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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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Interesting History of the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi Hotel

Interesting History of the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi Hotel

In the summer of 1901, the Grand Hotel Metropole Palace opened its doors to the curious population of Hanoi. In its first ever published picture, the hotel shows the proudly flying the French tricolor and sporting the initials HM in a rosette at the top of the central section. From that summer on, travellers had the best luxury hotel in Hanoi. Incense Travel introduces the literature of Mr. Andreas Augustin, who is author of over 50 books about famous and legendary hotels.


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Indochina and Incarnations of Hanoi

Indochina and Incarnations of Hanoi

Indochina (Indochine in French), an area covering the present-day states of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, was the name given to the French dependencies in Southeast Asia in the late 19th century. The name “Indochina” refers to the territory, which historically has the cultural influence of India and China, and physically bound by the India in the west and China in the north.


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Private Luxury Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia Tours

Private Luxury Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia Tours

Thinking of your next travel destination? Wherever your traveling soul may be hoping for, don’t wander too far without seeing the most talked about favorite places in Southeast Asia. Take your choice of Vietnam, Laos or Cambodia and start customizing your private luxury itinerary. For each destination, we have put together the best places to see, nicest hotels to stay and the very top choices of things to do when you travel to this enchanting region.


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A Four Day Vietnam Tour with Incense Travel

A Four Day Vietnam Tour with Incense Travel

Just say the word “Vietnam” and my mind immediately conjures up images of rice paddy fields and limestone islands in Halong Bay. A recent four-day tour with Incense Travel, starting at the Noi Bai Airport and traveling through Hanoi and Halong Bay was far beyond any expectations I had. The wonderful nature and culture of Vietnam completely took my breath away.


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Luxury Visit to North Vietnam

Luxury Visit to North Vietnam

In a 4 day-visit to Hanoi and Halong Bay, you can choose to be picked up from the airport and drive to the hotel upon arrival. A Hanoi city tour with a short street food tour, or walking tour around the Old Quarter, is a great way to capture the charm of this thousand years old city. Go luxury by taking a seaplane to Halong Bay, where you will enjoy a scenic flight above the Gulf of Tonkin before taking an overnight cruise on a wooden junk to explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site


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Practice Tai Chi in Hanoi with a Tai Chi Master

Practice Tai Chi in Hanoi with a Tai Chi Master

Rise up early for a coffee at your hotel, then walk to the flower garden to meet your Tai Chi Master, and be welcomed with a cup of tea before practicing Tai Chi. Enjoy the slow movements and the tranquil of the waking up city, Tai Chi promotes relaxation, straight posture, and balance. In a very real sense, Tai Chi helps you stay younger as you grow older, thus making an outstanding contribution to our overall health and well-being.


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