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Jasmine Whitney

I love putting together unforgettable adventures for travelers almost as much as I enjoy traveling myself. Traveling and cycling in Asia has transformed my life, so one of my favorite things to do is help others create wonderful travel memories that are sure to last a lifetime.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"I specialize primarily in cycling tours in Southeast Asian countries: Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, and Sri Lanka.

These biking destinations are fantastic for taking in the gorgeous landscapes - but that's not all! Exploring each country's charming cities, lovely village communities, vibrant cultures, and delicious cuisines makes for fantastic well-rounded excursions. I believe in the value of getting off the typical tourist path to create a unique experience that friends, couples, families, and solo riders can enjoy all the same."

How did you get involved in travel?

"I was lucky enough to have a family who encouraged international travel from a young age. From family trips to Costa Rica when I was 11 years old, to solo trips to Ecuador when I was 15. When I was 17, I moved to Cambodia where I've now resided on and off for the past 9 years while frequently traveling to other destinations in Asia. I feel extremely fortunate to enjoy this lifestyle and give others a taste of the region I now call home.

I didn't always explore countries by bicycle, but after years of living in Southeast Asia, there were plenty of gems I discovered only after exploring the region on two wheels. It's now safe to say that it's my favorite way to travel!"

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"Bringing my dad on a cycling tour in Vietnam for his 65th birthday and then my mom on a bike trip in Sri Lanka will always be my most cherished travel memories."

Vietnam Coast
Cycle the Highlands & Coast of Vietnam - 11 Days

Take in the rural villages, misty pine forests, and lush tropical coastal forests on this unforgettable 11-day cycling itinerary. Start in Dalat to see where Asia's favorite coffee is grown, then descend to the coast to see fishing villages maintain traditional ways of life. Cycle along the coast to reach the heritage trade town of Hoi An, then top off your trip with a cruise on the beautiful and tranquil Lan Ha Bay.

Enjoy free time to hit the beach in Quy Nhon
Cycling Vietnam's Highlands & Coast - 7 Days

Led by a local guide, this weeklong bike trip begins in Vietnam's majestic highlands—with views of coffee plantations and misty pine forests—and descends to the South China Sea. This is where you'll ride along the picturesque coast toward a UNESCO-listed ancient trade town (Hoi An) while interacting with locals, relaxing on the beach, and dining on fresh seafood for an adventure rarely experienced by tourists.

Sigiriya—the ancient fortress and UNESCO World Heritage Site
Sri Lanka Active Adventure - 9 Days

This 9-day journey through Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon) explores fascinating highlights in the Cultural Triangle—home of ancient cities, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and Buddhist relics. With a private driver and guide, you'll take hikes in tea country, spot diverse wildlife in the rainforest, and relax (or surf) on picturesque beaches on the south coast for an adventure to remember.

Ha Long Bay
Highlights of Vietnam - 9 Days

See all the classic highlights on this nine-day trip to magical Vietnam. Roam around the bustling streets of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, cruise on the azure waters of Ha Long Bay, and hike to villages and terraced rice paddies in the countryside. This tour is ideal for first-time visitors or travelers with limited time who want a well-rounded showcase of Vietnam's history, charm, and natural beauty.

Vietnam holiday
Best of Vietnam - 14 Days

This two-week tour starts in Ho Chi Minh City and ends in Hanoi. Cycle around traditional farming villages, hike through national parks, explore grand architecture in Hoi An and Hue, and cruise around mesmerizing Halong Bay. Hitting all of Vietnam's highlights, you'll take in the very best this spectacular country has to offer.

Japanese Cycling Adventure - 7 Days
Japanese Cycling Adventure - 7 Days

The beautiful ancient city of Kyoto is the spiritual home of Japan and the perfect base for this week-long cycling adventure. Explore the streets of Kyoto by bike and venture further afield as you delve into Japanese culture and cuisine. Take an exhilarating ride from the city to sacred Mount Koya and around the region's stunning landscape for an unforgettable vacation.

Recent trip reviews for Jasmine

Brad

Riding With Grasshopper · Vietnam - Oct 24 - Nov 27, 2019

Traveler: Brad W. - Local specialist: Jasmine Whitney

We had a specific requirement to accommodate our own tandem bike. Kimkim and Grasshopper Adventures were very attentive to that and made it happen.
Our trip was a chain of itineraries beginning in Bankok and ending in Hanoi, with the mix of companions changing as we went. At one time we were 16 (a bit over the promised limit of 15) but on the final leg we were the only travelers, making it a private tour with a guide, a passenger van and a service truck and two drivers! A bit much for a... read more

We had a specific requirement to accommodate our own tandem bike. Kimkim and Grasshopper Adventures were very attentive to that and made it happen.
Our trip was a chain of itineraries beginning in Bankok and ending in Hanoi, with the mix of companions changing as we went. At one time we were 16 (a bit over the promised limit of 15) but on the final leg we were the only travelers, making it a private tour with a guide, a passenger van and a service truck and two drivers! A bit much for a couple who ordinarily ride on their own. They were very attentive.
Accommodations were always 5 star if available and excellent in every case. The entire trip was well researched. We were impressed with Grasshopper Adventures' focus on patronizing local businesses and restaurants and seeking those which included a mission to help disadvantaged youth get training in the booming hospitality trade.
Early in the trip we were both had colds and the heat was debilitating, causing us to fall several times on the second day out and we had to ride in the van for the last few km. The guides, staff and our riding companions were all very attentive and supportive. At 76, we were at least a decade senior to all the others.
Guides and assistants who stood out were Sophat and Rong, in Cambodia, and Ky and Huong in Vietnam. We came to know Rong and Huong quite well because we were always last in and they were riding sweep. My only minor complaint is that they were too attentive and I kept having to remind them that "I can do it myself." There were two communication lapses which did not detract from our experience. On our arrival in Cambodia, Sophat was surprised by our tandem bike. He never let on to us and he managed it smoothly. And in Saigon we were sceduled for a foodie tour on Vespa motorbkes, but we did not know and had arranged for dinner with some departing companions that evening.
Our favorite experience was at Phong Nha national park with the Choy Lap Farm Stay, karst landscape, caves, waterfalls and scenic riding.

Southeast Asia Cycle Tour November 2018 · Thailand - Nov 15 - Nov 21, 2018

Traveler: Bob H. - Local specialist: Jasmine Whitney

I had done some web research on trips in SE Asia, and was hesitant to use a travel booking service like kimkim; however, I quickly leaned on kimkim to find the right trip for me. I was looking for a trip that would provide a challenge, but not an overwhelming one, and that would expose me to places and people I wouldn't meet otherwise. Through guided questions and back and forth questions, kimkim nailed it. I also appreciate the assistance with some last minute Visa issues.

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Jasmine Whitney, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thanks Bob; I'm really happy to hear that you enjoyed your ride with us! Our team had a lot of fun hosting you as well. Hope we might have the opportunity to host you on another memorable bike adventure in Asia in the future!
-Jaz

Cambodia · Cambodia - Dec 28 - Jan 12, 2019

Traveler: Janet R. - Local specialist: Jasmine Whitney

A truly beautiful holiday - every aspect - thankyou

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Steve Grace, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thanks Janet! It was fun working with you on this itinerary. Hope to see you again.
Steve