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Hannah paddling on Dennis Island, Seychelles

Hannah, Hidden Beaches Specialist

Hannah was born in the UK but moved to Macau as a child where she lived for the next ten years. After finishing school, she got a job at a retired racehorse stable where she trained ex racehorses and taught local children how to ride. Living in Asia gave Hannah a fantastic opportunity to explore surrounding countries, including numerous trips to Thailand, where she fell in love with the people and the culture.

After returning to the UK, Hannah joined Audley, where she worked in the Southeast Asia team for a number of years before helping with the development of Audley Travel US and was based out of the Boston office for a few months. On returning from Boston, Hannah joined the Hidden Beaches team where she could enjoy exploring new exotic destinations and stunning beaches around the globe, while still being able share her passion for Southeast Asia.

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Koh Tao, Thailand

I recommend visiting - Koh Tao

Koh Tao is one of my favourite little hideaway islands in Thailand. It has stunning beaches, beautiful scenic walks and plenty of great places to have some local Thai food.

Many day trips can also be arranged to neighbouring islands where you can enjoy snorkelling or scuba diving in the national marine parks. Alternatively, you can just laze on the beach all day, enjoying the sunshine.

Denis Private Island, Denis Island

I recommend staying at - Denis Private Island

Deluxe

Denis Island Lodge was a truly magical experience for me, the staff are so accommodating and the beaches are just stunning.

With just 25 bungalows dotted around the island, it is never crowded. The food is mostly organically grown on the island, and the chef's create amazing daily menus for their guests; the sushi night is fantastic.

During certain times of the year, you can also help with the turtle hatchlings on the beach, making sure they get the best possible start in life on their beach run down to the Indian Ocean.

I'll never forget when…

Our beach itineraries in Zanzibar are often paired with a safari experience in the Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania, and it was here that I was fortunate enough to experience their game drives first hand.

One such trip was out on the Rufji River. It was such an interesting tour to witness the wildlife in and around the river, but nothing quite prepared me for the jumping fish that hit me in the face while taking photographs of the hippos. Getting slapped by a fish on safari was definitely a memorable experience.

Photos of Hannah

  • Hannah at Bayon temple in Angkor Thom, Cambodia Hannah at Bayon temple in Angkor Thom, Cambodia
  • Hannah fishing in Vietnam Hannah fishing in Vietnam
  • Hannah at Waimea Canyon, Hawaii Hannah at Waimea Canyon, Hawaii
  • Hannah visiting Hue in Vietnam Hannah visiting Hue in Vietnam
  • Making friends in northern Laos Making friends in northern Laos
  • Hannah taking in the views in Sapa, Vietnam Hannah taking in the views in Sapa, Vietnam
  • Hannah in Cappadocia, Turkey Hannah in Cappadocia, Turkey
  • Hannah visiting a turtle conservation program on Denis Island, Seychelles Hannah visiting a turtle conservation program on Denis Island, Seychelles
  • Visiting hill tribes in northern Laos Visiting hill tribes in northern Laos
  • Hannah on Kilindi, Zanzibar Island Hannah on Kilindi, Zanzibar Island

Photos taken by Hannah

  • Sunset on Cheow Larn Lake Sunset on Cheow Larn Lake
  • Elephant Hills Elephant Hills
  • Cheow Larn Lake Cheow Larn Lake
  • Koh Phangan,Thailand Koh Phangan,Thailand
  • Temple Decorations, Chiang Mai, Thailand Temple Decorations, Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Golden Buddhas, Ayuthaya, Thailand Golden Buddhas, Ayuthaya, Thailand
  • Ayuthaya,Thailand Ayuthaya,Thailand
  • Koh Samet,Thailand Koh Samet,Thailand
  • The Children of Bassac, Sovann Machha dance The Children of Bassac, Sovann Machha dance
  • Halong Bay, Vietnam Halong Bay, Vietnam