Mat, Southeast Asia Specialist
Finishing his studies in 2004, Mat ventured out on several worldwide journeys before beginning a career in travel in 2008. Over various worldwide trips he has also worked and travelled in Australia, explored South America and spent a summer coaching football in the USA.
Mat has enjoyed some unforgettable experiences including such highlights as swimming in a school of 50 or so manta rays off Komodo island, and trekking to find various species of wild orangutan in Sumatra, Kalimantan and Malaysian Borneo. His Thailand visits are now into double figures with Indonesia hastily catching up. He's also travelled extensively to the Philippines, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and Singapore, which gives great perspective as each country offers something so different.
A huge foodie, he loves the fiery flavours of Southeast Asia. He is also a keen photographer and filmmaker. For a true experience, Mat always recommends taking extra time to just aimlessly wander.
I'll never forget when…
On a day trip from the beautiful island of Bohol, we travelled across the calm turquoise waters to explore and snorkel the protected reef around nearby tiny Pamilacan Island. Travelling by local fishing boat we hoped to see some dolphins en route, but we were joined by a family of sperm whales, basking with their young all around our tiny little raft boat with dolphins also playing all around us. Just an unforgettable experience. As mentioned elsewhere, snorkeling inside a school of 50 or so majestic manta ray in the Komodo National Park, Indonesia is also another water based experience which really touched me and made me realise just how lucky I was and am to be able to experience such incredible nature first hand.