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Elyssa in Kanchanaburi, Thailand

Elyssa, Thailand & Vietnam Specialist

Growing up as a first generation American, language and culture has always played an important role in my life. I was always encouraged to push myself to experience life outside of my comfort zone, which is why a couple of years after college I knew that working in the tech industry was not where I belonged.

My strong desire to pursue what my family had always instilled in me led me to several solo trips across Europe and eventually to Thailand where I experienced a rush I never felt before. I became captivated by the world’s greatest street food, the beautiful beaches and turquoise seas, and the lively city streets. Since then I haven’t turned back.

Upon returning and finding Audley I knew that I wanted to pursue my passion for Southeast Asia and help others to experience the same life-changing encounters that I had while there.

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Audley and my country specialist Elyssa made everything happen in the best possible way, and exceeded every single expectation I had for this trip. I’m convinced no other organisation or person could have pulled it off.

Steven travelled to Vietnam for 16 days in March 2019, organised by Elyssa F

In March 2019 my sister Christy and I went back to Vietnam after I had been there 50 years ago during the war. I had some very specific requirements about where I wanted to go, what I wanted to see and who I wanted to have the chance to meet. Audley and my country specialist Elyssa made everything happen in the best possible way, and exceeded every single expectation I had for this trip. I’m convinced no other organisation or person could have pulled it off.

I'll never forget when…

Seeing the traffic racing and winding around Ho Chi Minh City I was filled with nerves knowing I was going to be doing it all on the back of a Vespa but my city tour ended up being a highlight of my trip to Southeast Asia. As soon as I was seated on the Vespa I felt like I was one of the locals. For the next few hours I was guided around the city, saw the sights, and visited some of the best local restaurants and bars. I felt part of Vietnamese life rather than a tourist and loved it.

Photos of Elyssa

Elyssa at the Bridge on the River Kwai, Thailand Elyssa at the Bridge on the River Kwai, Thailand
Elyssa visiting Hue Temple, Vietnam Elyssa visiting Hue Temple, Vietnam
Elyssa taking a train journey in Kanchanaburi, Thailand Elyssa taking a train journey in Kanchanaburi, Thailand
Elyssa on a motorbike tour in Saigon, Vietnam Elyssa on a motorbike tour in Saigon, Vietnam