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North Vietnam by Train

North Vietnam by Train

Take a journey through northern Vietnam by train aboard the classic Vietnam train, which was built by the French more than 100 years ago. The country has been using the train to transfer not only the local people but also buffaloes, pigs, chickens and many other goods from the mountains to the capital city of Hanoi. Travel through the country’s scenic mountains then spend a few days on a private adventure in Sapa with an experience hiking guide.


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The Old Quarter of Hanoi

The Old Quarter of Hanoi

The vibrant and bustling city of Hanoi has found its future by appreciating its thousand years of history, we can see that all in its Old Quarter. Located in the northern part of the city center, the Old Quarter, or the 36-old-streets, is a traditional craft area where each street was named after the product it sells such as the silk street, bamboo street, noodle street and many other household-product streets.


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An Introduction to the Modern Hanoi

An Introduction to the Modern Hanoi

Located right in the heart of the Red River Delta, Hanoi is a sprawling city with lively Old Quarter and graceful colonial architecture. Been the capital of Vietnam since 1010AD, this charming city boasts an amazing blend of Indo-Chinese and French colonial influences. The modern-day Hanoi is a mix of ancient temples and pagodas, parks and lakes, broad tree-lined boulevards and narrow food alleyways. Incense Travel introduces some of the city’s best highlights.


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Costume Techniques of H’mong and Dao People in Sapa

Costume Techniques of H’mong and Dao People in Sapa

One of the best rewards when visiting Sapa, a former French’s hill station in northern Vietnam, is the opportunity to interact with the local hill tribes. Living in small and humble villages locating along the mountain trails, the H’mong and Red Dao people are among the most popular ethnic minorities in the area. For Incense Travel advisor Buffalo Joe, their costume techniques is still the most amazing thing, that make the local ethnic attracting gems of the mountains north.


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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.


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Indochina and Incarnations of Hanoi

Indochina and Incarnations of Hanoi

Indochina (Indochine in French), an area covering the present-day states of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, was the name given to the French dependencies in Southeast Asia in the late 19th century. The name “Indochina” refers to the territory, which historically has the cultural influence of India and China, and physically bound by the India in the west and China in the north.


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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.


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Introducing the Angkor Wat

Introducing the Angkor Wat

The Angkor complex, Angkor Wat and other mysterious Angkor temples, is a must-see UNESCO World Heritage Site in Cambodia. This Cambodia’s prime tourist attraction stretches over 400km2 (155 square miles) including forested area, and it is a complex of elaborate Khmer temples, reservoirs, canals, dykes and an extensive system of waterways from the Khmer Empire. Explore the mysterious temples of Angkor with Incense Travel and a personal guide to get the most out of your visit.


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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?


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Laos Facts And Figures

Laos Facts And Figures

Laos is a country in Southeast Asia, and used to be part of the former French Indochina, which also included Vietnam, and Cambodia. The country is traversed by the Mekong River, and known for its mountainous terrain, French colonial architecture, hill tribe settlements and Buddhist monasteries.


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