It’s a humble start, a fun but frugal time, when we are excited to build travel programs on the opening borders in the region – while advocating for sustainable practices at the core of the business.
Khiri Travel’s business begins to gain momentum as we selectively work with specialist tour operators, forging a niche for our innovative programs exploring remote Southeast Asia areas.
Ten years on, and we are opening our spanking-new head office in a leafy suburb of Bangkok – we value a garden over the glitz of a downtown high-rise.
Khiri Reach, our registered charity, is launched – formalizing our dedication to people and planet projects, leveraging our team and office network to get 100 percent of funds to the projects.
A challenging year for Khiri Travel as we launch our first office in Vietnam’s capital Hanoi to the backdrop of the 2008 financial crisis that dramatically affected travel to the region.
We get the timing just right for our entry into the Myanmar market, as the military junta is officially dissolved, Aung San Suu Kyi is released, and democratic elections follow – the beginning of a more accessible era of travel to Myanmar.
With a strong presence in Western European markets, Khiri Travel sets up a dedicated sales office in the US to support the growing interest in Asia of specialist operators in the North American market.
It’s onward and upward from here out with the opening of our first Indonesian office on the island of Lombok and our move into the Sri Lankan market with our first office in Colombo.
We celebrate our 25th anniversary with close to 200 staff members from our eight destinations. We’re ready for 25 more years of sharing our passion for discovery!