Growing up in Hong Kong, I was lucky enough to travel extensively through Southeast Asia from a young age. I left Hong Kong to go to university but returned once I graduated and worked in a luxury hotel which allowed me to travel further around this fascinating region.
I have been fortunate enough to have enjoyed some unforgettable experiences including swimming with whale sharks in Donsol, diving with white tip sharks in Palawan, staying with an Iban tribe outside Kuching and seeing wild orangutans in Danum Valley, a 130-million-year-old untouched rainforest in Borneo.
While living in Hong Kong, I visited the Philippines numerous times and have been lucky enough to tour both the wildlife-rich state of Sabah and the culture-rich state of Sarawak in Borneo.
I am happiest exploring off-the-beaten-track destinations and I particularly enjoyed walking through the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Mayoyao Rice Terraces in the northern Philippines.
I'll never forget when…
The Danum Valley is home to the critically endangered Bornean orangutan. I had been rather unlucky during my trip to Borneo and was still yet to see a wild orangutan, although I had seen plenty of other remarkable wildlife. Without trying to raise my hopes for my last walk in the rainforest before flying home, I left the Borneo Rainforest Lodge and within two minutes of walking, my guide had found a male orangutan happily sitting on the forest floor a few metres from me. This was my most prized memory from my trip and one which will stay with me forever.