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An Interview with Insider Journeys' Andy Roberts

| Words by Andy Roberts |

Learn more about Insider Journeys’s new Business Development Manager

How did you first hear of Travel Indochina?

I first heard about Insider Journeys from my days working in Australia as a Business Development Manager. Insider Journeys is very well-known and liked Asia specialist travel company in Australia because they offer such great experiences and have a very high client satisfaction rating with clients. I make it my own personal mission to spread the word about Insider Journeys to my fellow Brits, we can’t let those Aussies get the ashes back and have all the best travel experiences in Asia!

Andy Roberts

Where in Asia have you yet to travel?

I have travelled to Vietnam, Cambodia, India, Sri Lanka, China and Thailand, but Laos would be my next destination… I would like to go while it’s still original and unspoilt by mass tourism.

Island of Southern Laos

What are your top 5 travel experiences to date?

  1. Experiencing the night sky in Sri Lanka. There really isn't much light-pollution in the sky across the Emerald Isle and it was like looking out into universe on a clear day.
  2. Seeing the Taj Mahal in India. Unfortunately get the same private access as Princess Diana, but it is still a beautiful building and a true sign of what love can do, albeit with the help of a 1000+ labourers and stone masons……and bottomless pockets.
  3. The Maid of the Mist boat at Niagara Falls in Canada. You really don’t get a true understanding of the volume of water and the power it has until you have been about 100 meters from the bottom of the falls.
  4. Snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef in Australia where a 7-foot reef shark swam up behind me and passed me by about 10 meters. It was memorable but I don’t think I would ask for it again! Once was enough.
  5. Travelling from 0 to 240km/h in under 5 seconds and discovers what 4.8Gs really feels like on the Formula Rossa ride in Abu Dhabi’s Ferrari World.

The destination you were most surprised by?

Cambodia, it was much quieter than I imagined. And Phnom Penh, for a capital city, was so diverse. With the tree lines streets, slowly moving river, robed monks, great food and French-colonial architecture it is one of the most pleasant cities I have ever visited.

Monks in Phnom Penh

Favourite film?

Easy! Anchorman – The Legend of Ron Burgundy.

Favourite city?

It would have to be Sydney. Great beaches; a beautiful harbour; fascinating history; sunshine and the ubiquitous laid-back Aussie attitude to life.

What’s always on your packing list?

Credit Card, a simple but essential travel tool. If you forget anything, you can buy it when you get there. A recent addition has been a power board; so very useful, I can charge all my electrical on one device which means I only need one adaptor. It’s the simple things, you see!

What’s the best part about coming home?

A cup of tea and sharing your stories with friends.