The Team

Tim Milner
Robin Ball
Ewen Moore
Luke Stapylton-Smith
Jana Danisova
Emily Lymath

Tim Milner

The founding director of Bamboo Travel, Tim Milner, started his love affair with all things Asian in 1991 whilst travelling around Thailand & Hong Kong. It was on this trip that he became enthralled with the wonderful combination of culture, food, scenery, people and beaches that the region has to offer. Since that first venture into this exciting part of the world, Tim has devoted much of his leisure time travelling in the Far East and has developed a great passion for, and expertise in, the region. After a long stint with one of the UK’s leading long haul tour operators Tim seized the opportunity to set up a niche tour operator specializing in holidays to the Far East. The aim being to offer bespoke itineraries that allow clients to get the most out of their time in the region and also to experience some of the magic that abounds in this amazing part of the world. His recent adventures have included an extended tour of Myanmar, skiing in Japan, exploring Taiwan and catching up with contacts in Vietnam and Cambodia.

Robin Ball

An adventurer at heart, Robin has dedicated much of his personal and working life exploring far flung corners of the world. After studying Cultural Geography at University he embarked on his travels, taking in much of South America, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. On returning home in the late 90’s Robin made a career out of a passion, by working and travelling for two of the UK’s leading tour operators, firstly as a tailor made tour consultant, and more recently as a Far East Product Manager. His most memorable travel experiences include a luxurious journey on the Eastern & Oriental Express, trekking the Great Wall of China, being a guest at a state banquet in Mongolia, completing a PADI dive course near Banda Aceh, staying at the Raffles Hotel in Singapore and travelling by motorbike from Hanoi to Sapa. Throughout his time working with and travelling in the Far East, Robin has built up a network of friends and close contacts that can be called upon to help create exceptional travel experiences for the guests of Bamboo Travel. In his spare time Robin enjoys many sports especially cricket, fishing and mountain biking, as well as music, cooking and, most of all, spending time with his young family.

Ewen Moore

A family holiday to visit friends in Thailand at the age of 5 was the beginning of Ewen's fascination with the Far East. Having already spent some time backpacking around Southeast Asia and Japan, his interest in the region grew further during his studies of International Politics at University, which included an in depth study of Burma, a country very close to his heart. After a time teaching English as a foreign language in Moscow, Ewen returned to the UK and worked for 3 years as a Far East specialist for one of the UK's top tour operators. Ewen's most recent experiences of the Far East include visiting ethnic minority villages in Cambodia's Northeastern province of Ratanakiri, cycling the old city wall in Xian, trekking in central Laos and being interviewed for the local TV news on the Japanese Island of Miyako-Jima! An active person and a keen sportsman, perhaps Ewen's only criticism of the countries in the Far East is that they don't play cricket.

Luke Stapylton-Smith

Luke has spent several years living, working, and travelling throughout Asia. As a child, he spent two years living in Singapore and during school holidays his family undertook trips to inspiring places such as Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Maldives and Australia. Luke returned to Asia in 2010, teaching English in Nepal, India, and Southeast Asia, before settling in South Korea, where he stayed for two years. After finishing his contract in Korea, Luke strapped on his backpack once more and travelled through Japan, the Philippines, China, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore and Sri Lanka. On returning to London Luke spotted his ideal job at Bamboo Travel, where he can bring his knowledge and passion for the Far East to a wider audience.

Jana Danisova

Jana Danisova has been an avid traveller all her life. Her early adventures started in Eastern Europe and culminated in the long journey to London, which she now calls home. Since leaving university with a Travel & Tourism degree various jobs have come and gone but Jana considers her professional life really took off when she joined the young team at Bamboo Travel thereby fulfilling a lifelong ambition to devote her time to creating fabulous holidays in the Far East. Her own travels in the Far East have seen Jana undertake volunteer work with Pandas in China, explore the temples of Angkor and bargain hard in the markets of Hoi An. Most recently she has returned from Laos where she found the spiritual side of Luang Prabang both absorbing and inspiring.

Emily Lymath

A school trip to Beijing at the age of 15 led Emily to a lifelong fascination with the Far East. After completing her degree in Mandarin Chinese and French, she returned to China where she spent 2 years as an English teacher in Beijing and Guangxi province. During this time she took every opportunity to travel around much of China and Southeast Asia. Some of her most memorable experiences have been singing (very badly) on stage for several hundred Chinese university students, spending time getting to know the people and culture of Tibet at a horse-riding festival in Western China, travelling overland by local bus through Burma, and camping overnight on the Great Wall. After completing her teaching contract in southern China, Emily returned to the UK and found her way to London and Bamboo Travel, where she continues to be able to discover new destinations and revisit old favourites alike.

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