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Indonesia, An Introduction…

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Our seasoned Indonesia specialist, Emily Gillman has just returned from a rigorous 5-week research trip to Indonesia. Travelling across seven of the biggest islands and visiting almost 100 hotels, Emily has the most up to date intelligence and first-hand experience of the finest hotels and experiences on offer...

18 of the Best Surfing Locations in South East Asia

South East Asia. The home of noisy, clattering cities with pungent markets. And the juxtaposition of paradisiac beaches and dreamlike backdrops. A world where old meets new, where cultures clash, and where temples meet skyscrapers. As much as it can be a young backpacker’s heaven, it can be a lifelong traveller’s second home, and amongst the other sub-regions of the vast continent, South East Asia is by far the most desirable of destinations. For many travellers, most of South East Asia offers…

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…

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…

* Surf's up in Sri Lanka! Red Bull launches the first ever kite surfing race in Kalpitiya, 7 & 8 July 2012 *

Whether you are an adventure seeker or an adventure observer, Kalpitiya is the place to be next weekend if you want to experience some incredible kite surfing. The race involves kite surfers hopping from one island to another off the North Western Puttalam Peninsular. Contestants will take on the choppy ocean conditions then make their way to the ultra flat Kalpitiya Lagoon. The total route will be around 25km and the winner will be decided based on timings.Located 150km north of Colombo…
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