Our Directors

Arjen de Haan

Managing Director

Arjen has been involved in the tourism industry most of his professional life, a career spanning over 24 years. A Dutch national, Arjen grew up in Holland and spent some years at the Hogere Hotel School in The Hague. After a short stint in the wine business (still an important hobby today) he started as a tour leader to South East Asia and Indonesia in particular. The mystique and people of Java and Bali immediately impressed him and made him eager to learn more.
After extensive experience in the tourism industry in countries as diverse as Sri Lanka, Thailand and the USSR, Arjen settled in Bali in 1993. First in marketing and later in executive positions at large destination management companies, Arjen learned the profession from scratch. After understanding the potential of Bali as a destination and developing an innovative way to deliver Balinese tours, Arjen opened his own company, Asialink Holidays, in Bali in 1996. This approach proved to be very successful and resulted in the opening of offices in several other South East Asian countries in subsequent years.

Arjen has always had a passion for both managing and developing people and innovating products. Every two months you will find Arjen on the road somewhere in the existing Asialink destinations to look for new connection opportunities, or exploring new destinations to share with potential visitors.

Our Management

Nguyen Thuong Giang

General Manager Indochina

As a little girl Giang used to queue for hours with neighborhood kids in front of Hanoi’s Metropole Hotel; the only place in town where fresh milk could be had. It is widely thought that this laid the foundation for Giang’s interest in the leisure industry.

At the time that Giang studied, as per Vietnamese culture, she followed her parent’s advice into Accounting but soon found out her passion for numbers was more towards ‘numbers of people.’ So, in love with traveling and cultural exchange, and proud of Vietnamese history, after graduating, she joined one of the largest state owned companies that were at that time shaping the country’s tourism future. She became a tourist guide, sharing her love for the rich cultural heritage of Vietnam with overseas guests, while at the same time learning from them how the world turned across the regional borders.

Giang was on the team of the Indochina office in Hanoi from the first hour, originally in the Reservations and Operation department. She feels that the big difference in style of Asialink Holidays with our colleagues in the industry opened the door for her steady development towards heading the office as she does today.

Giang, a food-lover, will taste anything she can get her hands on, and is our leading expert in creating menus that reflect the region’s cuisine while at the same time being not to daunting for your clients. In tourism, getting the balance right for your guests is key to success; Giang and her team are there to make sure it is done.

Napaporn Saravana (Apple)

General Manager Thailand

First job in tourism business for Apple came by coincidence after graduation from University. She joined a small family business for outbound tourism in Thailand; a good chance to learn multi-tasking and the involved several responsibilities at the same time. The next job at a reputed International Destination Management Company grew into inbound Manager to Indochina Region and Myanmar during a period of nearly 15 years.

During this period she learned by doing, trial a lot of right and wrong experiences including a short-term valuable experience as Thai expatriate in Vientiane, Laos. Apple met the “turning point of her life” again with the Asialink Team in Bangkok.

It’s not the company’s reputation which attracts her but she can touch the soul who is GENUINE explorer-lover. Her journey starts again here and inspires to go through for pioneering the old place in different aspect.

With working experience in a multi-cultural team among colleagues as well as clients, Apple understands well how to adapt herself continuously in a new environment. Her professional mission, she daily shares with her team is to be found in creativity, innovation and prompt replies.

Let’s come closer and focus on us how we bring you to touch authentic Thailand destination. Let’s celebrate our new era together.

Our Tour Guides

Critical to the success of our tours, our tour guides are the best in the region. Passionate, knowledgeable and caring, they bring the tours to life and deliver real, authentic and enriching experiences.

Meet some of them here.

Agung Heriawan

Hi, I’m Agung and I have been working with Asialink for five years. Asialink always motivates me to continuously develop and become the greatest tour guide! I am committed to provide the best service to all visitors to my beautiful country!


Duc

Duc

Being an Asialink tour guide for a couple of years, I understand that it is not just teaching people something that I know. But it is the process of learning and sharing. Taking people to nice places, showing them your own country, and learning many things from them really motivates me. I am lucky to have such a good job; it is a passion and a job at the same time!

Working as a tour guide gives me the feeling of a local friend sharing knowledge and experiences with people all over the world. I don’t think there is another job in the world that could be more rewarding.


Gus Ary

I dreamt of being a tour guide when I was a little boy and now I have fulfilled that dream with Asialink. I am privileged to be a member of the Asialink team and I find that with each new experience, I fall in love with my country even more.


Gede Atmaka

Hello, I’m Gede and have been working with Asialink for more than seven years now. With Asialink’s creative and varied programs, flexibility and respect to locals, I feel honoured to work as a tour guide and am always eager to show beautiful Bali to our guests.


Hanh

“Toi Yeu Viet Nam” – I love Vietnam. I am very proud to talk about my homeland with guests from all over the world. I want to show you how beautiful and peaceful is Vietnam! Come to live in middle of friendly smiles, to experience a country of legends, culture, and charms – Vietnam with me!


Khanh

Asialink feels like my second family with the friendly and hospitable people. Moreover here is also the place where I was trained to become an excellent tour guide (I know my guests agree!).

Maybe you will ask me “Why do you choose this job, Khanh?” My answer: simply I love it. My family is so proud when I tell them about my job. I get to lead visitors around the most beautiful and outstanding places in my country introducing them to friendly people, an ancient culture, and most importantly – very delicious food!


Hung

Travelling is my passion and being a tour guide is a dream I have had since I was very young. Working for Asialink is like being part of a big family! I was able to study a new language and for all of us, ensuring our clients are happy is a natural duty that we love to do every day!


Made Kumbara

My name is Made but friends call me “Kriting” which means curly! Being a new member of the team, I fell in love with Asialink straight away. I have learnt so much more about my country and love to have the opportunity to share that with my guests. I have always had a simple wish to meet people from around the world and share stories of my beautiful Bali. I find that every Asialink journey goes beyond my expectations…and I’m proud that our guests feel the same way!


Tuyen

I have been a part of the Asialink team since its opening. I love to show our beautiful Vietnam, where I was born and grew up. I am proud when seeing clients admire a beautiful landscape and begin to see more of our lives here. The smile on every traveller’s face when they finish the tour is what makes my job worthwhile, sometimes there are even tears when we say farewell! I know their tears mean our country has stolen their heart!


Trung

Our clients – my friends – really open up new horizons to me when I can exchange knowledge, learn and discover! Each tour is a journey of sharing and I love the chance to explore new places with my new friends – always seeing something different and learning something new.

Through my job with Asialink, I also discovered more about myself. That is what is so rewarding for me! I’ve learnt to focus on what is important, to grow up, to share, to give, to enjoy life and to always love each other! That is the journey of life! So now what shall I do? Keep moving!


Truong

I feel the most comfortable, the most myself, when I am on tour. I love travelling and my job gives me so many opportunities to travel and constantly rediscover my own country. In Vietnamese, we have a saying, “a day of journey, a basket of wisdom.” Being a tour guide I have my dream: a job and a passion.

Travelling with our clients, I find myself learning more about myself and how I see the world. Thanks to my job I have learnt a new value of things around me, and I feel in love with Vietnam.


Vinh

I help our visitors enjoy the daily life of the local people and that is the best way for them to understand our country. The best part is that every region has a different and unique culture which means I always have a lot of things to share with visitors. Actually, they are not only my visitors but also my friends. After every tour, I have more friends!


Wayan Karang

I have been working for Asialink for eight years now. As a Balinese, it still amazes me how Asialink continuously brings new things to my life – the people, the nature, the cultures, the arts, and everything about Indonesia! I’ve never been so proud and felt so touched when I can share these beautiful experiences with our clients, especially being able to deliver the tour in their own native language.


Wayan Karyati

Hi, I am Karyati and I have been working as a tour guide with Asialink for five happy years. I see all the guides at Asialink constantly working to make each tour better. It is our aim to give our guests the greatest experience, so that when they leave, they can’t wait to come back!


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