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Record Numbers of Foreign Visitors to Vietnam: What Does It Mean?

Record Numbers of Foreign Visitors to Vietnam: What Does It Mean?

During January to May, Vietnam welcomed 7.3 million international arrivals, which is 8.8 percent up from 2018. That keeps the country on the track to reach its annual goal of receiving 18 million foreign visitors this year. This means Vietnam is no doubt to be more popular in the tourism industry, and it’s doing a very good job in serving the international travelers.


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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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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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Laos Tour: Our journey on the Mekong

Laos Tour: Our journey on the Mekong

Mekong River is the longest river in Southeast Asia, which flows through Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam before draining into the East Sea in Southeast Vietnam. Both Vientiane and Phnom Penh, Laos and Cambodia’s capitals, stand on the banks of the meandering river. Therefore, a cruise on the Mekong truly reveals a vibrant world of Southeast Asia along its shores.


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Laos: Visiting Luang Prabang

Laos: Visiting Luang Prabang

The famous UNESCO World Heritage listed-town of Luang Prabang is Laos’ prime tourist destination, the town is a beautiful mix of gilded wats (temples), saffron-clad monks, faded Indochinese villas and beautiful river scenery. Buffalo Joe, one of our colleagues, has recently discovered this amazing town as a visitor. He is introducing his itinerary for Luang Prabang in two days, hope it helps build up the list of what you can do while touring in Laos.


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Luxury Laos Tours

Luxury Laos Tours

Located in the heart of the Indochinese peninsula of mainland Southeast Asia, Laos borders Cambodia to the southwest, Vietnam to the east, Thailand to the west, China and Myanmar to the north and northwest. This landlocked country holds tight to its Buddhist tradition, Laotians live each day gracefully and peacefully with a pleasant and laid-back attitude.


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Mekong River and Our Water Journey in Laos

Mekong River and Our Water Journey in Laos

Mekong River is the longest river in Southeast Asia, which flows through Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam before draining into the East Sea in Southeast Vietnam. Both Vientiane and Phnom Penh, Laos and Cambodia’s capitals, stand on banks of the Mekong. Rising from the Tibet Autonomous Region of China, about three-fourths of Mekong’s drainage area lies within Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. A cruise on the Mekong truly reveals a vibrant world of Southeast Asia along its shores.


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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.


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Luxury Travel Laos

Luxury Travel Laos

Located in the heart of the former French Indochina, Laos is an incredible landlocked country and often described as “forgotten”! The country has emerged in recent years, travelers often refer to Laos as a long-lost destination in Southeast Asia. They find in Laos laid-back life style, buzzing day, long-held traditions, sparkling Buddhist temples, lush forests, rice fields and French colonial traces.


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