Tncense Travel - Culture & History

Bonding over Bia Hoi

Bonding over Bia Hoi

Living in the heart of a communist country, but the city is more of a food and drink paradise for foodie and connoisseur like me. People like Hanoi for so many different reasons including the French colonial buildings with green tree-line boulevards, the bustling Old Quarter with lively sidewalk life, and the welcoming atmosphere that’s just everywhere in this developing city.


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H’mong Shamanism

H’mong Shamanism

Shamanism is well-known a spiritual practice of the H’mong people in Vietnam, in which a shaman is reaching an altered state of consciousness in order to perceive and interact with a spirit world. The shaman then channels these transcendental energies and knowledge into this material world, to conduct ceremonial rituals, or to give a divination, or to heal members of their community.


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H’mong People in Vietnam and Laos

H’mong People in Vietnam and Laos

H'mong people have a population of around 1 millions people, ranking sixth in the list of our 54 ethnic groups. They first migrated to Vietnam about 300 years ago, here they have been known with 5 sub-groups: Black H’mong, White H’mong, Blue H’mong, Red H’mong, and Flower H’mong, accordingly to the color of their daily costumes.


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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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