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Mingalabar and kind regards from Yangon!

At ICS Travel Group, we have a diverse team of dedicated professionals located in each country where we operate.   Two of those individuals have overcome the challenge of being hearing-impaired and we would like to take this opportunity to highlight their achievement.

Meet Aung Kyaw Phyo and Min Khant Ko . . .


Mr. Min Khan Ko & Mr. Aung Kyaw Phyo (Yangon Office)

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Exsus Travel Asia



ICS Travel Group and Exsus Luxury Holidays

Last week was the Exsus Travel Asia party in Bangkok and ICS sponsored a lucky draw prize, offering a 2-night stay at the incredible, oceanfront Paresa Resort in Phuket, Thailand.

The winner was Mr. Jean –Jacques Durin, Senior Business Consultant for Trocadelyo.

Pictured, from left to right, are:
Ian Woods, Director of Sales for ICS Travel Group
Jean –Jacques Durin, Senior Business Consultant for Trocadelyo
Khun Chuan Leekpai, former Prime Minister of Thailand



We’re Attending ILTM Asia 2015 in Shanghai

ICS Travel Group attends ILTM Asia 2015
ICS Travel Group attends ILTM Asia 2015 in Shanghai China

ICS Travel Group attends ILTM Asia 2015 in Shanghai China


Are you attending?

The ILTM Asia tradeshow will be in Shanghai 1 – 4 June 2015.  Join us at booth B145 to meet Ian Woods, our Director of Sales, and Dominik Shaufler, our Director of Product, and learn more about exciting new products and services from ICS Travel Group.

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Royal Ploughing Ceremony

Royal Ploughing Ceremony
Royal Ploughing Ceremony

Royal Ploughing Ceremony

Today marks the Royal Ploughing Ceremony in Thailand, an ancient royal rite held in many Asian countries to mark the traditional beginning of the rice growing season.

In the ceremony, people sow rice seed as two sacred oxen plough some ceremonial ground. After the ploughing, the oxen are offered plates of food, including rice, corngreen beanssesame, fresh-cut grass, water and rice whisky.

The oxen’s choice of food is seen as a prediction of whether the coming growing season will be bountiful or not.

Inspecting Myanmar

Check out this quick video from our Product Manager’s recent Inspection Trip to Myanmar. Here are some of his favorite pictures from Yangon, Inle Lake, Heho, Pindaya, Bagan and Mt. Popa.

At ICS Travel Group, your experience is important to us. We routinely inspect destinations and suppliers to ensure quality is maintained at a high standard.


ICS Travel Group attends ATM Dubai 2015

ICS Travel Group at ATM Dubai 2015


ICS Travel Group at ATM Dubai 2015

ICS Travel Group at ATM Dubai 2015


Are you attending?

The Arabian Travel Market tradeshow will be in Dubai 4 – 7 May 2015.  Join us at the Ministry of Tourism – Indonesia booth, Table 26 to meet our sales team and product experts, and to learn more about exciting new products and services from ICS Travel Group.


To schedule an appointment, please contact:

Karan Chhabra, Manager, ICS Travel Group (Indonesia)

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Palanisamy, Head of Sales & Marketing (India & U.A.E.)

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Between a Rock and a Sacred Place. . . Yangon

Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon Myanmar

Shrouded in mystery, Myanmar – formerly known as Burma – is often referred to as the Golden Land. Due to being cut off to the rest of the world for so many years, very little is known about this country where monks, holy men and magnificent temples are just part of the everyday scenery. Therefore we asked Raphael Kern, our Assistant Country Manager from the ICS Travel Group office in Myanmar, to share his knowledge and his love of the country with us. Read more

Bokor Hill Station – Cambodia’s Ghost Town

Bokor Hill Station, Cambodia

The abandoned “ghost town” of Bokor Hill Station provides us with a glimpse into the life of French colonials who settled in Cambodia more than 70 years ago.

In an effort to escape from the heat, humidity and “general unhealthiness” of Phnom Penh, this resort was built near Kampot in southern Cambodia. The focal point of the resort was the elaborate Bokor Palace Hotel & Casino, but the development also contained shops, a post office (now demolished), a church and the Royal Apartments which were used by the Cambodian royal family.

During the First Indochina War, the French abandoned Bokor Hill because of local insurrections guided by the Khmer Issarak.  The site was abandoned again in 1972 as the Khmer Rouge took over the area. As the Vietnamese invaded in 1979, the Khmer Rouge were able to entrench themselves at Bokor Hill and hold on tightly for months. Even into the early 1990s, Bokor Hill was still one of the last strongholds of the Khmer Rouge. Read more

Watch a Songkran Ceremony

In observation of the Buddhist holiday known as “Songkran,” Thai custom is to pour water over the hands of elders and other respected figures. The religious significance relates to cleansing and purification, and is believed to bring good luck in the coming year. Team members in Bangkok lined up to take a cup of water, scented with flower petals, and pour over the hands of CEO, Sandor Levai.

Songkran has become one of the most popular festivals of the year and the main attraction has become splashing passerbys with water and powder. Click here to learn more about the annual Songkran Festival.