After you see Datanla Falls in #Dalat #Vietnam and take the wild, hand-controlled roller coaster down, you’ll see vendors offering everything from ice cream and beads to jewelry and wooden sculptures…including artists making sculptures directly on location.
You can smell the faint scent of hardwood sawdust from the sculptors sandpaper
You can smell the faint scent of hardwood sawdust from the sculptors sandpaper, and see dozens of different kinds of chisels and wooden mallets lying at his feet. Next to this man are others making different kinds of sculptures as people move all around them.
Did You Know . . .
. . . You can sail on a traditional schooner to see amazing Komodo dragons, smouldering volcanoes and uninhabited islands.
Komodo dragons, smouldering volcanoes and uninhabited islands
Many activities are available, including some of the world’s best scuba diving and snorkeling!
Diwali is know as the “Festival of Lights”
The festival spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and hope over despair.
Diwali also marks a major shopping period in India. In terms of consumer purchases and economic activity, Diwali is the equivalent of Christmas in the west. It is traditionally a time when households purchase new clothing, home refurbishments, gifts, gold and other large purchases. The festival celebrates Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity, and investment, spending and purchases are considered auspicious. Diwali is a peak buying season for gold and jewelry in India. It is also a major sweets, candy and fireworks buying season. At retail level, about US$800 million worth of firecrackers are consumed in India over the Diwali season.
Along the banks of rivers and streams around northern Thailand, Myanmar and Laos, local people still rely on intricate hunter-gatherer traditions for their daily subsistence and livelihood. Here in the small provincial capital of Lampang (where ICS operates tours to nearby UNESCO-recognized temples) a lone fisherman uses a unique looking net to capture small fish.
Along the river are a number of boutique guest houses. In the high season, special sights like this one are quite common. Despite the growing economy and development of locations like Thailand, tradition and subsistence farming is still common-place, even in downtown areas like the photo above.
This photo was taken on the peaceful Wang river (which feeds into the Ping river that runs through Chiang Mai, another of our northern Thailand destinations).
‘ICS Cares’ volunteered to match the donation collected by our team members, who personally delivered the good news.
‘ICS Cares’ is a vehicle created by ICS Travel Group to promote community outreach and sustainable tourism.
Did you know . . .
. . .Bangkok is typically only called “Bangkok” in English. In Thai, it is often called Krung Thep Maka Nakhon, or just Krung Thep. However, the full name is “Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Ayuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit.”
The name means “The city of angels, the great city, the residence of the Emerald Buddha, the impregnable city (unlike Ayutthaya) of God Indra, the grand capital of the world endowed with nine precious gems, the happy city, abounding in an enormous Royal Palace that resembles the heavenly abode where reigns the reincarnated god, a city given by Indra and built by Vishnukarn.”
Don’t step on the threshold
Don’t step on the threshold
In Thailand, the spirits are a part of everyday life and the raised threshold to a home or temple is reserved for the spirit guardian and acts as a barrier to keep out evil spirits.