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Record Numbers of Foreign Visitors to Vietnam: What Does It Mean?

Record Numbers of Foreign Visitors to Vietnam: What Does It Mean?

During January to May, Vietnam welcomed 7.3 million international arrivals, which is 8.8 percent up from 2018. That keeps the country on the track to reach its annual goal of receiving 18 million foreign visitors this year. This means Vietnam is no doubt to be more popular in the tourism industry, and it’s doing a very good job in serving the international travelers.


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Hanoi Street Food Tours with Buffalo Joe

Hanoi Street Food Tours with Buffalo Joe

The food, available in the Hanoi’s tree-lined boulevards and narrow alleys, is just as much a part of the city as its green squares and French colonial architecture. The Old Quarter of Hanoi, home to inwardly coffee outlets and decrepit colonial villas, is an explosion of authentic flavors. Hence, a guided street food tour with food blogger Buffalo Joe will steer you through its tangle of lanes, and motorbikes, to uncover local eateries and sample unique dishes.


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Joe’s Adventure in North Vietnam

Joe’s Adventure in North Vietnam

There are so many reasons why we love Vietnam. Among them are the very friendly people and authentic scenery found at almost every places throughout the country. Incense Travel designer, Buffalo Joe, made his adventure in North Vietnam recently. We caught up with him upon his return from Sapa to discuss his highlights and recommendations for those considering a tour in North Vietnam.


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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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Northern Vietnam Hill Tribe Markets

Northern Vietnam Hill Tribe Markets

Travelers who have visited Sapa, a former French’s hill station in northern Vietnam, the colorful hill tribes and their weekly markets often recall them special impressions. On the market days, the steams of people of the mountain, coming from the mountains and valleys, flock to the market and make it an amazingly bustling place. Here Incense Travel introduces some of the famous mountain markets, where you can visit while you are in Sapa.


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Vietnam – The Luxury Travel You Deserve

Vietnam – The Luxury Travel You Deserve

The country’s tourism industry has shown impressive growth and scooped up several major awards, contributing to its reputation as a safe and friendly destination. The destination reached an impressive figure in the past year, serving some 15,4 million foreign travelers, increased by nearly 20 per cent over the previous year.


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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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