At ICS Travel Group, we genuinely love the culture of our destinations. Even when we are outside the office, we often spend our personal time exploring the amazing countries and cities of Southeast Asia.
Today, Buddhists mark the beginning of Buddhist Lent. In Laos, the festival is called “Boun Khao Phansa” and during the next three-months, monks spend most of their time in prayer, meditation and refraining from travel…spending nights only in their own temple.
Thailand also celebrates their version of Buddhist Lent, called “Asarnha Bucha.” What makes the holiday special in Thailand is its ornate orange wax carved candles that are lit and kept burning throughout the three-month Lent period. The Candle Festival in Ubon Ratchatani is the highlight of this unique tradition.
Believe it or not, the “rainy season” can be one of the best times to visit Bangkok. You can skip the crowds and the heat and explore everything this bustling city has to offer – from its massive malls to its gleaming temples. But if the weather gets nasty, check out some of the following indoor activities:
1. Be part of the art, at the “Art in Paradise Bangkok” exhibit at Esplanade Mall.
When you visit Shan State, Myanmar in September (or October), you may be privileged to witness the 18-day Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival.
The pagoda houses five small golden Buddha images. The Buddha images have been covered with so many layers of gold leaf that it is impossible to see the original shape of the statues.
Each year residents of the region hold an important cultural festival, during which time four of those Buddha images are carried around Inle Lake on a replica of a royal barge. The fifth image always remains at the pagoda.
You can visit Inle Lake and Shan State on our amazing 5-day tour “Life of Inle Lake.” Click below for more details.
Asia is home to some of the finest beaches in the world. . . the kind that appear in dreams; picture-perfect tropical sands nestled next to gleaming turquoise waters and fringed by palm trees. Beautiful beaches are a great way to relax, and Indonesia has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. We have assembled a list of top beaches around Indonesia which you will definitely want to visit on your next vacation with ICS. And before you go, check out our infographic “How to Rock that Tan” – a Skincare Guide for the Beach!
To see tours and excursions to Indonesia’s beautiful beaches and to other intriguing Indonesian destinations, please click here:
Mingalabar and kind regards from Yangon!
The winner was Mr. Jean –Jacques Durin, Senior Business Consultant for Trocadelyo.