Meet the team
Peter Jones (Managing Director)
After graduating from University with a marketing degree I got my first job in sales to save up for a round the world trip. Of course Cambodia was on the list of the countries I visited but I made the same mistake as most people. I saw the temples and that was pretty much it. After returning to the UK, I started working for a golf company organising corporate golf days before moving further in to the events industry in London. I worked in corporate hospitality, product launches, incentive trips and client experiences. After learning the trade, I went on to set up my own hospitality company, but after a short time I decided something was missing in the UK. I remembered that I was the happiest whilst travelling the world. Since that moment my life completely changed. It has become a bit of a rollercoaster ride. Eva and I moved to Cambodia and got married. We had a little boy called Jack and in April 2013, little girl who we named Mia. I wouldn’t have my life any other way, I love raising my family in Cambodia, I can utilise my passion of travel and putting my logistics and organisational skills to good use allowing visitors to see the country I have fallen in love with.
George Kalofonos (Product & Sales Director)
I was born in Alexandria Egypt and raised in Libya, moving to Athens at the age of 18 to continue my further education. My formative years were thus spent living in an international community in North Africa, which helped to develop my interest in culture and language. On leaving Athens University, I travelled extensively the world. This allowed me to broaden my experience of non-western cultures and to enjoy architectural styles beyond the scope of my studies. My interests in a variety of outdoor activities, geography, food and ethnography soon introduced me to the travel industry. Through my 25 years of experience working in London’s major tour operators and specialising on luxury and out of the beaten track travel, I understood how precious is, the escape from everyday busy life and the importance to personalise and maximise our limited on time experiences. In Asia we are saying that a journey of thousand miles begins with a single step and I would love to help you explore my most favourite continent in this world.
Eva Jones (Finance Director)
I was born in the Czech Republic where I spent my childhood. At 18 years of age I moved to England to study at the university and a few years later I completed an MBA with Open University. I worked mainly in marketing but ventured into the manufacturing industry as well as an architectural practice. I loved my career, however (just like my husband Peter) I was always happiest when I was travelling and discovering new places and new cultures. When we started thinking about relocating to Cambodia to set up ‘See Cambodia Differently’ everything seemed to fit and the decision to ‘just do it’ was easy. We never looked back. We live in an amazing country full of wonderful people and we do what we love: we make our guest’s holiday a unique one to cherish for years to come.
Brian Synak Ork (Office & Operations Manager)
I started learning English at high school at the age of 15 and continued to study before starting to teach English to students at the age of 20 in my spare time. I have been teaching ever since and in 2012 won an award for being one of the best teachers in Siem Reap. Since graduating I worked for 3 years in a five star resort hotel, 2 years as a restaurant manager and finally 2 years front of house in a backpacker’s hostel before starting to work for ‘See Cambodia Differently’. I believe that this varied experience prepared me for working in travel as I enjoy speaking to all sorts of different people. I first met Peter in my restaurant in 2009 and he told me about the company he had set up in Cambodia with Eva; it sounded very interesting. We stayed in touch and he contacted me when a position became available as promised. Since then I have never looked back and I am extremely proud of what I am doing. My confidence has grown and after a year I have now been promoted to head of operations. Which means as well as looking after all the bookings, I get out of the office and can travel the country with certain tour groups which I love, as it gives me the opportunity get to talk to new people and continue to explore my Cambodia.
Dan Wilcock (Product & Sales Executive)
I have always had an enormous interest in travel and tourism and having graduated in 2011 with a degree in International Business I have been fortunate enough to work and study in America, Ireland and France. Experiencing new cultures and meeting new people is a great passion of mine so when the opportunity to work and live in Cambodia arose it was far too good of an opportunity to turn down. Helping people make the most of their travels and experiencing new things is very rewarding for me and Cambodia is such a captivating destination there is so much to be discovered. The country offers such a unique travel experience and is so rich in culture and history that I couldn’t recommend it enough. From natural beauty spots, to ancient temples, markets and wildlife, Cambodia really does have something for everyone.
Jenna Kearns (Product & Sales Executive)
Taking a gap year before University began my desire to see and learn about other countries, their people and their diverse cultures. Spending the majority of the six months in South East Asia I always knew it was somewhere I wanted to return. I have since travelled to the Middle East, India and Europe which has only confirmed my desire to spend time abroad but in particular live somewhere for a length of time so I could learn about the place and the people there. Now I have graduated I was as keen as ever to work in the travel industry. So the opportunity of working for ‘See Asia Differently’ has been absolutely perfect and I can’t wait to experience even more that Asia has to offer.
Ra (Tour Leader)
I first began to learn English in 2007 and was lucky to catch a break as a tour guide a year later. I have worked in a restaurant for 1 year and spent another year working as a cashier. While doing these jobs I began to save up to buy my own Tuk Tuk. Eventually I was able to buy my own Tuk Tuk and was a Tuk Tuk driver for around a year. As my English and knowledge improved I had a chance to work as a guide at a dunne buggy tour before coming across ‘See Cambodia Differently’. I love to travel and to meet new people as well as experiencing new things in Cambodia. ‘See Cambodia Differently’ offers me all of these chances. I strive to make my clients happy and love to share my knowledge of areas that we pass through to help enhance their experience. I believe that Cambodia has a very rich culture with things such as Angkor Wat, Tonle Sap, beautiful mountains and beaches. This is without mentioning the friendliness of the Cambodian people.
Kanha (Head Angkor Guide)
I began to learn English while at high school in 2001, and also took private classes to further my understanding. I then studied English Literature at University graduating in 2010, I really enjoy practicing my English with tourists and picking up new tips. I have been a tour guide since early 2008. I really enjoy my work, as it allows me to share my knowledge of Cambodian culture, tradition and history. I believe that a tour guide’s job is important as they are representing their respective country, as well as being responsible for the group and ensuring that they enjoy their trip. Before I became a tour guide I was a secondary school teacher in Khmer Literature, I have also worked for 1 year for JICA water supply project for Siem Reap town. I believe that part of Cambodians appeal lies with it being a developing country having only recently opened up to tourists after our troubled past. There is so much people can experience in Cambodia many of them are natural experiences such as mountains, waterfalls, beaches, rivers etc. We also have some breathtaking temples and the people are all very helpful and friendly. The vast majority of Cambodia is how it was and undamaged by big buildings etc. it is still a very natural country and a relatively new one on the global tourist map.