, you can join them.

Coronavirus: for crazy rich Asians, private islands offer the ultimate quarantine (and they’re cheaper than you think)