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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25 ways travel in Asia has changed in 25 years – the pros and cons of progress

Remember travel agents, traveller’s cheques and the long wait for holiday photos?

9 Dec 2019 - 8:30AM

Remember travel agents, traveller’s cheques and the long wait for holiday photos?

25 ways travel in Asia has changed in 25 years – the pros and cons of progress
Opinion | Christmas is taking a toll on the environment: I’m no Scrooge, but let’s cut back

From food waste and plastic packaging to electricity, the environmental impact of the festive season is huge.

3 Dec 2019 - 6:02AM

From food waste and plastic packaging to electricity, the environmental impact of the festive season is huge.

Christmas is taking a toll on the environment: I’m no Scrooge, but let’s cut back
China-Nepal Railway: debt trap, godsend, threat to India, or just a pie in the sky?

Lofty ideas of a Himalayan railway face technical and environmental challenges. Even if they are overcome, Nepal faces another danger: Chinese debt.

2 Dec 2019 - 10:18AM

Lofty ideas of a Himalayan railway face technical and environmental challenges. Even if they are overcome, Nepal faces another danger: Chinese debt.

China-Nepal Railway: debt trap, godsend, threat to India, or just a pie in the sky?
The ICAC: how Hong Kong’s corrupt police force became ‘Asia’s finest’

The Independent Commission Against Corruption was met with violent reprisals by police officers after its 1974 founding.

2 Nov 2019 - 8:09AM

The Independent Commission Against Corruption was met with violent reprisals by police officers after its 1974 founding.

The ICAC: how Hong Kong’s corrupt police force became ‘Asia’s finest’
Reporting from FCC Angkor, a boutique hotel in Siem Reap that is playing up its connections to journalism

In a nod to its journalistic branding, every room has details such as a Bakelite rotary-dial telephone, analogue radio and manual typewriter.

10 Oct 2019 - 5:24PM

In a nod to its journalistic branding, every room has details such as a Bakelite rotary-dial telephone, analogue radio and manual typewriter.

Reporting from FCC Angkor, a boutique hotel in Siem Reap that is playing up its connections to journalism
Brief Encounters | A weekend break in Kyoto, Japan – manga, markets and delectable seasonal morsels

In 1945, Kyoto was saved from the atomic bomb by an American official who had been seduced by its charms. Discover why he, and countless since, fell in love with the city, its customs and its cuisine.

2 Sep 2019 - 8:43AM

In 1945, Kyoto was saved from the atomic bomb by an American official who had been seduced by its charms. Discover why he, and countless since, fell in love with the city, its customs and its cuisine.

A weekend break in Kyoto, Japan – manga, markets and delectable seasonal morsels
Brief Encounters | Get off the beaten track in Dili, East Timor – Asia’s youngest nation is unspoilt, although avoid the ‘dumps’

Whale watchers, surfers and divers have long sung the country’s praises, extolling its many natural wonders.

26 Aug 2019 - 8:40AM

Whale watchers, surfers and divers have long sung the country’s praises, extolling its many natural wonders.

Get off the beaten track in Dili, East Timor – Asia’s youngest nation is unspoilt, although avoid the ‘dumps’
Brief Encounters | What to do in Bagan – Myanmar’s ancient temple city is one of Asia’s architectural marvels

Undoubtedly the best way to experience the more than 2,000 temples and pagodas at the Unesco World Heritage Site is from the basket of a hot-air balloon.

12 Aug 2019 - 8:32AM

Undoubtedly the best way to experience the more than 2,000 temples and pagodas at the Unesco World Heritage Site is from the basket of a hot-air balloon.

What to do in Bagan – Myanmar’s ancient temple city is one of Asia’s architectural marvels
Brief Encounters | A weekend break in Qingdao – there’s more to the Chinese port city than beer

On the Shandong province coast, across from Korea and Japan, Qingdao offers seafood galore and colonial German architecture.

29 Jul 2019 - 5:53PM

On the Shandong province coast, across from Korea and Japan, Qingdao offers seafood galore and colonial German architecture.

A weekend break in Qingdao – there’s more to the Chinese port city than beer
Brief Encounters | A weekend break in Surabaya – Indonesia’s second city has first place promise

The City of Heroes is a thriving port with a vibrant past and an encouraging future, where weekenders can eat their way around Surabaya’s beef-heavy signature dishes or shop for antique teak.

15 Jul 2019 - 8:33AM

The City of Heroes is a thriving port with a vibrant past and an encouraging future, where weekenders can eat their way around Surabaya’s beef-heavy signature dishes or shop for antique teak.

A weekend break in Surabaya – Indonesia’s second city has first place promise
Brief Encounters | Why visiting Bhutan is expensive but worth it

The country that coined the phrase ‘gross national happiness’ is as exclusive as they come, with not a hint of mass tourism

9 Jul 2019 - 1:43PM

The country that coined the phrase ‘gross national happiness’ is as exclusive as they come, with not a hint of mass tourism

Why visiting Bhutan is expensive but worth it
Brief Encounters | What to do in Kuching - Malaysia’s Wild East on the island of Borneo

Tucked away on the island of Borneo, the capital of Sarawak is well worth the trek. Not-to-be-missed events in July include the Rainforest World Music Festival and the Kuching Festival

1 Jul 2019 - 3:42PM

Tucked away on the island of Borneo, the capital of Sarawak is well worth the trek. Not-to-be-missed events in July include the Rainforest World Music Festival and the Kuching Festival

What to do in Kuching - Malaysia’s Wild East on the island of Borneo
Brief Encounters | A long weekend in Luang Prabang – Laos ancient town where authentic travel experiences still exist, for now

The daily distribution of alms to monks is evidence of the city’s commitment to tradition, but it is not the only one.

24 Jun 2019 - 8:47AM

The daily distribution of alms to monks is evidence of the city’s commitment to tradition, but it is not the only one.

A long weekend in Luang Prabang – Laos ancient town where authentic travel experiences still exist, for now
Brief Encounters | What to do in Davao, Philippines, given Mount Apo is temporarily off-limits

A trip to Davao, on the coast of Mindanao, will prove there is more to the Southeast Asian nation than Boracay, Cebu and Palawan

17 Jun 2019 - 8:39AM

A trip to Davao, on the coast of Mindanao, will prove there is more to the Southeast Asian nation than Boracay, Cebu and Palawan

What to do in Davao, Philippines, given Mount Apo is temporarily off-limits
Brief Encounters | What to do in Sapporo in summer – Japan’s top ski destination blossoms under blue skies

The five-hour flight time from Hong Kong makes Hokkaido’s capital ideal for a long weekend, where fields of flowers surround the birthplace of the nation’s beloved beer.

10 Jun 2019 - 9:03AM

The five-hour flight time from Hong Kong makes Hokkaido’s capital ideal for a long weekend, where fields of flowers surround the birthplace of the nation’s beloved beer.

What to do in Sapporo in summer – Japan’s top ski destination blossoms under blue skies
Brief Encounters | What to do in Da Nang – from fireworks to food, Vietnamese coastal city is ideal weekend break

Make a break for sun, sea, sand, scuba, shopping and more, just a short flight from Hong Kong.

3 Jun 2019 - 10:09AM

Make a break for sun, sea, sand, scuba, shopping and more, just a short flight from Hong Kong.

What to do in Da Nang – from fireworks to food, Vietnamese coastal city is ideal weekend break
What to do on a Singapore city break, as celebrations begin for 200th anniversary
Brief Encounters | What to do in Guangzhou – skiing, shopping and opera a short train ride from Hong Kong

An ideal overnighter, Guangdong’s capital is constantly adding to its appeal, most notably with the opening of an indoor snow park in June.

6 May 2019 - 6:30PM

An ideal overnighter, Guangdong’s capital is constantly adding to its appeal, most notably with the opening of an indoor snow park in June.

What to do in Guangzhou – skiing, shopping and opera a short train ride from Hong Kong
Brief Encounters | What to do in Penang – Malaysian island ideal for a short break full of culture and cuisine

Penang Island offers serious bang for its buck, with superb street food, heritage architecture and its very own fashion week just a short haul from Hong Kong.

29 Apr 2019 - 8:30AM

Penang Island offers serious bang for its buck, with superb street food, heritage architecture and its very own fashion week just a short haul from Hong Kong.

What to do in Penang – Malaysian island ideal for a short break full of culture and cuisine
Brief Encounters | What to do in Hanoi – Vietnam’s capital is an easy weekend break from Hong Kong

A 60-minute flight whisks weekenders away to a city that is still demonstrably Asian rather than a cookie-cutter metropolis

22 Apr 2019 - 8:30AM

A 60-minute flight whisks weekenders away to a city that is still demonstrably Asian rather than a cookie-cutter metropolis

What to do in Hanoi – Vietnam’s capital is an easy weekend break from Hong Kong
Brief Encounters | What to do in Kathmandu – coffee, cuisine and Himalayan vistas on a short break to Nepal’s capital

A casualty of civil war and natural disaster, the city is rising from its ruins to offer travellers a rich, rewarding experience

8 Apr 2019 - 10:30AM

A casualty of civil war and natural disaster, the city is rising from its ruins to offer travellers a rich, rewarding experience

What to do in Kathmandu – coffee, cuisine and Himalayan vistas on a short break to Nepal’s capital
Brief Encounters | Why Myanmar’s Mergui Archipelago is the ultimate long-weekend tropical island getaway

The lack of direct flights makes arriving in paradise that much more special, especially when it is as unspoilt as the Myeik Kyunzu, where the barter economy beats bills and barefoot luxury is exactly that

1 Apr 2019 - 10:19AM

The lack of direct flights makes arriving in paradise that much more special, especially when it is as unspoilt as the Myeik Kyunzu, where the barter economy beats bills and barefoot luxury is exactly that

Why Myanmar’s Mergui Archipelago is the ultimate long-weekend tropical island getaway
Brief Encounters | What to do over a weekend in Beijing – scratch the surface of China’s capital and discover a city worth getting to know

China’s capital has much to offer beyond the obvious, from hip hutong eateries to an appetite for the artistic and artisanal

25 Mar 2019 - 8:32AM

China’s capital has much to offer beyond the obvious, from hip hutong eateries to an appetite for the artistic and artisanal

What to do over a weekend in Beijing – scratch the surface of China’s capital and discover a city worth getting to know
Brief Encounters | What to do in Seoul – South Korea’s capital is ideal for a weekend away

With superior shopping, excellent eats, Buddhist temples and the DMZ, there is much in this buzzing metropolis to keep visitors entertained

20 Mar 2019 - 12:04PM

With superior shopping, excellent eats, Buddhist temples and the DMZ, there is much in this buzzing metropolis to keep visitors entertained

What to do in Seoul – South Korea’s capital is ideal for a weekend away
Brief Encounters | What to do in Cairns – a weekend getaway to the Great Barrier Reef and Australia’s natural wonders

The city in tropical Queensland is surrounded by beautiful beaches, crystalline waters and mountainous rainforest, and is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.

11 Mar 2019 - 3:44PM

The city in tropical Queensland is surrounded by beautiful beaches, crystalline waters and mountainous rainforest, and is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.

What to do in Cairns – a weekend getaway to the Great Barrier Reef and Australia’s natural wonders
Brief Encounters | What to do in Xiamen – southern China’s capital of cool boasts bikes, beaches and a progressive photography festival

Just four hours from Hong Kong by high-speed rail, the port city has blossomed in recent years, with old favourite Gulang Island having been joined by a number of more modern attractions, including the annual Jimei x Arles art event

4 Mar 2019 - 11:19AM

Just four hours from Hong Kong by high-speed rail, the port city has blossomed in recent years, with old favourite Gulang Island having been joined by a number of more modern attractions, including the annual Jimei x Arles art event

What to do in Xiamen – southern China’s capital of cool boasts bikes, beaches and a progressive photography festival
Brief Encounters | What to do in Ipoh – gateway to Malaysia’s Cameron Highlands is a relaxed city-break destination in its own right
  • Still out of reach of globalisation, the city’s charms lie in its laid-back authenticity and warm welcome, not to mention a smorgasbord of palate-pleasing options
25 Feb 2019 - 8:40AM
  • Still out of reach of globalisation, the city’s charms lie in its laid-back authenticity and warm welcome, not to mention a smorgasbord of palate-pleasing options
What to do in Ipoh – gateway to Malaysia’s Cameron Highlands is a relaxed city-break destination in its own right
Brief Encounters | What to do in Galle, Sri Lanka – a laid-back long weekend destination
  • From crumbling colonial architecture to local fare like hoppers and sambal, the city on the southwest of India’s tear has much to offer visitors
19 Feb 2019 - 6:30PM
  • From crumbling colonial architecture to local fare like hoppers and sambal, the city on the southwest of India’s tear has much to offer visitors
What to do in Galle, Sri Lanka – a laid-back long weekend destination
Why Kaohsiung, Taiwan’s second largest city, is a cultural and culinary destination ideal for a weekend break
Quirky Sekeping Kong Heng hotel in Ipoh, Malaysia, comes with a warning: it’s not for everyone

A cross between upmarket youth hostel and bare-faced chic boutique, this weirdly wonderful property located in the heart of Ipoh’s old town will leave you with some stark memories.

6 Feb 2019 - 1:39PM

A cross between upmarket youth hostel and bare-faced chic boutique, this weirdly wonderful property located in the heart of Ipoh’s old town will leave you with some stark memories.

Quirky Sekeping Kong Heng hotel in Ipoh, Malaysia, comes with a warning: it’s not for everyone