Incense Travel - BLOG

Interesting History of the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi Hotel

Interesting History of the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi Hotel

In the summer of 1901, the Grand Hotel Metropole Palace opened its doors to the curious population of Hanoi. In its first ever published picture, the hotel shows the proudly flying the French tricolor and sporting the initials HM in a rosette at the top of the central section. From that summer on, travellers had the best luxury hotel in Hanoi. Incense Travel introduces the literature of Mr. Andreas Augustin, who is author of over 50 books about famous and legendary hotels.


Read More

Buddhist Culture in Luang Prabang

Buddhist Culture in Luang Prabang

Located in northern Laos, the atmospheric Luang Prabang lies on the banks of the slow-moving Mekong River. The town is home of about 58,000 people with traditional wooden houses, Buddhist temples and French colonial architecture. Literally meaning "Royal Buddha Image", Luang Prabang is most famous for its traditional alms giving ceremony. Every morning at sunrise, Buddhist monks walk in a procession through the streets accepting alms offered by local residents.


Read More

Vietnam: The Indochine Style

Vietnam: The Indochine Style

Though Indochine Francais was officially formed in 1887, the Treaty of Saigon started the French colonization in Vietnam from 1862. During 83 years of its colonization, the French imposed significant political and cultural changes on the Vietnamese society. Vietnam fell under French influence in many aspects of its culture, including architecture, cuisine, religion and art. Even after the first and second Indochina wars, those influences remained and known as the Indochine style.


Read More

What Does Vietnam Means?!

What Does Vietnam Means?!

One of the most asked questions during my many years being a national Vietnam guide, is the question about the meaning of the word Vietnam. How do we say it correctly? Does it have a special meaning? Why did you name Vietnam Viet Nam?


Read More

Vietnamese Coffee the Origin

Vietnamese Coffee the Origin

During the Indochina war, French brought coffee into Vietnam first for their own use. Then coffee was widely introduced to the country and grown in big scale in the Center Highlands of Vietnam. Now Vietnam is proud to be the second largest coffee exporter in the world.


Read More