Hem Patel CEO/Founder
Although I was born and educated in the UK, Asia has been a great influence on my life. My parents arrived in England from India during the 1950s. I have always wanted to travel and see the world from a very early age. I first went to India in 1970 and I think this began my love affair with Asia. I am happy to say that I have more than fulfilled the dream and more! What makes travelling for me so exciting and rewarding is experiencing new things, exploring different places, meeting interesting people, and discovering the diverse culture and the exotic food. I also love photography and I always have a camera or maybe 2 on hand, as you will see from all the photographs on this website.
My varied career has literally taken me around the world, successfully working for a number of world class retailers. During the last 20 years with my family by my side, I have been living and working in SE Asia. Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, and Vietnam have all been home at some stage or other. In these senior leadership roles, my focus was always on the local domestic markets, and the teams I worked with were all local. It was therefore critical that I adapted my approach to take account of the local culture, and clearly understood the needs of the local customers. I have had the privilege of visiting the rest of the region on business and holiday. As a result I have acquired a detailed and intimate knowledge and understanding of the countries and the people.
There are some key attributes which I believe have helped me to succeed in Asia, and adjust to life in all these different countries. Having a positive can do attitude, passion and enthusiasm, curiosity and going with the flow, the ability to smile even when things go wrong, as they inevitably do!
I have toured extensively around the world in different guises, as a sole traveler, with my family and friends, and arranging accompanied tours for groups. My knowledge and experience has provided me with a unique opportunity. I can help others to appreciate the beauty, charm, and warmth of this particular part of the world, in a way others can't. I hope that you will come to love this region, which has become my second home as much as I have, and you will want to return again and again!
About Bespoke Getaways
Want to explore SE Asia but don’t know where to go, when to go
Want to have control on what you will see
Whistle-stop tours are not for you
Now you can choose a different approach. I work with you to create your own bespoke trip of a lifetime.
What's more, you will be benefiting from the knowledge and experience of someone who has lived in Asia as an expat for more than 20 years.
I will also be your guide during the trip supported by professional guides, together we will ensure that it will always be memorable for the right reasons.
Read what some of our clients say about their trip
What a beautifully planned trip to Bangkok and the islands with Hem! Everything was taken care of to the smallest deal - from what airline to fly with for the best price to what restaurant did the best soft shell crab. It took the stress out of what I considered before quite an intimidating place to tap into. We were able to launch straight into relaxation mode and get a truly ‘local’ experience. The shopping trip to Pratinam for one off pieces was amazing - I had no idea Bangkok was such a fashion destination! I can’t wait to go back and see what Hem has planned for us next time, whatever you interests are he will defo have you covered
Tallie Fellows December 2019
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