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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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Vietnamese food and the famous Pho

Vietnamese food and the famous Pho

Known as the best heathy and tasty food in the region, true Vietnamese food has a very distinctive character. Instead of soya sauce, there is the universal use of nuoc mam - a very pungent fish sauce, though not all Vietnamese food tastes of fish. There are generous amounts of ingredients such as garlic, tiny minced fresh chili, lime, rice vinegar, basil and coriander being added to their fish sauce, which make the characters of the Vietnamese food.


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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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Mekong River and Our Water Journey in Laos

Mekong River and Our Water Journey in Laos

Mekong River is the longest river in Southeast Asia, which flows through Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam before draining into the East Sea in Southeast Vietnam. Both Vientiane and Phnom Penh, Laos and Cambodia’s capitals, stand on banks of the Mekong. Rising from the Tibet Autonomous Region of China, about three-fourths of Mekong’s drainage area lies within Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. A cruise on the Mekong truly reveals a vibrant world of Southeast Asia along its shores.


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Vietnam: Cuc Phuong National Park

Vietnam: Cuc Phuong National Park

Often described as the balcony of the Indochinese Peninsula, Vietnam is known for its beaches, rivers, Buddhist temples and bustling cities. Visitors should never miss out the colonial charms of the Hanoi, the UNESCO listed site of Halong Bay and the sandy beaches in coastal town of Hoi An, Phu Quoc or Con Dao Islands. But the country is also home of thirty national parks scattering along the stretch of its land, including Cuc Phuong National Park – Vietnam’s oldest national park.


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Scenic Seaplane Flights between Hanoi and Halong Bay

Scenic Seaplane Flights between Hanoi and Halong Bay

The scenic seaplane flights between Hanoi and Halong Bay have become an exclusive experience in northern Vietnam, it’s a great way to get the most out of what the area has to offer. Take in the picturesque scenery of the Red River Delta and the amazing natural wonder of Halong from the top view, enjoy the 45 minute-flight instead of four hours driving. In Halong Bay, aboard a private wooden boat to cruise by towering limestone formations, visit the limestone cave and fishing villages.


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Buddhist Culture in Luang Prabang

Buddhist Culture in Luang Prabang

Located in northern Laos, the atmospheric Luang Prabang lies on the banks of the slow-moving Mekong River. The town is home of about 58,000 people with traditional wooden houses, Buddhist temples and French colonial architecture. Literally meaning "Royal Buddha Image", Luang Prabang is most famous for its traditional alms giving ceremony. Every morning at sunrise, Buddhist monks walk in a procession through the streets accepting alms offered by local residents.


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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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Home-hosted Private Cooking Class in Vietnam

Home-hosted Private Cooking Class in Vietnam

More than half of the population in Vietnam still live in rural areas and engage in agriculture, food is at the very heart of every home. And because Vietnam is known as a great foodie destination, have a cooking class while traveling in Vietnam is a very popular activity. One of the most frequent requests that we often received is to arrange home-hosted private cooking lessons during a tour. The activity provides a great introduction to the local market, ingredients, food culture


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Introducing the Angkor Wat

Introducing the Angkor Wat

The Angkor complex, Angkor Wat and other mysterious Angkor temples, is a must-see UNESCO World Heritage Site in Cambodia. This Cambodia’s prime tourist attraction stretches over 400km2 (155 square miles) including forested area, and it is a complex of elaborate Khmer temples, reservoirs, canals, dykes and an extensive system of waterways from the Khmer Empire. Explore the mysterious temples of Angkor with Incense Travel and a personal guide to get the most out of your visit.


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