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ICS Travel Group offers condolences to Thailand

ICS Travel Group offers condolences to Thailand
 

In Remembrance of His Majesty
King Bhumibol Adulyadej
1927 – 2016

 

On behalf of everyone at ICS Travel Group, we wish to express our deepest sympathies and condolences to the people of Thailand for the loss of their beloved King, who worked tirelessly for decades to improve the quality of life for all Thais.

Our thoughts and prayers are with our Thai team members and the entire Thai nation at this sad time.

Hoi An Spring Rolls

Spring Rolls, Hoi An style

 

Hoi An spring rolls – a delicate and precious dish from Hoi An Restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam – is perfectly made from fresh ingredients like shrimp and pork, covered with a crispy crust and served with a very special sauce. It is not only delicious. . . it is a unique taste that you cannot find anywhere else but Hoi An Restaurant. Read more

Chris in Prambanan Bugisan Yogyakarta

Having written yesterday about Borobudur there was a reference to other such sites being less well known, but equally captivating. So it is with Prambanan, and it shows that sheer ignorance can sometimes be a major bonus when it comes to travelling, for apart from a name on an itinerary, I knew nothing about it. And yet it’s spectacular. There isn’t really an excuse for being so unaware, given it forms part of the usual itineraries around the region but as is often the case the focus falls on what is anticipated to be the expected highlight.
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Chris in Borobudur

One of the attractions about touring around Asia is the prevalence of temples, be they Hindu or Buddhist. It can become a bit much after a while and temple fatigue is a known reaction from many visitors, particularly those not spiritually minded, but there are unquestionably some that are not just highlights but items fit for any bucket list.
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Virtuoso Travel Week Destination Showcase: Indonesia

virtuoso-destination-showcase-dinnerFresh from being selected as Virtuoso‘s on-site partner in Indonesia, ICS Travel Group attended Virtuoso Travel Week. . . one of the travel industry’s most anticipated annual events. This year’s gathering in Las Vegas, Nevada boasted 5,257 attendees from 98 countries.

Vietnam Visa Update

Effective Monday, 29 August 2016, for all tourist visa applications from United States tourists Vietnam will issue a 1-year/multiple-entry visa. The fee for this 1-year/multiple-entry visa is US$135.

Please note that this change will affect tourists who apply for a 1-month/single-entry visa (currently US$25) or a 1-month/multiple-entry visa (currently US$50), as they will now be required to pay US$135 and will automatically be given the 1-year/multiple-entry visa, regardless of the length of stay.

We will continue to monitor Vietnam visa and immigration policies and will alert you to any important changes.