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Mat, Southeast Asia Specialist

Since finishing his studies in 2004, Mat has lived and breathed all things travel. He's ventured out on several worldwide journeys, supplemented by eight years of experience working in the UK travel industry. Over four separate trips he has also worked, lived and travelled all over Australia, and spent a summer coaching football in America.

Along the way Mat has enjoyed unforgettable experiences, including fulfilling a boyhood dream of experiencing Boca Juniors vs River Plate in Argentina (and the steaks). However, his heart has always been in Southeast Asia, with his Thailand visits now into double figures and Indonesia slowly catching up. He's also travelled extensively to Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines, which gives great perspective as each country offers something different.

Being a huge foodie, Mat loves the fiery flavours of Southeast Asia. As an avid surfer Bali always has a special attraction for Mat too. For a true experience Mat always recommends including extra time to wander and lose one's self in a destination. Mat is also a keen film maker, recently co-producing and acting in a film which premiered at a London Cineworld, as well as making regular video blogs from his travels.

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Photos of Mat

Mat at the Ayuthaya temple ruins in Thailand Mat at the Ayuthaya temple ruins in Thailand
Mat with some Balinese children Mat with some Balinese children
Mat with his guide trekking in search of tarsiers, Bohol, Philippines Mat with his guide trekking in search of tarsiers, Bohol, Philippines
Mat catching some rays on a rurual train in Thailand Mat catching some rays on a rurual train in Thailand
Mat amongst some pungent durian fruit in a market near Koh Samet, Thailand Mat amongst some pungent durian fruit in a market near Koh Samet, Thailand
Mat at the floating market at Amphawa, Thailand Mat at the floating market at Amphawa, Thailand
Mat at the hanging coffins of Sagada, Philippines Mat at the hanging coffins of Sagada, Philippines
Mat helping a local make pancakes in Ayuthaya, Thailand Mat helping a local make pancakes in Ayuthaya, Thailand
Mat on a trek at Elephant Hills, Khao Sok, Thailand Mat on a trek at Elephant Hills, Khao Sok, Thailand
Mat at Lanjia Lodge near Chiang Rai, Thailand Mat at Lanjia Lodge near Chiang Rai, Thailand
Mat cooking during his 'Thai for a Day' day in Chiang Mai, Thailand Mat cooking during his 'Thai for a Day' day in Chiang Mai, Thailand
Mat on a cycle tour near Yogjakarta, Java, Indonesia Mat on a cycle tour near Yogjakarta, Java, Indonesia

Photos taken by Mat

Kids playing in Banjar springs Kids playing in Banjar springs
Munduk horse riding excursion Munduk horse riding excursion
Munduk Moding Plantation - Night View over Pemuteran Munduk Moding Plantation - Night View over Pemuteran
Munduk Moding sunset pool Munduk Moding sunset pool
Mat with guides eating dinner at the Mount Batur crater, Bali Mat with guides eating dinner at the Mount Batur crater, Bali
Mat at the Mount Batur crater, Bali Mat at the Mount Batur crater, Bali
Mat at the Mount Batur crater, Bali Mat at the Mount Batur crater, Bali
Nusa Bay afternoon tea - included Nusa Bay afternoon tea - included
Bali Barat sunset overlooking Ijen on Java Bali Barat sunset overlooking Ijen on Java
Trekking at Nusa Bay Menjangan Trekking at Nusa Bay Menjangan
Beach at Nusa Bay Menjangan Beach at Nusa Bay Menjangan
Deer on the beach at Nusa Bay Menjangan Deer on the beach at Nusa Bay Menjangan

I'll never forget when…

On a day trip from the beautiful island of Bohol in the Philippines, 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, which we did, but we also were joined by a family of sperm whales, basking with their young all around our tiny little boat.

Another water-based experience was snorkelling with a school of 30 to 40 majestic manta ray in the Komodo National Park, Indonesia.

Both experiences really touched me and made me realise just how lucky I am.