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Simon Fransham

Senior Southeast Asia & China Specialist

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Simon has been fascinated with the world ever since he was a child. This was greatly facilitated by growing up in a small Cheshire town, where to a young boy looking for adventure, nothing interesting ever seemed to happen. Fascinated by his globe, he would sit and plan all the countries he would travel to as a grown-up. Naturally, Simon went on to read Geography at university, and then to explore India and Southeast Asia on an extended solo trip, where he eventually settled in Thailand.

He has extensive experience as a Southeast Asia specialist with two UK-based luxury adventure tour operators, as well as working for a local tour operator in Bangkok where he excelled in researching and promoting some of the lesser known areas of Thailand to overseas tour operators.

Prior to joining Ampersand, Simon lived in China for almost four years. He studied Mandarin Chinese at Tsinghua university in Beijing, as well as engaging himself with Chinese culture, customs and food - he is the best person to ask where to eat the most incredible Chinese hot-pot! He joins Ampersand with a wealth of knowledge and enormous passion for Southeast Asia and China.

Simon's Favourites



China’s colossal size, lightning-fast development and language hurdles means a holiday to China can be hard to tackle as an independent traveller. But travelling in China need not be daunting, and Ampersand’s tailor-made holidays to China provide just the right amount of self-exploration and guided touring, combining ultra-luxury at the very best hotels, local experiences at boutique hotels, with cultural...



Simon's favourites include the UNESCO protected Summer Palace and the boho-chic Knai Bang Chatt...

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The Temple HouseView here
The SiamView here
The Sofitel Legend MetropoleView here
Knai Bang ChattView here



13 days from £8,100

Everyone has eaten Chinese cuisine before, but nothing compares to walking amongst the streets of Chengdu, being fascinated by the...

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Client Testimonials

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
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
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
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
I thought the Ampersand team was outstanding. We couldn’t have hoped for anything more.
- Mr Geoffrey Johnson, 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
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
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
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

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