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Kerris Ursell

Southeast Asia Specialist

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From a very early age Kerris has travelled extensively. Born into a family with wanderlust in their blood, her father, a commercial airline pilot, and mother, an airline stewardess, both had long careers with international airline carriers. During her childhood she experienced first-hand what luxury travel was all about, staying in some of the world’s best hotels, eating exotic cuisine and learning about curious and inspirational cultures. These formative years exploring the globe changed her outlook on life and led to her determination to find a career where she could share her knowledge and experiences. After school she embarked on a 6-month tour of Australia, New Zealand and Thailand (which she completely fell in love with) satisfying her more adventurous ambitions of bungee jumping, sky diving and black water rafting - all terrifying and exhilarating in equal measure!

After completing her degree in Sociology at the University of Leeds, Kerris was determined to get back to travel and spent 2 years working as a First and Business Class airline stewardess for Qantas, delivering a high-class customer service whilst travelling through many time zones. She was delighted when the opportunity came to land her dream job at Ampersand Travel as Southeast Asia Specialist, and now she draws on her experiences to weave in those special, memorable and life changing moments into her bespoke Southeast Asia itineraries.

Kerris has just returned from a rigorous 3-week research trip leaving no stone unturned as she travelled across Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, ending in Bangkok. She already know Southeast Asia well, so this was the icing on the cake in terms of gaining the most up to date intelligence on the finest hotels and experiences on offer!

Kerris's Favourites



In comparison to its neighbours, Thailand has had a relatively peaceful history and has developed at a faster pace than the rest of Southeast Asia. However, it is the country's natural charms that enchant visitors, and the one that leaves the most lasting impression is the Thai people themselves. The majority of the population are Theravada Buddhists and for most...



Kerris’ favourites include Bangkok’s iconic hotel, The Oriental, and the sleek and sexy Phum Baitang…

The OrientalView here
Phum BaitangView here
The Sofitel Legend MetropoleView here
Belmond La Résidence Phou VaoView here
Raffles Grand Hotel D'AngkorView here



17 days from £5,650

This trip gives you the most luxurious taste of Indochina. Enjoy Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia’s best boutique hotels, including one...

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Kerris's Photo Album

Food Tour with Mr Vu Long- Hanoi, Vietnam.jpg
Ha Long Bay , Vietnam.jpg
Sunset, Mount Phousi, Luang Prabang, Laos.jpg
Bayon Temple Eskimo Kisses- Siem Reap- Cambodia.jpg
Private Monks Blessing, Siem Reap, Cambodia.jpg
Sunrise , Angkor Wat, Cambodia,.jpg