Top Ten Flags of Myanmar

The colors and symbols on a flag are illustrations of the ideals of a country, reflecting the values, history and pride of its people. These are 10 historical flags of the enigmatic and enchanting, Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, and often referred to as the “Golden Land.”

1.  The Republic of the Union of Myanmar, 2010 – present

Flag of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar 2010

The current, official flag of Myanmar was adopted in 2010. The new flag was introduced along with changing the country’s name.

The white star in the center represents the unity of the various ethnic groups which make up Myanmar. The yellow stripe represents solidarity, green for peace and tranquility, and red for courage and decisiveness. Read more

Join ICS Travel Group at FITUR 2015

FITUR2015logoAttending FITUR 2015 28 Jan – 1 Feb in Madrid?

ICS Travel Group is attending this leading tourism event for the markets of Latin America, Spain and Portugal. Please join us at Stand 4G19 Hall 4 to learn more about our exciting new products and services.

Asistirá del 28 enero al 1 de febrero a FITUR en Madrid? Un año más ICS Travel Group participará en este evento líder en el turismo para los mercados de América Latina, España y Portugal. Por favor, únase a nosotros en el stand 4G19 situado en el pabellón 4. Obtenga más información acerca de nuestros maravillosos productos y servicios.

 

Representing ICS at the show | Estarán como representantes de ICS en la feria:

Mariam Marina, Sales Manager

Mariam Marina, Sales Manager

Mariam Marina, Sales Manager

 

Maite Mijares, Director of Sales, Latin America

Maite Mijares, Director of Sales, Latin America

Maite Mijares, Director of Sales, Latin America

 

 
Hope to see you there!

 

Avocado vendor in Dalat, Vietnam
Avocado vendor in Dalat, Vietnam

Story Behind the Image | Dalat Market

Avocado vendor in Dalat, Vietnam

Avocado vendor in Dalat, Vietnam

 

Although Southeast Asia is famous for street food, there is another – more local – type of “street food” which is less noticed.  Many farmers will walk down thoroughfares and through neighborhoods to sell fresh produce such as fruits and vegetables which they carry in baskets.

Even during the rainy season, these open-air markets go on. This photo shows a vegetable dealer in the cool, relaxed town of Dalat in the quiet mountains of southern Vietnam. 

Although some vendors packed up their wares to take under shelter, this woman was unfazed and continued marketing her fresh produce as the rain fell.

These large baskets of bright-green avocados are a common site here and in other cities around Vietnam.  Avocados are a favorite in smoothies and on salads.

 

 

 

 

Incense In Buddha's Hands, Petchaburi, Thailand
Incense In Buddha's Hands, Petchaburi, Thailand

Story Behind the Image | Incense in Buddha’s Hand

Incense In Buddha's Hands, Petchaburi, Thailand

Incense In Buddha’s Hands, Petchaburi, Thailand


 
From the forests and mist of the upcountry to the Korat plateau and the central plains, all the way to the islands and rubber plantations of the south, Thailand is steeped in Buddhist history, tradition and culture.

Its red texture slowly dissolves to create a beautiful hue of reds and whites.

One of the things that most impresses newcomers to this part of the world – and to Laos, Cambodia, and Thailand in particular – is how Buddhism so intertwined in the daily life of its population. Here, in a Petchaburi temple just south of Bangkok, a Buddha statue rests in contemplation. Its red texture slowly dissolves as the seasons pass to create a beautiful hue of reds and whites.

Incense sticks are lit and set in the lap or in the hands of the image by both monks and practitioners as they mediate and make merit on another day on the wheel of karmic life cycles.

Discover arts and culture, ancient and modern, with a trip to Asia with ICS Travel Group.

Art & Culture

ICS Photo Puzzle

Can you guess where this picture was taken?

(Scroll down to see the answer)!
Borobudur puzzle question

 
 
 

Did you guess Borobudur, Indonesia?

On the island of Java, Indonesia, stands a mountain with a thousand statues and surrounded by volcanoes. Borobudur, an ancient Buddhist stupa and temple complex, was abandoned for centuries, but no one knows why. In fact, it was forgotten for so long that it was hidden beneath volcanic ash and overgrown by thick jungle for hundreds of years. But now beautiful Borobudur is a hugely popular Buddhist monument in central Java and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Borobudur puzzle solution

 

Learn more about Java, Indonesia

Insider Tips | Going Beyond Angkor

To most people the Kingdom of Cambodia means the world famous Angkor temple complex, but Cambodia is so much more than temples, as our Director of Sales, Ian Woods, found out on his last visit there. We asked Ian for a few tips, and here’s what he had to say:

 

Ian Paul Woods, Director of Sales

Ian Paul Woods, Director of Sales

What advice would you give to someone visiting Cambodia?

If you planned to come to Cambodia just for a few days then think again. Visiting the Angkor temples is a must, of course, but don’t stop there. Venture further afield and you can discover a whole different world of deserted beaches, offshore islands, national parks and wild jungle.

Where can you go to avoid the crowds?
Cambodia - Kampot river view

Cambodia – Kampot river view

About 3 to 4 hours drive from Phnom Penh lies Kampot, a sleepy riverside town. My favourite hotel is the very inexpensive Natural Bungalows; the rooms are basic but are authentic to their surroundings. The incredibly helpful staff arranged a boat to take me along the river past fishing boats and tiny villages. Then in the evening I relaxed on the wooden deck of the open air restaurant built over the river, sipping an ice cold Angkor beer and watching the sun set behind the Elephant Mountains.

Where would you recommend for a romantic holiday?
Nataya Coral

Nataya Coral

I would say Nataya Coral Bay and Resort on Coral Beach, about 6km out of Kampot. It’s a little off the beaten track and is the perfect place for taking romantic walks along the long, white-sand beach. There is a stunning infinity pool, but you can’t beat swimming in the sea off the end of the 300m-long pier. The rooms are beautifully furnished and some even come with outdoor showers, all adding to the romantic experience. If you can drag yourself away from the resort, venture out into the countryside and immerse yourself in the local life among rice paddies, traditional stilted houses and water buffalo.

In your opinion, what is the best kept secret in Cambodia?
Knai Bang Chatt Hotel

Knai Bang Chatt Hotel

Undoubtedly, the beach resort of Kep – once the favourite resort of Cambodia’s elite and home to beautiful villas, until the serenity was smashed by decades of Cambodian fighting. Knai Bang Chatt Hotel was one such beachside villa that has been lovingly renovated into a luxury 11-room, high-end resort boasting stunning minimalist architecture. The restaurant is a former fisherman’s house with a pier that serves western and Khmer food. As for breakfast – fresh bread, pastries, tropical fruit and strong coffee along with amazing seaviews – the perfect way to start a day.

What else can you do there?
Koh Tonsay

Koh Tonsay

The surrounding area is fascinating. Rabbit Island offers a back to basics beach experience where you can lie in a hammock sipping fresh coconut juice. I also took a Jeep tour up the ragged road to the tragically beautiful ruins of Bokor Hill Station with its ghost town containing relics of a 1930’s resort. Then in the evening try the Crab Market, a collection of rickety but clean beachfront sheds that serve freshly caught steamed crab, the best I’ve ever tasted.

Seen on the Street | Railay Beach

Well, not seen on the “street” exactly, but seen on the beach. . . at Railay Beach in Krabi, Thailand.

Lying in the sun can be hard work, and weary tourists can get hungry and thirsty in their quest for the perfect tan.  But never fear, because Thailand’s famous street food will come to you wherever you are. . . even if you’re nowhere near the street.

These long-tail boats are outfitted with blenders, portable grills, and everything you could want. These local entrepreneurs will drive right up to the beach and serve you everything from milkshakes and fresh coconuts to chicken kebabas and banana-Nutella pancakes!  Keep your feet wet and your baht dry.

Railay Beach vendor