We have crafted our team of travel experts as carefully as our tours. We’re a group of individuals passionate about tours and travel, and immersive cultural experiences.
Our office team are dedicating to making your journey with us run smoothly and respond to your travel needs.
Our tour leaders are experienced in delivering high quality trips, with unrivalled knowledge of local culture and heritage.
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Ayana Management & Office Team:
We are a small team based in the spiritual and cultural heart of Cambodia, Siem Reap. We’re currently made up of two travel hungry British expats, an award-winning Khmer tour guide, and a Cambodian assistant.
Co-Founder & Responsible Tourism Specialist
Amy moved to Asia from the UK in 2011 and has been managing responsible tourism projects in India, Malaysia, and Cambodia since then. Prior to this, she was a sustainable tourism adviser for protected areas in her home country, and over the years has pursued many roles in the tourism industry. For five years, she ran the region’s only responsible tourism awards program, and is the ‘key-holder’ to South East Asia’s largest portfolio of sustainability best practices in this industry. Therefore, Amy is our responsible tourism specialist, ensuring all our tours and operations align to global standards and have maximum benefit to host communities.
Chhon Chhea Yut
Co-Founder & Spiritual Tourism Specialist
Yut is an award-winning tour guide and brings with him a wealth of knowledge on Cambodian history, culture, and Buddhism philosophy. Having been a Buddhist monk for 17 years before embarking on a career in tourism, he is of course our in-house specialist on Cambodian religion and spirituality. He also has been guiding for almost a decade, specialising in transformative learning journeys on development, and is one of our senior facilitators for educational trips for students.
Co-Founder & Educational Tours SpecialistSarah also hails from the UK, where she worked in the education sector before relocating to Cambodia in 2011 to manage PEPY Tours, our educational adventures partner for school study trips. During her time in Cambodia Sarah has nurtured a passion for ethical learning journeys, and as such has appeared in The Voluntourist documentary, contributed to Adventures Less Ordinary, and been a member of the Learning Service team. Sarah continues to specialise in experiential learning journeys with Ayana.
FinanceLeap joined Ayana Journeys after relocating back to his homeland, Siem Reap, after several years in the capital city. Leap has an extensive background in finance and takes great care of our books, as well as supporting our team with bookings and reservations.
Leaders & Guides:
Staff: Day Tours
Saven disrobed as a Buddhist monk in September 2017 after many years living in the monastery. Having recently graduated as a certified tour guide, we are thrilled to have Saven join our team as a spiritual tour specialist. You can find him talking passionately about Cambodia’s spiritual history in quiet corners of Angkor Wat, leading meditation sessions for guests in tranquil pagodas, or sharing his life story as a monk to culturally curious travellers from around the world.
Freelance: Educational Tours
After finishing his degree in engineering, Untac moved to Siem Reap from his hometown of Battambang. Despite his field of study, he discovered a passion for showing travellers around his country, and for helping them to discover the rich culture and beauty of Cambodia. With this in mind he began freelancing as a Facilitator with Ayana and other meaningful educational tour companies, and started his own tour company (Sammaki). His travels are the proof of his love for new discoveries and bear witness to his endless wish to learn and his enthusiasm to share with others. Outside working hours you can find Untac in the countryside, on single tracks on his bicycle, or preparing some perfectly brewed coffee in one of the cafes in town!
Freelance: Day Tours & Educational Tours
After a year of working full-time in the Ayana office, managing tour logistics behind the scenes, Silong is currently pursuing formal guide training and working for us in a freelance capacity. He comes with a wealth of experience in guiding, management, and development work. In his spare time he is a passionate activist and volunteers with a range of local social impact projects.
Freelance: Day Tours & Educational Tours
Sopheak is originally from Phnom Penh but has been living in Siem Reap for the past 6 years. A long time friend of our team, we’re delighted to have Sopheak on board as a Trip Facilitator and Leader! When Sopheak is not leading tours, she is running her own homestay and sewing enterprise. She comes with a wealth of experience of working with development organisations and the art sector.