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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…

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…

Ampersand’s 7 Wonders of the Asian world

As the much admired Indian independence hero Nehru once said, “We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open”. At Ampersand we couldn’t agree more and share India’s first Prime Minister’s voracious attitude towards travel. There are countless wonders to be discovered in the world, all one needs to do is to seek them out for yourself. And what better way to do so than in the height…

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…

James and Mark are packed and raring to go. Destination: Burma

Kipling wrote of Yangon’s Shwedagon Pagoda in his Letters to the East:  ‘A golden mystery upheaved itself on the horizon – a beautiful winking wonder that blazed in the sun, of a shape that was neither Muslim dome nor Hindu temple spire. "There's the old Shway Dagon" said my companion. The golden dome said "This is Burma, and it will be quite unlike any land you know about" '. I certainly hope so! I have been looking forward to this trip for… well, years. I am finally embarking on a 2-week…
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