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ICS Vientiane has a New Home

ICS Travel Group is happy to announce that our office in Vientiane, Laos has moved to a new location.  The move is complete and the new office is fully operational.
 

ICS Travel Group office in Vientiane, Laos new location

ICS Travel Group office in Vientiane, Laos new location

ICS Travel Group office in Vientiane, Laos new location

ICS Travel Group office in Vientiane, Laos new location

 

The new contact information is:

No. 052, Unit 5,
Ban Wattay Noy Thong,
Sikotthabong District,
Vientiane Lao P.D.R.

T: (+856) 21 256 250-1
F: (+856) 21 256 253

Guide Training in Hanoi, Vietnam

At ICS Travel Group, we believe that our guides are an incredibly valuable part of our team. We realize your lasting impression of your trip is determined largely by your interaction with your guide, and we want you to leave Asia with wonderful memories, newfound cultural appreciation, and maybe even a lifelong friend.

As part of our commitment to quality, we offer continuous training to improve the knowledge and skills of our team members. Our guide team in Hanoi, Vietnam recently took time to update and expand their knowledge of the destinations we share with visitors to Hanoi.

 

View aircraft and war remnants at the Air Force Museum

ICS in Hanoi, Vietnam - Guide Training at Air Force Museum

 

Explore Vietnam’s many ethnic groups at the Ethnology Museum

ICS in Hanoi, Vietnam - Guide Training at Ethnology Museum

 

Dive deep into Vietnamese culture at the Ethnology Museum

ICS in Hanoi, Vietnam - Guide Training at Ethnology Museum

 

Prepare for all emergencies with First Aid training

ICS in Hanoi, Vietnam - First Aid training for Guides

 

View the ‘John McCain Monument’ on Truc Bach Lake

ICS in Hanoi, Vietnam - Guide Training at John McCain Monument on Truc Bach Lake

 

Guide training continues during lunch at Season of Hanoi restaurant

ICS in Hanoi, Vietnam - Guide Training Lunch at Season of Hanoi Restaurant

 
We welcome you to experience our knowledge, professional guides throughout Vietnam and the rest of Southeast Asia. Please contact your dedicates sales representative for more information.

Vietnam Visa Exemption Extended

Cuc Phuong National Park, Vietnam ninhbinh Vietnam has extended the visa exemption to residents of the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy and Spain.

Travelers from these countries will not be required to obtain a visa for traveling up to 15 days in Vietnam. The change will be effective from 01 July 2016 until 30 June 2017.

Citizens of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Japan, South Korea and Russia are also exempt from visa requirements until December 31st, 2019.

Travelers must have a passport with at least 6 month validity. Only single entries will be granted; guests entering multiple times will need to apply for a visa each time.

Please note that an official announcement from the Vietnamese Government is expected to be released in the coming days.

Top 10 Epic Hiking Destinations in Southeast Asia and India

Grab your camera, binoculars and hiking shoes and come experience the beauty of southeast Asia and India!

Southern and southeastern Asia offers a huge variety of hiking and trekking opportunities. Whether you’re looking for volcanoes or waterfalls, caves or villages, there is something here for you!

 

1.  Vietnam • Sapa

The picturesque, terraced rice paddies are one of the highlights of a trip to Sapa.

Hiking in Sapa, Vietnam
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ICS Guides in Myanmar Continually Update Skills

A few weeks ago, Myanmar’s Ministry Of Hotels and Tourism facilitated a training course titled “Do’s and Don’ts.” The course focused on environmental conservation, biological diversity, and safety.

All boat and car drivers (a total of 48 boat drivers and 26 car drivers from ICS) attended the training course and increased their functional and practical knowledge, for the benefit of our clients.

Training at Inle Lake 01

Training at Inle Lake 02

Training at Inle Lake 03

Press Release: ICS Travel Group Joins Virtuoso

 

Virtuoso-Member-Logo

ICS Travel Group is pleased to announce that we are now an official on-site Destination Management Company for Virtuoso in Indonesia.

To view a sample of our portfolio of Products, including our exclusive “Encounters” (experiences that are off-the-beaten-path and provide close cultural interactions and deep immersion for an authentic and memorable experience in our destinations) as well as “Style by ICS” (our premium collection of products and services featuring authentic, hand-crafted experiences, unique luxury and boutique resorts, and highly personalised service for an extraordinary journey in Asia) use the login credentials provided below:

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Top 10 Things You Need to Know Before Visiting Myanmar

chris with guide The following is a guest post by Chris Crampton, ICS Sales Representative for the UK and Ireland. Last year, Chris embarked on an epic 10-day tour of Myanmar (formerly Burma). . . a country which has only been opened to tourism for less than 5 years.

Myanmar is a country that defies categorisation. It’s not perfect, but I can say that although I’ve travelled widely, there are few destinations that have worked their way into my soul as this one has.  Whether you’re talking about the astonishing sights and sounds of Bagan, the colonial history and astounding pagoda of Yangon, the rich tapestry of Mandalay, the rural beauty of Pindaya and Lake Inle, or the perfect unspoilt beaches of Ngapali, Myanmar is a country that demands to be visited. . . it insists on being seen. Now that I have returned home, so I thought I’d put up a few practical hints and tips if visiting the country. Read more