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Traditions & Beliefs | Asarnha Bucha Day

Orange Wax Candle
 

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.

10 Things To Do in Bangkok During “Rainy Season”

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.

artinparadise

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The Mekong River

The Mekong River is Southeast Asia’s most important waterway, running throughout the region and providing food and commerce to the entire area.  We have created this infographic to highlight some interesting facts and figures about the mighty Mekong…

The Mekong River

The Mekong River: an infographic

Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival

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.

Life of Inle Lake

 

Top 10 Beaches in Indonesia

Top 10 Beaches in Indonesia

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!

Top 10 Beaches in Indonesia

Top 10 Beaches in Indonesia

To see tours and excursions to Indonesia’s beautiful beaches and to other intriguing Indonesian destinations, please click here:

Indonesia Tours & Excursions

 

A Night in Dalat, Vietnam

One of our favorite sights and places is the small town of Dalat in central Vietnam. Our team journeyed there and saw – from vendors and entertainers to artists and street food – how the town of Dalat comes alive at night.

To see many other tours and excursions in Vietnam please click here:

Vietnam

ICS People | Aung Kyaw Phyo and Min Khant Ko

Mingalabar and kind regards from Yangon!

At ICS Travel Group, we have a diverse team of dedicated professionals located in each country where we operate.   Two of those individuals have overcome the challenge of being hearing-impaired and we would like to take this opportunity to highlight their achievement.

Meet Aung Kyaw Phyo and Min Khant Ko . . .

 

Mr. Min Khan Ko & Mr. Aung Kyaw Phyo (Yangon Office)

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Exsus Travel Asia

 

Congratulations!

ICS Travel Group and Exsus Luxury Holidays

Last week was the Exsus Travel Asia party in Bangkok and ICS sponsored a lucky draw prize, offering a 2-night stay at the incredible, oceanfront Paresa Resort in Phuket, Thailand.

The winner was Mr. Jean –Jacques Durin, Senior Business Consultant for Trocadelyo.

Pictured, from left to right, are:
Ian Woods, Director of Sales for ICS Travel Group
Jean –Jacques Durin, Senior Business Consultant for Trocadelyo
Khun Chuan Leekpai, former Prime Minister of Thailand