Gonzalo’s Advice; Don’t Miss Out on the Bamee Hokkien Noodles in Phuket
Every month, we put the Spotlight On one of the key players that make it happen for your privileged clients.
This month we spoke with Gonzalo Gil Lavreda, Phuket Branch Manager, Khiri Travel Thailand. After a well- deserved sabbatical year, Gonzalo now settled down in Phuket with his family
Where were you born?
I was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I have travelled and lived in many countries all over the world. But in the end my wife and I fell in love with Asia and Thailand. We decided to stay here.
Can you tell us about your hospitality career?
Before coming to Asia about a year and a half ago, I worked in Latin America in the tourist industry.
Why did you choose Khiri Travel to work with?
My wife and I came to Asia to spend more time with our children. In May this year, we spent almost a year in Laos and Thailand. After that it was time for a new challenge. The work that I now do in the Phuket office of Khiri Travel Thailand is perfect for me. I like dividing my time between the office and being on the road. We are always on the lookout for new places and destinations and extending our knowledge. I like to support our clients in the South of Thailand. I am always there to help.
What is the most special experience that Khiri has to offer in Southern Thailand?
There is something for everybody in the South of Thailand. From deserted beaches on Koh Ngai to the jungles of Khao Sok, every destination is special and has personality. As a family we love Naithon beach on the north west of Phuket. It is a very quiet place. The beach is wide and great for walks. There are many restaurants. When we want to see more people and movement we go to Surin beach, which is very pretty too.
What is it like living in Phuket?
We love to get in the car and drive to a new place on the weekends. Phuket is a great island to explore. When you think you know it all, you always find a new beach, or a nice hidden seafood restaurant. There is really a lot to do here. Phuket is well known as a beach destination, but Phuket town is great too. It’s a place where you can feel a very local atmosphere, especially in the old city centre with its rows of Chinese shop houses, busy shrines and pungent markets. Phuket town is a great place to try local food. My advice, don’t miss out on the bamee Hokkien noodles.