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Georgina enjoying a local Khmer picnic spot, Cambodia

Georgina, Southeast Asia specialist

Georgina's fuel to travel was first ignited on a college trip to Morocco while studying art and design. Fascinated by the cultural contrasts, she was inspired to explore further afield and embarked on the adventure of a lifetime, travelling to Southeast Asia.

The region presented the opportunity for her to pursue her existing interests, as well as introducing her to some exciting new skills. Her enthusiasm for cooking and photography were both heightened by the diversity of the cuisine and landscapes, while a brand new interest was sparked when she achieved her diving qualification in Thailand.

On her return, Georgina has decided to share her knowledge and passion for Southeast Asia by joining Audley's team of experts. She has chosen to hone her specialisms in the enchanting countries of Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam..

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Japanese bridge, Hoi An

I recommend visiting - Hoi An

UNESCO-protected Hoi An is, in my opinion, the cultural epicentre of Vietnam.

The town's architecture is well-preserved and has strong remnants of French, Japanese and Chinese influences. There is an abundance of activities here, including cooking classes and cycling in the countryside. But my favourite thing to do is simply walk around the ancient town and absorb the authentic atmosphere. The river, in particular, is lined with independently-owned restaurants and bars.

The best time to visit is in the evening after dark when the streets are lined with beautiful lanterns that create an unrivalled experience.

Hotel des Arts, Saigon

I recommend staying at - Hôtel des Arts

First Class

Stepping into Hotel Des Arts feels like you're entering a French art museum. The owner has a personal collection of beautiful art that lines the walls of the hotel. The elegant decor allows me to envisage what it could have been like to live in French Colonial times.

Contrasted with the historic themes, the lively ambiance of the top floor bar invites you to take in the city lights and breathe the dynamic culture of Ho Chi Minh of today.

I'll never forget when…

My most resonant travelling experience has been whilst snorkeling in the offshore waters of the Koh Rong Archipelago, Cambodia. A whole day of snorkeling allowed me to get well acquainted with the wonders of the reef. The day only got better when we continued our underwater exploration after dark, and experienced the natural phenomenon of bioluminescence. The weather conditions had contributed to increasing the intensity of the colours which made the encounter much more ethereal.

Photos of Georgina

  • Georgina on the Mekong River, Cambodia Georgina on the Mekong River, Cambodia
  • Georgina in  the rice fields of Luang Prabang, Laos Georgina in the rice fields of Luang Prabang, Laos
  • Georgina at a rice paper factory in Vietnam Georgina at a rice paper factory in Vietnam
  • Georgina on a Vepsa in Saigon, Vietnam Georgina on a Vepsa in Saigon, Vietnam