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My initial conversation with Catriona on the phone was wonderful. She was knowledgeable, energetic and offered great suggestions on trip cadence, activities and accommodations. The chefs at all 3 resorts [Ulagalla, Amanwella and Amangalla] were terrific. We wanted Sri Lankan food at every meal so they cooked their specialties. Really fantastic! They also all did a nice job celebrating David’s birthday. We also enjoyed Henry and Pietro, the Aman GMs. Both were hospitable, made great suggestions and were the perfect combo of casual, fun and interesting. And Sasilu, our butler-type guy at Amanwella, rocked! From our airport pickup to our Anaradhapura guided tours, everything was done to ensure a comfortable, interesting and knowledge packed tour.

Ms McLaughlin, Sri Lanka, March 2014

It has been a truly great holiday. Catriona - you got the blend between culture and relaxation just right and your excellent organizational skills made this a holiday to remember! Mandarin Oriental in Bangkok fully lived up to expectations. Laos was a delight and Luang Prabang is very picturesque. The early morning alms giving to the monks was worth getting up early for. The Nam Hai is stunning; the upgrade to the villa with all the trimmings was excellent advice, Catriona. The private villa by the pool / beach; the grounds and the excellent service from all the staff make this an experience to remember. Saigon is a big metropolis buzzing with life, with 9 million people and 8 million motor cycles! Completely different from anywhere else we have visited. Our guide was probably the best we have had to date. Enthusiastic without being overbearing and knowing when to step back and leave you to your own devices; also very knowledgeable about history. The Four Seasons at Koh Samui fully lived up to its billing – a really classy hotel. The views are magnificent and the interior design colour schemes are well thought out. It goes without saying that the service is exceptional. Overall Summary – excellent planning; hotel choices and support from the guides; good blend of culture and leisure time – well done Catriona!

Michael and Adele, Indochina, March 2014

The highlights of our trip were Castlereagh, safari, whale watching and dinner at The Gallery Paradise Road. Sri Lanka restarted our love affair with the Indian Subcontinent! A lovely place with lovely people – we shall return!

Mr & Mrs Roberson, Sri Lanka, March 2014

We had an absolutely memorable trip thanks to Ampersand – thank you so much for the part that you played in particular! Sonam (our guide) met us at the airport and we so enjoyed our time with him and Penjo (our driver). We laughed so much and Sonam was very good at explaining the history, Buddhism and culture of Bhutan – his English was excellent. By the end of the trip we were very sad to say goodbye to them both. Please let Aman know how pleased we were with the service they provided. We could not have asked for more. The hotels in Bhutan were excellent and I think the combination of Uma and Aman (+ Taj Tashi) worked really well. Uma Paro and Punnaka were beautifully located and the food and service could not have been better. We loved the valley and the setting of the hotel was excellent – you felt part of the community. The food was superb. I loved all the dzongs and temples as well as the unique architecture of the hotels we stayed in – I don't think we stopped smiling the whole time. I want to let you know how well things went and how appreciative we were of the support you gave us. Thanks again.

Mr & Mrs Helmore, Bhutan, March 2014

Hello Mark, we have completed our tour in Kashmir and it was fantastic. Kashmir is so different from India, it felt like being in a different country. Everything went well globally, no bad surprises or accidents, and we were lucky to have 3 glorious days for our hike in Pahalgam when the rest of the trip was more in clouds and rain. We all loved it very much and will have fond memories of this beautiful country. In conclusion it was a successful trip in a fascinating country with very nice and friendly people, well chosen hotels and hikes, a fabulous local guide for our hikes. Many thanks for have planned this trip for us, and if luck brings us to this part of the world again, we shall definitely be in touch!

Mr & Mrs Kingsman, Kashmir, North India, March 2014

Dear Ellie, thank you for putting together a wonderful trip for Diana and me. The hotels you put us into were really wonderful; we wish we could have had a more leisurely trip and stayed longer in some of them, especially the Nadesar Palace in Varanasi and the Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur... The driver we had was superb, both as a driver and as an individual. He took really good care of us. Many thanks for your hard work.

Ms Shagan & Ms Feit, North India, March 2014

Here are a few photographs reflecting our adventure to Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. There were so many highlights to choose from, it’s not possible to name one! I would absolutely recommend Ampersand to others. Great holiday – thanks.

Mr Nissen, Cambodia, Laos & Vietnam, March 2014

Amazing time in Burma with Ampersand Travel and took some amazing photos on my trip. The highlight was Bagan - particularly sunset at Pyathada Paya - and the friendliness of the people. I really enjoyed my guide and driver in Bagan and Yangon at the end. Escape Gastro Bar in Yangon is open late and has a good range of spirits and free wifi. Be Kind To Animals The Moon Restaurant in Bagan is a lovely veggie restaurant in Bagan with good and cheap food and great service.

Mr Morris, Burma, February 2014

Dear James, it’s 11:15 p.m. and I’ve just delivered Jill to her room after an exquisite birthday dinner at Falaknuma. Thank you so much for arranging it. The meal was delicious and splendidly served in the Presidential Suite with gorgeous china and stemware and all the bells and whistles one would expect at Falaknuma. This bas been an extraordinary holiday, culminating in one of the happiest birthdays I’ve ever known. Best regards and many thanks.

Mr & Mrs Boyer, India, March 2014

I wanted to write to thank you for the most wonderful holiday. We had a truly fantastic time and were both incredibly impressed with the attention to detail that went into the organisation of every part of our trip, the whole experience was seamless due to your meticulous planning. We thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of the tour. The ground representatives could not have been more friendly and attentive. The highlight was definitely the Ahilya Fort in Maheshwar, which was very special indeed, and a testimony to your knowledge of India and understanding of our taste. You and your team offer an exceptional service and I look forward to arranging further travel with Ampersand in the future.

Mr & Mrs Green, North India, February 2014

The information packs and all the guidance provided by Ampersand Travel was enormously helpful as preparation for a trip to India for the timid first time visitor. The hotel descriptions and the suggested sightseeing proposals proved invaluable. The suggested itinerary allowed for the indulgence as well as the educational! About the Taj Lake Palace, there can be little that has not been said by many before. What a wonderful location and what a wonderful hotel this is. Our stay was made particularly memorable by two events. Not only were we upgraded to a Suite of the most magnificent proportions and outlook, which was a wonderful surprise and simply brilliant, but we also had the great pleasure of a Roof Terrace Dinner courtesy of Ampersand. What more could a geriatric couple want. Perhaps a time wand to go back twenty years! Our stay here was absolutely perfect in every way.

Dr & Mrs Claydon, North India, February 2014

Walking around Yangon with its colonial buildings and various neighbourhoods and markets was a real treat. Riding the circular train, absorbing the scenery, and watching the locals going about their daily activities were worth every minute of the three hour trip. We love the Governors Residence. It's one of the best hotels we have ever stayed anywhere in the world. The room was good, but the service was extraordinary. My husband spends more than 150 nights a year in hotels, so he knows hotels well. Being on the boat and watching daily life by around Inle Lake were the best experiences – we took a paddle boat ride early one morning (around 6:30am) on misty Inle Lake. It was magical and spooky and eerily quiet without the motors. We also enjoyed rowing past a village busy with morning chores and heard quite a bit of karaoke blaring from the homes. Despite the cold temperature, the Inle Princess Resort was lovely. With a coal fire glowing throughout the night, the rustic room decorated with local crafts was homey and charming. It's unique and different from the bland, standard hotel. If I can go to only one place in Burma, I'd go to Bagan. Thank you for insisting on the balloon ride. It was definitely worth it (unfortunately also smoggy in the morning). The only regret was that we couldn't do it twice – one to take photos and one just to enjoy the experience.

The Tsai Family, Burma, January 2014

Highlights of our China holiday included the Great Wall, the Terracotta Army and the smaller Terracotta Army, a cycling trip around the limestone mountains of Yangshuo, a boat trip along the Li river from Guilin to Yangshuo, the sidecar motorbike ride in Shanghai and the trip to the water village in Shanghai! Li’An Lodge in Longsheng was excellent, given it is on top of a mountain and a real trek to get there. It has very individual rooms – some twin, some double – and the food is extremely good. The Peninsula Shanghai was outstanding, the stand-out hotel of the trip – the food, views, service and free international telephone calls were a highlight. There is even a nail drier in the room! Our guides were fantastic – Jerry was extremely friendly, well-read and interesting company, and Monica was very enthusiastic and driven to succeed, with an insatiable curiosity and good company.

Mr & Mrs Wright, China, November 2013

The balloon flight was flawless and amazing. We all adored it. The ride to Mount Popa was fascinating. The lodge has an amazing position and we are enjoying it thoroughly. This morning we did the hike up the mountain, great! The food here is wonderful, especially with that view. We will have comments about this lodge and all the hotels once we are back, but for now all we can say is that the experience is superlative and we thank you for having designed such a great itinerary.

Flisi & family, Burma, December 2013

James, you have good taste! I so loved Ahilya fort – I was lucky that I had a good group of other guests and I did not want to leave! The Golden Temple lived up to its hype and the Wagah border crossing was huge fun and unique, although playing the theme music from Slum Dog Millionaire a little incongruous! Glenburn is an amazing place. I went to Darjeeling and I am so glad that you persuaded me to stay there and not in Darjeeling! The staff are great. India restores your soul – thank you! I think Calcutta is going to be my favourite city in India. This is the India of my childhood dreams!

Ms Davis, North India, December 2013

There were almost too many highlights to mention. But one must be the short trek in the Phobjika Valley, which was stunningly beautiful and was coupled with the stay at the most Bhutanese of all the hotels. Uma Punakha has the edge over Uma Paro given its size and location. Uma guides were well worth the cost of the upgrade – very knowledgeable guide, very competent and safe driver, both entertaining company and extremely attentive/ helpful. The only thing Ampersand could have done to improve our trip is extended it!!

Mr & Mrs Arnold, Bhutan & India, November 2013

We arrived home Monday evening after a wonderful three weeks. The Ampersand arrangements all worked splendidly and we were always met as and when we should have been. Thanks so much for all the arrangements which really contributed to our time in India. If we could have commissioned our driver to drive us back to London, we would have! He is an absolute gem!!!

Mr & Mrs Wheeler, India, November 2013

We have just returned from our adventures. Both of us would like to thank you for organising what has been an exceptional holiday. The experience was truly magical and so varied that there was never a dull moment. We felt very safe and well informed with all the support we received from the driver and the local reps and guides. The hotels were a wonderful mixture and all of a high standard, and the staff were efficient and helpful. The entertainment at Rohet Garh and the Taj Hotel were very good, and the step well experience at Narlai should be a must on everyone's itinerary. Our last night at the Taj Lake Palace Udaipur was made particularly special and the hotel really gave us a tremendous service with chocolate cakes, sweets, extra courses and roses and petals strewn over the table for our evening meal. They also took photographs of us and framed one there and then as well as sending the photos by email. The service from them was outstanding and really made our stay extra-special. Thank you once again.

Mr & Mrs Dore, North India, November 2013

We chose Ampersand because it had better offer than other Maharajas Express holidays in terms of knowledge and willingness to tailor-make the holiday for us. We thought the guide in Delhi was excellent and we loved the Leela Palace! We have already recommended Ampersand to others!

Mr & Mrs Creer, India, November 2013

The whole trip was wonderful - we were delighted with the whole experience.

Mr & Mrs Kearsey, North India, October 2013

We are very sad, that our two week holiday in India has ended. Your organization of the trip worked excellent, the choice of hotels was superb and the planned activities were marvellous. All transports and pick-ups worked seamlessly and with a lot of friendliness and care. The local guides were well selected and gave us an inspiring variety of views about India and its history. The Lake Palace, Sher Bagh and the Nadesar Palace definitely stood out in terms of service level and staff.

Mr & Mrs Schönbeck, North India, October 2013

Highlights included the exceptional service at Como Shambhala, who couldn’t have been more accommodating and helpful ...... Moyo Island: the flat plane arrival, the private island excursion and the service (beach & restaurant) ...... The private island drop-off, beach BBQ and waterfall excursion at Amanwana were amazing! We also did a fabulous star-gazing trip at night. I was impressed with Mark’s knowledge of Indonesia and it was crucial for me that he had visited the various properties we would visit. Ampersand did a fantastic job. We had an unforgettable honeymoon!! THANK YOU!!!

Mr & Mrs Bruce, Indonesia honeymoon, October 2013

Thank you for living up to Ampersand's standards and arranging such a fabulous itinerary, that's why we keep coming back!

Mr & Mrs Smith, North India, October 2013

Our trip was absolutely fabulous, many thanks for all the planning and organization. Nepal – the helicopter tour is a must for those who can afford it. We were lucky to have a bright blue sky that day, and the sights all the way from KTM to the viewing spot and back is absolutely spectacular. The hour we spent facing Everest was also fabulous, just watching Everest as we were having tea and chatting to trekkers en route to base camp, and walking around. Definitely a highlight! Bhutan – as you say, you cannot not love it. Everything was perfect, from the choice of the guide – knowledgeable, sporty (great for our hikes), close to nature, good sense of humour, and who totally adapted to our pace, making it a perfect holiday. The choice of hotels was excellent. The circuit well planned, as it seemed that each day was better than the previous one, ending with the Tiger's nest climb. I would say every single day was a highlight! We very much look forward to our trip in Kashmir in March!

Mr & Mrs Kingsman, Nepal & Bhutan, September 2013

We had a wonderful time in Burma – the breathtakingly beautiful countryside, deliciously chaotic cities and the profoundly peaceful Inle Lake.... Pre-trip – Mark made me feel very comfortable. He was very accommodating and gave me the feeling that I was dealing with company that has agents visiting the country and had first-hand information of the situation on the ground. Itinerary – it was well put together and matched my brief. A good mixture of the different aspects of Burma without too much overlap and at a reasonably leisurely pace. Hotel selection – the choice was perfect considering what is available in Burma. I will certainly recommend you to my friends and family. Who else will send two representatives of the company to Burma with us!!

Mr & Mrs Thomas, Burma, September 2013

The programme was very well balanced and gave sufficient space for information, relaxation and activity. The hotel upgrade at Kandalama was very kind and thoughtful – nice touch. Thank you. Our driver was really efficient and proved a real asset. He was proactive, knowledgeable and considerate. Flying business class was the correct thing to do as that part is one of the most tiring. James, we are planning a trip to India in a couple of years; we will be back to Ampersand. Well done and thanks.

Mr Brown, Sri Lanka, August 2013

The execution of the trip was fantastic. We wouldn’t have changed one thing about it, which I have never said before. We absolutely loved India; you can’t find hotels in America that are even comparable in style and service to the hotels in India. Our favourite hotels were the Taj group, especially the Taj in Mumbai. We loved travelling off season as we feel we got better service and there were no crowds. Our guides were fantastic which made their experience come alive. We can’t wait to go back to India; ideally we would like it to be a yearly thing.

The Montgomery family, India, August 2013

Just a quickie to let you know the trip was fab, fab and more fab! You must continue to highly recommend Hanging Gardens, Alila Uluwatu (off the hook amazing) and the Amanjiwo. Just gorgeous properties in exquisite settings with amazing service. Our itinerary was terrific. The time on the Ikan Terbang was perhaps the best of all! What was uber great was being able to sail to wherever we wanted and snorkel in the most beautiful of waters. We actually saw giant manta rays (!!) - absolutely breathtaking, white tipped sharks, barracudas and fish of every color, shape and size. We slept on the top deck under the stairs as below deck was too hot. Our vegetarian meals were fantastic (who would've expected good food on a boat) and the boats owner, Bruno was wonderful. I highly, highly, highly recommend this aspect of any Indonesian itinerary you plan for your clients. Btw: 3 nights is just the perfect amount of time on the boat. Everything was seamless. Good food, good people, great sights and amazing accommodations. We were thrilled. Thank you for everything!

Ms Ross, Indonesia, May 2013

Just a quick message to thank you for setting up a successful and delightful holiday for us. All the arrangements worked perfectly and we could not have wished for a better driver/guide than Sriyan Nandana Wimalasundara. He took stock of us pretty quickly and used his initiative to fine-tune our programme to suit our own personalities and characteristics - without in any way taking over. He has a very nice personality, was a mine of information, knew his way around very well and had good contacts. He became more of a friend than a driver and we cannot commend him too highly. You had clearly taken on board our liking for the smaller hotels and we were particularly delighted with the Warwick Gardens in Nuwara Eliya and Why House near Galle, both utterly individual and both devoted to looking after the guests in their own special ways. At the other extreme it was fascinating to stay at the Galle Face Hotel 61 years after I had once had a drink there! Sri Lanka itself fascinated us and the people were very friendly and welcoming. Your recommendation to drive straight up to Sigiriya on arrival rather than spend the first night in Colombo was absolutely right and this got the holiday off to a very good start. Thank you for all you put into making this a very special holiday.

Mr & Mrs Blanch, Sri Lanka, April 2013

Vintage holiday – faultless. It really was a perfect holiday and we are toying with the idea of doing it again next year! Thank you.

Mr Shneiderman, Sri Lanka, April 2013

THANK YOU, it was the best holiday I've ever had and more. All elements were fantastic in their own way. Tiger Blue = experience of a lifetime. We have already recommended Ampersand to others.

Mr & Mrs Bothwell, Indonesia, March 2013

Thanks very much! We had a super time. We really enjoyed Nepal and all the attractions. Our guide was splendid (he knew everyone) and we made it for the entire trip without a pit-stop into a petrol station - hurrah! The highlight was the flight along the mountains which was sensational - so, so beautiful. I look forward to returning at some point, and perhaps nipping up and over to Tibet and Bhutan. Many thanks for all the arrangements. All went swimmingly.

Mr Solum, Nepal, March 2013

It was a superb trip, beautifully organised. It was just magic – a triumph! Completely sensational from start to finish. Each destination was different and each in its own way was wonderful. I loved every moment of every second. Only one bad thing – I had to come home! Thanks for everything James.

Mrs Morris, India, March 2013

From the moment we were collected from our home to the time we arrived back the whole experience was seamless. Sri Lankan Air was superb, comfortable and charming service which continued from everyone who looked after us during our holiday in Sri Lanka. Amangalla and Amanwella were both exactly what you expect from an Aman hotel, though both very different. Arriving at Tea Trails’ Norwood Bungalow felt like going to stay with an old long lost uncle, with wonderful staff but a sense of old colonial decadence – delicious food, endless cocktails and gorgeous walks. I don’t really know what I was expecting but it was above and beyond my expectations. I would recommend Sri Lanka as a wonderful holiday destination, which is very unspoilt. A lovelier country with lovelier people would be hard to find anywhere in the world. I do however know that our experience was very enhanced by your and your team’s recommendations, knowledge and expertise. Looking forward to our next holiday in Rajasthan. Thank you to you all.

Ms Seiff, Sri Lanka, March 2013

The tour was a remarkable success with superb organisation. With our thanks and deep appreciation for all that you have done (and it was a lot) and for always 'being there' (I am sure you will understand what I mean).

Mr & Mrs Gwynn, India, Feb 2013

Many thanks indeed for planning our recent trip to India. All worked like clockwork and we would not hesitate to recommend you highly. We met very charming guides and not a hitch on our travels!

Mrs Cairns, India, Jan 2013

Now that we are back from our sojourn in Myanmar I wanted to write and thank you for arranging our wonderful holiday and give you some feedback, all positive!!!! Firstly all arrangements were faultlessly executed - your agents arranged for us to be guided by a Mr Myo Naing - it is difficult to describe quite how good he was without meaningless superlative but the characteristic of his which resonated best with us was his working with the local drivers taking us both on and off the beaten track. Our days were full and fun and suited us absolutely. Secondly all hotels performed as advertised - the stand out was Ngapali Bay - I can see that many might prefer a bigger resort but it's outstanding location, excellent rooms, great housekeeping, super breakfasts, designated beach brollies and wonderful cocktail bar on the beach were certainly the ticket for us. Finally I would like to mention Balloons over Bagan - it is quite rare to find a holiday concept so flawlessly executed - from picking us up in their marvellous buses to the champagne breakfast at the end. Thank you for advising that. Suffice it to say that should we intend a visit to any area you cover we will call you first.

Mr & Mrs Fraser, Burma, Dec 2012

We would like to thank you for putting together such a wonderful trip to India for us. All the arrangements worked like clockwork, and the guides and drivers were without exception punctual, courteous and generous with their time and knowledge of all the local places we visited. The guides in particular were endlessly patient and supplied us with so much extra information about Indian customs and lifestyles, it really added to our enjoyment of the whole tour. We were delighted to be upgraded to a suite in Delhi and Udaipur, which was both unexpected and much appreciated. All the hotels were absolutely amazing, and the quality of food was also excellent. I think the added bonus was being able to come home without having experienced the dreaded 'Delhi belly', and somehow managed to survive the Indian roads without harm!! Thank you to Mark also for his input, and we will definitely recommend the service of Ampersand to friends who may be considering travelling to the areas you cover. Burma here we come!

Mr & Mrs Brewster, India, Dec 2012

Just wanted to thank you for organising such an excellent holiday. We thoroughly enjoyed it (we were especially impressed with Luang Prabang and our guide there) and the organisation was absolutely flawless.

Mr Claremont, Laos, Dec 2012

I arrived home to Ireland last night after a fantastic, eventful, informative, and enjoyable Indian holiday. The itinerary that you and my brother Alan arranged was as varied as it could have been in the time we had available but also left us wondering what many of the other well regarded places in India that we had not visited were like as the ones we did see were so spectacular but in different ways. The travel arrangements went almost like clockwork and in particular the pick ups and drop offs by the travel agents, the guides and most of all our drivers were invariably punctual, helpful. friendly and informative. Mr.Synge. our driver in Delhi, Agra and Jaipur was almost like a guardian angel in an unobtrusive sort of way but we did feel he was "watching out for us", and "Prem", our driver in Ahmadabad and Udaipur, was always available, diffidently polite and very dependable.

Mr Bate and family, India, Nov 2012

I really think you guys have done a great job. Best of all your flexibility. We’re used to changing plans every day so it’s always pleasing to find service oriented companies that can still accommodate this.

Ms Flohr and friends, India and Sri Lanka, Oct 2012

Our trip up until now has been amazing, to be honest, Burma is 100 times more interesting and unique than Vietnam, I wish we could stay a little bit longer!! :-)

Mr & Mrs Loupa, Burma, July 2012

We returned safely and we had a really EXCELLENT time. We were delighted with the "family history" aspects of our journey. The welcome given to us by the military at Fort William could not have been more cordial. The guide provided in Calcutta was absolutely excellent, being a man of profound knowledge and with forthright and challenging views on Ghandi. We feel that we achieved as much as we could possibly have hoped for and were really delighted. We were very impressed with the really efficient system of drivers and guides who were always on time and who, with the administrators, ensured that all the arrangements worked really well. In general, we were very impressed by the guides, some of whom had Masters' degrees and who displayed profound knowledge of their subjects. The hotels were excellent, our favourite being the Oberoi Grand in Calcutta which combined professionalism of the highest order with genuine personal interest in individual guests. The hotel in Jaipur--Samode Haveli--upgraded our room; even if it had not done that, we enjoyed it so much that, if we were to return to India, we would look at spending a week there --if was very relaxing! Finally, one name that was mentioned wherever we went was that of James who seems to be held in great respect, almost reverence, by everyone who knows him. In general, we have had a really lovely, successful holiday and we are very grateful to James, to yourself [Catriona] and to all your staff and helpers for all you did to make it so very memorable.

Mr & Mrs O'Neil, India, April 2012

We had a wonderful holiday - thank you for all your advice and help. It's hard to say the highlight but Siem Reap and the temples are what remain in our memory. Ampersand gives the best advice at the best prices and the accommodation was good. Guides were all excellent and very efficient at sorting our Vietnamese visas. We tried some of your recommended restaurants and they were all good. One to add in Siem Reap is Cuisine Wat Damnak www.cuisinewatdamnak.com - French chef with Cambodian cuisine. Our guide took us to Pho Zooo in Ho Chi Min City for lunch. It was surprisingly good for a tourist place, possibly the best pho on the trip. I would recommend the boat trip to anyone - gentle way to see some of the remote areas of the country.

Mr & Mrs Eilon, Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos, Dec 2011

I want to thank you for your help and guidance in arranging this holiday. It was a pleasure to deal with the same person each time we phoned; and to have our calls returned promptly when you were not available. This personal touch was what made us choose Ampersand rather than the many other companies who arrange tours in the Far East.

Mr & Mrs Kosky, Bangkok, Vietnam & Cambodia, October 2011

The highlight was the Mekong Delta trip. We had a really great holiday and everything went very smoothly. Hung, in Hanoi, was particularly interesting. The recommended restaurants were good and we enjoyed the food - particularly the lunch we had in Hue. Thank you very much for your excellent service.

Mr & Mrs Black, Vietnam & Cambodia, October 2011

Many thanks for a lovely trip! La Residence d'Angkor was every bit as divine as I had expected - superb service, excellent food, gorgeous pool and beautiful room! Your recommendations for Siem Reap and Phnom Penh were spot on.

Mr Wakefield, Cambodia, October 2011

We felt that the tour was a great success. The guides/drivers were first class, nothing was too much trouble. The highlight of the trip was Hue.

Mr & Mrs Hills, Vietnam, September 2011
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Named one of the Top 10 Super Agents by Financial Times

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Credited as Conde Nast Traveller’s Sri Lanka Guru in their Little Black Book, 'The Experts'

"James Jayasundera, the boss of Ampersand Travel, is awfully well connected and his tours are testament to his ruby-encrusted contacts book." – Sunday Times Travel Magazine

“There are a handful of regional access masters who have twin blessings of being profoundly well connected and gatekeepers offering insider experiences. They include James Jayasundera, whose reach in Sri Lanka is unparalleled.”   – Maria Shollenbarger, How To Spend It editor