Lee Sei Loong's childhood passion for travelling has paid off as he was recently recognized by the Malaysia Book of Records (MBOR) as the first Malaysian tourist guide to visit 195 countries worldwide in January.
The 47-year-old has been a tourist guide since 1996 and has visited all these countries through his services with various travel agencies.
Among the countries he has visited are Afghanistan, Uganda, Haiti, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, China, South Africa, Namibia, Nigeria, Tuvalu, Bhutan, Senegal, North Korea, Vietnam, the Philippines, Indonesia, Somalia, and many more, including a trip to the North Pole.
The father of two considers this recognition a proud moment in his life and is committed to always striving for excellence in his career.
"This recognition not only injects spirit into me to continue trying new things but also serves as significant evidence in my career," he said recently.
Reflecting on his career journey, the founder of Global World Tour & Travel Sdn Bhd stated that as a tourist guide, he must equip himself with knowledge about the tourism industry.
Despite being content with what he does, Lee still faces various challenges and obstacles in his career.
"However, these challenges can be considered minor because more enjoyable things happen, such as gaining high trust from clients repeatedly," said Lee, who has nearly 30 years of experience in the tourism industry.
Although he easily travels to foreign countries, the Selangor-born man is still proud to be born in Malaysia and says nothing can beat the uniqueness that our country has.