Expedition Team

Our team is the key to your incredible adventure


Explore Vietnam and Cambodia in the company of top experts. Benefit from their knowledge—team specialties include history, wildlife, Asian cultures, and more—and a passion for the places you’ll explore. And enjoy the company of our Vietnam and Cambodia travel guides; you’ll find them highly engaging and fun to share a drink or dinner with, as well as a walk.


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  • Paula Swart

    National Geographic Photographer

    Paula Swart is an expert on Asian culture and history, and has been a museum curator for more than 20 years. She is currently Adjunct Curator (Asia) at the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia, Canada. A popular expert on more than 30 prior National Geographic Expeditions, her travels have taken her to Vietnam and Cambodia numerous times. Paula holds degrees in archaeology, Asian art history, and Chinese history. 

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  • Tom O'Brien

    Expedition Leader

    Tom O’Brien has been leading and designing expeditions for Lindblad Expeditions since 1985. With a background in physical geography and conservation, a Bavarian heart and a Celtic soul, Tom has been one of the most passionate advocates of the expedition experience around the world for the last twenty years. Many of the local people and communities that we work with today are the result of friendships that Tom and his expedition mates developed many years ago.

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