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Steve Grace

Originally from the U.S., I came to Southeast Asia in 2013 to develop an ecotourism project inside Angkor Archeological Park. When the project ended, I decided to stay. For the past 3 years I've been focused on cycling and adventure travel but my passions include cultural tourism, food... most recently the amazing craft beer movement in the region.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"For the past five years I've been living and working in S.E Asia, spending extensive time throughout the region. This year I've expanded my borders to include India, Sri Lanka and Japan. I'm part of a dynamic team with offices throughout the region. If I don't know the answer to a question in this region I definitely can find someone who does."

How did you get involved in travel?

"My background in travel goes back more than 30 years. While in graduate school I was offered the opportunity to lead tours to Europe for active adults. That experience led to a variety of amazing jobs withing the industry. My love of travel has only intensified over the years."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"My first month on the job as a tour escort I found myself on Pan Am charter to Europe, stranded on the tarmac in Detroit with 150 hot, sweaty and increasingly frustrated guests. A violent thunderstorm closed the airport after we had pushed back from the gate and we sat out away from the terminal for nearly 2 hours before stairs could be brought to let us deplane and get fresh air. Within a few seconds of everyone being off the plane, the skies opened and everyone raced to get under the wings to avoid being soaked. It was quite a scene which we all laughed about when finally back on the plane."

Featured trips & expertise

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.

A foggy jungle view
Southern Sri Lanka: Active Adventure - 10 Days

Perfect for active travelers and nature-lovers, this 10-day tour covers everything from sunny coastlines to national parks to tea plantations. Walk, swim, and drive your way through rainforests, across sandy beaches, and - if you're lucky - past some of the country's most exotic wildlife.

A Taste of Southern Thailand - 5 Days

Go beyond the stunning islands and emerald waters of Phang Nga Bay, and get a taste of the local lifestyle on this 5-day trip to southern Thailand. You'll kayak through the lush jungle, unwind on pristine beaches, and eat authentic Thai food with a local family on your homestay in a small fishing village.

The lush green mountains of Ella, Sri Lanka
Cycling Tour of Sri Lanka - 13 Days

This is the quintessential Sri Lankan bike ride! On this two week trip, you will discover local tea plantations, small villages, and historically significant cities — along with some wonderfully diverse riding through a sizeable portion of the island. You'll cycle from the culturally rich north through tea country then down into the southern plains and Horton Plains National Park, finishing in Galle.

Elephants in Udawalawe National Park
Unique Ways to Experience Sri Lanka's National Parks

An intact flora and fauna collection is one of Sri Lanka’s greatest assets and a couple of park visits are a great way to break up your tour. Horton Plains, Yala, and Udawalawe National Parks are often the highlights, but each park has its own unique way to avoid the crowds and have an amazing experience.