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Alex, Southeast Asia Specialist

Alex is from a small town called Northborough, 30 minutes outside Boston, where his family still reside. After studying and living in Australia a year before graduating from the University of Connecticut, he set off for a backpacking adventure in Europe, spanning from Prague, through Germany and Switzerland, culminating in Italy on the Amalfi Coast.

He then worked for large IT company in Boston before he took all of his saved vacation days to visit Southern Cambodia, where he completely fell in love with Asia. The rest, as they say, is history, as Alex now covers Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, and Laos as an Indochina specialist for Audley.

Alex lives in the North End of Boston, where he regularly enjoys delving into Sherlock, playing football (yes, the British variation) with his friends from UConn, and venturing either to Vermont to ski or to Wellfleet, Cape Cod to catch the waves at Cahoun Hollow beach.

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What impressed us most about Audley is the way they selected and liaised with local guides to provide culturally authentic and unusual experiences.

Melissa, George, Corine, and Bruce traveled to Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam for 29 days in February 2016, organized by Alex P

We recently returned from a wonderful Indochina trip planned by Audley Travel. What impressed us most about Audley is the way they selected and liaised with local guides to provide culturally authentic and unusual experiences. For instance, Audley arranged for us to meet with some local fishermen in Hoi An and share time with them as they cast their nets on the local river. This was not a strictly for tourists event, and there were no others sharing this experience. In Siem Reap, our guide was able to get us into Angkor Thom, Angkor Wat, and Ta Prohm Temples at dawn before the throngs of tourists appeared. It was a memorable trip.

I'll never forget when…

There aren’t enough shades of green in the world’s biggest Crayola crayon box to describe the scenery on the drive from Sapa back to Hanoi. In the most remote part of the Northern Vietnam countryside, we stopped for the 189th time for pictures; up on top of one of the hills, there was a group of Black Thai women harvesting rice and their children playing in the surrounding field. My driver, guide, and I wandered up and watched them work for a few minutes before offering to help. Over the next hour, we plucked, sifted, and pounds of rice while running around and playing “Hide and Seek” with the children, who were no more than eight years of age. 

The fascinating aspect was that there was absolutely no language connection; my guide could only speak Vietnamese, and these women and children only spoke a regional Thai dialect, which made the experience all the more primitive and humanistic. When the sun went down, we started to say goodbye and one of the women took her farming hat off of her head and handed it over to me, almost as a gift of thanks. I don’t think they realized that we were the thankful ones, having been given the privilege to experience such an amazing afternoon in the midst of the happiest people I’ve ever encountered.

Photos of Alex

Alex with Bo at Elephant Hills, Khao Sok National Park, Thailand Alex with Bo at Elephant Hills, Khao Sok National Park, Thailand
Alex at the elephant conservation centre at Elephant Hills, Khao Sok National Park, Thailand Alex at the elephant conservation centre at Elephant Hills, Khao Sok National Park, Thailand
Alex with Alex with "Sume", a girl from Black Thai village in Mu Cang Chai, Vietnam
Alex cycling in the Muong Lo Valley, Vietnam Alex cycling in the Muong Lo Valley, Vietnam
Alex in Cambodia Alex in Cambodia
Alex preparing for battle at Bho Hoong Bungalows, central Vietnam Alex preparing for battle at Bho Hoong Bungalows, central Vietnam

Photos taken by Alex

Monks walking by Mount Phousi Monks walking by Mount Phousi
The entrance to Banteay Srei The entrance to Banteay Srei
Ta Prohm at Dawn Ta Prohm at Dawn
Your station at A Lot of Thai Your station at A Lot of Thai
Ayuthaya Ayuthaya
Views from Sapa Town Views from Sapa Town
Tomb of Emperor Khai Dinh Tomb of Emperor Khai Dinh
The sunrise over the rice fields of Mai Chau The sunrise over the rice fields of Mai Chau
Valley views of Muang La Valley views of Muang La
A view of Muang La from a hill top in a local Kamu Village A view of Muang La from a hill top in a local Kamu Village
View from the bridge in Nong Khiaw up the Nam Ou River View from the bridge in Nong Khiaw up the Nam Ou River
View from the bridge in Nong Khiaw of the Nam Ou River View from the bridge in Nong Khiaw of the Nam Ou River