This is a guest post by Kanoungnit (Nicky) Thongpunparn, Sales Manager, Bangkok
I’ve always wanted to make a “Bucket List” on which I would write down all the places I want to go, the things I want to do, the foods I want to eat, and people I want to meet. And then – the best part – crossing off items on the list! I want something fun, and easy to document. So, I came up with the “Vietnam Bucket List!”
ICS is very pleased to announce the opening of a new operations office in Yogyakarta, on the island of Java. The artistic and cultural capital, and most popular city for tourism, is Yogyakarta, also known as Yogya. The city is a gateway to the famous archaeological treasures Borobudur and Prambanan.
As the hub for Javanese Arts, opportunities for rich cultural immersion abound. The city is famous for its batik production, silversmiths, leather goods and wooden puppet crafts.
Loy Krathong refers to the lotus-shaped baskets that participants build and then allow to float away on the water. These baskets may contain food, incense, flowers, coins and of course. . . a candle. The ritual is very simple: build a Loy Krathong, make a wish, and let it float away with the current of the river.
The flame of the candle signifies longevity, fulfillment of your wishes and release from your sins, so people carefully watch their basket as it floats away, hoping the candle will last as long as possible.
During the twelfth full moon, thousands of people will follow the same ritual along the rivers and canals of Thailand. . . transforming the water into an amazing bed of candles. Loy Krathong is a visually and culturally beautiful festival which everyone should see.