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Visit a Local Home

Visit a Local Home

To be welcomed into a local home is an incredible gift, the gift that they have received many times through our travels. That is what Incense Travel is striving to share with you on every journey you take with us. By reaching out to an engaging with communities in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, we learn to appreciate firsthand not only our diversity, but our commonality… and the understanding we again can be unforgettable moments.


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Beautiful Mai Chau Valley

Beautiful Mai Chau Valley

Located less than four hours by car from the capital Hanoi, Mai Chau sets in an idyllic valley and is hemmed in by limestone mountains. The valley is speckled with villages of the White Thai people, where traditional stilt houses are surrounded with rice paddy fields, fish ponds and green bamboo ranges. It is a world away from Hanoi’s hustle with fascinating tribal culture, an ideal destination for cycling and walking.


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Introducing Vietnamese Ancient Fine Arts

Introducing Vietnamese Ancient Fine Arts

In general, the territory of Vietnam has emerged 3 major centers of civilization: Dong Son Culture in the North, Sa Huynh Culture in the Center and Oc Eo Culture in the South. They all interacted on one another and got in touch with other centers of civilization in Southern China and South-East Asia.


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Banh Cuon

Banh Cuon

As Vietnam is one of the world-renowned foodie destinations in Southeast Asia, there are so many delicious dishes to try while you are visiting this beautiful country. Talking about Vietnamese food, you may have heard of Pho, Bun Cha or Banh Mi. Those are all good and must-try dishes in Vietnam, Banh Cuon is also on the list of authentic Vietnamese food that one should never forget to try.


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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 Cambodia Tours

Luxury Cambodia Tours

The Kingdom of Cambodia, once part of the French Indochina, is bordered by Vietnam to the east, Laos to the northeast, and the Gulf of Thailand to the southwest. Cambodia appears on the tourist map as a Khmer nation with an intriguing past and an emerging future, it offers the mystery of the Khmer civilization, the regal eras of its kings, and the interesting layers of French influences.


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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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Vietnamese’s Cellophane Noodles

Vietnamese’s Cellophane Noodles

Located in northern Vietnam, Cao Bang is a mountainous province and it is most famous for the best “mien dong” (canna vermicelli), which is used throughout the country to make dishes related to “mien” (cellophane noodles). As the rhizomes of the canna are full of starch, it can be used like an alternative choice to replace steamed rice.


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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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