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Meet The Team

Explorers. This is what shapes our Travel Specialists. They've got their fingers on the pulse of what's happening where they're based. This allows them to tailor a trip to what's most important to you. The result? Authentic travel experiences that last a lifetime.

From local insider recommendations to giving up-to-date information on what is happening in their countries, their Backyard, we encourage you to contact our teams, to connect, and gain inspiration and insight into their Asia.

Sibylle Rotzler
Backyard Travel Sales Manager
Based in Bangkok, Thailand
My Role as Backyard Travel Sales Manager
Overseeing the Backyard Travel Sales Teams in all destinations, I'm on hand to assist you with any suggestions or difficulties that may arise.

Why I Travel:
I want to connect people which is why I work in tourism. Falling in love with Asia's cultures, the food and the people, I spent 3 years working for a travel company in Cambodia before venturing to the 'Big Mango'.

My Most Amazing Travel Experience:
Sunrise from 4 Rivers Floating Lodge in Cambodia. The world was still asleep and the scenery was so peaceful.

My Dream Trip:
A jungle expedition to Laos' Phongsali province.

Contact Sibylle: sibylle@backyardtravel.com

Sibylle Bangkok +7 GMT/+11 EST

Ye Thi Ha
Myanmar Tour Specialist
Based in Yangon, Myanmar

Why I Travel:
Although I studied electronics, the political situation often forced universities to close and so I came to work as a tour guide, which shaped my passion of exploring new places and cultures.

My Most Amazing Travel Experience:
On the balloon ride over the temples of Bagan, the driver was aiming to land on an island in the Irrawaddy River, but the wind made him land on the roof of a small boat which he managed in a remarkably relaxed way.

My Dream Trip:
To see the Great Wall in China and the Taj Mahal in India.

My Insider Tip for Myanmar:
Many of the tea shops all over Myanmar have a great atmosphere and are full with locals who come not only for tea, but also to discuss business or simply for socializing.

Contact Ye: myanmar@backyardtravel.com

Ye Myanmar +6.5 GMT/+10.5 EST

Ei Ei Thwe (Helen)
Myanmar Travel Specialist
Based in Yangon, Myanmar

Why I Travel:
Since I was a child, I was interested in foreign cultures and it was always my dream to become a tour guide. Eventually, my dream came true and I worked as an English speaking guide for many years before becoming a Travel Specialist. For me, introducing my own country, Myanmar, to visiting foreigners is my dream, my passion, and my life.

My Most Amazing Travel Experience:
Watching the sunset at Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon. When the sun cast its last rays, the stupa turned gold and orange and the entire pagoda looked like a mountain of gold. 

My Dream Trip:
To see the Great Wall in China and the Taj Mahal in India.

My Insider Tip for Myanmar:
When visiting Myanmar it's fun to visit a fortune teller. Palm readers, astrologers or even have your future read from kywe-zi-be-din – which are cards and shells.

Contact Helen: myanmar@backyardtravel.com

Helen Myanmar +6.5 GMT/+10.5 EST

Nouane Vorachack
Laos Tour Specialist
Based in Vientiane, Laos
Why I Travel:
Being born in France to Laotian parents was a blessing for me as I grew up with both cultures. Moving to Laos 6 years ago was one of the best decisions of my life. I now get to introduce my beautiful country to our customers and organizing a perfect trip is my way of making dreams come true.

My Most Amazing Travel Experience:
Watching the sunset on the river in Vang Vieng in Northern Laos after a long day of kayaking.

My Dream Trip:
A liveaboard cruise on the majestic waters of the Malay Archipelago in Indonesia.

My Insider Tip for Laos:
At the floating restaurant in Tha Ngone near Vientiane, you get to enjoy lunch on a big raft cruising up the river. A very atmospheric experience!

Contact Nouane: laos@backyardtravel.com

Nouane Laos +7 GMT/+11 EST

Phan Sophea
Cambodia Tour Specialist
Based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Why I travel:
I am a Rugby player. The sport allowed me to go travelling and meeting teams from all over the world - it created a desire in me to experience the 'real world'. I work in tourism as I want to make the world a less foreign place and allow people to experience Cambodia.

My Most Amazing Travel Experience:
Cycling around Koh Trong Island in Northeastern Cambodia is the best way to come close with nature and local life. Planting a tree at the local Wat was an unforgettable experience for me.

My Dream Trip:
The triathlon event in Kampot on Cambodia's coast is still on my mind. I will try my best to be a strong man this year.

My Insider Tip for Cambodia:
Cycling from Phnom Penh to Oudong is the best way to explore some local life. On the way, try fishing at Ta Mok Lake.

Tran Minh Trung
Vietnam Tour Specialist
Based in Saigon, Vietnam
Why I travel:
Born in the tourism hub of Ho Chi Minh City, I felt an interest in assisting visitors to my beautiful country while I was still at university. I have since traveled around the world to find out how tourism can connect people and make life more beautiful than ever. 

My Most Amazing Travel Experience:
Kayaking in Halong Bay was a really amazing experience and I did not want to leave this incredibly beautiful place.

My Dream Trip:
Climbing Mount Fansipan in Vietnam's North, Indochina's highest peak.

My Insider Tip for Vietnam:
BBQ Garden Restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City is a great place to mingle with the local Saigonese people!

Contact Trung: vietnam@backyardtravel.com

Trung Vietnam +7 GMT/+11 EST

Ha Thi Kim Dzung
Vietnam Adventure Specialist
Based in Hanoi
Why I travel:
The world is so large. I love seeing people with different cultures in the world. Through travelling, I challenge my beliefs, overcome my fears and open my mind.

My Most Amazing Travel Experience:
While travelling in the mountains of Ha Giang in the far  North of Vietnam, I was excited seeing the spectacular landscapes and experienced the daily life of the local hill tribes. At that moment, I wanted to shout: I love you Vietnam!

My Dream Trip:
A cycling trip from the coast of Vietnam, through the central highlands into the heart of Cambodia.

My Insider Tip for Vietnam:
Take a day biking tour in Hoi An. When riding the small narrow countryside roads, you get to see water buffalos, rice and organic vegetable fields and local farming villages. It is really the best way to feel the Vietnamese way of life.

Contact Dung: vietnam@backyardtravel.com

Dung Vietnam +7 GMT/+11 EST

Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan
Vietnam Adventure Specialist
Based in Hanoi
Why I travel:
Travelling is my nature. I love to be on the move, seeing this beautiful world, crossing different cultures, meeting people and communicating in different ways. For me, travelling means appreciating every moment of my life!  

My Most Amazing Travel Experience:
Reaching to the top of Mount Fansipan; as well as exploring Hang En (Swallow) cave in Phong Nha. Both made me realize how small people are in comparison to nature!

My Dream Trip:
Rafting on Telaga Waja River and cycling along the track route through charming villages on an exhilarating downhill ride from Mount Batur in Bali.

My Insider Tip for Vietnam:
Trekking in Pu Luong Nature Reserve is a great combination with a Halong Bay cruise as it shows you the best of Vietnam's bizarre limestone karst world.

Contact Ngan: vietnam@backyardtravel.com

Ngan Vietnam +7 GMT/+11 EST

Truong Thu Lan
Vietnam Tour Specialist
Based in Hanoi
Why I travel:
Travelling has taught me many lessons, and in the end it all comes down to one's spirit, how people are living, respecting their life and care for each other. It is my passion to take any adventurer at heart to see the warm smile of the Vietnamese people as I love to share my own experience living in Vietnam with friends all over the world who travel in my home land.  

My Most Amazing Travel Experience:
A cruise up the Mekong River to Kamu Ldge in Laos. A stunning landscape and warm hospitality of the local villagers made it so worth visiting for my family.

My Dream Trip:
A long trip through amazing Myanmar.

My Insider Tip for Vietnam:
Travel to North Vietnam during Tet holiday (every year in Jan/Feb) as you get to see lots of local festivals and blooming flowers guarantee for an amazing road trip.

Contact Thu Lan: vietnam@backyardtravel.com

Lan Vietnam +7 GMT/+11 EST

Ms. Wannaporn Sermkhun
Japan Travel Sermkhun
Based in Bangkok, Thailand

Why I Travel:
Seeing new places, meeting new people, tasting various food and experiencing new cultures amaze me! These are reasons why I love to travel. I always feel that there are things waiting to be explored all around the world, so, why not go see them!

My Most Amazing Travel Experience:
The amazing Red Leafs scenery in ‘Arashiyama’, Kyoto Japan kept me all day to admire its beauty. It was such a pleasure experience

My Dream Trip:
I always wanted to try skiing in Hokkaido, it would be nice with an expert to teach the right way for skiing.

My Insider Tip for Japan:
At train stations, film music is broadcasted on the platforms when the trains leave which is a fun treat for film lovers.

Contact Wannaporn: wannaporn@backyardtravel.com

Bangkok +7 GMT/+11 EST

Pornsurang Siriwandee
Thailand Tour Specialist
Based in Bangkok, Thailand
Why I Travel:
I fell in love with tourism when I was at university. I have since travelled to most provinces in Thailand and discovered incredible places and cultures. I would like to continue my exploration through the whole of Southeast Asia.

My Most Amazing Travel Experience:
On my trip to Northeast of Thailand, I discovered a hidden treasure - the region of Isaan. Rich in nature, culture and tradition, I met so many friendly people, tasted some amazingly spicy food and even saw dinosaur fossils.

My Dream Trip:
Cruising along the Mekong Delta and visiting local villages in Vietnam, exploring the lost city of Mrauk U in Myanmar.

My Insider Tip for Thailand:
The best place to enjoy Thai food like a local is Yaowarat Street at night. Stroll along and sample fantastic hawker food and the unique atmosphere together with Bangkokians.

Contact Pornsurang: Thailand@backyardtravel.com

Pornsurang Thailand +7 GMT/+11 EST

Andhika Putra
Indonesia Tour Specialist
Based in Bali, Indonesia
Why I Travel:
I draw my inspiration from my dream to see the world. When I lived in the US, I felt that I had got to a whole new world and this encouraged me to keep on exploring new things I love: Culture and food. Working in the tourism industry, new things I discover in my every day life can be a part of someone else's experience in Indonesia.

My Most Amazing Travel Experience:
Climbing to the turquoise crater lake of Mount Ijen, porters invited me to the sulfur miners' base point, and I felt like a warmly welcome guest at their "out of this world" work place.

My Dream Trip:
A boat trip from Luang Prabang to the Pak Ou Caves in Laos.

My Insider Tip for Indonesia:
An easy trek through untouched villages in Tabanan Regency in Bali where you see the sunrise behind the spectacular mountain scenery, meet friendly locals, and taste the fresh flavors of organic produce at the local farm.

Contact Andhika: indonesia@backyardtravel.com

Andhika Indonesia timezone: +7 GMT/+11 EST

Wayne Chen
China Tour Specialist
Based in Beijing, China
Why I Travel:
I'm interested to know how different cultures make a difference. In my opinion, life itself is a journey - you start alone and you go to wherever opportunity takes you and make friends with whoever you encounter. Just at the right moment, you meet someone who loves the same place and culture and you share the same belief. You end up travelling together, and finally reach the same destination. This is the goal of travelling.

My Most Amazing Travel Experience:
A journey to Shanghai all by myself, which is a great crazy place for young people!

My Dream Trip:
I'd love to see the water town Wuzhen on a rainy summer day.

My Insider Tip for China:
Enjoy the opportunity of making friends here, as among the crowds, there is a great hospitality in China.

Contact Wayne: china@backyardtravel.com

Wayne China timezone: GMT+8/+12 EST

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Maeve Nolan
General Manager
Based in Bangkok, Thailand

My Role as Backyard Travel General Manager:
I’ve made Asia my home for the past 17-years and during this time I've been lucky enough to carve a career in travel which has allowed me to integrate my life passion into my work….as a result Backyard Travel was conceived to enable travelers to experience Asia from an insiders perspective, and leave them with memories etched on their minds.

My Most Amazing Travel Experience:
Travelling to the Northern part of Vietnam 15-years ago by motorbike and visiting the hill tribe markets of Ha Giang definitively felt ‘frontier’ at the time. Another wonderful travel memory I have was 6-years ago taking a sunrise balloon trip over the temples of Bagan Myanmar which was simply ‘wow’.  

Why I Travel:
When I was 9, I travelled to Asia for the first time to Java. Coming from wintery Northern Scotland the heat, noise and humidity were intense, and as a child, it seemed like an entirely different world! Exotic smells, the eclectic street life and noise all left me with a sense of awe and fascination and I have not stopped wanting more ever since!

My Dream Trip:
Travelling to the Tibetan region of Sichuan China to visit nomadic families who spend the summer at higher pastures below Himalayan peaks. I’d also love to visit remote Raja Ampat in Indonesia on a traditional Phinisi boat. 

Contact Maeve: info@backyardtravel.com

Skype Chat with Maeve   Thailand +7 GMT/+11 EST

Bruno Mammone
Sales Manager
Based in Bangkok, Thailand

My Role as Backyard Travel Sales Manager:
As Sales Manager for Backyard Travel I am lucky enough to be in a unique position that allows me to share my travel industry knowledge to assist in facilitating life long memories and experiences to likeminded travelers from around the world.  I work alongside our local travel specialists to create a wonderful journey personally designed to your requirements.

My Most Amazing Travel Experience:
Southeast and Northern Asia has been home for much of my travelling experiences over the last 10 years. The mix of culture, landscape and culinary delights continues to impress me and my desire to create memories. In light of this I would have to say that visiting the beautiful city of Hoi An in Vietnam and immersing myself in the local food and culture has always been a lasting memory. Along with this is the feeling of achievement I had as a young traveler when I stepped on the Great Wall of China for the first time to marvel at such an impressive structure.

Why I Travel:
Growing up as a child I had a map of the world on my desk that I would stare at for hours and wonder what life was like for people in those cities and countries.  I believe in finding your passion in life and following it, we live in an amazing world and my passion for travel has sent me across it. The life education and experiences travel has provided me will always be etched in my memories and last a lifetime. Travelling isn’t something I do, it is who I am.

My Dream Trip:
On my list of experiences to have in life is to travel to Selo in Indonesia next to Yogyakarta and climb Mt Merapi. Provided it is not erupting the pure intensity and exhilaration of walking on such an active Volcano I think would remain a moment I would remember forever.

Contact Bruno: info@backyardtravel.com

Skype Chat with Bruno   Thailand +7 GMT/+11 EST

Christian Sutton
Marketing Manager
Based in Bangkok, Thailand

My Role as Backyard Marketing Manager:
I have a huge passion for travel and enjoy nothing more than sharing my experiences of my home continent, Asia. Being the Marketing Manager for Backyard Travel has given me a wonderful opportunity to highlight what an amazing continent Asia is, with such an incredible variety of attractions.

My Most Amazing Travel Experience:
There are too many to mention or to pick one in particular! Recent memories include the incredible color of the sky on the Thai island of Koh Phayam at  sunset. Every night the sky was a mixture of colors from oranges, purples to yellows, and with the setting sun reflecting off the ocean, it painted a beautiful picture. Also exploring a deserted Angkor Wat at sunrise is certainly up there. The amazing temple complex can get very crowded but whilst everyone waited outside to take a picture of the sun rising over the temples, I decided to go into the site and had it pretty much to myself for over half an hour. A treasured memory.

Why I travel:
I was lucky enough to live in Asia from a young age, moving here from England at the age of just 9. Living in a foreign environment and being able to see different cultures and a different way of life from such a young age really opened my eyes to different cultures. From then on I always had a desire to  explore new places and that will no doubt continue!

My Dream Trip:
Undoubtedly to travel to mystical Bhutan in the Himalayas. The country has always fascinated me, not only because of its obvious natural beauty, but also due to how the country upholds its ancient traditions. The fact that they actively promote sustainable tourism and measure how well the nation is doing by “Gross National Happiness” rather than Gross National Product is truly intriguing and has meant the country has been at the top of my bucket list for a while.

Contact Christian: info@backyardtravel.com

Skype Chat with Christian   Thailand +7 GMT/+11 EST

Sitapatch Teetanawaj
Marketing Coordinator
Based in Bangkok, Thailand

Why I Travel:
I’m fond of experiencing something unknown that I’ve never seen before and learning cultural diversity from people. Especially, numerous destinations in Asia which has such a long rich history  make me crave for wandering in those mysterious and amazing  neighborhood countries such as like Myanmar, Cambodia.

My Most Amazing Travel Experience:
The Great Wall in Beijing, China which dazzled me with its length, and kept me wondering how such an amazing structure was built.

My Dream Trip:
I dream of visiting Angkor Wat at least once in my lifetime. Its one of the best places in Asia that has been considered “UNESCO World Heritage” site. 

My Insider Tip for Thailand:
Thailand’s well-known vehicle the ‘Tuk Tuk’, a motorcycle taxi with three wheels. You can touch our Thai lifestyle by catching a Tuk Tuk and going around Bangkok on a city tour!

Contact Pak: info@backyardtravel.com

Skype Chat with Pak   Thailand +7 GMT/+11 EST

Pornsurang Siriwandee
Thailand Travel Specialist
Based in Bangkok, Thailand

Why I Travel: 
I fell in love with tourism when I was at university. I have since travelled to most provinces in Thailand and discovered incredible places and cultures. I would like to continue my exploration through the whole of Southeast Asia.

My Most Amazing Travel Experience:
On my trip to Northeast of Thailand, I discovered a hidden treasure - the region of Isaan. Rich in nature, culture and tradition, I met so many friendly people, tasted some amazingly spicy food and even saw dinosaur fossils.

My Dream Trip:
Cruising along the Mekong Delta and visiting local villages in Vietnam, exploring the lost city of Mrauk U in Myanmar.

My Insider Tip for Thailand:
The best place to enjoy Thai food like a local is Yaowarat Street at night. Stroll along and sample fantastic hawker food and the unique atmosphere together with Bangkokians.

Contact Pornsurang 'Aey': thailand@backyardtravel.com

Skype Chat with Pornsurang 'Aey'   Thailand +7 GMT/+11 EST

Pimkamol Chaowalit
Thailand Travel Specialist
Based in Bangkok, Thailand

Why I travel:
I realized my passion for travel as a child. My father was a miner and his job took us to remote parts of Thailand. The area I will always remember is Mae Hong Son where we stayed on a mountain deep in the forest along a river. One time, I saw deer come down from the hillside to the river. It was this picture that I never forget in my life and this inspires me to travel for these memorable and unexpected moments.

My Most Amazing Travel Experience:
My family and I traveled overland from Bangkok to Luang Prabang. It was a long distance with a thousand curves along the way. Then, high in the mountains we found a local coffee shop with incredible scenery.

My Dream Trip:
The Elephant Round Festival at Surin province is my dream trip.  Hundreds of these beautiful animals can be seen at the festival and it will be like traveling back in time to see how these majestic beasts and their mahouts once lived.

My Insider Tip for Thailand:
Klong (canal) Saen Saeb boats are amazing! It is a great (and quick) way to go around Bangkok. It will be fun for people who would like to have a little adventure.  Just be careful when getting in and out as sometimes the boats almost do not stop so you have to be agile!

Contact Pimkamol 'Jan': thailand@backyardtravel.com

Skype Chat with Pimkamol 'Jan'   Thailand +7 GMT/+11 EST

Apichaya Kankreangvong
Thailand Travel Specialist
Based in Bangkok, Thailand

Why I travel:
I do love traveling to see people and culture. When I was young, I dreamt to backpack and go worldwide. After finished grade 12, my journey has just begun. I started a short trip in both Thailand and aboard with my friend. It’s so valuable memories to me.

My Most Amazing Travel Experience:
I’ve been to Khong Chiam, Ubon Ratchathani where you can see “two-colored river” It’s so amazing. That is the best time ,in April, to see the color contrast at its most vivid.

My Dream Trip:
I am traveler and also food testing especially dessert. I wish I could travel around and try traditional dessert in South East Asia. I believe that I can see the culture through the way to cook.

My Insider Tip for Thailand:
Thinking about Thailand, people might imagine beaches or the North. For me, I would suggest Isaan as its culture and food, like Somtam, are unique and well-known in Thailand

Contact Apichaya 'Aum': thailand@backyardtravel.com

Skype Chat with Apichaya 'Aum'   Thailand +7 GMT/+11 EST

Andhika Putra
Indonesia Travel Specialist
Based in Bali, Indonesia

Why I Travel: 
I draw my inspiration from my dream to see the world. When I lived in the US, I felt that I had got to a whole new world and this encouraged me to keep on exploring new things I love: Culture and food. Working in the tourism industry, new things I discover in my every day life can be a part of someone else's experience in Indonesia.

My Most Amazing Travel Experience:
Climbing to the turquoise crater lake of Mount Ijen, porters invited me to the sulfur miners' base point, and I felt like a warmly welcome guest at their "out of this world" work place.

My Dream Trip:
A boat trip from Luang Prabang to the Pak Ou Caves in Laos.

My Insider Tip for Indonesia:
An easy trek through untouched villages in Tabanan Regency in Bali where you see the sunrise behind the spectacular mountain scenery, meet friendly locals, and taste the fresh flavors of organic produce at the local farm.

Contact Andhika: indonesia@backyardtravel.com

Skype Chat with Andhika   Indonesia +8 GMT/+11 EST

Novi Olivia
Indonesia Travel Specialist
Based in Bali Indonesia

Why I Travel:
Nature doesnt last forever. It needs us to witness its beauty and it is hard for me to refuse its seduction, or my urge to see more hidden things. Working in tourism industry surely gives me that chance as well as the opportunity to share it with other people.

My Most Amazing Travel Experience:
When I hopped on the Peak Tram in Hong Kong with  panoramic views over Kowloon. I was amazed watching the skyscrapers glide past at what appear to be impossible angles while the tram made its ascent.

My Dream Trip:
Raja Ampat is on the top of my “places to see before die” list. Laying on a small remote island and exploring its beauty marine world are things I have been dreaming of. I am also keen to visit Simeulue Island in Aceh and surf there, when my surf skills have finally improved!

My Insider Tip for Indonesia:
When coming to Bali, you must have lunch at Warung Ibu Oka for its delicious roasted Babi Guling –a suckling pig- located in the center village of Art, Ubud.

Contact Novi: indonesia@backyardtravel.com

Skype Chat with Novi   Indonesia +8 GMT/+11 EST

Bounhome ‘Hom’ Inthanousone
Laos Travel Specialist
Based in Vientiane, Laos

Why I Travel:
Before becoming a Travel Specialist I used to work as a tour guide and took my clients all over Laos – we explored coffee plantations, waterfalls, temples, rambling colonial towns, and cycled through villages and kayaked down rivers. I love the sense of adventure and exploring, and being blown away by incredible landscapes as well as local encounters – and most of all, showing my wonderful country Laos!

My Most Amazing Travel Experience:
Zip lining through the jungle in southern Laos, then enjoying a traditional local meal in a tree house.

My Dream Trip:
I would love to go skiing one day, perhaps in Japan. I love the outdoors and adventure, and I have never seen snow!

My Insider Tip for Laos:
If visiting the 4000 Islands in Southern Laos make sure you take a boat trip in the early morning as this is the best time to see the rare Irrawaddy dolphin.

Contact Hom: laos@backyardtravel.com

Skype Chat with Hom   Laos +7 GMT/+11 EST

Noudsakhone Maneethong
Laos Travel Specialist
Based in Vientiane, Laos

Why I Travel:
I have always loved travelling; born in Laos, I have travelled all around Asia. It’ s always a wonderful experience that give me the opportunity to meet new people, and discover local cultures.  Since I started as Backyard Travel Consultant, I realize that there still are so many places I would like to visit, so many activities I would like to try. Moreover, I love working as Travel Consultant, because it makes me more than happy to share my experience with our clients, and give them advice to have the best trip ever.

My Most Amazing Travel Experience:
If I had to pick one word to sum up my most amazing travel experience, It’d have to be “adventure” : I kayaked on the Nam Lik river during the rainy season and it was both funny and scary because it was my first time on a kayaking boat! But, thanks to my guide, I felt safe and enjoyed the activity.

My Dream Trip:
I would love to go to Bali (Indonesia), spending my time on white sandy beaches, swimming in clear blue waters, etc. just  enjoy and relax.

My Insider Tip for Laos:
Visit my country during Lao new year in Luang Prabang ! Throwing  water on people to clean the bad luck out and bless them, is really funny!  Moreover, the city of Luang Prabang is one of my favorite: as a Unesco World Heritage site, the architecture is well-preserved and the amazing surroundings offer the opportunity to enjoy a lot of activities (Kayaking, trekking and elephant ridding)

Contact Nout: laos@backyardtravel.com

Skype Chat with Nout   Laos +7 GMT/+11 EST

Phan Sophea
Cambodia Travel Specialist
Based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Why I travel:
I am a Rugby player. The sport allowed me to go travelling and meeting teams from all over the world - it created a desire in me to experience the 'real world'. I work in tourism as I want to make the world a less foreign place and allow people to experience Cambodia.

My Most Amazing Travel Experience:
Cycling around Koh Trong Island in Northeastern Cambodia is the best way to come close with nature and local life. Planting a tree at the local Wat was an unforgettable experience for me.

My Dream Trip:
The triathlon event in Kampot on Cambodia's coast is still on my mind. I will try my best to be a strong man this year.

My Insider Tip for Cambodia:
Cycling from Phnom Penh to Oudong is the best way to explore some local life. On the way, try fishing at Ta Mok Lake.

Contact Sophea: cambodia@backyardtravel.com

Skype Chat with Sophea   Cambodia +7 GMT/+11 EST

Tuck Sermkhun
Japan Travel Specialist
Based in Bangkok, Thailand

Why I Travel:
Seeing new places, meeting new people, tasting various food and experiencing new cultures amaze me! These are reasons why I love to travel. I always feel that there are things waiting to be explored all around the world, so, why not go see them!

My Most Amazing Travel Experience:
The amazing Red Leafs scenery in ‘Arashiyama’, Kyoto Japan kept me all day to admire its beauty. It was such a pleasure experience

My Dream Trip:
I always wanted to try skiing in Hokkaido, it would be nice with an expert to teach the right way for skiing.

My Insider Tip for Japan:
At train stations, film music is broadcasted on the platforms when the trains leave which is a fun treat for film lovers.

Contact Tuck: japan@backyardtravel.com

Skype Chat with Tuck   Japan +9 GMT/+11 EST

Pug Patcharaboriseth
Japan Travel Specialist
Based in Bangkok, Thailand

Why I Travel:
I travelled throughout Thailand with my parents since I was 5 years old. I always believe that seeing anything from my own eyes will make things memorable for life. Seeing new things and meeting locals with different cultures are my passion to travel.

My Most Amazing Travel Experience:
To ride a tamed elephant on the neck on my own as well as self canoeing in a sleep unspoiled rainforest at khao Sok National Park, Phang Nga.

My Dream Trip:
To explore unspoiled natures from the North to the South of Japan

My Insider Tip for Japan:
To show respect to Japanese, do not forget to take off your shoes and wear their ones when you visit Japanese home, temples, ryokan, or even fitting rooms in some shops.

Contact Pug: japan@backyardtravel.com

Skype Chat with Pug   Japan +9 GMT/+11 EST

Ei Ei Thwe (Helen)
Myanmar Travel Specialist
Based in Yangon, Myanmar

Why I Travel:
Since I was a child, I was interested in foreign cultures and it was always my dream to become a tour guide. Eventually, my dream came true and I worked as an English speaking guide for many years before becoming a Travel Specialist. For me, introducing my own country, Myanmar, to visiting foreigners is my dream, my passion, and my life.

My Most Amazing Travel Experience:
Watching the sunset at Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon. When the sun cast its last rays, the stupa turned gold and orange and the entire pagoda looked like a mountain of gold. 

My Dream Trip:
To see the Great Wall in China and the Taj Mahal in India.

My Insider Tip for Myanmar:
When visiting Myanmar it's fun to visit a fortune teller. Palm readers, astrologers or even have your future read from kywe-zi-be-din – which are cards and shells.

Contact Helen: myanmar@backyardtravel.com

Skype Chat with Helen   Myanmar +6.5 GMT/+10.5 EST

Wai Lin
Myanmar Travel Specialist
Based in Yangon, Myanmar

Why  I Travel:
I love travelling to places I know from reading books or from films I’ve watched. Also, I also love meeting new people, and learning new customs. Travelling is also a time to be out of our daily routine.

My Most Amazing Travel Experience:
When I recently  visited Golden Rock ( Kyaikhtiyo), it was amazing to see clouds rolling under my feet. Also, the environment was very lush and green, and the Golden Rock was brilliantly illuminated through the fog when it was lit by spotlights, which was stunning.

My Dream Trip:
I want to walk along the Great Wall of China, and see the Eiffel Tower.

My Insider Tip for Myanmar:
In Myanmar,  when you meet people, always try to say “Mingalabar” which is our greeting word for “hello”. Then you will see the happiness in their eyes when they learn that you have respected their culture, and they will be always ready to help you.

Contact Wai Lin: myanmar@backyardtravel.com

Skype Chat with Wai Lin   Myanmar +6.5 GMT/+10.5 EST

Tran Minh Trung
Vietnam Travel Specialist
Based in Saigon, Vietnam

Why I travel:
Born in the tourism hub of Ho Chi Minh City, I felt an interest in assisting visitors to my beautiful country while I was still at university. I have since traveled around the world to find out how tourism can connect people and make life more beautiful than ever. 

My Most Amazing Travel Experience:
Kayaking in Halong Bay was a really amazing experience and I did not want to leave this incredibly beautiful place.

My Dream Trip:
Climbing Mount Fansipan in Vietnam's North, Indochina's highest peak.

My Insider Tip for Vietnam:
BBQ Garden Restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City is a great place to mingle with the local Saigonese people!

Contact Trung: vietnam@backyardtravel.com

Skype Chat with Trung   Vietnam +7 GMT/+11 EST

Diep Tuong Vi
Vietnam Travel Specialist
Based in Saigon, Vietnam

Why I travel:
I travel because it makes the improvement, we can explore new things, and challenges. Vietnam is a beautiful country with many landscapes and it’s a good chance to work in tourism as it helps me to connect people and culture

My Most Amazing Travel Experience:
Conquer the top of Fansipan Mountain in two days

My Dream Trip:
Cruising around Asia to explore most of countries in this area

My Insider Tip for Vietnam:
Do the kayak to visit the Hidden Cave (Luon Grotto) in Halong. It’s really amazing moment between quietness and the beautiful natural

Contact Vi: vietnam@backyardtravel.com

Skype Chat with Vi   Vietnam +7 GMT/+11 EST

Nguyen Thi Tam
Vietnam Travel Specialist
Based in Hanoi, Vietnam

Why I travel:
My love of travelling since my teenage had helped me to decide to study tourism to become a professional guide. I used to be a guide for few years before moving to the office to work as a Travel Specialist. I am very interested to share my travel experience throughout our country as well as to introduce our beautiful mother land to foreign travelers.

My Most Amazing Travel Experience:
Swimming in Halong bay at dark night to see the phosphorescence,  the water was sparkling, it was amazing as I was swimming in a crystal pool.

My dream trip:
A trip through Laos and Cambodia to visit the highlights of these beautiful countries.

My insider tip for Vietnam:
Street food tour in Hanoi is a great chance to discover the daily life of local and try different local dishes. Stroll to the local market, walk through the small lanes and streets of Hanoi with street food blogger.

Contact Tam: vietnam@backyardtravel.com

Skype Chat with Tam   Vietnam +7 GMT/+11 EST

Truong Thu Lan
Vietnam Travel Specialist
Based in Hanoi, Vietnam

Why I travel:
Travelling has taught me many lessons, and in the end it all comes down to one's spirit, how people are living, respecting their life and care for each other. It is my passion to take any adventurer at heart to see the warm smile of the Vietnamese people as I love to share my own experience living in Vietnam with friends all over the world who travel in my home land.  

My Most Amazing Travel Experience:
A cruise up the Mekong River to Kamu Ldge in Laos. A stunning landscape and warm hospitality of the local villagers made it so worth visiting for my family.

My Dream Trip:
A long trip through amazing Myanmar.

My Insider Tip for Vietnam:
Travel to North Vietnam during Tet holiday (every year in Jan/Feb) as you get to see lots of local festivals and blooming flowers guarantee for an amazing road trip.

Contact Thu Lan: vietnam@backyardtravel.com

Skype Chat with Thu Lan   Vietnam +7 GMT/+11 EST

Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan
Vietnam Adventure Specialist
Based in Hanoi, Vietnam

Why I travel:
Travelling is my nature. I love to be on the move, seeing this beautiful world, crossing different cultures, meeting people and communicating in different ways. For me, travelling means appreciating every moment of my life!  

My Most Amazing Travel Experience:
Reaching to the top of Mount Fansipan; as well as exploring Hang En (Swallow) cave in Phong Nha. Both made me realize how small people are in comparison to nature!

My Dream Trip:
Rafting on Telaga Waja River and cycling along the track route through charming villages on an exhilarating downhill ride from Mount Batur in Bali.

My Insider Tip for Vietnam:
Trekking in Pu Luong Nature Reserve is a great combination with a Halong Bay cruise as it shows you the best of Vietnam's bizarre limestone karst world.

Contact Ngan: vietnam@backyardtravel.com

Skype Chat with Ngan   Vietnam +7 GMT/+11 EST

Ha Thi Kim Dzung
Vietnam Adventure Specialist
Based in Hanoi, Vietnam

Why I travel:
The world is so large. I love seeing people with different cultures in the world. Through travelling, I challenge my beliefs, overcome my fears and open my mind.

My Most Amazing Travel Experience:
While travelling in the mountains of Ha Giang in the far  North of Vietnam, I was excited seeing the spectacular landscapes and experienced the daily life of the local hill tribes. At that moment, I wanted to shout: I love you Vietnam!

My Dream Trip:
A cycling trip from the coast of Vietnam, through the central highlands into the heart of Cambodia.

My Insider Tip for Vietnam:
Take a day biking tour in Hoi An. When riding the small narrow countryside roads, you get to see water buffalos, rice and organic vegetable fields and local farming villages. It is really the best way to feel the Vietnamese way of life.

Contact Dung: vietnam@backyardtravel.com

Skype Chat with Dung   Vietnam +7 GMT/+11 EST

Doreen Lin
China Travel Specialist
Based in Beijing, China

Why I Travel:
By travelling around, to see more, to learn more, to experience more…

My Most Amazing Travel Experience:
It was a bike tour to Beihai, Guangxi with a male friend of 250 kilometers for two days, just to see the enormous sea, which I have dreamed for long.

My Dream Trip:
Cycling to Lhasa, it will be a though trip, but the experience will be one of the most memorable one throughout my life, I am sure.

My Insider Tip for China:
As a native Cantonese, I’d like to introduce you Cantonese Morning Tea. “Enjoy the tea in the morning” doesn’t mean to drink only tea, but it becomes more a social activity that several friends get together in a Cantonese restaurant, eating Cantonese Dim Sum while talking about life, work and future. Cantonese typical dim-sums are as follow: Cantonese moon cake, Walnut cookies, cha siu bao - a steamed bun stuffed with roast pork, baked cake with lotus nut paste, Longjiang deep- fried sesame balls, steamed rice roll, shrimp dumpling, etc. Are you watering?

Contact Doreen: china@backyardtravel.com

Skype Chat with Doreen   China GMT+8/+12 EST

Thomas Huang
China Travel Specialist
Based in Beijing, China

Why I Travel:
The world is filled with wonders, and when I travel, they are all mine to discover.

My Most Amazing Travel Experience:
Trekking on the Great Wall of China at Jinshanlin, made me appreciate how absolutely huge this wall really is, and standing there, surrounded by nature, made me appreciate the tranquility that has now taken over what was once a busy military post.

My Dream Trip:
Exploring the mystical Potala Palace in Lhasa, on the roof of the world, and experience exotic Tibetan culture.

My Insider Tip for China:
Let me tell you all the must see, off of the typical tourists itinerary, places in all of China; from the stunning metropolis of Beijing down to the peaceful natural areas surrounding Guilin.

Contact Thomas: china@backyardtravel.com

Skype Chat with Thomas   China GMT+8/+12 EST