Did You Know? | Dragons, Volcanoes & Islands

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

ICS offers a stunning 7-day cruise to some of Indonesia’s lesser-known and most exotic islands.  These are the places you don’t typically see on the usual tours… including the Flores, Mesa, Rinca, Komodo, Sumbawa, Satonda, Lombok and Gili Islands.
 
Many activities are available, including some of the world’s best scuba diving and snorkeling!

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Story Behind The Image | Lampang Fisherman

Traditional Fisherman, Lampang, Thailand

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).

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ICS Cares | Home4Animals

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ICS team members in Bangkok recently initiated a campaign to raise funds for Home4Animals, which was founded to provide treatment and shelter for ill, injured, and handicapped animals.

‘ICS Cares’ volunteered to match the donation collected by our team members, who personally delivered the good news.

 

 

 

 

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‘ICS Cares’ is a vehicle created by ICS Travel Group to promote community outreach and sustainable tourism.

Did You Know? | Bangkok’s Real Name

Bangkok Thailand official name

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.”

Traditions & Beliefs | Threshold Etiquette

Don’t step on the threshold

Many people know about taking their shoes off before entering a temple building(s) in Thailand. What is less well-known is that you should not step on the threshold of any building, especially raised thresholds.

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.

Story Behind the Image | Bun Bang Fai Paradee

The biggest celebration of Bun Bang Fai is in Yasothon, Thailand.

“Unsaid things can be said.”

One highlight of the wild, unique Bun Bang Fai Parade is launching rockets (made of bamboo and packed with gunpowder) as an act of fertility offerings for the upcoming rainy season. During the final days before the last rockets are fired “unsaid things can be said.”  Wild costumes and dancing is not only normal but expected.

Throughout the days leading up to the final event, surrounding villages in the provinces arrive to put on dance performances which are unique to each village.

Thailand is one of our most popular destinations!  Let us take YOU!

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ICS Guide Training

At ICS we know that having have skilled and knowledgeable guides is a key element in ensuring our guests have a memorable and seamless experience in our destinations.

" One of the ways we demonstrate our commitment is by providing ongoing training to our guides.   "

Our aim is to continuously improve customer service skills, destination knowledge and language skills. In this recent training session in Myanmar, guides were given detailed explanations about

  • tours and programs,
  • training on ICS philosophy,
  • customer service expectations,
  • sustainability,
  • and other important issues relevant to specific tours.

We believe our people are our greatest assets, and our investment in them is an investment in our guests.