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Press Release: ICS Travel Group Joins Virtuoso

 

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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

ICS Travel Group joins Traveller Made

Traveller Made.NETICS Travel Group is pleased to announce that we have joined Traveller Made®.

Traveller Made® is an invitation-only network community of travel designers dedicated to providing unique and exclusive bespoke journeys to travellers looking for different and original experiences, requiring skilled and knowledgeable advisors who are committed to fully servicing their clients.

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Lanna Songkran Traditions

The Thai New Year festival known as Songkran in celebrated all over Thailand. Some regions – particularly in the north and in the south – have a few differences which create their own unique local flavor.  The Lanna region in northern Thailand around the cities of Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai is one of those places.

The name “Lanna” means “Kingdom of a Million Rice Fields” and we’ve created this handy infographic to show you some of the Lanna traditions that you will see during the next few days. Read more

Songkran 2016

One of Thailand’s biggest celebrations is Songkran…New Year according to the traditional Thai calendar.  The Buddhist ceremony of Song Nam Phra (which literally translates “Pouring Water on Monks”) is performed in many homes and offices around the country, including at our own office in Bangkok, Thailand.

 

 
After this ceremony, people began having fun by throwing the leftover water at each other. Since temperatures can often reach 40°C during this time of year, a splash of cold water was both fun and a welcome relief from the heat. It was this habit which expanded into the nationwide holiday we observe today.

The Songkran festival has become one of the most popular and internationally famous festivals in Thailand.

Chakri Day

Chakri Day, ThailandToday, Thailand celebrates Chakri Day… a national holiday officially known as ‘King Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke the Great Day and Chakri Dynasty Memorial Day.’

Chakri Day commemorates the establishment of the Chakri Dynasty by Phra Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke (Rama I) in 1782 whose first act was to make Bangkok the capital of Siam.  The day recognises the contributions of all the kings in the dynasty and is usually observed by the the current King presiding over religious ceremonies held at the royal chapel.

This holiday always falls a few days before the Songkran festival so many people to travel in preparation for the Songkran festivities.  Government offices, schools, banks and ICS Travel Group will close, but most other businesses open as usual on this day.

 

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