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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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Where to Go in Southeast Asia 2020

Where to Go in Southeast Asia 2020

Asia is known as the largest continent in the world, both by land area and population. It’s home to nearly 4.5 billion people, more than half of the world’s population. The continent is too wide and diverse to conceptualize as a single digestible travel "destination", and we want to see it all. So we want to invite you to start with our hand-picked choices of where to go in Southeast Asia in 2020, which is overflowing with ancient cultures that would take a lifetime to fully explore.


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H’mong Shamanism

H’mong Shamanism

Shamanism is well-known a spiritual practice of the H’mong people in Vietnam, in which a shaman is reaching an altered state of consciousness in order to perceive and interact with a spirit world. The shaman then channels these transcendental energies and knowledge into this material world, to conduct ceremonial rituals, or to give a divination, or to heal members of their community.


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H’mong People in Vietnam and Laos

H’mong People in Vietnam and Laos

H'mong people have a population of around 1 millions people, ranking sixth in the list of our 54 ethnic groups. They first migrated to Vietnam about 300 years ago, here they have been known with 5 sub-groups: Black H’mong, White H’mong, Blue H’mong, Red H’mong, and Flower H’mong, accordingly to the color of their daily costumes.


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Northern Vietnam Hill Tribe Markets

Northern Vietnam Hill Tribe Markets

Travelers who have visited Sapa, a former French’s hill station in northern Vietnam, the colorful hill tribes and their weekly markets often recall them special impressions. On the market days, the steams of people of the mountain, coming from the mountains and valleys, flock to the market and make it an amazingly bustling place. Here Incense Travel introduces some of the famous mountain markets, where you can visit while you are in Sapa.


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Our 5 Most Inspiring Features from 2018

Our 5 Most Inspiring Features from 2018

The team at Incense Travel gets to travel to destinations in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia every day, from Hanoi to Saigon, Siem Reap to Luang Prabang, and we love to share the most inspiring findings right here on our travel blog. At the turning point to a new year, we’re looking back at the features from our blog that had you talking (and sharing) in 2018.


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Where to Go in Southeast Asia 2019

Where to Go in Southeast Asia 2019

Friendly people, peaceful villages, scenic mountain retreats, remote tropical beaches, and rich cultures make Southeast Asia a gateway to top your 2019 travel list. Incense Travel has rounded up some of our favorite destinations that still feel untouched and authentic. We are always ready to suggest which itinerary suited your interests to help you plan your next great journey. Bon voyage!


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Southeast Asia’s most famous caves

Southeast Asia’s most famous caves

In Indochina, there are two famous mountain ranges, Hoang Lien Son Mountain Range in the southeast end of the Himalaya Mountains, and the Annamite Range which extends approximately 1,100 km (680 mi) through Laos, Vietnam, and a small area in northeast Cambodia. Those mountain ranges and limestone islands in the region hold hundreds of vast cave systems, many of them are extremely isolated and have yet to be explored!


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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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A Story to Celebrate War Invalids and Martyrs Day

A Story to Celebrate War Invalids and Martyrs Day

Traveling in Hue, the former imperial city and one of the bloodiest battlefields in the Vietnam War, when the whole country is honoring outstanding revolutionary contributors on the occasion of War Invalids and Martyrs Day this July 27. I would like to take this opportunity to share a story of how my family recently found the remains of my uncle, a North Vietnam soldier who died in the battle of Hue in 1968, in which miracle really happened.


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