Ampersand's Travels...

17 Dream Honeymoon Spots in Asia (Romance Guaranteed...!)

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Asia has an abundance of heart-stirring destinations and extraordinary experiences. From swimming in the gin-clear waters of Indonesia to discovering the majestic forts and palaces of Rajasthan, we have picked out the most dazzlingly romantic travel ideas for you and your loved one…

Six Reasons to go to Burma

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Burma’s burgeoning tourism industry is going from strength to strength, and over the last few years there has been extraordinary demand for tailor-made holidays to the country. Following Rosie and Chloe’s extensive 3-week recce to Burma, they have rounded up the most important reasons for visiting this magnificent country…

The Artisans of Burma

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Rosie writes of the stunning skills and the tireless efforts of Burma’s creative artisans. From inside humble workshops, true artisans of their trade ply their crafts, magic is created and marvellous things are formed. Fuelled by a desire to immerse herself in the worlds that these experts inhabited she shares some of what was discovered…

Private tour of Burma including 'Balloons Over Bagan'

By Mark Wright, Ampersand's senior sales consultant Throughout the latter half of 2013, a lot of my time was consumed by meticulously planning every aspect of a special group trip to Burma in January 2014. I thoroughly enjoy ensuring that no detail, however small, is overlooked in the planning of a holiday so I can take away the stress and difficulties of the travel planning, allowing people to relax and enjoy the country as much as I did when I first fell in love with it. Once the…

Insiders’ Q&A with Khin Omar Win from ‘Balloons over Bagan’

Welcome back to Ampersand’s Insiders’ Q&A series where we pick the brains of our special suppliers and ask them to share their tips and local perspective on some of our favourite destinations. Sharing her insights with us this time is Khin Omar Win who, along with her husband Brett Melzer, has been offering hot air balloon journeys over Burma's Bagan temples for more than 10 years - ‘Balloons over Bagan’. They have also set up a brand new luxury lodge in Bhutan called Gangtey Goenpa…

Photoblog: Our Top 10 Highlights of Bagan, Burma

“Min ga la ba” and hello from Ellie and Sacha in the temple-strewn plains of Bagan! From the elegant southern city of Yangon, the second stop on our Burma trip has taken us to central Burma – a breathtakingly beautiful landscape which is literally littered with thousands of ancient temples. Alas, it is time for us to leave (next stop: Mandalay), but these have been the Top 10 highlights of our stay in Bagan: A pre-breakfast dip in the pool at gorgeous Thiripyitsaya Sanctuary Resort on the…

Ampersand's top 5 breathtaking holidays in Asia

Ampersand's MD, James Jayasundera, dips into his knowledge of Asia to find five breathtaking trips for Square Mile magazine1. Best for adventurous culture-vultures: Jodhpur, India Want a dose of extreme adrenaline with your history lesson? Try zip-lining over Jodhpur's Mehrangarh Fort in true Batman style (Batman buffs may recognise it as the setting for scenes of the new movie). Built in the 17th century by Maharaja Jaswant Singh, the fort is 400 feet high and zipping across each of the six…

Reflections on Burma - reporting back from our research recce

Ampersand's MD, James Jayasundera, has recently returned from a research tour of Burma. Here's what he thought...      The ethos of Ampersand is that 'luxury is in the experience' and Burma is a great example of this.  It is a country I’ve always been fascinated by but, as we all know, it is a contentious country to visit. We first went to Burma in 2010 and have been selling it for the last year. Due to the growth in tourism and interest from our clients, in April 2011, my South East Asia…