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About Pyala Travel


A pyala is a traditional teacup found in teahouses around the world. The word comes from Hindi. For centuries, teahouses have been the place where travellers meet in many diverse cultures!

Pyala Travel was started by two Dutchies Wim van Ginkel (Human Geography) and Christel van Bree (Sinology). They love travelling to every (unknown) corner of the world and have a long standing experience in the Dutch Travel Industry. Many of the Asian images shown on this website are made by them.

Pyala Travel is a trademark of Couleur Locale BV, which in the Netherlands is part of the ANVR (Dutch Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators) and the SGR (an organisation which safeguards clients for insolvency).

The SGR not only works on the Dutch and Belgium market, but also works for the German Market (as Reisegarant and the UK market (in association with ATOL, to make sure you travel with peace of mind and your money is safe. For the German market we are also member of the DRV. Our licensenumber for SGR is 3186. Information about the SGR is available on their website.  

We have been working with our qualified local travel agencies of Pyala Travel for over 15 years!

Wim van Ginkel


Wim has been traveling around the Globe for as long as he can remember. Already as a young boy his favourite book was the Atlas. He travelled extensively along the Silk Road and wrote some books about his journeys. The past 10 years he travelled amongst the hill tribes in Myanmar and Arunachal Pradesh, crisscrossed the desert in Iran, sailed on a boat from West-Papua to the Moluccas, walked in the Tibetan Himalayas and in the Mongolian Hills. And every now and then he enjoys the beauty of the Dutch Wadden Islands.
He has been working in the travel industry for 20 years now.

Christel van Bree


Christel started traveling since the early nineties. She traveled to every hidden corner of China during her Chinese language and culture studies. From that moment she was addicted to discover unknown corners of this vast country and abroad. Over 20 years she traveled to almost every country in Asia, through the years also with her two children. She developed a passion for remote rough areas and the unique culture of (nomad) people living in barren places like deserts and high plains in Tibet, the Himalayas and Mongolia. In the mean time she loves walking pilgrim paths like Kumano Kodo in Japan. In her childhood she dreamt becoming a museum curator so she combines her trips with art museum visits whenever possible.