Tuk Tuks in ICS Destinations
Tuk Tuks in ICS Destinations

Tuk Tuks of Southeast Asia

The most iconic form of transportation throughout Southeast Asia is the beloved tuk tuk. But did you know that each country has its own variation of the (often) three-wheeled vehicle? Can you spot the difference between a “Skylab” and a “Jumbo?”  And, when you travel to Indonesia, should you look for a blue “Bajaj” or an orange one?

We’ve developed this infographic to share our love of tuk tuks and give you an advantage on your next trip.

Tuk Tuks in ICS Destinations

Tuk Tuks in ICS Destinations


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Cho Lon – A Photogenic Experience

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Join a professional photographer who will guide you through the streets and narrow alleyways of Cho Lon, one of Saigon’s most photogenic areas.

From the iconic Binh Tay Market to the Thien Hau Pagoda with its hundreds of smoking incense sticks, you will be given excellent opportunities for photos when you visit Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam – guided by our experienced, professional photographer.

For further information about the Cho Lon Photogenic Experience, please click the button below, or visit our Tariff:

Cho Lon Photogenic Experience

Battambang – Art Insider Tour & Cruise

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In Cambodia, Battambang is known for its vibrant arts scene and is home to a thriving community of artists.


The city was once considered to be Cambodia’s artistic hub, but the arts scene was completely destroyed under the Khmer Rouge regime. It’s undergoing a renaissance now though, and new galleries and art spaces are springing up all over the city.

Art Gallery Battambang

Begin the tour with a visit to a trendy café and exhibition space showcasing the work of the city’s talented artists. Continue to nearby art studios to meet and interact with local artists in their work environments. Following the studio visit, enjoy lunch at a contemporary, social enterprise restaurant.


After lunch, take a boat trip along the river and discover the daily life of locals. Visit a family fruit farm and listen to tales of local history and legend, or stop in a small isolated village before returning at sunset and enjoying scenic views of the countryside while cruising back to the town.

Street Art Battambang


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Battambang Art Insider & Cruise

Thailand Motorcycle Tours
Thailand Motorcycle Tours

Discover Thailand on a Motorcycle


Hit the open roads and discover Thailand on a motorcycle!

Routes and itineraries are created by locally-based riders who know the most engaging roads, spectacular scenery and hidden treasures along the way. Select from 2, 4, 8 or 12-day itineraries.  Custom tours are available for individuals and groups.

All tours are operated with a support van with support staff and a travel guide, along with a road captain leading the riders.


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Thailand Motorcycle Tours

Vietnamese Tet 2015

Vietnamese Tet 2015

Right now, friends and families throughout Vietnam are celebrating the Tet Nguyen Dan, or “Tet” as it is more commonly known.

Tet is the biggest and most popular festival of the year

Tet is the biggest and most popular festival of the year, and marks the beginning of the lunar New Year. Closely associated with the Chinese zodiac, this year, 2015, is a “Year of Goat.”

Preparation for the Tet holiday is a special and significant affair and begins well in advance of the holiday. Many Vietnamese cook special holiday foods and thoroughly clean their own home as well as the gravesites of their ancestors. Vietnamese begin cleaning early in an effort to get rid of bad luck before the New Year begins. One can not sweep during the holiday because one would be sweeping away the good luck. Painting one’s home, polishing all kitchen utensils and planting new flowers is common. Many people, especially children, purchase new clothes and shoes to wear on the first day of the year.

The first person to visit your home during Tet is considered a forecast of the coming year

During Tet, Vietnamese people visit their relatives and temples, attempt to make peace with anyone whom they have a grudge against, and hope for a better upcoming year. The first person to visit your home is considered a forecast of the coming year. Thus, the first visitor of the year is usually an invited guest who has been carefully chosen.

Along the same idea, New Year is considered to be a lucky time to begin a business venture, such as opening a shop.

Another well-known – and popular – custom during Tet is to put money in a red envelope and give it as a gift to children.

To all our friends in Vietnam, we wish you a safe and prosperous Tet!


If you would like to visit Vietnam, we offer many tours which can customized for individuals or groups.

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The Living Land Farm Experience

One of the most often-heard requests from travellers is to “see how local people live”. . . to expand beyond the popular tourist stops and to truly appreciate the authentic daily life of the real human beings who call our destinations ‘home.’ Now, when you visit Luang Prabang, Laos, you can not only see, but experience the quintessential life of a Laotian rice farmer when you spend time with “The Living Land Company.”

Recently, Tina Grünenberg-Joseph, ICS Managing Director in Munich, Germany visited Laos and had the opportunity to participate in the Living Land experience herself.
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You will learn about rice farming at the Living Land Farm, a community enterprise growing organic vegetables and rice.
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Available in both half-day and full-day tours, “The Living Land” offers tours to its organic vegetable farm and rice fields. You will be educated in and participate in content presented by our farmers and craftsmen in Ban Phong Van.  The farm works with and supports the local community and helps educate children from disadvantages families.
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Come and spend time at the Living Land Farm, situated in an idyllic countryside setting, surrounded by mountains in the middle of ancient rice terraces.  Contact your ICS Sales Representative for more information.

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Insider Tips | Mrauk U

"If you like off-the-beaten-path destinations, you should check out the ancient city of Mrauk U. . ."

Mrauk U

Our Country Manager in Myanmar, Carsten Schmidt, offers this ‘Insider Tip’ for guests visiting “The Golden Land”. . .

Ko Thuang Temple means “shrine of 90,000 images”

“If you like off-the-beaten-path destinations, you should check out the ancient city of Mrauk U in western Myanmar. The infrastructure is still developing, which helps to limit the growth, but the area is gaining popularity and it won’t be long before it is mainstream.

The area around Mrauk U is quite different from Bagan because it has more vegetation and is more hilly. Mrauk U is a former ‘king city,’ so there is a rich selection of temples and pagodas that were built when the city was the capital of the kingdom.

There is also a really interesting market, as well as the Ko Thuang Temple which means “shrine of 90,000 images.”

I also recommend that you do a boat trip to the Chin State – which is one of the most isolated parts of Myanmar – and visit the women with tattooed faces, as I did recently.”

Come travel with ICS to feel the ancient presence of this storied people and land!  Contact Us for more information!

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Top 10 Movies Filmed in Southeast Asia

Do you like movies? Yes!

Do you like to travel? Obviously.

For the past 100 years, Hollywood filmmakers have been exploring Southeast Asia’s beautiful islands, steamy jungles, and twisting rivers…searching for the perfect backdrop to frame their tropical stories.  But what you may not know is that for various reasons, your favorite dramas, mysteries, love stories and action movies are not actually filmed in the locations where they are set.

We have uncovered 10 popular movies which were actually filmed in ICS destinations in Southeast Asia.  If you’d like, we can even take you to them. . .

1. Rambo



One of our favorite destinations in Thailand is the northern city of Chiang Mai, where we find tough-guy Rambo living peacefully in his fourth movie.  Unfortunately, some ill-prepared missionaries are kidnapped when they hike into Myanmar. The kidnapping greatly irritates Rambo, who proceeds to rescue them while unleashing destruction and chaos on some bad guys.


2. The Man With the Golden Gun

The Man With the Golden Gun

The Man With the Golden Gun

Even today, the island paradise/hideout of Scaramanga and his miniature sidekick “Knick Knack” is known as “James Bond Island.”  In the movie, the unusually-shaped island of Koh Tapu housed a diabolical satellite laser dish.  However, it is only a short trip by long-tail boat from Ao Nang, Krabi in southern Thailand. Some scenes from the movie were also filmed in Bangkok and Phuket.


3.  Tomorrow Never Dies

Tomorrow Never Dies

Tomorrow Never Dies

Pierce Brosnan’s second Bond movie saw him fighting a corrupt media mogul in the South China Sea.  The movie was supposed to be filmed in Vietnam, but some issues necessitated a move to Bangkok.  In the helicopter scenes you can still see clues such as landmarks and signs in Thai.  The movie was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song.


4.  Air America

Air America

Air America

Although the plot of this movie takes place during the Vietnam War, the movie was actually filmed around the Chaing Mai Airport, as well as Hae Hong and Mae Hong Son, Thailand.  To film the crazy airplane maneuvers, the producers had to hire actual war veterans who were the only people to have actually flown those planes in such a manner.


5. The Beach

The Beach

The Beach

One of the most well-known Southeast Asian settings is Leonardo DiCaprio’s movie The Beach.  The recent record-breaking success of Titanic had made DiCaprio a huge star and his presence brought a lot of attention whenever they filmed in locations like Bangkok’s Khao San Road, Khao Yai National Park, Krabi, Phuket and Ko Phi Phi Leh, which was the setting for the hidden slice of paradise.


6. Tomb Raider

Lara Croft Tomb Raider

Lara Croft Tomb Raider

Tomb Raider was the first film allowed at Angkor Wat in more than 30 years.  Swinging from the Cambodian temple’s iconic banyan-tree vines, Angelina Jolie runs and raids her way around Angkor Thom, Bayon, and Ta Phrom.


7.  Good Morning Vietnam

Good Morning Vietnam

Good Morning Vietnam

As you might expect, this Robin William’s film (which was based on a true story) took place during the Vietnam War around 1965. However, the producers deemed it easier to film in Thailand, so as a substitute for Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) they used Bangkok and Phuket.


8.  The Hangover, Part 2

The Hangover, Part 2

The Hangover, Part 2

The highest grossing R-rated comedy of all time, The Hangover 2 got massive press coverage when it filmed in Krabi and in Bangkok’s famous Chinatown. The incredible city view from Lebua at State Tower is still visited by many fans.  Even former U.S. president Bill Clinton and the Thai Prime Minister visited the set!


9.  The Killing Fields

The Killing Fields movie

The Killing Fields movie

This incredible movie won 29 awards, including 3 Oscars, and was nominated for a further 20 awards.  Although it was actually filmed in Bangkok, Phuket and Hua Hin, Thailand, the film tells the story of an American journalist and a local Cambodian who were friends, but were separated during the Khmer Rouge invasion of Phnom Penh, Cambodia.


10.  Eat Pray Love

Eat, Pray, Love

Eat, Pray, Love

A mid-life crisis leads a woman on a year-long journey to Italy, Indonesia and India in hopes of finding herself.  Some say this movie is worth watching just for the incredible scenery in Bali, Indonesia and Delhi, India.  See if you can spot Pataudi Palace in Haryana, India.


There you go. . . our list of the Top Ten Movies Filmed in Southeast Asia.  Are there any other movies you believe should have been included on the list?  Let us know.