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The capital of Vietnam  since 1010, once home to  the royal members of       the  Ly Dynasty, Hanoi remains  the center of attention in  the modern Vietnam. Here  you can see layers of culture, the march of progress, and the city attempt to build modernity they missed during the subsidy period. At the same time, the charms of Hanoi remain intact, and those with the local knowledge can still get a feel for the essence of true Hanoi, and the soul of Vietnam.


Incense Travel prides our insider knowledge as local guides, and nowhere to do the prove our worth more than in cities like Hanoi. While attractions of the city are swept up by throngs of tourists, trinket shops are appearing everywhere, and generations-run places are harder to find, the authentic experience lies just beyond - if you know where to look. We ensure that you walk the streets of the Old Quarter, you notice the intricateness of the city, from our favorite banh mi outlets on the sidewalk, to the real life behind the fancy restaurants, and the locals who represent the indomitable resilience of a sacred land that has survived much.


Despite a turbulent history, Hanoi is a very peaceful travel destination with so many historic and contemporary attractions. You can see the interesting blend of East and West influence, from the thousands years old temple to the romantic French colonial.


Visit Ho Chi Minh complex to see the country’s greatest leader being embalmed in his mausoleum, and learn why it attracts thousands of Vietnamese every day. The classical Vietnam’s architect can be seen at Temple of Literature, built in the 11th century to dedicated to the study of Confucianism, which is considered to be Vietnam’s first university.


For a serene side of the city, you can visit Tran Quoc pagoda - the oldest Buddhist pagoda in Hanoi. Locating on a small islet in the West Lake, the pagoda offers beautiful architecture and historical artifacts as well as peaceful environment.






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Hanoi City Tour

Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital, is located in the central of northern Vietnam. The famous Red River runs through the city, which gave it the name “Hanoi” - meaning the city inside the river. With the population of over 8 million people, Hanoi is the second largest city of

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Home Based Water Puppet Show

We believe that the best way to enhance your travel experience in Hanoi is to engage with local experts in the history, culture, fine arts, and cuisine. To bring you a good moment with an expert in water puppet, I would like to introduce artist Phan Thanh Liem to you.

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Meet with Musician Pham Chi Khanh

I believe that the best way to enhance your travel experience in Hanoi is to engage with local experts in the history, culture, fine arts, cuisine. To bring you a great moment with a local expert in music, I would like to introduce musician Pham Chi Khanh to you.

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Visit Bat Trang Ceramic Village

Bat Trang Ceramic Village could be half day trip from your hotel in Hanoi, but in this article I'm writing about how we got a great full day trip to this ceramic village. The trip features a leisure visit to the suburb of central Hanoi, aiming to offer Hanoi visitors an

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Visit Duong Lam Ancient Village

Duong Lam Ancient Village is an old village in the northwest of Hanoi, about 1.5-hour drive from the city center, famous for well-preserved old houses, and characteristics of a village in northern Vietnam in the 17th century.

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Hanoi Street Food Tour

Discover why Vietnamese food is often dubbed the heathiest food in the world. Eat your way through Hanoi’s most savory neighborhoods as your knowledgeable foodie guide unveil true stories behind local eateries and their famous recipes.

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