A lot of tourists tend to avoid Vietnam during Tet since most establishments and entertainment places are closed during this time of the year. However, taking part in Tet is one experience you should try in Vietnam. As a very important event in the country, the Tet celebration is grand. Streets are lined with colorful decorations and lights and everyone is in the festive mood. If you’re interested to be a part of this celebration, here are some of the best places where you can celebrate Tet in Vietnam.
The Tet Holiday is taking place on February 5, and if you have not applied for a visa yet, you better do it now. To apply for your visa, simply check out Evisa-vietnam.com. When you’re on the website, choose your country and click on the link to apply for a visa. You will then be asked to fill out a form so make sure you fill it out completely, including your passport details. After you fill out the form, make a payment and submit your application. Wait for an email for your pre-approval letter and print the letter to bring with you on your trip. That’s how easy it is to apply for your visa, so better apply as early as now!
So here are the best places where you can celebrate Tet, whether you’re traveling alone, with friends, or with your partner.
As the country’s capital city, Hanoi is one of the busiest cities in Vietnam, especially in the Old Quarter area where most of the happenings are taking place. But during the Tet Holiday, the streets suddenly get quiet, which is actually great, since you can explore the city without the massive tourist crowds. On the days leading to the New Year, you’ll find many local families gathered in the park, spending quality time with their loved ones. After all, that’s what the holiday is all about. When New Year comes, you’ll find locals decked in costumes, lighting incense, and happily greeting each other. This is such a joy to watch and you can even join in the fun if you want!
2. Ho Chi Minh
The city of Ho Chi Minh should not be missed on your trip to Vietnam. It’s also a great place to celebrate Tet, where there’s often less crowd since most tourists tend to avoid the city during the holiday. On the New Year’s Eve, there are a number of bars that welcome partygoers who want to take part in the New Year countdown. You can also hang out at some rooftop bars where you can watch fireworks and incense being lighted on the streets. Like most cities in Vietnam, the streets of Ho Chi Minh are beautifully decorated with colorful flowers during the Tet Holiday, which makes for a great backdrop on your photo op!
3. Da Lat
The beautiful city of Da Lat is another great place to celebrate Tet. It has a romantic vibe and since there are fewer crowds in the city during the Tet holiday, the atmosphere is even more intimate. It’s a great place to visit if you’re traveling with your significant other. The streets of Da Lat are lined with lovely French villas that look even more beautiful during the Tet holiday where they are decorated with colorful flowers. There are also a number of outdoor activities that you can do in Da Lat. You can go trekking, camping, mountain climbing, and fishing.
4. Nha Trang
If you’re looking for a place where you can enjoy a breathtaking view of nature while still being able to celebrate the Tet New Year, head to Nha Trang, a beautiful coastal city in the southern part of Vietnam. Nah Trang is famous for its beautiful beaches, and during Tet, the city is decorated with colorful flowers, and the entrances of hotels and resorts are filled with flowers, as well! Aside from hanging out at the beach, you can also visit some attractions in Nha Trang, such as the Holy Mother Tower or the Po Nagar Cham towers, Suoi Do Pagoda, Nha Trang Cathedral, and more.
5. Hoi An
Unlike the other cities in Vietnam where most restaurants and shops are closed during the Tet holiday, Hoi An is a different story. In fact, the city gets even livelier on Tet. There’s even a Lantern Festival that will take place during this time of the year. During the lantern festival, numerous lantern workshops will be taking place in various areas all over the city so you better check these out. On the days leading to Tet, the streets of Hoi An are decorated with flowers, lanterns, and other colorful decorations. When nighttime comes, the entire town will be lit with colorful lanterns and a series of art performances will also be held.
Indeed, visiting Vietnam on Tet Holiday is a truly fun experience. So if you happen to be in the country and wondering where to go to celebrate Tet, the list above should get you covered!