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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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Ideas for experiencing Hanoi

Kayak in Lan Ha Bay

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Hanoi Street Food With Local Foodie

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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Hanoi Art Gallery with Artist

Hanoi is Vietnam’s center for contemporary art, with countless art galleries in Hanoi, we know that finding your way to the best can be daunting. Incense Travel eliminates the guesswork by taking you straight ...

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Hanoi Home Meal

Vietnamese has a saying “learn to eat, learn to speak, learn to wrap, learn to open” to stress the importance of learning to eat. Most lessons that we learned from our parents were over our family meal.

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