About the Indochineex Team

Nick Butler

“Every adventure is different, a discovery of beauty and culture. A juxtaposition of wild and wonderful places with the experiences we create there.

My love of the country built up over the 11 years I have lived here. Running a bird watching adventure enterprise gave me the chance to explore its lakes, forests and incredible cultural heritage. There is an excitement, a mystery, a feeling of discovery in Cambodia.”

Nick has a commercial background with an MBA from Durham University in England, working as an international marketing manager before running a business. His first degree was in zoology and his passion has always been the countryside and its conservation so when the company he was running was sold he had the opportunity to fulfill this dream in Cambodia.


Buntha was born in a Khmer Rouge Refugee Camp in Thailand. His family moved back to Siem Reap after the civil war in 1992.

He studied for 4 years at The Royal University of Phnom Penh living in a pagoda with the monks. His first job was in the floating village of PrekToal, where he met his wife Veasna. He was responsible for developing and strengthening The Water Hyacinth Handicraft and Community-Based Tourism Project. “It made me very proud of myself.”

“I’ve been working as an adventure guide for Smiling Albino Cambodia since 2013; I’m really passionate about adventure trips that we offer to our guests. I’m very pleased that I have opportunity to talk and share my experience as well as Cambodia history, culture and its beauty.”


Lors was born in a small village North of Siem Reap. He left his parents in 2005 to go to high school then found a job as a Sky Ranger for a Zip line company in the Angkor Park for three years.

“From that time I started to love adventure and out-door activities. My daily favorite thing to do is working out in the gym and this is where I have been making a lot of friends especially it is where I first met my boss of my job. In my free time I love cycling and trekking in the countryside.”


Ra completed the tour guide training in 2007 and worked as a freelance guide. It wasn’t easy, he had to start as a driver and now is one of the few guides who have a license to take guests throughout Cambodia and he taught himself to speak German.

“Time flies so fast. It took me over 10 years, but I still love what I am doing. Of course, I would always like to best serve my clients and make sure that everything is alright but in between time I’m getting married and look forward to having a family.

“My ambition is to take guests away from Siem Reap to the countryside and introduce them to local people. Explain their daily life and develop other places so they too can benefit from tourism.
My hobbies are football and the gym. I like reading about Cambodian history also novels like Oliver Twist written by Charles Dickens.




Tiger who’s real name is Se Patvy, is 27 years old and comes from the countryside. He moved to the city about 10 years ago and joined the pagoda as a pagodaboy helping the monks because his family were too poor to support him.

Tiger found work in service for restaurants, hotels and became a barman before spotting an announcement requesting English speaking candidates to become temple guides.

Tiger was the youngest candidate in Siem Reap to get a license in 2015 andsince then has been delighting guestswith his boyish charm and infectiousenthusiasm

From the blog

A few of Nick and The Team’s adventures.

The Adventures of BeTreed

A BeTreed Blog or The Adventures of BeTreed BeTreed by myself in January 2017 (A BeTreed Adventure; https://indochineex.com/blog/a-betreed-adventure), Then the Phnom Tnaut hike with Buntha and the boys. Hiking in the hills along snake trails and dodging trees while...

The Churning of The Sea of Milk

The Churning of The Sea of Milk The bas-reliefs on the walls of Angkor Wat are perhaps the pinnacle of Khmer Art. The carvings 2 meters high, stretch for a staggering 600 meters around the temple and depict scenes from the great Hindu stories, including the...

An Angkorian Paddle

Background The rise and fall of the Angkorian Empire, which lasted nearly 600 years from the 9thto the 14th century, was centered in what is now Siem Reap Province, around its greatest religious monument Angkor Wat. The metropolis of Angkor comprising nearly a million...

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