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Sophie, Southeast Asia Specialist

Sophie's love for travel began whilst she was studying for her degree in history at the University of York. It started with a climb of Kilimanjaro and continued with a three month work project at an NGO in Mali, West Africa after graduation.

Inspired to work in the travel industry, Sophie moved from Manchester to Brighton to begin a role in adventure travel. It was here that her love for Southeast Asia developed, culminating in a trip to Thailand and Cambodia. This led Sophie to Audley in September 2015, adding Borneo to the mix, which quickly became one of her top destinations.

Combining her love of trekking, wildlife and culture, it's pretty perfect, and one of her favourite places in the world. In her spare time, Sophie enjoys travel writing, reading and exploring the countryside, as well as trying to cook some of the amazing food she's tried on her travels.

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Photos of Sophie

Sophie on a canopy walkway in the Danum Valley, Borneo Sophie on a canopy walkway in the Danum Valley, Borneo
Sophie at the elephant conservation project at Elephant Hills, Thailand Sophie at the elephant conservation project at Elephant Hills, Thailand
Sophie watches alms being given to a monk in Amphawa, Thailand Sophie watches alms being given to a monk in Amphawa, Thailand
Sophie in Khao Sok National Park, Thailand Sophie in Khao Sok National Park, Thailand

Photos taken by Sophie

Sunset over the Kinabatangan River Sunset over the Kinabatangan River
Punting through the shallows on the Lemanak River Punting through the shallows on the Lemanak River
Guide looking out over the canopy, Danum Valley Guide looking out over the canopy, Danum Valley
Blessings from the novice monks in Chiang Mai Blessings from the novice monks in Chiang Mai
Watching the sunrise over the Maeklong from the jetty at Baan Amphawa Watching the sunrise over the Maeklong from the jetty at Baan Amphawa
View on the descent View on the descent
Sun Bear at Sepilok Sun Bear at Sepilok
Sun Bear climbing trees in Sepilok Sun Bear climbing trees in Sepilok
On the descent to Laban Rata On the descent to Laban Rata
A village house in Kampong Nyegol with mist rising over the mountains A village house in Kampong Nyegol with mist rising over the mountains
View from the guest house over the village View from the guest house over the village
Stunning scenery from the Bengoh Lake Stunning scenery from the Bengoh Lake

I'll never forget when…

After trekking for three hours through the Borneo jungle in the Danum Valley, my guide stood completely still and began listening for something. Out of the trees, just to my left, was a male orangutan. He seemed completely unconcerned by us and carried on eating fruit for a couple of minutes before disappearing into the forest.

This was my first experience of a completely wild orangutan and I felt so honoured to have seen him, especially as we were the only ones that day to spot him. Add that to the feeling of being in primary rainforest, combined to make the whole experience pretty magical.

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