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Davies Stamm is a native New Yorker and
graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. He fell in love with
Southeast Asia in the late 1970s, when he traveled extensively
throughout the region. He moved to Bangkok, where he worked as a
freelance writer and editor, and happily succumbed to Asia's
relaxed pace. He spends time with his extended Thai family, who
have given him great insight into Asian ways. Davies continues to
explore Asia in search of remote areas far from the modern world.
With his great charm, extensive knowledge of the region's history
and art, and his wicked sense of humor, Davies is a top-notch tour
Chencho Tshering is a native Bhutanese whose
guiding experience spans two decades. He received formal training
as a guide for two years in Singapore, and when Bhutan's travel
industry was privatized his enthusiastic entrepreneurial spirit
took hold. He decided to pursue his passion and put his vast
experience to work and became one of the country's most
sought-after guides. He has since been escorting groups of
different nationalities all over the country. Chencho's engaging
personality and deep knowledge of Bhutanese history, religion and
art make him an incomparable guide in his beloved homeland.
Brent Leavell is a Fulbright Scholar whose research and fieldwork focuses on the local culture and customary law of Indonesia. He earned a Masters Degree studying the influence of adat (customary law) on micro-business development in the traditional village markets of Indonesia. He has spent many years living in Bali, where he owns and operates a company specializing in the design, manufacturing and distribution of Indonesian art, textiles, and handcrafts. Read more.
Padmaja Bharti holds a Master's Degree in
International Relations and an MBA. She is currently pursuing a
doctoral degree at the Centre for American and West European
studies. She is formally trained in Indian classical music,
ancient, medieval and modern Indian history, contemporary world
history, Indian philosophy, geography and politics. Padmaja is a
certified guide, and has been leading tours around India for a
decade. In addition to her keen intelligence, she possesses a
gracious yet bold character, rare among women in India. An
enlightened, insightful perspective informs her in-depth
discussions on a wide range of culturally sensitive issues. Her
impeccable skills and knowledge ensure a wonderful journey through
Australian Suzanne Noakes has been traveling in
Melanesia for the last two decades, leading trips in Papua New
Guinea for private groups, university alumni and conservation
associations, and has developed a deep understanding of PNG's
people, culture, language, flora and fauna. She owns a tourism
policy company that lobbies overseas governments to alleviate
poverty through tourism initiatives, and is pursuing her master's
degree in this field. She sponsors such initiatives as the Karawari
coconut soap press, teacher scholarships and improved water
collection projects within the Milne Bay region. Her expertise,
energy, rapport with the local people and warm personal style
receives the highest praise from our travelers, making Suzanne an
unsurpassed tour leader in the Land of the Last Unknown.
Gordon Marsh has been leading educational tours worldwide since 1983 for some of America's top institutions. He is fluent in English, German, Mandarin and Cantonese, and speaks French, Italian and Arabic. He possesses an academic, polished demeanor, which belies a dry British wit and a natural exuberance for facilitating cultural interaction. Read more