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Which are the Best Local Restaurants in Sapa?

Which are the Best Local Restaurants in Sapa?

That is one of the most asked questions I have as a trip leader, which I do love to answer. I like delicious food, so I want to make sure my travelers find their ways to the best local restaurants in the town. Also, it requires quite an amount of sometime to reach the mountains of Sapa, then beside enjoying the mountain hikes we should be rewarded with good local food available there as well. This article therefore shows you the best 5 local restaurants in Sapa.


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Our Trip to Ninh Binh, Halong Bay and Sapa

Our Trip to Ninh Binh, Halong Bay and Sapa

September is the beginning of the best time to travel Vietnam, as it’s the harvest time in the region. Visitors to northern Vietnam this month will have opportunities to see the golden color of the ready-to-harvest rice fields, spreading from Red River Delta to terraces on the hillsides around Sapa. On my most recent tour, I took my clients from Hanoi to Tam Coc, to Lan Ha Bay, and to Sapa. Following is how we experienced the destinations in our 7 days exploring northern Vietnam.


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Rooftop Bars with Stunning Mountain Views in Sapa, Vietnam

Rooftop Bars with Stunning Mountain Views in Sapa, Vietnam

Being a trip leader, I travel to the mountains of Sapa with my group almost every month. Beside showing my travelers the fascinating cultures of the ethnic people living on the hill sides, the gorgeous mountains and valleys of Sapa during our hikes, I love to take them to a local rooftop bar for a drink for its panoramic views. There is no better way to take in the magnificent views of Sapa than being on a rooftop with a drink, and here are my favorite rooftop bars in Sapa.


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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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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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Vietnam Tours: Stunning Terraced Rice Fields

Vietnam Tours: Stunning Terraced Rice Fields

October is the harvest season in northern Vietnam, so it’s one of the most beautiful times of the year to see breathtaking terraced rice fields in the mountains. As part of our most recent journey from the northwest to the northeast mountain ranges of Vietnam, Incense Travel introduces our top 4 destinations for yellow terraced fields. They can be incorporated into your tailor-made Vietnam tours, perhaps you want to put one of these places into your Vietnam itinerary next year.


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Vietnam Tours: Top 10 Cultural Experiences

Vietnam Tours: Top 10 Cultural Experiences

From the imposing mountains with gorgeous views to the serene bays and endless coast line with stunning sandy beaches, Vietnam is a giant tapestry of beauty and wonder just waiting to be explored. In celebration of our country’s recent progresses, Incense Travel has assembled our Top 10 Cultural Experiences, featuring highlights from our newly minted offerings across the country. This is “Vietnam the Beautiful”, Incense Travel style.


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Best time to travel Vietnam

Best time to travel Vietnam

The best time to travel Vietnam is between October and April, when most of the country enjoys its dry winter season with moderate temperatures. However, since the country stretches over 1,000km (600 miles) from north to south, its climate varies considerably from place to place due to the differences in latitude. There is not really a wrong time to visit Vietnam, as you will experience both sunshine and rain in varying quantities during most months of the year.


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