Meet the Crew
The people that make it all happen...
Adam rediscovered the simple pleasure of cycling in his mid twenties, commuting by bike to his bank job in Melbourne, Australia. That same bank job in SME finance, had actually been a great education, exposing him to a wide range of small businesses and their owners. In 2003 Adam joined a fundraiser ride through southern China where he made a friend who would later found Grasshopper, and became inspired by the dual features of cycling and travel in Asia.
Adam now leads the wonderful team of personalities that make up Grasshopper Adventures. He lives in Siem Reap Cambodia with his young family and still occasionally hosts tours.
Steve, our Brand Ambassador, has a history of tourism product development in his native USA and first came to Southeast Asia to research and develop a new project at Angkor. Following the completion of this venture he joined the Grasshopper team. A keen cyclist since childhood, biking for Steve was more than just a way to get to school; his bike allowed him the freedom to explore the world beyond his hometown, taking years' off his mom's life while adding decades to his own!
A trip to Vietnam four years ago to visit friends led Natalya to a new career and new home in Saigon. Previously as Marketing Manager for Les Rives, the highly regarded luxury boat operator, she helped launch several successful tour partnerships including one with Grasshopper! A native of St. Petersburg, Russia, Natalya is excited about her posting as Country Manager in Hoi An where she can indulge her passions for photography and travel. She invites everyone to drop in and and say hello.
Noel joined the Grasshopper Adventures flock in 2016. Surrounded by bikes personally and professionally his whole life, sport cycling and the world of bikes has been a constant for him - 'It began as a 6 year-old touring friends around the neighbourhood, eventually leading to the competitive racing circuit in Europe.'
He's since worked internationally in Marketing & Sales for the world's top bicycle companies and from here a passion developed to introduce more people to the pleasures of riding a bike. Grasshopper Adventures is a perfect fit for Noel who heads-up the role of Regional Manager of Thailand & Laos.
Katharina's career has brought her from Germany, where she was born, to Belgium, France and Spain. During a sabbatical in 2015 she discovered magical Myanmar and fell under its spell. After 15 years in hospitality with Marriott International she decided on a complete change and as a travel and outdoor enthusiast Katharina was easily convinced to join the Grasshopper Adventures family, becoming Country Manager in Myanmar. Cycling has always been an important part of her life and a bicycle tour became mandatory whenever friends came to visit in Paris. She is now leading the enthusiastic team in Myanmar and is proud to show this rare gem to guests.
Having made the move from Sydney, Australia, to Cambodia in his late teens, Jake has spent years working with the different cultures of the region using business as a tool for the development of both people and communities. With most of his adult life spent in the region, he is passionate to show guests the ‘real’ Asia using a bike as a way of getting where others can’t. Responsible for operations in both Cambodia and Sri Lanka, Jake can be found (almost) any time working the ground alongside his two awesome teams in either stunning destination.
Tot & Simon
Having lived and worked as tour leaders and guidebook authors in a host of different countries, in 2003 Simon and Tot first experienced Taiwan, quickly falling in love with the incredible little island. In the early years their only transport was two cheap local bikes, which set the tone for their exploration of the island, yieldeding mile after mile of spectacular scenery, linked by well-maintained but little-used roads. Keen to share their findings Simon and Tot established the Grasshopper Taiwan office in 2007. They currently live with their two young kids, old Labrador, tearaway puppy and two Russian hamsters by a remote beach on the Pacific, near the East Coast fishing harbour of Chenggong.
Jaz is originally from Vermont USA, though she travels often, moving to Cambodia at age 17 where she's been living on and off for the last decade. She was not always a cyclist, but once in Cambodia she discovered the magic of exploring a country on two wheels and now the only thing Jaz loves doing more than travelling and cycling is having her loved ones along for the ride!
Her first Grasshopper adventure was a week-long ride in Vietnam with her dad, and recently she enjoyed a cycling trip in Sri Lanka with her mom. Jaz is currently nomadic and working remotely; she gets great joy out of living vicariously through guests by helping arrange memorable bike journeys suited perfectly to their interests. Feel free to pepper her with questions as she's more than happy to help!
Lauren joined the Grasshopper Adventures family in 2018. Over the past 20 years she hass held various roles in the cycling industry and has spent the last decade working as a travel consultant for European bike touring. The opportunity to travel by bicycle through Europe inspired her to explore more regions of the globe including our own favourite region, Asia!
An intrepid explorer since childhood, Lauren’s love of cycling and travel led her to turn her passion into a rewarding career - and she wants to nothing more than to share that joy with others! If you're in the US and want to reach out to Lauren for some great tips on bike touring in Asia she's more than happy to help.
In addition to being a valuable member of the Hong Kong sales team, Blair has another, far more exotic role at Grasshopper in the form of 'Expedition Engineer', designing and leading our Pioneering Tours. If Blair is not to be found at his desk he may be escorting a group over the steppes of Uzbekistan, doing a reccy of the gorges of the Chinese Himalaya or urging on a group of uni-cyclists around the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal.
Chotikapa Chok-Udomchai ("Nack")
Starting as a junior member of the sales team two years ago Nack has risen through the ranks to become our sales manager in Thailand. A native of the Land of Smiles, Nack previously split her time between Thailand and Cambodia offices, working as the main administrative brain for all the Grasshopper destinations. She is now based back in her hometown of Bangkok.
Noot has been with Grasshopper Adventures since 2014, helping guests in her role as a Trip Coordinator. Like the rest of the Grasshopper family she loves travel and considers herself lucky to be able to work in the industry, doing what she loves. "I find it very rewarding communicating with people from all over the world, learning about destinations and experiences, and hearing of people's adventures"
Travelling comes in all shapes and sizes, and some of Noot particular favourites are historical sites, city tours, beaches, but most especially, mountains. "I visited the Dolomites and ever since then I have a love for the mountains, so now hiking is a beloved part-time activity."
Ging is based in Bangkok and has been working as part of the Grasshopper Adventures team since 2015. She has many interests and, not too surprisingly, travelling comes high on that list. As a Trip Coordinator with Grasshopper Adventures she is a master of travel planning, and enjoys making her own itineraries to destinations she's visiting for the first time. "I like researching for hotels, local food specialties and must-see tourist attractions, then putting it all together and making the most of my visit."
While making a booking, getting ready for your trip or even following up after, there is a high chance you'll chat with Ging at some point. She's always busy keeping in contact with guests, making sure everyone is prepared, informed and ready to just enjoy the journey!
Our local offices provide you with the best on-the-ground experience.
From humble beginnings with a single shop in Bangkok we have now expanded to regional offices in many of our destinations, including Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Myanmar, Taiwan and Bhutan.
Grasshopper Adventures was conceived and born in Thailand in 2006 by Jason Williams, with the Bangkok office being our very first. Originally manned with just two staff, today we have offices in both Chiang Mai and Bangkok cities that employ 20 Freelance Guides and a team of 9 professional office personnel. We are a crazy bunch that have lots of fun and we love riding bikes (well, most of us do). Our Thailand team is headed by William Tuffin.
Starting from only three staff in a small shop in Phnom Penh in 2009 our Cambodia office has grown to be the largest in the company with thirty tourism professionals working in both our Siem Reap and Phnom Penh offices. The team includes drivers, cleaners, mechanics, reservations, customer service and accounting staff and naturally some well informed, charming guides to deliver our tours.
Our Myanmar shop first opened in 2012 in Mandalay with a small team and has since grown to include a Bagan shop and our newest shop based in the Inle Lake area, an emereging travel hotspot. Myanmar is also our youngest team but possibly the most enthusiastic. From mechanics to shop supervisors, they all 'warmly welcome' you to Myanmar and go the distance to make sure you have a great holiday. Our guides are a mix of freelance and full-time, some of whom have been with us since day one, and are full of knowledge about their country. If you are joining a multiple day tour you will also have the chance to meet our drivers who not only ensure you never go thirsty but also are masters at preparing snack breaks of local delights along the tour.
Vietnam is growing along with the rest of Grasshopper Adventures, with an office in Saigon and a new day tour shop in Hoi An. Our team now numbers ten members who love sharing their pride in Vietnamese culture and the joy of cycling. When not working, our team enjoys researching new and exciting places to ride and tasty spots to eat. We’re happy to share these secret tips with you on our tours, make sure to pop in and see us.
Our small but committed team in Bhutan is lead by Tshering Dorji, who quit a high profile construction business 20 years ago to follow his dream of working in tourism. Very much a people person, Tshering is a meticulous organiser, but his talents don't end there; he is also a mountain biker, thrill seeker, mountain guide, keen photographer, aspiring writer, amateur league soccer player and repository of Bhutanese folk lore, culture & history!
Tshering is accompanied by Tandin Dorji, who has been with Grasshopper from the start of our Bhutanese operations, and did many of the original research trips to put together our tours. Tandin takes great pride in his work and his country, which shines through in everything he does. Very popular with our guests, Tandin is described by Tshering as "the lubricant of the well oiled Grasshopper apparatus". A great credit to his country and a great asset for Grasshopper.
Small, but streamlined, the Taiwan office is headed up by Simon and Tot Foster, but other folk you’re likely to meet during your time here include the super organized and smiley Mandy Rose from Eastern Taiwan who surfs when she’s not managing the office, multi-talented Brad Goldhorn, who can fix seemingly anything and plays a mean melodian, and Kenji Sugata, a highly experienced cyclist and qualified pasta chef.