Our team at InsideAsia Tours
The sun never sets on the InsideAsia Tours team (well, maybe on Sundays) and here you can meet the people behind our Southeast Asian tours and holidays.
We have a wide range of backgrounds and interests, but you can be sure that the one thing that ties us all together is a love of travel, foreign cultures and a passionate desire to share that with other people.
From the accounts department, through the travel consultant teams to the tour leaders and guides on the ground, you can rest assured that everything we do is to make sure you have the best possible experience in Asia.
A member of the InsideAsia UK team since 2012, Rie originally hails from Yamaguchi, Japan - famous for Hagi-yaki pottery, Kintaikyo Bridge and the famous deadly blowfish!
Before settling down in the UK, Rie spent most of her life in south-western Japan, where she grew up learning tea ceremony and ballroom dancing from her grandmother, and once worked at Ube Airport (where she enjoyed wearing the cute uniform!). She has also travelled around the world (including Vietnam, Hawaii, South Africa and much of Europe), and spent two years as a student in Seattle, USA - where she enjoyed eating humungous beef steaks, going to baseball games and skiing on Mount Rainier.
It was in her home city of Yamaguchi that Rie met her husband-to-be, Mark, who is an Expert Travel Consultant on our Japan team. Today both Rie and Mark are based in Bristol, where they live with their son Jun.
When she's not at work or looking after little Jun, Rie has been known to sing karaoke until the birds wake up at 5am - and sings Christmas songs all year round (to Mark's eternal irritation).