Does anyone have any good recommendations for Linux server packages?

I have a Bluehost account @US 7/month, but find they are often very slow. Not sure if it's a problem of bandwidth or shared CPU resources, probably a combination of both. I also have experience with a local company but their features are average (no cPanel, PHP 4 only.. etc.)

My highest priority is access speed in Asia, followed by North America and Europe. Need to have PHP5+, phpMyAdmin, cPanel, etc...

Thanks in advance.