Area of expertise
Overland adventures and luxury beach experiences across Southeast Asia including Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Borneo and India.
‘Travel and change of place impart new vigour to the mind’ Seneca
Matt loves everything about travel, catching the bug during his (first) gap year in 2004. His career began in adventure tourism working for one of the UK's leading operators and organising trips all over the world. After some serious trekking and climbing, he now prefers to take a softer approach to travel and over the last few years has focused primarily on Southeast Asia.
Like many of our clients, Matt has developed a taste for the finer things in life. He’s visited every single country we specialise in more than once (Thailand 9 times at the last count!). His personal highlights include: a whistle-stop tour of Sri Lanka, staying in some of the best hotels on the island; the two week ‘classic’ journey from north to south Vietnam where he particularly loved the Bassac Cruise; an epic overland journey in Indonesia taking no internal flights over 3 weeks; a trip flying around the Maldives and visiting Song Saa private island in Cambodia (his most luxury hotel moment).
Crucially, Matt is pioneering our new India programme and has travelled extensively throughout central India. He said: ‘I’m blown away by the remoteness India offers and how incredible the safari experience is in Madhya Pradesh.’
Matt knows Borneo very well too and pioneered our Borneo holidays, particularly those in Sarawak and Sabah. His last trip to Thailand involved island-hopping from Krabi to Phuket, with Koh Yao islands being his favourite place.
In essence, Matt has tried and tested many of the same holidays as our clients and helped mould and improve them further. His passion for Southeast Asia makes him a typical ETG expert. He knows exactly what makes for perfect holiday - be it for a group of friends, a family or a honeymoon – plenty of adventure complemented by a bit of indulgent luxury here and there.
If Matt’s experiences have inspired you, contact him directly on 020 3598 2077.
My favourite hotel for luxury in SE Asia because it's unlike anything else I've ever seen. The food is near Michelin star quality, the rooms are just incredible, and it's eco friendly to boot. Understated luxury at its best.
It was a dream come true to head to Indonesia for the first time in 2013 and focus on the volcanoes of Java. The spectacular views from the crater edge of the Ijen volacano are best experienced at sunrise, when the colours of the caldera lake and the sulphur miners working away in the billowing smoke make for a surreal picture.
I actually came up with this itinerary whilst I was travelling around India and it just typifies what we are trying to achieve there. Seeing the classics, but getting under the skin and going to remote stunning places which will throw some of the things you think about India on its head.
Laos is a real gem, but travellers often hop in and out. I recommend adapting to its natural rhythms and giving it a slower pass. Trust me, you’ll reap the rewards."