Meet Peter Trangmar
DIRECTOR OF GLOBAL SALES
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Alongside the incredible culture and history experienced with a visit to Japan, learning about their renowned cuisine is not something to be missed. Although the main Tsukiji fish market has recently relocated, the outer market remains in its original location. My guide met me at my hotel, and we were able to walk from here to the outer market where there are a variety of stalls selling the freshest seafood imaginable. After some time exploring the area and learning about the original market and how the tuna auction works, my guide then assisted me in choosing ingredients for our sushi making class. As well as the traditional ingredients of tuna, salmon, and prawn, I opted for fresh octopus, purely because I had never tried this in sushi form! From the market, we made our way back to the guide’s apartment where I was given a lesson in sushi making including how to make sashimi, nigiri and maki. After making a huge amount, I was then able to enjoy the fruits of my labour, albeit having made enough sushi to feed a family of four!
My time working in the luxury travel industry started 13 years ago following a backpacking trip around South East Asia and Australia. At the time of joining the world of luxury travel, I was working as a worldwide travel consultant arranging trips anywhere and everywhere. I was keen to become more specialist geographically and an opportunity to focus purely on selling trips to Asia presented itself – something I couldn’t say no to. Alongside my passion for selling trips to this part of the world, I began to further develop my managerial skills becoming a team leader and ultimately moving into sales management. As well as still arranging amazing trips, I enjoy the challenges of management, particularly in developing junior members of the team by utilising the knowledge I have gained with over a decade of experience.
Specialist Destinations and Experiences
Cambodia is a destination that has something for everyone of all ages and is somewhere I love planning trips to. Aside from its fascinating history, culture and scenery, it is the warmth of the local people that really sets Cambodia. Apart. Typically, a trip will start in the bustling capital, Phnom Penh, where you will learn about Cambodia’s more recent history. A visit to the genocide museum and Killing Fields, while not necessarily a joyous activity, are a real must as they will set the scene and help to understand what makes Cambodia the country it is today. Siem Reap is the real jewel in the crown for Cambodia and is home to the temples of Angkor. Angkor Wat is the most famous and is featured on the national flag and while some time here is important, it’s the opportunity to get away from the crowds to visit other temples in the complex that I always encourage. For those looking to explore at a more leisurely pace, taking a luxury cruise on the Mekong between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap is a must. With vessels like the Aqua Mekong providing all the luxury and comfort of a 5-star hotel, it is an unrivalled experience. Sihanoukville and the islands off of the coast provide the perfect spot for some much-needed rest & relaxation after a busy time exploring the rest of the country. There are some truly spectacular hotels here such as Song Saa Private Island or Six Senses Krabey Island which you’ll reach by speedboat from the mainland. As Cambodia develops further as a tourist destination new parts of the country are beginning to open and this is best represented by stunning properties like Shinta Mani Wild, a luxury tented camp in the heart of the Cardamom National Park.
My Top Recommendations For…
As a country, Vietnam has so much to offer but for me, the place not to be missed is Hoi An in central Vietnam. On both visits to Vietnam, my time in Hoi An has been a real highlight. The ancient town is a UNESCO World Heritage Centre full of charm and character. The best hotels overlook the Thu Bon River and it is an area that can be explored on foot. For me it is best to wander around in the evening – the town is full of fantastic local restaurants with a buzzing night market and it’s the chance to see the lanterns lit up; something synonymous with Hoi An. A short journey away from the ancient town takes you to some of Vietnam’s best beaches, making it a tough choice between staying in the town itself or just outside. During the day there are amazing experiences that can be arranged – highlights for me have included cycling through the countryside on the outskirts of the town, bobbing down the Thu Bon River in a basket boat and taking part in a cooking class learning all about Vietnam’s incredible cuisine. Typically if you were staying in the centre of town, I’d suggest a minimum of three nights but if you are using this as a beach stop, that could easily be five to seven nights.
We want to thank you both so much for making our holiday one of the most memorable experiences of our lives. We will be ambassadors for this magical country forever. We have already persuaded several friends to go to Bhutan.
Most Recent Trip
While the last 18 months have been a challenge in the world of travel, it has given me an opportunity to explore closer to home, which is something I have definitely taken for granted in the past. My wife & I are expecting our first child and decided to jump on a plane and head for Scotland to enjoy a babymoon. While I had been to Edinburgh previously, it had never been as a tourist so this was my first opportunity to experience first-hand what a wonderful city it is. Food is always such an important thing for my wife and me whenever we travel and we managed to head to the infamous Witchery by the Castle where I enjoyed my first try of haggis. We also enjoyed a fantastic lunch at Tom Kitchin’s The Scran & Scallie located just outside the city centre in Stockbridge. What’s great about Edinburgh is the opportunity to explore everywhere of interest easily on foot, something not all capital cities offer. Alongside some time in the capital we were keen to explore a little further afield, so hired a car and headed in the direction of Loch Lomond. Keen to avoid the larger, more touristy Loch Lomond we headed to a smaller loch; Loch Ard. While the weather was a bit of a challenge, that didn’t hold us back in enjoying some fantastic walks and we were able to take a boat trip around nearby Loch Katrine as well.