Ampersand's Travels...

International Women’s Day: 10 of the Most Inspirational Women from Around the World

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March is an important month for women’s rights around the world - not only is it Women’s History Month but it also celebrates International Women’s Day. Celebrating local people who make each destination unique is at the very core of what we do, so we wanted to take the opportunity to praise some of the wonderful women from around the world who have inspired and impacted their community, and the world as a whole…

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…

Where will you go on your next Holiday?

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Where will you go on your next holiday? Style, luxury and comfort are paramount at Ampersand, but we are not blinded by 5-star luxuries. Luxury is in the experience, and if that means the odd bumpy road or eccentric hotel in order to see something truly special, that's fine by us…

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…

Do things differently with Ampersand Travel

At Ampersand we don’t do cookie cutter tours. Each and every trip is tailor-made to provide our clients with a mixture of the best-of-the-best luxury accommodation (mixed in with a few charming boutique gems), the most competent guides, and an itinerary of unique activities that cater to our clients’ personal interests – be they cultural, sporty, culinary or spiritual… Here are a few quirky ideas on ways to experience your destination a little differently in 2014. Taboggan down the iconic…

Top 20 Burma Travel Tips

Ampersand's marketing manager, Sacha Smith-Laing and sales consultant, Ellie Boulstridge recently spent 2 and a half weeks exploring Burma. Here are a few helpful hints and tips they picked up along the way...  1.       Be aware that your mobile phone (SIM) will not work in Burma. Ampersand can provide you with a local mobile phone on request.  2.       Wifi is available in most hotels, even in more remote spots, and it is usually free if you are a guest of the hotel – with a few exceptions.…