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Story Behind the Image | L’ Amant House

L'Amant House, Vietnam

The Vietnam Federation of UNESCO has listed a 120-year-old house called “Huynh Thuy Le Ancient House” as one of Vietnam’s most impressive destinations.

Huynh Thuy Le was the inspiration for the protagonist in French author Marguerite Duras’s novel “L’ Amant.” His house is famous for its unique architecture blending southern Vietnamese, French, and Chinese styles.

The wooden house was built the town of Sa Dec in 1895. In 1917, Huynh Thuy Le’s father rebuilt the house like a French villa, using both eastern and western architectural elements.

Last year more than 30,000 people visited the house, including this group led by ICS guide Phan Anh “Tony” Tuan.

Street Art: Nepal
Street Art: Nepal

Seen on the Street | Street Art Series: Nepal

For the next few weeks, we would like to use our “Seen on the Street” series to highlight the tremendous diversity of artistic ability that is seen not only in markets, architecture and galleries of our destinations, but also literally on the street.

These are some of our favourite street art photos and we would like to celebrate our destinations as part of a global community of artists.

This week, we go to Nepal!

Street Art: Nepal

Street Art: Nepal

Did You Know? | Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal, India

Did You Know. . .

The name “Taj Mahal” means “crown of palaces” and it took around 22,000 labourers from 1632 until 1653 to finish the construction.

In 1983, the Taj Mahal became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While the white domed, marble mausoleum is the most familiar component of the Taj Mahal, it is actually an integrated complex of structures.

Would you like to see the Taj Mahal in person? You will love our amazing 6-day “Golden Triangle” tour

  • Experience the ancient and the modern in the capital city of Delhi
  • Gaze in wonder at the romantic white marble Taj Mahal
  • Explore the ancient and imposing Amber fort and the famous Palace of the Winds
  • Learn the secrets behind the mysterious ghost city of Fatephur Sikri

Golden Triangle Tour

 

 

Story Behind the Image | The Monkey King

The Monkey King, Datanla Falls, Dalat, Vietnam

Following the commercial success of the 2014 Hong Kong-Chinese fantasy film ‘The Monkey King’ comes this interesting photo. . .

This man dresses up and waits for fans of this ancient Chinese legend to come and take pictures.  Located at the base of Datanla Falls, photos with the Monkey King cost 10,000 Vietnamese Dong, or about US$0.50.

Datanla Falls in Dalat, Vietnam, boasts a unique hand-controlled roller coaster which can take you to the base of the falls.  You have a choice of a gondola or walking to go back up.  Numerous interesting souvenirs are also made on site. Don’t miss out on this funny and quirky film when you visit Dalat on one of ICS’s Vietnam tours.

Destination: Vietnam

 
 

Street Art: Laos
Street Art: Laos

Seen on the Street | Street Art Series: Laos

For the next few weeks, we would like to use our “Seen on the Street” series to highlight the tremendous diversity of artistic ability that is seen not only in markets, architecture and galleries of our destinations, but also literally on the street.

These are some of our favourite street art photos and we would like to celebrate our destinations as part of a global community of artists.

This week, we go to Laos!

Street Art: Laos

Street Art: Laos

Did You Know? | Peaceful Bhutan

Bhutan children

Did You Know.  .  .

According to the 2013 Global Peace Index (GPI), Bhutan is among the 20 most peaceful countries on Earth. Plus, Bhutan boasts plenty of spectacular attractions for everyone.

For thousands of years this country was cut off to the outside but is now allowing a lucky few to step inside and discover a mysterious medieval kingdom of sacred temples, ancient monasteries, dazzling rice fields, and villages that time forgot.

“It will soon become clear that you have wandered well off the beaten path and into the last remaining great Himalayan kingdom, the last Shangri-La.”

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