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.
Noel joined the Grasshopper Adventures flock in 2016 and we couldn't be happier to have him onboard. Surrounded by bikes personally and professionally his whole life, sport cycling and the business 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 Marketing Director.
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 Adam's right hand woman! A native of Thailand, Nack splits her time between the Bangkok and Siem Reap offices, working as the main administrative brain for all the Grasshopper destinations. We like to stay in Nack's good books as she is the one in charge of paying our salaries!
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.
A devoted hiker at heart, William has become a fanatic convert to cycling since joining Grasshopper Adventures in 2013. His week's not complete without spending at least one day exploring the country lanes of Thailand or back alleys of Bangkok. Fluent in Thai, William has unique insight into the local culture and created a strong bond within his team. A long history of work and travel outside his native USA, and many years experience in community-based ecotourism programs throughout Southeast Asia have made Grasshopper Adventures the perfect fit.
Having sailed around the world by two years old, Steve seemed destined for a life of travel. Among the 60 countries he's visited, his trips to Myanmar in the 1990s were, “extraordinary experiences”; not least as one was as a solo, long-distance cyclist. His working life revolved around travel with sixteen summers on the King of Trains, the Orient-Express, and winters managing ski-chalets in Italy. After three years managing luxury river-cruise ships on Burma’s Irrawaddy River, joining Grasshopper as Myanmar General Manager brought things full circle.
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.
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.
Simon Foster first started tour leading in the Middle East in 1997 and has subsequently led groups in India and China. He is also a travel writer for the Rough Guide and Frommer's and has just completed his first solo guidebook to China. He has lived in China for two years, Taiwan for three. When he's not leading tours he writes for local travel magazines which allows him the excuse he needs to search out every last nook of his various homes. Simon first met Tot whilst they were both tour leading in India and subsequently they have worked together on tours and guidebooks in Asia, Europe and Australia. They divide their time between Taiwan and India and when they're not leading tours, guidebook work allows them just the excuse they need to search out new destinations for tours. Tot and Simon also look after our Philippines tours.