The Hanuman Story
Hanuman is a destination management company that has been at the forefront of travel in the Mekong region since 1990. That’s more than 25 years and counting. No-one knows the region quite like us, as no other company has explored in such depth to bring the best of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam to the world. We aim to make every trip an authentic experience and more and more people are discovering that for unique journeys, original adventures and inspirational holidays in the Mekong region, it’s wise to talk to Hanuman.
Recommended by The Sunday Times of London
We hope you have heard of Hanuman already, as we are one of the most respected names in the business when it comes to arranging cultural journeys for discerning travellers. Hanuman is regularly cited in the international press and is proud to have been selected by The Sunday Times as “one of the World’s Top Travel Fixers”. These are “the best locally-run, well-established, reputable companies, the insiders with impeccable guides, and are masters of their region”.
Here at Hanuman, we want to put the personality back into travel. We want to share our expertise, that elusive combination of knowledge and experience, to help create the perfect journey to Indochina. Our travel collection is inspired by imagination, driven by our daydreams. We love Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam and want to share our passion with you. A successful trip is down to service and we understand the importance of getting this right every step of the way, from hotels of distinction to guides with passion and personality. This is our commitment to travel with a personal touch.
We have crafted a selection of authentic journeys, one-of-a-kind trips that take in the best the region has to offer. We have designed a variety of original adventures, our inventive, innovative tours that including hiking, biking and a little bit of adrenaline. And we have created some unique experiences, genuine encounters with real people from the Mekong region and memorable moments that elevate the ordinary into the realms of the extraordinary.
Angelina Jolie and Gordon Ramsay travelled with us, although not together
Hanuman has long experience in looking after VIPs in Cambodia, including film stars such as Angelina Jolie and Daniel Craig, iconic film directors such as Jean-Jacques Annaud and Oliver Stone, and television presenters including Jeremy Clarkson, Gordon Ramsay, Charley Boorman and Sue Perkins. Hanuman has hosted a variety of organisations, events and conferences in Cambodia, including the Young Presidents’ Organisation (www.ypo.org), the Moet Hennessey global leadership team, Cap Gemini global management, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Louis Vuitton. Our sister company Hanuman Films has looked after the logistics on major feature films in Cambodia, including Tomb Raider, plus television projects around the region such as the seminal Top Gear Vietnam episode. However, it’s not all about frolicking in the jungle with Lara Croft and James Bond. We can also organize the simpler side of things such as transport and ticketing. We have a fleet of quality insured vehicles in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, including saloon cars, sturdy 4WDs, luxurious SUVs, minibuses and coaches. Whether a field trip, a regional event or a larger family gathering, Hanuman can provide the transport solutions. When it comes to ticketing, we offer real-time online bookings via Galileo and Abacus, ensuring we can secure seats at short notice on all worldwide flights. We pride ourselves on excellent service, not only ensuring a personal touch for all our guests, but communicating effectively and efficiently to ensure you get the information that you need when you need it. But this service doesn’t come at a price, as we have some of the most competitive rates in the region. Whether you choose to judge us on our knowledge, our service or our price, you won’t find a more reliable company in the Mekong region than Hanuman.
“It’s not where you go, it’s who you know when you get there”
Our team is a who’s who of travel in Cambodia and the Mekong region. Company Managing Director Sotho Tan has been in the travel industry since 1988 and was one of Cambodia’s first tour guides. Executive Director Kulikar Sotho has more than 20 years of experience in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam, including guiding, tour leading and arranging the impossible for film-makers and television stars such as Gordon Ramsay and Angelina Jolie. Lonely Planet author Nick Ray is the Company Advisor and has spent more than 20 years exploring the region for guidebooks, travel companies and film and television productions. Add it up, do the maths, and you have the most experienced team of travel professionals operating in the Mekong region. We are only too happy to share our knowledge and experience with you to help craft the perfect trip. We can recommend the right boutique hotels and hideaways to make the journey more special. We can take you to destinations that are off-the-beaten-path or far from the madding crowds. Our guides are experts in culture and lifestyle and can bring a destination to life with their knowledge, humour and insight. They can help you to connect with the people of this region along the way, ensuring that you get more out of your trip. We host regular workshops for tour guides and these are conducted by Nick Ray, who has two decades of experience as a tour leader and trainer. Before you plan your next adventures in the Mekong region, contact us for some more ideas, for innovation, for originality. We offer some unique trips such as Temple Safari, which brings the comfort of African bush camping to the remote jungle temples of the north and Mekong Journey, which follows the course of the mighty river from the Golden Triangle down to the delta in Vietnam. Not only is Hanuman an innovator in the travel industry, but we believe tourism has a role to play in furthering development in rural areas. Hanuman is featured on pages 32-33 of the ‘The Guide to Responsible Tourism in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam ’. Our commitment to Responsible Tourism is visible in our extensive partnerships with NGO projects and good causes in the region: we believe in Responsible Travel, the right way. Responsible travel that makes better places to visit and better places to live.
Why choose Hanuman?
Reliable reputation: tried and trusted by leading travel companies.
Unrivalled knowledge: a team of experienced international experts.
Unique products: Temple Safari, themed trips and hidden places.
Responsible tourism: doing things the right way helps the region.
Locally-owned and operated: the money stays in the region.
Travel with a personal touch: guests are welcomed as our friends.
Competitive prices: attractive rates for such attentive service.
Speed of communication: 24-hour turnaround on all requests.
Personal relationships: we travel widely and meet people in person. Special services: film crews, MICE events, unique experiences.