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Saturday, August 24, 2019



Greg HackettHi, I’m Greg Hackett, the Editor/publisher of Haxtrax.com – both a career journalist, and editor.

I know exactly how mainstream media travel coverage works, having being a Travel Editor for News Corp (Herald Sun Escape), as well as many other roles in print and digital media. I treat the function of the media in the global sense, the delivery of information, and the necessity for impartiality, very seriously.

Also, I love the opportunities of the evolving digital age. Now we all have a voice. Bring it on! So please join us on Haxtrax.com as we share the truth about travel destinations. And have a laugh along the way!

Travel reviews in the advertising-dependent, revenue reliant, mainstream media excel at telling us everything about a destination…

except often what it is truly like. The authors will tell us how good their free flight was, how good their free meal was, how good their free accommodation was… maybe even how good their free VIP treatment was.

They have to, or they won’t get another free invite. And you, dear paying traveller, pay for their ‘free’ air travel, meals, & accommodation. Don’t ever forget that.

For these reasons, most travel journalism is much like a ‘doctored’, or photo shopped, picture. Sure, it’s appealing – but it is just… not… real.

Here at HaxTrax.com, we give you our honest opinions on what YOU, the paying customer, can expect to experience. The good and the bad. How it really is.

So, join us on our travels and adventures, and let’s use social media and the evolving digital age to share our true and real experiences.

My Mr (coffee) Bean Moment

Why won’t this coffee machine work? It’s plugged in, the capsule’s in, I’m pushing the blue “blast off” button – but no action? Cursing my ignorance, I upend the machine to retrieve the capsule...

Fried rice with a sour pickle

The only surly woman I’ve met in Cambodia serves me: fried rice with beef balls (AKA slices of a small beef sausage) and three big, sour pickles – two on the plate and one...

Good sauce of omega 3

Hands up who likes Cambodian cuisine? Steamed fish fillet with mushrooms and ginger/soy/rice-wine sauce. I tip the last of the sauce over the rice – and “clean it up”.  La Caverne De Kim restaurant,...
antiques and debris: each a piece of history

Antiques and Debris: each a piece of history

This bloke’s shop is like a Disney movie set: a snapshot of Phnom Penh history with ancient Angkor weapons, colonial French figurines, antique artifacts, daily life’s debris. All preloved, dusty and lonely… Street 19,...
finding a chemist in ho chi minh city

Finding a chemist in Ho Chi Minh City

Travel Tip: Run out of medication? Filling an Australian prescription can be difficult, frustrating and full-on anxiety. In Ho Ch Minh City, Vietnam, My Anh “Pharmacity Super Drugstore” has pretty much everything and is...
changing flight date

Changing flight date

Had to change my economy flight date, went to Phu Quoc airport counter and Vietnam Airlines took care of it, they put me on the next flight and with no fee. You can be...

You can’t beat eggs for breakfast?

You most certainly can beat eggs for breakfast – and add butter, onion, spring onion, tomato, and SEAsian pepper to make a big, tasty “Omelette a la Nigel” (US$3.90) at The Beauty Bar, Ong...

Asia Noir: The Black Bar

Shall I venture into the Heart of Darkness … where 3 jaded hookahs of differing exotic flavors sit at the bar, waiting for a hosepipe and a light. Giggle Gas: bring your rubber refills into...

First Lady of the Sea

Meet the first woman to captain a new cruise ship at launch. All aboard with Capt Serena Melani at the helm of the new “Seven Seas Splendor”. Capt Melani began her nautical career at...

Phnom Penh at dusk

Cool and calming magenta hues bathe the Tonle Sap and Mekong rivers junction, as the sun sets on a warm Sunday in the Cambodian capital… The post Phnom Penh at dusk appeared first on HaxTrax.