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Tipping Custom: Complete Guide to Tipping in Vietnam

Tipping Custom: Complete Guide to Tipping in Vietnam

Being a tour guide and trip leader for the last 12 years, I see that one of the most confusing things for visitors to Vietnam is figuring out the tipping custom. Unlike the United States and other western countries where tips are expected, and considered as a part of the wages paid, in Vietnam, tip is not a part of the culture, wherever you drink or eat. However, in the past decade, it’s become common to leave a tip when you are pleased with the services provided.


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10 Tips to Maximize a Day in Hanoi

10 Tips to Maximize a Day in Hanoi

Most travelers to the capital of Vietnam with a booked package tour, but some only book flights and accommodations in advance while others prefer to go with the flow. It doesn’t matter which plan they have, my clients often ask me seriously how should they maximize their day in Hanoi, which I am very much happy to answer. If you happen to have the same kind of question in mind, here are my 10 tips to maximize a day in this exciting city.


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Joe’s Adventure in North Vietnam

Joe’s Adventure in North Vietnam

There are so many reasons why we love Vietnam. Among them are the very friendly people and authentic scenery found at almost every places throughout the country. Incense Travel designer, Buffalo Joe, made his adventure in North Vietnam recently. We caught up with him upon his return from Sapa to discuss his highlights and recommendations for those considering a tour in North Vietnam.


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Vietnam Tours: Top 10 Cultural Experiences

Vietnam Tours: Top 10 Cultural Experiences

From the imposing mountains with gorgeous views to the serene bays and endless coast line with stunning sandy beaches, Vietnam is a giant tapestry of beauty and wonder just waiting to be explored. In celebration of our country’s recent progresses, Incense Travel has assembled our Top 10 Cultural Experiences, featuring highlights from our newly minted offerings across the country. This is “Vietnam the Beautiful”, Incense Travel style.


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Best time to travel Vietnam

Best time to travel Vietnam

The best time to travel Vietnam is between October and April, when most of the country enjoys its dry winter season with moderate temperatures. However, since the country stretches over 1,000km (600 miles) from north to south, its climate varies considerably from place to place due to the differences in latitude. There is not really a wrong time to visit Vietnam, as you will experience both sunshine and rain in varying quantities during most months of the year.


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When is the best time to travel Cambodia?

When is the best time to travel Cambodia?

The best time to travel Cambodia is between November and April, when you can enjoy its dry season with much pleasant weather and bright sunshine. The dry season in Cambodia can be divided into two periods; the first is the least hot of the year, while the second, from mid-February to May, is the hottest time of the year. River travel on the Mekong is best between November and February, when the weather is cooler and the water levels are higher.


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When is the best time to travel Laos?

When is the best time to travel Laos?

The best time to visit Laos is between October and March, when you can enjoy pleasant weather throughout. This time of the year is the dry season in the country, there is almost no rain and temperatures are moderate. River travel along Laos’ main waterway, the Mekong River, is best between November and January, when the high water levels make passage easy.


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Why You Should Book Your Indochina Holidays with Incense Travel

Why You Should Book Your Indochina Holidays with Incense Travel

In the world of searching and booking engines, anyone who has resources and the time can book a holiday to just about anywhere in Indochina. But why would you want to? Handling travel arrangements yourself can bring unwanted headaches, missed connections, and logistics you didn’t even know you needed to think about. As a local boutique travel expert that provides experience-based journeys to explore Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. We can…


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Vietnam Tours: Our Top 5 Authentic Experiences in Hanoi

Vietnam Tours: Our Top 5 Authentic Experiences in Hanoi

Your Vietnam holiday could be an incredible adventure to the heart of the Vietnamese culture, exploring the back streets of the bustling cities by day and enjoying elegant boutique hotels with a surplus of modern luxuries by night. With Incense Travel, truly immerse in the lively hidden charms is the best way to experience Vietnam. Explore all Vietnam has to offer with Incense Travel’s bespoke journeys that show you a side of the country few others have seen.


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Green Season in Vietnam and Cambodia

Green Season in Vietnam and Cambodia

A Vietnam and Cambodia holiday in the summer and fall is a refreshing respite into a lush world of rice terraces, serene bays and colorful festivals. There are some of the experiences you can access when you travel during green season to those beautiful countries in Southeast Asia, Incense Travel has listed out some travel experiences for your upcoming Vietnam and Cambodia tours.


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