Tncense Travel - Culture & History

Tet – Festive Season

Tet – Festive Season

Tet Nguyen Dan, or simply Tet, is the most celebrated and important holiday in Vietnam. Not only Tet is a celebration of the arrival of spring and an occasion to pay respects to one’s ancestors, it is first and foremost a family holiday and people generally return home during this time. Vietnam has its own unique Tet traditions, which have developed over generations, and epitomize the country’s cultural identity.


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Religious Beliefs and Practices in Vietnam

Religious Beliefs and Practices in Vietnam

Vietnamese people are not just following only one organized religion, instead we tend to practice all the good things found in each religion. We are traditionally very much relying on the nature powers, it is both because we are superstitious and we are practical people who live on agriculture. Therefore, we worship various kinds of gods and deities, just in case!


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The Independence Day of Cambodia

The Independence Day of Cambodia

The November 9, 2018 marked 65 years anniversary of the independence day of the modern Cambodia, when it declared independence from France in 1953. Cambodian celebrated the ceremony at their Independence Monument in Phnom Penh. To mark this occasion, we share a brief history of this interesting destination ever since its declaration of independence.


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A Story to Celebrate War Invalids and Martyrs Day

A Story to Celebrate War Invalids and Martyrs Day

Traveling in Hue, the former imperial city and one of the bloodiest battlefields in the Vietnam War, when the whole country is honoring outstanding revolutionary contributors on the occasion of War Invalids and Martyrs Day this July 27. I would like to take this opportunity to share a story of how my family recently found the remains of my uncle, a North Vietnam soldier who died in the battle of Hue in 1968, in which miracle really happened.


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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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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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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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Vietnam: The Indochine Style

Vietnam: The Indochine Style

Though Indochine Francais was officially formed in 1887, the Treaty of Saigon started the French colonization in Vietnam from 1862. During 83 years of its colonization, the French imposed significant political and cultural changes on the Vietnamese society. Vietnam fell under French influence in many aspects of its culture, including architecture, cuisine, religion and art. Even after the first and second Indochina wars, those influences remained and known as the Indochine style.


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Old Quarter of Hanoi

Old Quarter of Hanoi

Many travelers say it's the Old Quarter in Hanoi that gave them the most interesting expression of Hanoi. With the many narrow streets and such a busy atmosphere, the Old Quarter is really a should not miss place to go when in Hanoi. And don't forget to sample the best street food when you are here.


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