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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The good, bad and ugly sides to Hawaii for tourists

The American island chain is invoked by tourism boards the world over, but while its expanses of pristine sand remain unrivalled, the world’s most isolated archipelago is home to one of the most traffic-congested cities in the US

5 Jul 2019 - 1:52PM

The American island chain is invoked by tourism boards the world over, but while its expanses of pristine sand remain unrivalled, the world’s most isolated archipelago is home to one of the most traffic-congested cities in the US

The good, bad and ugly sides to Hawaii for tourists
Seven Silk Road destinations, from China to Italy: towns that grew rich on trade

Towns along the trade route linking Europe and Asia thrived by providing accommodation and services for countless traders of carpets and camels, glassware and gold.

27 Jun 2019 - 11:40AM

Towns along the trade route linking Europe and Asia thrived by providing accommodation and services for countless traders of carpets and camels, glassware and gold.

Seven Silk Road destinations, from China to Italy: towns that grew rich on trade
The good, bad and ugly sides of Chernobyl and Kiev – two very different Ukrainian destinations

Success of HBO series Chernobyl has seen an upsurge in tourism at the site of the world’s worst nuclear disaster, with some of the more disrespectful visitors use the tour as an opportunity for taking tasteless selfies.

22 Jun 2019 - 10:43PM

Success of HBO series Chernobyl has seen an upsurge in tourism at the site of the world’s worst nuclear disaster, with some of the more disrespectful visitors use the tour as an opportunity for taking tasteless selfies.

The good, bad and ugly sides of Chernobyl and Kiev – two very different Ukrainian destinations
Weird and wacky sporting statues: Cristiano Ronaldo’s bust not the only questionable one

From tennis star Andy Murray’s terracotta warrior to an Art Garfunkel-esque tribute to footballer Mo Salah, not all bronze homages to the world’s sporting greats are created equal

12 Jun 2019 - 8:04PM

From tennis star Andy Murray’s terracotta warrior to an Art Garfunkel-esque tribute to footballer Mo Salah, not all bronze homages to the world’s sporting greats are created equal

Weird and wacky sporting statues: Cristiano Ronaldo’s bust not the only questionable one
The good, bad and ugly sides of Kyoto – the centre of traditional Japanese culture

Ancient meets modern in the former imperial capital, which is home to 1,681 Buddhist temples and 812 Shinto shrines.

6 Jun 2019 - 5:17AM

Ancient meets modern in the former imperial capital, which is home to 1,681 Buddhist temples and 812 Shinto shrines.

The good, bad and ugly sides of Kyoto – the centre of traditional Japanese culture
Eight second world war sites in Europe to visit to retrace the Allied victory push

From Sicily to the Normandy beaches, Gdansk and Berlin, see battlefields, cemeteries, and memorials – and enjoy the holiday destinations these places have become; a new Rough Guide shows you how.

31 May 2019 - 10:05AM

From Sicily to the Normandy beaches, Gdansk and Berlin, see battlefields, cemeteries, and memorials – and enjoy the holiday destinations these places have become; a new Rough Guide shows you how.

Eight second world war sites in Europe to visit to retrace the Allied victory push
The good, bad and ugly sides of Amsterdam – Netherlands’ capital is trying to manage too many tourists

A gentrification project has tackled organised crime in the Red Light District and provided incentives for upscale cafes and boutiques to move in, but despite the decade-long scheme, the Netherlands’ capital has yet to get a grip on human trafficking and forced prostitution.

23 May 2019 - 2:00PM

A gentrification project has tackled organised crime in the Red Light District and provided incentives for upscale cafes and boutiques to move in, but despite the decade-long scheme, the Netherlands’ capital has yet to get a grip on human trafficking and forced prostitution.

The good, bad and ugly sides of Amsterdam – Netherlands’ capital is trying to manage too many tourists
Azerbaijan, oil-rich and at the crossroads of Asia and Europe, takes vanity architecture to a new level

From a rolled up rug to mammoth flames, the capital of the former Soviet republic takes the bonkers building biscuit.

22 May 2019 - 6:08PM

From a rolled up rug to mammoth flames, the capital of the former Soviet republic takes the bonkers building biscuit.

Azerbaijan, oil-rich and at the crossroads of Asia and Europe, takes vanity architecture to a new level
Sun, sand and a sexy name: the world’s rivieras, from Italian to Redneck and even the South China Sea

France’s Cote d’Azur might have the monopoly on riviera reveries, but there are plenty more coastlines on the ocean.

15 May 2019 - 5:00PM

France’s Cote d’Azur might have the monopoly on riviera reveries, but there are plenty more coastlines on the ocean.

Sun, sand and a sexy name: the world’s rivieras, from Italian to Redneck and even the South China Sea
The good, bad and ugly sides to a Route 66 road trip – where kitsch reigns supreme

The 3,945km (2,451-mile) stretch from Chicago to Los Angeles has been immortalised in pop culture, but it doesn’t technically exist today. It is still possible to cruise the historic highway, however, but beware of roadside kitsch.

10 May 2019 - 1:19PM

The 3,945km (2,451-mile) stretch from Chicago to Los Angeles has been immortalised in pop culture, but it doesn’t technically exist today. It is still possible to cruise the historic highway, however, but beware of roadside kitsch.

The good, bad and ugly sides to a Route 66 road trip – where kitsch reigns supreme
From cycling to hiking, six ways to slow down on holiday and truly take in the surroundings

As overtourism puts pressure on destinations across the globe, do the world a favour and veer your vacation off the beaten path.

2 May 2019 - 2:44AM

As overtourism puts pressure on destinations across the globe, do the world a favour and veer your vacation off the beaten path.

From cycling to hiking, six ways to slow down on holiday and truly take in the surroundings
The good, bad and ugly sides to Stratford-upon-Avon – hometown of William Shakespeare

The birthplace of William Shakespeare is Bard to the bone, and English town’s most famous son brings in close to 10 million tourists a year.

28 Apr 2019 - 2:15PM

The birthplace of William Shakespeare is Bard to the bone, and English town’s most famous son brings in close to 10 million tourists a year.

The good, bad and ugly sides to Stratford-upon-Avon – hometown of William Shakespeare
Five ways airports get us to spend money – they have been carefully designed that way

Exhaustive studies have shaped the ‘airside’ environment into one that taps into our consumer subconscious and puts us in the holiday (spending) mood – even if those duty-free ‘bargains’ are cheaper at home.

19 Apr 2019 - 1:20AM

Exhaustive studies have shaped the ‘airside’ environment into one that taps into our consumer subconscious and puts us in the holiday (spending) mood – even if those duty-free ‘bargains’ are cheaper at home.

Five ways airports get us to spend money – they have been carefully designed that way
Exploring the Caribbean islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe – strong sea legs and smattering of French required

Navigating between the sublime sandy beaches, quaint villages and vehicle-choked cities requires patience, strong sea legs and a little French.

18 Apr 2019 - 5:24AM

Navigating between the sublime sandy beaches, quaint villages and vehicle-choked cities requires patience, strong sea legs and a little French.

Exploring the Caribbean islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe – strong sea legs and smattering of French required
The good, bad and ugly sides to the Greek islands, from Amorgos to Zakynthos

Sure, the locals are lovely and beaches heavenly, but try to escape the high-season tourist hordes – not to mention the pollution – and you might find yourself in a windblown bind

12 Apr 2019 - 12:40PM

Sure, the locals are lovely and beaches heavenly, but try to escape the high-season tourist hordes – not to mention the pollution – and you might find yourself in a windblown bind

The good, bad and ugly sides to the Greek islands, from Amorgos to Zakynthos
Eight ways hidden costs affect a guest house’s bottom line – and the prices they charge you

Guests often overlook the day-to-day expenses involved in hospitality, from cleaners to maintenance, laundry to licences.

4 Apr 2019 - 5:54PM

Guests often overlook the day-to-day expenses involved in hospitality, from cleaners to maintenance, laundry to licences.

Eight ways hidden costs affect a guest house’s bottom line – and the prices they charge you
The good, bad and ugly sides to Airbnb: purveyor of accommodation and experiences

The world-leading homestay site offers host interaction and the chance to see lesser-known areas in cities, and while horror stories might have grabbed headlines, one of the most common complaints is to do with surprise pets

29 Mar 2019 - 2:39AM

The world-leading homestay site offers host interaction and the chance to see lesser-known areas in cities, and while horror stories might have grabbed headlines, one of the most common complaints is to do with surprise pets

The good, bad and ugly sides to Airbnb: purveyor of accommodation and experiences
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