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Tina Nguyen

Asia Specialist

Having been with Travel Indochina since 2003, Tina is one of the most senior of our Senior Retail Consultants. She keeps returning to Asia for the shopping, food and unique accommodations, and has been to India, Cambodia, Laos, and Japan, but her favourite places in Asia are Vietnam, Thailand and China. Her extensive travels and dedication to region make her a true expert in booking your travel to Asia.
Specialist destinations : Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Laos, Thailand & Vietnam

Min Wildman

Asia Specialist

Min one of our top consultants is truly an Asia specialist, he started with Travel Indochina in 2009, and of the 11 countries in Asia he has visited, his favourite is Thailand. What does Min love so much about Asia? Definitely the food and a glass of wine. Min is one of our hardest working employees and you find him online almost 24 hours a day.

Specialist destinations : China, India, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand & Vietnam

Marina Hamann

Asia Specialist

Marina is a Senior Sales Consultant at Travel Indochina and has been a valuable member of the team here since she joined in 2005. Marina’s love of Asia has taken her to Vietnam, Cambodia, China, India and Japan but her favourite places would have to be Siem Reap in Cambodia and Kumarakom in India.

Specialist destinations : Cambodia, China, India, Japan & Vietnam

Kimberley Sheriden

Private Groups Specialist

Since 2011 Kimberly has been working as a Groups Consultant at Travel Indochina. She says she loves the people, the food, the culture, the diverse landscapes and just about everything about Asia. After a recent trip to Cambodia Kimberly now also has a new favourite destination. Whenever she is in a new city, she tries to buy a vintage headscarf, to add to her collection of over 50.

Specialist destinations : Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Thailand, & Vietnam

Jun Tagami

Sales Support

Our Retail Support Consultant, Jun, has worked with us since 2011. He has travelled extensively in Japan, where he originally comes from, as well as to China and Korea. What Jun loves about Asia is the chaotic beauty, unforgettable foods and charming people. A talented artist, Jun has published his own art book, which can be found in the NSW and Victorian State libraries.

Specialist destinations : China & Japan

Murray Christie

Wholesale Asia Specialist

Murray started with Travel Indochina in 2010 and is now our priority reservations team leader. His travel to Asia goes beyond extensive and he has been to almost every one of our destinations. When asked why he keeps going back to Asia he tells us the reasons are too many to list, but if he had to pick one, it would be the food, glorious food. And it’s no wonder, as he used to be a chef.

Specialist destinations : Burma, Cambodia, China, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Thailand, Singapore & Vietnam

Nikki Ratana

Wholesale Asia Specialist

Nikki started with Travel Indochina in 2011 and is one of our wholesale reservations consultants and Asia specialists. She has travelled to Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Bhutan and India and while in Asia, you’re likely to find Nikki happily wandering through unknown streets, while here in Sydney her creative talents extend to music, singing and writing.

Specialist destinations : Bhutan, Hong Kong, India, Thailand & Vietnam

Brigitte Borel

Wholesale Asia Specialist

Since joining the Travel Indochina team in 2006, wholesale reservations consultant Brigette has travelled to Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. Her favourite place is Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand, because of the laid-back people and cultural old city. And who better to tell you about the wonderful French-colonial culture in Indochina, Brigette also speaks fluent French. Ooh-la-la.

Specialist destinations : Cambodia, Thailand & Vietnam

Brett Allen

Business Development Manager

Brett became a tour leader for Travel Indochina in early 2008. He’s travelled in Indochina, Thailand, China and India, but his favourite part is the natural beauty of Yangshuo in China. His delight in the regions of China is unmatched and sharing this with his groups is something he always enjoys.

Specialist destinations : Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, China, India

 

Paul Hole

Managing Director & Co-founder

In 1993 Paul Hole co-founded Travel Indochina and in that time Paul has moved the organisation into a full Asian travel specialist. Paul thinks he has the perfect job, and though based in Sydney, he's on a plane to Asia at every opportunity. In fact, he is pushed to name an Asian city that he's not yet visited. He is particularly fond of the mountains around Sapa in Northern Vietnam, and also rates the first time he stood in front of the Terracotta Warriors in Xian and the temples of Angkor Wat in Cambodia as two very special memories.

Alastair Scott

General Manager - Product & International Operations

Having worked at Travel Indochina since 2002, Alastair is originally from the UK, his first visit to Asia was to play cricket in Hong Kong, but since then has travelled to Asia extensively, visiting almost all of our destinations. An early riser, he loves to be in Asia at sunrise, when daylight reveals just how much is already happening.

Bronwyn Cook

Communications & Online Marketing Manager

Bronwyn started with Travel Indochina in 2004. She has travelled to Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Laos and India and every one of them has something special which makes it a favourite. If she had to choose, Luang Prabang in Laos would be her top pick, and it is no wonder as it is absolutely packed with two things she loves about Asia, friendly people and tasty cuisine.

Amy Pethers

National Operations Manager

Amy, has been working with Travel Indochina since 2001. She's travelled to Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, India, Maldives, Malaysia, and recently took her family to Thailand. Being a real foodie and a great cook, she loves the fantastic cuisine in Asia, and keep an eye out because one day you might see here trying out for Masterchef Australia.

Ruth Golden

Financial Controller

Ruth is our Financial Controller based in the Sydney office, and started at Travel Indochina in 2012. She has a passion for food both in Asia and here is Australia, as well as her original homeland of Ireland, and you might find her cooking, trying new restaurants or reading cookbooks. She also loves the kindness of the people and the culture found in Asia, as well as exploring the outdoors.

Steve Brady

General Manager Commercial

Asia is like a second home to Steve, where he has spent the majority of the last decade. He loves the diversity, from mega cities to rural villages, mountains, deserts, jungle and beaches. Having been with us since 2004, he's travelled extensively in Asia to Indochina, China and the Indian subcontinent, just to name a few, but his favourite destination is Kampot province in southern Cambodia.

Timothy Cook

National Sales Manager

Tim has been with Travel Indochina since 2010, and brings extensive knowledge and enthusiasm to his role from his travels throughout Southeast Asia, China, Japan, India and Sri Lanka. He loves Asia due to its vibrancy and excitement, the friendly people and delicious food. His favourite destination in the region is the idyllic town of Luang Prabang.

Manda Churchill

General Manager - United Kingdom

Manda has been in the travel industry for over 27 years and has travelled to over 30 countries. She joined Travel Indochina in 2012 and since joining us, has already visited Vietnam, Cambodia and India. Manda says that each destination has very special memories - the people, the cuisine, the culture and sights are experiences not to be missed. First impressions of the mass of mopeds in Vietnam, the jaw-dropping Temples in Cambodia and the incredible colour of India make it difficult to choose a favourite.

Lesley Wright

International Sales & Marketing Manager

After studying geography Lesley headed off on the field trip of her life, backpacking through Southeast Asia, which led to a seven year period handling the marketing activity for a student travel company. This didn't stop her from exploring temples of exorcism in India, elephant mahouting in Northern Thailand or taking a slowboat down the Mekong in Laos.

 

Martin Cooke

Tour Leader Manager

As the tour leader manager, Martin looks after all our tour leaders. He's travelled to most of Travel Indochina's destinations and, since joining Travel Indochina in 2007, he's most enjoyed getting to know the locals when he travels. He loves the laid-back vibe in Luang Prabang, Laos, and though many people don't know this, plays the trumpet!.

David Hardy

Tour Leader

Dave has been with Travel Indochina since the beginning of 2010, and his favourite part of the job is living and travelling in Asia. He's spent time in Indochina, Thailand and Malaysia, but his favourite of these is Luang Prabang in Laos. He's pictured here at the Hai Cafe cooking class in Hoi An, something he enjoys sharing with his passengers.

Krista Routledge

Tour Leader

Krista joined Travel Indochina as a tour leader at the start of 2010. She loves being able to share her favourite parts of Asia with her passengers and says there are too many to mention, but Hoi An in Vietnam and Luang Prabang in Laos are definitely at the top of the list. She's also travelled through Thailand, Cambodia and China.

Heather Van Hull

Tour Leader

Heather has travelled extensively throughout Asia and joined the Travel Indochina team in September 2012. She loves the laid back lifestyle, the friendly and welcoming people as well as the food that Asia has to offer. Her favourite place is northern Laos and enjoys exploring Luang Prabang, Nong Kiau and Muang Noi. Heather's little secret? She loves to salsa dance!.

Matthew Reeves

Tour Leader

In late 2010, Matthew started working for Travel Indochina, having spent many years living in Asia, including Japan, and he speaks fluent Japanese. During this time he travelled to over 15 countries in Asia and his passion for the region stems from its diversity. He especially finds that the people are wonderfully hospitable and the food is amazing.

Franck Malezieux

Tour Leader

Franck joined Travel Indochina in late 2010 bringing with him great knowledge and affection for Asia. He has travelled to Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia, Vietnam and Indonesia, saying that he could not choose a favourite from so many beautiful places. He loves the friendly smiles in Asia, and the laidback attitude in everyday life.

Nikki Zimbler

Tour Leader

Nikki has been leading like-minded travellers around Asia with Travel Indochina since mid-2011. She is drawn to Asia's welcoming people and wide array of delicious cuisines. She admits the weather is much more agreeable than that in her native London. From Indochina to Borneo to Sri Lanka, Nikki has traversed much of the region, and of all the places she's visited her favourites are the charming towns of Luang Prabang, Hoi An, Siem Reap and Bagan.

Brandon James

Tour Leader

Brandon has been leading tours with Travel Indochina since 2011, sharing his passion for the region. He has extensive travel experience in Asia, including much of Southeast Asia, Sri Lanka and Taiwan. He is drawn to the continent for its diversity of cultures, the friendly people, fantastic food and natural beauty. He finds all of this and more in Vietnam, his favourite country in Asia.

Ian Richards

Tour Leader

Starting with Travel Indochina in 2010, Ian has a keen interest in photography and loves to capture Asia on camera. He seeks out the friendly smiles of the locals and is most at home when he is off-the-beaten-track. Ian has been based in Asia as a tour guide for many years and his experience and enthusiasm make popular with our travellers.

 

Our people in Asia

Not only are our local offices in Asia able to source innovative touring experiences and regularly inspect our hotels, they also offer you complete peace of mind. With offices across the globe and over 90 staff in six offices across the region you can take comfort in the knowledge that we are always there for you, no matter what happens.

Meet a few of the teams that make it all possible:


  • Saigon office staff

  • Phnom Penh office staff

  • Our Saigon office on a weekend away
 

Our local guides in Asia

Our guides love to show you around their hometown and the regions in which they grew up and it is this local insight, passion and knowledge that take our travellers beyond the tourist trail for an experience that no guidebook could ever offer.

When you join one of our Small Group Tours, you'll get the best of both worlds with the unique combination of our professional English-speaking local guides and expert Western tour leaders.

We directly employ over 50 local guides with another 75 guides and drivers and we pride ourselves on providing guides that are at the top of their field. We don't rest on our laurels, we continually run training programs to help our guides develop professionally and we nurture talent wherever possible by running apprenticeships with local universities in Vietnam. These unique endeavors ensure our travellers receive the best possible experience when travelling with us in Asia.

Meet some of our local guides:


  • Mr Tuang in Vietnam

  • Mr Phath at Angkor wat

  • Local guides & our trainee guides

  • Local guide & travellers in Beijing

  • Local guide & travellers in Laos

  • Saigon guide, Nghia, in action