Tim Pile

Tim Pile has written more than 200 travel articles for the South China Morning Post. He has been to over 100 countries and has a Master’s degree in Tourism Environment and Development.
Tim Pile
Tim Pile has written more than 200 travel articles for the South China Morning Post. He has been to over 100 countries and has a Master’s degree in Tourism Environment and Development.

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From yoga to the Mediterranean diet, eight places to sample the ‘intangible cultural heritage’ Unesco celebrates

The wonders of our world are not always monumental or geological, as fans of Singapore’s hawker food or Hong Kong milk tea can attest. Visit these eight places to sample some of the world’s intangible cultural heritage.

20 Mar 2019 - 9:00PM

The wonders of our world are not always monumental or geological, as fans of Singapore’s hawker food or Hong Kong milk tea can attest. Visit these eight places to sample some of the world’s intangible cultural heritage.

From yoga to the Mediterranean diet, eight places to sample the ‘intangible cultural heritage’ Unesco celebrates
The good, bad and ugly sides to Caribbean cruises: excellent island-hopping, but what about the waste?

Packed itineraries mean you don’t have to unpack, and you can wake up in a new destination every morning, but locals rarely benefit from the swarms of tourists, and where does all the waste go?

14 Mar 2019 - 7:33AM

Packed itineraries mean you don’t have to unpack, and you can wake up in a new destination every morning, but locals rarely benefit from the swarms of tourists, and where does all the waste go?

The good, bad and ugly sides to Caribbean cruises: excellent island-hopping, but what about the waste?
The best and worst tourism slogans: from Australia’s ‘So where the bloody hell are you?’ to ‘Djibeauty’

In an A-Z of destinations’ slogans, we explore hits and misses, from unforgettable tag lines to those that are best forgotten

7 Mar 2019 - 10:34AM

In an A-Z of destinations’ slogans, we explore hits and misses, from unforgettable tag lines to those that are best forgotten

The best and worst tourism slogans: from Australia’s ‘So where the bloody hell are you?’ to ‘Djibeauty’
The good, bad and ugly sides to Barranquilla, Colombia – home to the world’s second-biggest carnival

For four days each year, the quiet port city awakes from its slumber to put on a spectacular street party, with 96 hours of music, dance and ‘burning water’.

22 Feb 2019 - 4:08AM

For four days each year, the quiet port city awakes from its slumber to put on a spectacular street party, with 96 hours of music, dance and ‘burning water’.

The good, bad and ugly sides to Barranquilla, Colombia – home to the world’s second-biggest carnival
Six unspoilt islands for the traveller with a sense of adventure

From Russia’s Sakhalin island to Sumatra, the world still holds plenty of surprises for adventure seekers in search of sun, solitude and scenery

15 Feb 2019 - 1:58PM

From Russia’s Sakhalin island to Sumatra, the world still holds plenty of surprises for adventure seekers in search of sun, solitude and scenery

Six unspoilt islands for the traveller with a sense of adventure
The good, bad and ugly sides to a holiday in Kathmandu, Nepal

Tourism in the Nepalese capital has bounced back from the devastation of the 2015 earthquake but poor air quality often ruins the views of sweeping Himalayan vistas – and don’t get too close to the cheeky monkeys.

8 Feb 2019 - 4:38PM

Tourism in the Nepalese capital has bounced back from the devastation of the 2015 earthquake but poor air quality often ruins the views of sweeping Himalayan vistas – and don’t get too close to the cheeky monkeys.

The good, bad and ugly sides to a holiday in Kathmandu, Nepal
From Catalonia to Corsica, Europe’s independence-seeking regions have much to offer the intrepid adventurer

Sardinia might be a bucket-list favourites, but for the more adventurous, the ‘state’ of Transnistria could do with a little recognition

24 Jan 2019 - 10:26AM

Sardinia might be a bucket-list favourites, but for the more adventurous, the ‘state’ of Transnistria could do with a little recognition

From Catalonia to Corsica, Europe’s independence-seeking regions have much to offer the intrepid adventurer
Bulgaria, where a home in ‘the most beautiful town in the world’ will set you back just €25,000
Chiang Mai – the good, bad and ugly sides to Thailand’s second city
  • The laid-back city has lured thriving communities of expats with top-notch health care, fast Wi-fi and a cooler winter climate, however, it might be safe to stay off the roads, some of Southeast Asia’s deadliest
17 Jan 2019 - 9:23AM
  • The laid-back city has lured thriving communities of expats with top-notch health care, fast Wi-fi and a cooler winter climate, however, it might be safe to stay off the roads, some of Southeast Asia’s deadliest
Chiang Mai – the good, bad and ugly sides to Thailand’s second city
Travel-related trivia – factoids to send your pub quiz opponents packing

Don’t know the only double-landlocked countries? Or the only nation to not have a rectangular flag? Don’t worry, just read on …

10 Jan 2019 - 10:42AM

Don’t know the only double-landlocked countries? Or the only nation to not have a rectangular flag? Don’t worry, just read on …

Travel-related trivia – factoids to send your pub quiz opponents packing
The good, bad and ugly sides to Manila, the Philippines’ chaotic capital

The sprawling city can be delightful or definitive of the daily grind, depending on your place in it

3 Jan 2019 - 4:07PM

The sprawling city can be delightful or definitive of the daily grind, depending on your place in it

The good, bad and ugly sides to Manila, the Philippines’ chaotic capital
Sister cities in the West a bulwark for China against worsening US ties

Orlando and Guilin, Philadelphia and Tianjin, St Louis and Nanjing – 201 places in US alone have sister-city, or twin-town, agreements with places in China. The sister-city relationships have their roots in mutual understanding, but offer economic spin-offs too.

19 Dec 2018 - 11:41PM

Orlando and Guilin, Philadelphia and Tianjin, St Louis and Nanjing – 201 places in US alone have sister-city, or twin-town, agreements with places in China. The sister-city relationships have their roots in mutual understanding, but offer economic spin-offs too.

Sister cities in the West a bulwark for China against worsening US ties
The good, bad and ugly sides to Sydney, where beautiful beaches are sometimes spoiled by sharks

Australia’s biggest city has more than 100 beaches, but keep your eyes peeled for unwelcome visitors, and good luck getting around on an outdated public transport system.

14 Dec 2018 - 5:25AM

Australia’s biggest city has more than 100 beaches, but keep your eyes peeled for unwelcome visitors, and good luck getting around on an outdated public transport system.

The good, bad and ugly sides to Sydney, where beautiful beaches are sometimes spoiled by sharks
Which are the world’s friendliest countries to visit? From US to India, where to expect the warmest welcomes

Thai people have a smile for every occasion and the Portuguese are happy to be underpaid, while Fiji has replaced cannibalism with Christmas cards and kava

6 Dec 2018 - 8:04AM

Thai people have a smile for every occasion and the Portuguese are happy to be underpaid, while Fiji has replaced cannibalism with Christmas cards and kava

Which are the world’s friendliest countries to visit? From US to India, where to expect the warmest welcomes
The good, bad and ugly sides to the French Riviera – glamour and glitz, or overhyped and overpriced?
The six stages of tourism at a tropical beach resort: from backwater idyll to boom and bust honeypot

Combining two tourism experts’ theories to explore the life-cycle of a sun, sea and sand holiday destination

23 Nov 2018 - 11:02AM

Combining two tourism experts’ theories to explore the life-cycle of a sun, sea and sand holiday destination

The six stages of tourism at a tropical beach resort: from backwater idyll to boom and bust honeypot
Africa’s Victoria Falls: the good, bad and ugly sides to tourism at the world’s largest water curtain

An adrenaline junkie’s dream destination, the wildly impressive waterfall is not without its faults, gatecrashing crocodiles and badly behaved baboons among them.

17 Nov 2018 - 5:25AM

An adrenaline junkie’s dream destination, the wildly impressive waterfall is not without its faults, gatecrashing crocodiles and badly behaved baboons among them.

Africa’s Victoria Falls: the good, bad and ugly sides to tourism at the world’s largest water curtain
The next best things to see at seven of world’s top tourist attractions

So you’ve made it Uluru, Loch Ness, or Timbuktu – don’t miss out on some underrated sights nearby while you’re there; from the Isle of Skye to a Niger River cruise to the cave dwellings of Cappadocia, there’s much more to add to your itineraries.

9 Nov 2018 - 6:09AM

So you’ve made it Uluru, Loch Ness, or Timbuktu – don’t miss out on some underrated sights nearby while you’re there; from the Isle of Skye to a Niger River cruise to the cave dwellings of Cappadocia, there’s much more to add to your itineraries.

The next best things to see at seven of world’s top tourist attractions
Luang Prabang: Laos’ former royal capital may have enriched locals but has it lost its soul?

The Unesco-listed heritage town has enough must-see attractions to fill any itinerary but with great beauty comes great tourist dollars – not to mention Chinese investment

9 Nov 2018 - 6:17AM

The Unesco-listed heritage town has enough must-see attractions to fill any itinerary but with great beauty comes great tourist dollars – not to mention Chinese investment

Luang Prabang: Laos’ former royal capital may have enriched locals but has it lost its soul?
A medieval jewel, the Old Town of Vilnius makes the Lithuanian capital well worth a visit

The Lithuanian capital’s brave citizens were the first to break the Soviet Union’s shackles, and the city has emerged from its grisly history to value freedom and independence, with much to offer travellers

15 Nov 2018 - 9:56AM

The Lithuanian capital’s brave citizens were the first to break the Soviet Union’s shackles, and the city has emerged from its grisly history to value freedom and independence, with much to offer travellers

A medieval jewel, the Old Town of Vilnius makes the Lithuanian capital well worth a visit
Should tourists pay more than locals? The dual pricing debate extends to the Seven Modern Wonders of the World

From the Taj Mahal to the Great Wall of China, international visitors often have to pay more to see tourist attractions – but is it fair?

24 Oct 2018 - 11:50PM

From the Taj Mahal to the Great Wall of China, international visitors often have to pay more to see tourist attractions – but is it fair?

Should tourists pay more than locals? The dual pricing debate extends to the Seven Modern Wonders of the World
The good, bad and ugly sides to St Petersburg, Russia’s second city

With its canals, world-class museum and art-filled public spaces, Russia’s second city may deserve its ‘Venice of the North’ title – if you can overlook the surly locals and ubiquitous tourist tat.

18 Oct 2018 - 9:39AM

With its canals, world-class museum and art-filled public spaces, Russia’s second city may deserve its ‘Venice of the North’ title – if you can overlook the surly locals and ubiquitous tourist tat.

The good, bad and ugly sides to St Petersburg, Russia’s second city
An A-Z of national dishes, from poutine and pho to pad thai – how many have you tried?

A country’s favourite dish is often imported, debatable or unhealthy – but it is almost always delicious.

11 Oct 2018 - 3:52PM

A country’s favourite dish is often imported, debatable or unhealthy – but it is almost always delicious.

An A-Z of national dishes, from poutine and pho to pad thai – how many have you tried?
The good, bad and ugly sides to visiting San Francisco, or is that ‘San Fransicko’?

With Alcatraz ranked the No 1 place to visit in the US, the Californian city is well worth the trip, but navigating needle-strewn streets and taking in naked naturists might be an adventure too far for many.

6 Oct 2018 - 7:00PM

With Alcatraz ranked the No 1 place to visit in the US, the Californian city is well worth the trip, but navigating needle-strewn streets and taking in naked naturists might be an adventure too far for many.

The good, bad and ugly sides to visiting San Francisco, or is that ‘San Fransicko’?
Tourism boycotts – why people gave Myanmar a miss and skipped South Korea? And what about plucky little Palau?

Whether government enforced political instruments or the result of an individual’s own ethical dilemma, these six destinations have felt the impact of the masses staying away

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM

Whether government enforced political instruments or the result of an individual’s own ethical dilemma, these six destinations have felt the impact of the masses staying away

Tourism boycotts – why people gave Myanmar a miss and skipped South Korea? And what about plucky little Palau?
From Paris to Amsterdam, via the battlefields and beaches of two world wars

A father and son fight the tourist hordes and make their way across Europe on a sobering journey through 20th-century history

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM

A father and son fight the tourist hordes and make their way across Europe on a sobering journey through 20th-century history

From Paris to Amsterdam, via the battlefields and beaches of two world wars
Sri Lanka’s tea country: the good, bad and ugly sides to the plantations of Ceylon

The highlands of India’s tear drop boast breathtaking scenery and one of the world’s great train journeys, but spare a thought for the tea pickers, who toil for pittance and are at increasing risk from landslides

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM

The highlands of India’s tear drop boast breathtaking scenery and one of the world’s great train journeys, but spare a thought for the tea pickers, who toil for pittance and are at increasing risk from landslides

Sri Lanka’s tea country: the good, bad and ugly sides to the plantations of Ceylon
Seven of the world’s best tunnel tours: explore the underground offerings of Argentina to Vietnam

From ‘coal mines’ beneath the Korean DMZ to the Viet Cong’s extensive network near Ho Chi Minh City, these subterranean must-sees reveal more about a destination’s history, or provide a useful way of getting there

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM

From ‘coal mines’ beneath the Korean DMZ to the Viet Cong’s extensive network near Ho Chi Minh City, these subterranean must-sees reveal more about a destination’s history, or provide a useful way of getting there

Seven of the world’s best tunnel tours: explore the underground offerings of Argentina to Vietnam
Climbing Kilimanjaro: the good, bad and ugly sides to conquering Africa’s highest peak

September is not only the best time to conquer the 5,895-metre summit, it is also the most popular, so choose your route carefully to avoid the crowds

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM

September is not only the best time to conquer the 5,895-metre summit, it is also the most popular, so choose your route carefully to avoid the crowds

Climbing Kilimanjaro: the good, bad and ugly sides to conquering Africa’s highest peak
Seven literary locations for your next holiday: you’ve read the books, now see where they are set

From the old-school glamour of Long Island and the thatched cottages of southern England, to the watering holes of Havana and the Kenyan coast, explore seven landscapes straight from the pages of literature

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM

From the old-school glamour of Long Island and the thatched cottages of southern England, to the watering holes of Havana and the Kenyan coast, explore seven landscapes straight from the pages of literature

Seven literary locations for your next holiday: you’ve read the books, now see where they are set