Mercedes Hutton

Mercedes Hutton

Copy Editor and Post Magazine Columnist

Mercedes is an experienced lifestyle and travel journalist who covers travel and tourism in Asia for the South China Morning Post.

Location
Hong Kong
Language spoken
English, French
Areas of Expertise
Travel, tourism, podcasting
How to travel as a vegan in Asia
Visiting foodies in search of gratification are spoiled for choice in Asia.  From dim sum in Hong Kong and pho in Vietnam to sashimi in Japan or tom yum goong in Thailand, there is no shortage of taste-bud tingling experiences to write postcards home about.  But what about vegan and vegetarian visitors? Can a region best known for its meat-based offerings cater to those living on a purely plant-based diet? Increasingly, yes. 9% of the Asia-Pacific population identified as vegan in 2016, which means abstaining from consuming food, wearing clothes and using products that come from animals, according to online statistics portal Statista.  The region has the largest share of plant-based consumer
How to travel as a vegan in Asia
Drones are even more annoying than selfie sticks
Forget the selfie stick, there is an even more irritating menace to modern travelers; one that has the power to ground flights, ruin holidays and make a persona non grata of its handler. Whether over a remote Thai beach or one of Sri Lanka’s national parks, the distinctive buzz of a drone will infuriate even the most happy-go-lucky of holiday-goers, eliciting expletives and making middle fingers stiffen as it hovers overhead. American space agency NASA has even studied what it calls “the annoyance generated by sUAS noise” – that’s “small Unmanned Aerial System” – concluding, unsurprisingly, that people find the sound of a drone rather irritating. On March 17, The Times of India reported tha
Drones are even more annoying than selfie sticks