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.
Growing up in Malvern, a passion for the outdoors was a foregone conclusion for Claire.
She has also lived in Yorkshire and the French Alps, and her happiest summers are spent walking in France and Switzerland so unsurprisingly, she has quite the soft spot for mountains. Completing the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge was a rite of passage!
All of this fresh air and activity must work up an appetite, luckily, having been a chalet chef for two seasons in Val d'Isere, Claire is a dab hand at cooking. She believes there's always a new culinary skill to be learnt though and sets about finding a cookery course in every country that she visits (quiz her on French, Thai, Vietnamese or Greek cuisine!).
Bristol's lack of mountains could have made moving there quite a shock. Fortunately for Claire it is a foodie's dream so she can swap the occasional heady hike for a bottomless brunch.
A fan of the road less travelled and fascinated by different cultures, she often stays with host families when visiting new countries. One of her fondest memories is of being roped in to attend a traditional wedding when staying in a remote hill village in Ha Giang, Vietnam. It would have been rude not to sample the cups of neat rice wine thrust into her hands to the cheers of "Chúc vui vú!" but might have left the memory of that particular evening a little bit hazy...