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Sacha Smith Laing

PR & Marketing

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Sacha is a travel marketer and tropics lover. She grew up in Singapore – where she lived for 16 years and still goes back twice a year – and has lived in Taiwan and Hong Kong. With these as her launchpad, she took full advantage of the fabulous travel opportunities across the region and has been on a trajectory towards working in the travel trade from a young age. Growing up she regularly visited Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia, and has also explored NepalIndiaSri LankaChina, the Philippines, JapanCambodia and Burma. Sacha started her career in travel journalism and then moved into travel PR, marketing and websites, working for luxury tour operators both in London and Asia. She is deliriously passionate about travel and sees it as her mission to inspire others to enjoy the travel treasures that Asia has to offer.

Sacha’s most memorable experiences include the afternoon she spent drifting along Lake Picchola in Udaipur, on board the Taj Lake Palace’s 'Spa Boat' (a small customised boat equipped with a Jiva spa therapy room and a deck with a bathtub full of fragrant rose petals), and staying at the Taj Falaknuma Palace in Hyderabad where guests are transported back to the royal era of the Nizams of Hyderabad.

Sacha's Favourites

DESTINATION

JAPAN

Japan truly is a country unlike any other: rich in extraordinary heritage sites, fascinating idiosyncrasies and exquisite beauty – you are bound to fall under its otherworldly spell. Enjoy a luxury Japan tour with us to witness how this culture-rich island simultaneously embraces new innovations and maintains its past, by upholding traditional Japanese values and immaculately preserving its outstanding heritage and beauty...

HOTELS

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Sacha's favourites include Aman's flagship, Amanpuri, and one of Rajasthan's finest palace hotels, Rambagh Palace...

AmanpuriView here
Nihi Sumba IslandView here
AmangallaView here
Rambagh PalaceView here
Lakshman SagarView here

ITINERARY

COLONIAL TOUR OF ASIA

14 days from £9,800

Experience Asia's diverse colonial heritage on this whirlwind tour designed for those with an interest in colonial history and architecture.


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Sacha's Photo Album

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Client Testimonials

I thought the Ampersand team was outstanding. We couldn’t have hoped for anything more.
- Mr Geoffrey Johnson, India
Ampersand’s preparation, attention to detail and interaction before and during our trip show exactly why good travel agents have a role in today’s internet booking age. They were a delight to deal with!
- Mr David Wallace, North India
Ampersand provided a bespoke and flexible holiday, tailored to my every whim. Their highly professional staff had only one goal which was to arrange an exceptional holiday and some unforgettable experiences in India. I have no hesitation in fully recommending them and they will be the first company I approach in the future - 10/10
- Anonymous, India
I would recommend Ampersand without any hesitation!!! The best travel agent that I’ve ever had. Everything – from the individual care and attention in planning the trip, through to the efficiency of the agents on the ground in India – was handled brilliantly. An absolutely first-class service all round!
- Matthew Annable, Rajasthan, India
I had a very lovely time and was looked after splendidly. My first visit to India could not have been better, save for being longer! But I shall return at some point and I shall look to you to make the arrangements.
- Matthew Nicklin, North India
Without question, you put together the best trip I have ever taken. We were shown around like visiting dignitaries, the hotels were fantastic and the itinerary was just right. Everybody I know will hear about how amazing Ampersand is!
- Leslie Siben, India
So many highlights to choose from! The hotels were amazing but Maya Villa was a highlight… I loved just hanging out in the hammock reading my book and watching the peacocks chase the cows!
- Krista Weir, Sri Lanka
We had a wonderful holiday - everything was perfect. Thank you for helping us to make a thoughtful plan to enjoy and make most out of our trip. The places we visited, the guides, the transportation and driver, the hotels selected... Everything was great!
- Jaime Benitez, South India
Everything you did for us whilst we were away was hugely appreciated, and Ampersand has been exemplary in every way. I'll always recommend you!
- Mr Richard Stoughton, Sri Lanka
Difficult to articulate just how good the service from you and your team really was. We know you will continue to do well and hope we have the chance to seek your assistance again before long.
- Mr & Mrs Manson, North India

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