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.
From her beginnings as a shop assistant at an independent travel shop in Bath, Ruth spent five years cutting her teeth as a travel consultant before taking on the role of Product Manager in 2014.
Before joining us at InsideAsia, Ruth worked in an eclectic array of capacities, ranging from marketing Bosch power tools in Germany to entertaining kids at an Italian summer camp, teaching English in Malawi, working in a flower shop and scoring at a clay pigeon range (to name but a few).
Somewhat surprisingly, it was after befriending two Japanese students while studying Italian at a language school in Naples that Ruth first became interested in Asia. In 2006 Ruth moved to Kyoto, Japan's capital of history and culture, to spend two years teaching at a school that has produced no fewer than two Nobel Prize winners for physics! (Unfortunately Ruth was teaching English, so she can claim none of the credit).
Ruth is one of our most die-hard travellers, having travelled to more than 40 countries all over the world - including various parts of Africa, the Middle East, Central America, North America, Europe and - of course - Southeast Asia. In Indochina, she has travelled the length of Vietnam from north to south and followed the Mekong through Laos and into Cambodia - both times researching the very best hotels and experiences to offer to our clients.
When she's not in the office or on the road, Ruth is a stalwart of her local netball team, a fan of foreign films and cheese, and loves reading books set in far-flung places.
Where is your favourite place in Southeast Asia, and why?
"In Laos I travelled to little-visited Sayaboury Province to stay at the Elephant Conservation Centre. As well as learning all about the plight of elephants in this part of the world, I met elephant orphans and ex-working elephants now given a better life by the centre. The centre also supports mahouts (elephant keepers) by providing them food, accommodation and training. With the help of the mahouts I took my elephant driving test (and passed!)"