About us

Our Story

iDiscover is about the spirit of place. We work with locals who show us their favourite places and tell us their stories. We put them in a handy map and savvy app to create honest and authentic routes in Asia’s most captivating neighbourhoods for. Our mission is keeping heritage alive for a vibrant and viable urban future.

That’s why the guides are created by locals, designed by locals and powered by locals… with a little help from iDiscover.

Is your favourite neighbourhood not in the list or do you want to create one? Don’t worry. We are always working on new routes or get in touch! i-discover@urbandiscovery.asia

Ester van Steekelenburg

founder / director – passionate urban explorer

Ester moved from Amsterdam to Hong Kong Just before the handover in 1997… with little more than a backpack. She fell in love with the city’s energy and almost 20 years later, she still calls Hong Kong home; a base from where she works on cultural heritage projects throughout Asia. Her favourite cities include Hanoi, Istanbul and Yangon. In Hong Kong she’s happiest exploring the city’s busy backstreets or hiking in the country parks.

Favourite spot in Hong Kong: Sai Kung waterfront on a Sunday afternoon.

Stephanie Cheung

community manager  – super-organised, enthusiastic urban observer

An energetic and inquisitive traveller, Stephanie has visited Europe, Asia, Australia and North America. That leaves only South America, Africa and Antarctica as the remaining continents to explore! Her Global Business Studies background, versatility and organisational skills are well used in her role as our dynamic community manager.

Favourite spot in Hong Kong: the relative calm of a Sheung Wan rooftop above the bustling metropolis

Tiffany Tang

design, tech & cultural mapping – adventurous urban acupuncturist

Having lived in France and Finland, Tiffany is now rediscovering Hong Kong with European flair. With a keen interest in current social affairs, Tiffany is building bridges with like-minded individuals in the local community: people that want to make Hong Kong a better place to live. Open-minded, generous and creative, Tiffany works with designers, app developers and community groups in five different countries, always with a smile on her face.

Favourite spot in Hong Kong: enjoying street food at a Sham Shui Po dai pai dong

Anne Kamphorst

brand ambassador Indonesia – spiritual soul and cultural voyager

Anne is originally from Holland but Yogyakarta is her new home. Living in a small village at the bottom of a majestic volcano Anne loves the community spirit and togetherness of Javanese culture. Anne works with community groups, corporates and hotels all over Indonesia to co-create authentic travel experiences in the country’s most historic neighbourhoods.

Favourite spot in Yogyakarta: a sunrise stroll in the misty paddy fields