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Photoblog: A perfect first day in Burma

Photoblog: A perfect first day in Burma

Greeting from Yangon! Ampersand sales consultant, Ellie, and marketing manager, Sacha, are here on a 2 week reccy and have kicked off in style at the Governor's Residence - Ampersand's favourite hotel in Yangon. In amongst several hotel inspections, today we visited serene Kandawgyi Lake, the gigantic Reclining Buddha (Chaukhtatgyi Paya) and the shimmering Shwedagon Pagoda, which was so beautiful it seemed as if it had been dipped in liquid gold as the sun set on our first day in Burma.

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Breakfast with a view at the Governor's Residence, Yangon
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The serenely seductive swimming pool at the Governor's Residence, our favourite hotel in Yangon
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Mohinga, traditional Burmese breakfast of fish noodle soup at the Governor's Residence, Yangon
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Yangon's Shwedagon Pagoda, as seen from across Kandawgyi Lake with Kandawgyi Palace Hotel sitting handsomely beneath it
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Reclining Buddha, Chaukhtatgyi Paya, Yangon
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Reclining Buddha, Chaukhtatgyi Paya, Yangon
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Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon
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Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon
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Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon
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Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon
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Ellie lighting a candle for wisdom at the Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon
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Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon
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Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon
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Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon

Next stop: Bagan - one of the richest archaeological sites in the world, with some 5,000 monuments scattered across 26 square miles along the Irrawaddy riverbanks. To be continued...



Ampersand’s details preparation, attention to detail and interaction before and during our trip show exactly why good travel agents have a role in today’s internet/direct booking age. Shalmali was a delight to work with – before and during our trip.
- Mr David Wallace, North 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
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
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
We have been on expensive and luxurious holidays in the past, but the service and communication Ampersand has provided has far exceeded those offered by other agencies.
- Susan Ford, 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
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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