Inle Lake is a magical place where one can relax, soak up the ethnic diversity of Myanmar and do some wonderful boating, trekking and cycling trips. On and around the lake there are also hotel properties of a very high standard, so it can all be done in great comfort.
Alex, Southeast Asia & Scandinavia Specialist
After originally starting his career in travel back in 1999, Alex was distracted for a number of years by the bright lights and promise of the world of E-Commerce, working in Customer Service, Product and Marketing. A French speaker by birth, he travelled extensively in Europe and in the 00s visited Denmark and Sweden a number of times with work. Around the same time came some longer-haul travel — the Grenadines and India were formative experiences.
Eventually in 2009 he could resist no longer and leaving pretty much everything behind, set off around the world. Some two and a half years later he returned to the UK, having visited 4 continents and 24 countries on this one trip alone. His experiences (and blogs) helped him secure a position at Audley and within three months of returning from his round-the-world trip, he was on his way to South East Asia, to learn the "Audley Way".
Alex is now a family man, married, with two young boys. In his spare time (which is minimal) he enjoys making music and walking. Alex covers Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and the Philippines in Southeast Asia. He also covers Denmark and Sweden as part of Audley's European destinations offerings.
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