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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: 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…

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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