Tell us a little about your new role with EXO Adventure?
In a nutshell my job is to know active Thailand for families, challenge companies and adventure agents, and work closely with them to offer an exclusive Thailand adventure experience with outstanding safety and service. There is so much adventure in Thailand, whether it’s kayaking or snorkeling out around Phang Nga Bay to explore hidden lagoons, or taking to the road on a bicycle north of Chiang Mai to challenge yourself with every turn of the steep and winding roads.
Which Asian destination never fails to draw your attention?
Ouch… tough question! When it comes to Asia I love them all. I have traveled to Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, China, India, Nepal, Myanmar and of course Thailand. Despite comments of people being ‘templed out’ in Asia, I never get bored of the smiles on every person you meet here and there are never two temples the same.
What is the most memorable Asian destination you have visited and why?
Well that’s easy! Jumping on a bus from Hanoi Airport into the center of the city for the first time. Why? Anyone who has been to Vietnam will understand. The first thing to catch my eye was the family of 4 on a little scooter and a refrigerator on the back. The uniformed chaos at every crossroads! Thinking about it a little, if I was to be completely honest, my recent experience on a 5 day hike with the Orangutans in Sumatra is one that will stay with me forever too.
Where will your next travels around Asia take you?
Actually another great thing about my job is the Adventure Manager training that we get each year, this is coming up soon and will take me to Myanmar to pull bikes apart and put them back together. After that I will go to Lombok, Indonesia to hike Mount Rinjani.
What makes Asia such a compelling destination for adventure travel?
Asia has it all activity wise; mountains on which you could spend endless weeks hiking the trails, jungles so rich with vegetation and wildlife (my favorite experience!), beautiful island beaches where the diving is some of the best worldwide, some of the most amazing cycling roads with incredible scenery (especially Thailand I have to add) and endless sports such as rock climbing, mountain biking, kayaking, rafting…… there is just so much on your doorstep I could go on and on.
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