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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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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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Vietnam: Cuc Phuong National Park

Vietnam: Cuc Phuong National Park

Often described as the balcony of the Indochinese Peninsula, Vietnam is known for its beaches, rivers, Buddhist temples and bustling cities. Visitors should never miss out the colonial charms of the Hanoi, the UNESCO listed site of Halong Bay and the sandy beaches in coastal town of Hoi An, Phu Quoc or Con Dao Islands. But the country is also home of thirty national parks scattering along the stretch of its land, including Cuc Phuong National Park – Vietnam’s oldest national park.


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Scenic Seaplane Flights between Hanoi and Halong Bay

Scenic Seaplane Flights between Hanoi and Halong Bay

The scenic seaplane flights between Hanoi and Halong Bay have become an exclusive experience in northern Vietnam, it’s a great way to get the most out of what the area has to offer. Take in the picturesque scenery of the Red River Delta and the amazing natural wonder of Halong from the top view, enjoy the 45 minute-flight instead of four hours driving. In Halong Bay, aboard a private wooden boat to cruise by towering limestone formations, visit the limestone cave and fishing villages.


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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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Top 3 Hidden Beach Resorts in Vietnam and Cambodia

Top 3 Hidden Beach Resorts in Vietnam and Cambodia

The natural beauties and unique cultures of Vietnam and Cambodia are drawing travelers to this enchanting corner of the world, from Halong Bay to Hoi An to Saigon, from the little Phnom Penh to Angkor Temples in Siem Reap, they all satisfy world travelers. Just don’t forget the hidden gems found in this region, where you can escape the winter chill and recharge your batteries with privacy and seclusion. In this article, we’ve gathered our top hidden beach resorts and retreats


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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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