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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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Modern Hanoi

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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Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi

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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Vietnamese food and the famous Pho

Vietnamese food and the famous Pho

Known as the best heathy and tasty food in the region, true Vietnamese food has a very distinctive character. Instead of soya sauce, there is the universal use of nuoc mam - a very pungent fish sauce, though not all Vietnamese food tastes of fish. There are generous amounts of ingredients such as garlic, tiny minced fresh chili, lime, rice vinegar, basil and coriander being added to their fish sauce, which make the characters of the Vietnamese food.


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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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Mekong River and Our Water Journey in Laos

Mekong River and Our Water Journey in Laos

Mekong River is the longest river in Southeast Asia, which flows through Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam before draining into the East Sea in Southeast Vietnam. Both Vientiane and Phnom Penh, Laos and Cambodia’s capitals, stand on banks of the Mekong. Rising from the Tibet Autonomous Region of China, about three-fourths of Mekong’s drainage area lies within Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. A cruise on the Mekong truly reveals a vibrant world of Southeast Asia along its shores.


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