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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 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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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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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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Water Puppets

Water Puppets

While handheld puppets, sock puppets and finger puppets have been delighting audiences around the world, the Vietnamese have enjoyed their unique water puppetry (called Múa Rối Nước) for many centuries. The literal translation of Múa Rối Nước is “making puppets dance on water”. They certainly do, wooden-lacquered puppets appear to gracefully swim, glide and dive through water in an amazing aquatic show.


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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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