After graduating from Liverpool University Tim's lifelong passion for travel led him to South Korea where he lived and taught English for 18 Months. During his time there he had the opportunity to explore many corners of Southeast Asia. Discovering a real love of the region, he spent the next 6 months extensively travelling through Malaysia, Thailand and Indochina. On returning to the UK in 2008, Tim completed a Masters Degree in International Business before embarking on a career in Media sales. His enthusiasm for travel soon led him to Audley, where he has had the opportunity to return to Southeast Asia and thoroughly re-explore Malaysia and Borneo, two of his favourite areas of the world. Outside of work, Tim enjoys a number of outdoor activities including rugby, skiing and more recently, scuba diving. Other interests include photography, live music and food!
My Most Memorable Experience
Staying with the Iban tribe on the Lemanak River was an experience I will never forget. They were so welcoming and friendly and with traditional dancing, delicious local food and a home-made rice wine or two made my time with them thoroughly enjoyable. Only in an atmosphere as culturally immersive as this was I tempted to eat a live Sago Grub (Capricorn Beetle Larva) a local delicacy and culinary experience that was interesting, to say the least!
My Favourite Destination
Set in the heart of the rainforest away from civilisation, a visit to the Iban Tribe on the Lemanak River in Sarawak is an amazing and unforgettable experience. Immerse yourself in their way of life by joining in harvesting pepper and rice, trying your hand at shooting a blowpipe and drinking the local rice wine. For a truly cultural experience; there is no other like a visit to a Lemanak Longhouse.
My Favourite Accommodation
Situated on the edge of some of Malaysian Borneo's most spectacular rainforest, the Batang Ai Hilton offers luxury and privacy away from civilisation. The experience begins with a relaxing 20 minute boat ride across the beautiful Batang Ai reservoir and ending at the Hiltons private jetty. The accommodation itself is ridden with character, constructed in the style of a traditional Iban longhouse with touches of Hilton luxury. The Batang-Ai is the groups leading eco-tourism resort and offers a great base for exploring the surrounding rainforest on a jungle trek or for a visit to one of the areas many tribes. There is also a beautiful pool, tennis court and kayaks to rent and explore reservoir.