This Is UsTravel experts beyond creativity
With roots from Switzerland, France, Germany, Holland, Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and Thailand, Lolei Travel’s team of travel experts is multi-cultural. We understand a great deal of our guest’s needs and know how to realize your dream holiday. Our travel experts know the destinations very well and have lived traveled extensively through these countries.
Our travel experts believe in the simplicity of life and appreciate the details that seem insignificant to many. Just imagine a cup of tea with a local villager or paddling on a boat with a fisherman.
Imagine enjoying a conversation with a monk about Buddhism or having a home-cooked meal on the grounds of an ancient temple. It may all seem small compared to the grand attractions with their thousands of visitors, but these activities open up more than just the eye. A world of understanding evolves after, which makes your trip more meaningful and more beautiful.
Our travel experts have seen and done it all. This is how we live our lives and this is how our travel experts want you to experience our destinations, which we proudly call our homes.
Enjoy reading about our team,
based in the head office in Siem Reap
Daniel de Gruiter
Daniel has an extensive background in hospitality in Southeast Asia. The past 20 years he has lived, studied and worked in China, Indonesia, Laos, Vietnam and most recently in Cambodia. Daniel’s passion for travel and connecting with the local community goes beyond imagination. You can find him anywhere in Southeast Asia driving his motorcycle, looking for opportunities to improve people’s livelihoods. Daniel has worked extensively in sustainable tourism development in Southeast Asia and has been a frequent guest speaker at sustainable conferences and seminars. Lolei Travel is a statement of his love for Southeast Asia; Personalized travel with a cause.
Sales Manager, Travel Expert Cambodia
Mala is a real Siem Reaper. He is always out exploring the surroundings of Siem Reap from sunrise to sunset. With an extensive background in operations, he has traveled all over Cambodia and gained next to valuable destination office also a good sense of what is going on outside of the Siem Reap boundaries. Passionate, heartfelt and professionalism is what defines Mala as a person, characteristics he would gladly share with his fellow Cambodian countrymen but also with his guests. Do not be surprised if Mala calls you up and invites you for a drink. He just wants to know if you enjoyed your travels through Cambodia and share experiences.
Rinna was born in Battambang and moved to Siem Reap in 2008 after having spent almost two decades in one of Cambodia’s most beautiful provinces. He wanted to learn from the many foreigners that reside in Siem Reap and the tourists and attended the local University in Siem Reap where he studied marketing. Rinna ended up as a baker in one of Siem Reap’s most famous bakeries. Rinna married in 2014 and during his honeymoon discovered that he had a passion for travel. When Lolei Travel offered him the position of Reservations Manager, he jumped right at it. He loves his heritage and his passion for travel will keep him for long in travel, that is one thing he is sure about.
Kalyan is one of those people who are becoming a real success story. We got to know her when she spoke little English and was still in high school. Long days of study eventually paid of for Kalyan. Working as a sous chef in one of Siem Reap’s leading restaurants, she learned to deal with pressure. She also worked at one of the more creative companies in Siem Reap and this is where she learned to think outside of the box. Kalyan continues to study English and keeps learning about accounting. She has been working hard and has developed herself as a very reliable force within our team.The attitude she brings to the office shows that sky is the limit for Kalyan.
Channy was born in Siem Reap Province and started working for Lolei Travel in 2008. After finishing her degree in accounting at the local university she traveled around Cambodia and got to know much of her own country. Over the years this expanded throughout the region. She managed to increase her knowledge of the area and the needs of Lolei’s guests so much that she eventually got promoted to Operations Manager. However, Channy truly knows every aspect of Lolei Travel. Besides her busy job, Channy also takes care of her daughter. She likes to cycle in the weekend into the countryside and appreciate the quiet countryside wherever she is.
Operations Phnom Penh
Founder of Lolei Travel
Peter Lietz founded Lolei Travel (Cambodia) in 1997 after numerous leisure and business trips to Indochina. Peter’s great interest in the region’s culture and nature led him into the travel business. At first, the company opened its doors in Phnom Penh and moved five years later to Siem Reap. The agency’s name derives from the Lolei temple from the Roluos group in Cambodia. Peter dedicated all to Lolei Travel. Unfortunately, due to illness Peter had to step down and left the company in the hands of his team. Daniel took the company a step further the past years and made Lolei Travel a regional expert. Peter still visits Cambodia regularly. We always respect Peter for his accomplishments with Lolei Travel and what he has done for Cambodia.
Travel Expert Laos
If you talk about Laos, you need to think about Phonekham. You will not find many people who are more passionate about their own country than he is. He knows that Laos is still quite unknown, but he embraces it that he is in a position to promote his country to the outside world, sustainably. He graduated his studies in both German and English, spent multiple years as a guide and working in 5* hotels. If there is someone in Laos who knows how to cater to special needs, Phonekham will be that person! He knows tourism can have a very positive impact, but is very careful on how to implement it. Feel free to chat to him about it. You will learn much!
Travel Expert Laos
One of the more difficult names to remember, but surely not unforgettable, is Dueanphen. She applied her Social Science studies to tourism and graduated in 2013 from the National University of Laos. She added a major in English and started work with us pretty much right away. She chose tour operations so she could talk to people from different countries, with different backgrounds. Next to the social aspect, Duean also loves to travel. Being a travel expert combined her two great passions. She loves to chat with local people and come up with ideas to present to het overseas clients. Southern Laos is her favorite place, where life seems to be just a tat more relax.
Travel Expert Vietnam
Knowing that his Vietnamese name will be too hard to pronounce, he named himself Antoine. It sounded simple, yet exclusive and delicate. Just the way he likes to travel. After graduating in 1998 from the Hanoi College of Foreign Affairs, he started to work in tourism. Meeting the people from different countries and linking them to the places he believes suits them, is an art he believes. Antoine’s enthusiasm and passion takes tourists far beyond the beaten paths. Cycling around Hoi An is one of his favorite activities. It takes you deeper into the local life of the Vietnamese, and shows you a side that not many people have the privilege to experience.
Mrs. Shwe Yee and Mr. Klaus-Dieter
Travel Experts Myanmar
A story apart, Klaus-Dieter traveled through Myanmar in 1996 and met Shwe Yee. They have been together since the moment they met and explored every corner of the country. In the beginning they traveled together. Bit by bit the family expanded and nowadays they explore unknown territories with their three daughters. The family loves to climb mountains and trek through amazing landscapes. Many of the routes that they recommend are adventurous. If Myanmar wasn’t already an adventure, rest assured that Klaus-Dieter and Shwe Yee take you even more off the beaten tracks. To the family, the biggest reward is to receive smiles from both the tourist and host.
Travel Expert Thailand
For over 15 years Wilawan has arranged cultural, adventure and golf tours around Thailand. She has accompanied hundreds of visitors from all over the world to experience the wonders and rich culture of Thailand. She is one of the most dedicated people you may come across. She is dedicated to provide the best possible experience and making each visit an unforgettable experience. There is no place in Thailand she has left unexplored. Besides Thailand, Wilawan has traveled to many countries in Southeast Asia, as tour leader and privately. On each and every trip she collects valuable information she uses in her product development and knowledge she enthusiastically shares with tourists.