Ampersand's Travels...

Welcome to Ampersand's travel blog. This is where you'll find out all the latest goings on from our travels across Asia.

Our motto is that luxury is in the experience: watching tigers padding through the Kanha jungle in the company of an expert guide… camping out under the Ladakh stars wrapped in cashmere blankets… having a rickshaw driver at your disposal 24 hours a day in Siem Reap... these are the things we adore.

All over Asia – from Bhutan to Bali, from Sri Lanka to Laos – we know the most charming privately-owned hotels, the best secret beaches, the prettiest palaces and the fattest, happiest elephants for bespoke safaris. Our Little Black Book contains the best textile buffs, the greediest foodies, the wittiest maharajas and the loveliest places to drink champagne in the moonlight.

But what we love most of all is revealing these treasures to our clients. In our blog we hope to inspire and inform you by providing the latest travel news, hotel openings and luxury holiday ideas across Asia.

Ampersand Anecdotes: The Spy Princess

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Noor Inayat Khan was an Indian princess and a secret agent. She was the unsung heroine of World War Two and her story is one of astonishing courage and sacrifice. In our latest Ampersand Anecdote read about the history of this fascinating woman, and see how both her life and legacy are still influential today…

10 Japanese Cultural Concepts

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Japanese culture is complex and distinctive. Often visualised as an anthill society, buzzing with the advancements of technology and a population boom. However, many traditional values of Japan still underpin the culture, with a profound appreciation of nature and the simple life. Here are 10 concepts which are at the core of Japanese culture…

Insider View: Kolkata

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Kolkata, the old capital of British India is steeped in history and rich in stories. Old colonial mansions and crumbling relics of the Raj are still evident, but the city is now acknowledged as a powerhouse of the arts. In our insider’s view, we have handpicked some of our favourite insider to experience ‘Cal’ like a true local…

Everything You Need to Know about Visiting The Imperial Palace in Tokyo

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The Tokyo Imperial Palace is the primary residence of the Emperor of Japan. Located in the heart of the pulsating city, this haven proves to be the highly valuable privacy the Japanese royal family crave. In this mini-guide to visiting the Imperial Palace, you will learn about the best times to visit and what you will find…

Art Fever: Visiting India’s Art Scene

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The Indian art scene is booming. With record-breaking sales and clamouring international interest, the ninth India Art Fair welcomed over 100,000 attendees and Kochi held its third Art Biennale. There has never been a better time to invest in Indian art, from emerging artists to the larger names who have seen their value skyrocket over the past few years…

A legendary legacy: eccentric tales of Indian Royalty

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The dazzling style of the Maharajas remain a source of fascination to this day, with books, exhibitions and films delving into the near mythical wealth and panache. The palaces, once elusive citadels, now have opened their doors to guests allowing a tantalising glimpse into a largely vanished world. Here we explore some of the eccentricities of a singular race of princes from a bygone era…

A mini-guide to Bhutan – Land of the Thunder Dragon

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The mountain paradise of Bhutan, known as ‘the happiest kingdom on earth’ has always been a frontier land promising a unique adventure to any traveller. Land-locked between the goliaths of India and China, Bhutan is a diminutive treasure box of alpine scenery with pristine landscapes, intriguing architecture and perhaps its greatest asset – the gentle and gracious people...

The Best Asian Travel Blogs to Follow in 2017

For over fourteen years, we’ve been specialising in some of the most unique and remote areas of Asia, and we do everything we can to make travelling as smooth and easy for our clients. But conducting your own research always helps, reading first-hand experiences of intrepid travel bloggers is always a great start to learning about the culture and customs…