The very aptly named Mr Pong had the kind of breath that could stun at over ten feet… This wasn't just bad - there was something rotten down there. Something had crawled in and died. Gunter howled with laughter as he saw the look of horror on my face. It was the best entertainment he had seen since he had watched Chef chasing yaks through the kitchens. Few foreigners are lucky enough to set foot on Tibetan soil, but Alec Le Sueur spent five extraordinary years there, working in the unlikeliest Holiday Inn in the world. Against the breathtaking beauty of the Himalayas unfolds a highly amusing and enlightening account of his experiences. Fly infestations at state banquets, unexpected deliveries of live snakes, a predominance of yaks and everything yak-related, the unbelievable Miss Tibet competition, insurmountable communication problems and a dead guest are just some of the entertainments to be found at the 'Fawlty Towers' of Lhasa. Le Sueur, the only Westerner since the days of Heinrich Harrer to spend so long in Tibet, examines the country's intriguing cultural background, providing a fascinating insight into a country that was only just opening up to the outside world. P
Alec Le Sueur started a promising career in luxury hotels, with positions in London, Paris and St Tropez, until one fateful day he took the unusual career choice of leaving Europe to join the management team of the infamous Holiday Inn Lhasa. He spent five years in Tibet, the subject of his first book, The Hotel on the Roof of the World, and witnessed the opening of Tibet to the outside world. The book has spent time on European and Asian best seller lists and is translated into ten languages.
A further career change led Alec to swap VIP guests for lawyers and to acquire an MBA in law firm management. He gives frequent talks on his time in Tibet and has contributed to Food & Wine magazine and Thomas Cook Travel. He writes articles on management and strategy for exciting law journals and wrote a second book, Bottoms up in Belgium - Seeking the High Points of the Low Lands, which was published in 2014. Alec's interest in Belgium came as a result of marrying a Belgian girl, Conny, who he met while they were both working in Tibet.