Category: Asia

The best 5 beaches in Cambodia

The best 5 beaches in Cambodia

Cambodia has some of the most incredible temples and fascinating history in the whole world. You can happily spend days marvelling at jungle-clad temple Ta-Prohm, or the intricate pink bas-reliefs of Banteay Srei. But if you’d like to swap shrines for the seaside, just for a little bit, Cambodia is also home to a collection […]

Paddle boarders Botswana

7 alternative safaris to take you off the beaten track

To come face-to-face with the incredible wildlife that walk this planet is surely one of the greatest adventures. But there’s more than one way to enjoy a safari these days than just sitting on a jeep. If you’re looking for a real heat-thumping wild encounter that gets you closer and takes you off the beaten […]

10 reasons why Bali is TripAdvisor's top destination in the world  for 2017

10 reasons why Bali is TripAdvisor’s top destination in the world for 2017

To those well-acquainted with Bali, this award has been a long time coming. In 2016, TripAdvisor named Bali as the 5th Best Island Destination in the World. Then last month Bali was bestowed the title of Top Holiday Destination in the World for 2017. To put this in perspective, London is 2nd, Paris 3rd, Rome […]

10 of the best hotels for vegan luxury in Thailand

10 of the best hotels for vegan luxury in Thailand

We’ve been visiting Thailand for nearly 20 years, it’s the kind of country that’s easy to fall in love with so it’s no surprise that we find ourselves wanting to go back again and again. The ‘Land of Smiles’ has it all; beaches, islands, national parks, beautiful temples, modern cites, bustling markets and some of […]

Top 8 unforgettable Tangalle Beach experiences in Sri Lanka

Top 8 unforgettable Tangalle Beach experiences in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is in the news for all the right reasons and is now top of the list of all South Asian itineraries. For a country that offers a multitude of experiences, flavours and locations, its coastal attractions are proving to be the most popular. Tangalle is a quieter option away from the hustle and […]

Top 5 new hotels in Vietnam

Top 5 new hotels in Vietnam

Vietnam is moving from strength to strength as a travel destination. Its fast-growing economy, large youth population and foreign business investment have all provided fantastic opportunities for the hotel industry. Traditionally, Vietnam has never offered the same amount of super high-end luxury that nearby Southeast Asian countries could. There was a limited choice of ‘crème […]

14 books to read before you go to India

14 books to read before you go to India

At Ampersand we feel that to really make the most of your holiday it pays off to swot up and do a bit of homework before you fly. Indians are avid readers and throughout the country, as well as at airports and hotels, you will find excellent bookshops, stocking titles on everything from art and […]

6 great reasons to go skiing in Japan

6 great reasons to go skiing in Japan

With a landscape that is 70% mountainous, it’s unsurprising that Japan’s terrain has some of the best skiing conditions in the world – just look at snow-topped spectacle Mount Fuji. Unique weather conditions teamed with a unique culture make Japan a destination well worth packing your skis for. 1. Powder snow If snowball fights are […]

5 of the most amazing luxury resorts in Bali

5 of the most amazing luxury resorts in Bali

Bali is repeatedly voted as the world’s best tourist destination, and it doesn’t take a genius to work out why. With white sand beaches, emerald green rice terraces, immersive culture and authentic spirituality, to many people this Indonesian island perfectly encapsulates the idea of an exotic, tropical paradise. Home to some of the world’s best spas, […]

6 of the world's most spectacular sunsets

6 of the world’s most spectacular sunsets

There are few things in life as simultaneously relaxing, exhilarating and life-affirming as watching a magnificent sunset. That small period of time when day turns into night provides so many special travelling moments. But these sunsets rise above the rest. They’re bona fide bucket-list material. How many have you been to? Would you recommend any […]

Shiki Shima dome room

Is this the most luxurious train journey in the world?

Could this incredible train journey, which is filled with discoveries and experiences, like you’ve never known before, be the most luxurious train journey in the world? From glass-encased observation cars, you can breathe in the eternal aesthetic beauty of North Eastern Japan’s countryside. If you fancy it, you will need to apply soon, as the […]

5 unforgettable silver wedding anniversary holidays

5 unforgettable silver wedding anniversary holidays

Twenty-five years is an incredible milestone that should be acknowledged in every marriage. You’ve put a lot of time, patience and love into your marriage, so it’s about time you both treated yourselves to a well-earned celebration holiday! This is your opportunity to reminisce about the wonderful moments in your relationship, appreciate everything you have both been […]

Shades of Shanghai - 5 luxury hotels for you

Shades of Shanghai – 5 luxury hotels for you

Visiting Shanghai even for the most seasoned traveller is mind boggling. This city with more than 24 million residents has preserved ancient temples and cobbled stone street neighbourhoods along with the world’s tallest and gravity defying thrill creating structures (tried the glass bottomed railing free walkway on the 88th floor yet?). Shanghai is a stylish, […]

Top 5 experiences to celebrate Ceylon tea

Top 5 experiences to celebrate Ceylon tea

Ceylon tea turns 150 years old in 2017 and tea enthusiasts the world over are celebrating the humble cup of pekoe. A marketers dream, Ceylon is synonymous with tea, each sip of its distinctly full flavour kindles images of undulating, lush tea fields and smiling leaf pluckers through the mist of the early morning. Now […]

10 family-friendly resorts with top kids' clubs

10 family-friendly resorts with top kids’ clubs

As any parent knows, you’re only as happy as your least happiest child – and keeping children happy, especially away from home, can be hard work. Finding a holiday resort that makes this as easy as possible, with plenty of tyke-pleasing facilities, is the first step towards a harmonious family holiday. The option of a […]

24 hours in Tokyo

24 hours in Tokyo

Tokyo is a fascinating city, with a greater Tokyo population of nearly 40 million, and deserves far more than 24 hours, but if that’s all you have, en route to another destination in Asia, I have some recommendations for making the most of your visit. 1. Arrive refreshed in ANA First Class, JAL First Class […]