Vietnam TravelVietnamese Lunar New Year: Should You Go?

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Lunar New Year, also known as Tet, is one of Vietnam’s most important holidays. Celebrated at the end of January or early February (depending on the lunar calendar), Tet signals the start of spring and is a time for family reunion, giving thanks, and remembering ancestors. If you’re thinking of traveling to Vietnam during this festive period, here’s what you need to know.

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Is it worth visiting Vietnam during Lunar New Year?

Lunar New Year is an exciting time to visit Vietnam. The streets are adorned with lanterns and flowers, dragon dances are performed in front of temples, and there’s a festive atmosphere in the air. However, it’s worth bearing in mind that many businesses close down during this period so you may have trouble finding somewhere to eat or sleep. If you do decide to travel during Tet, be sure to book your accommodation and transport in advance.

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Where should I go?

If you’re looking to escape the crowds, head north to Hanoi or Sapa. These areas tend to be quieter during Lunar New Year as many people from other parts of the country head south to Ho Chi Minh City or Nha Trang. Alternatively, if you want to experience the festivities firsthand, Ho Chi Minh City is the place to be. Here you’ll find elaborate displays, lion dances, and firework shows. Just be prepared for large crowds!

What should I expect?

In terms of weather, Tet falls at the end of winter so it can be quite cold in some parts of the country (especially in the north). However, it’s typically dry during this period so you shouldn’t have too much trouble getting around. When it comes to food, specialties such as sticky rice cakes and steamed buns are often eaten during Lunar New York so be sure to try some while you’re there!

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Why shouldn’t I go?

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If you’re not a fan of crowds, Tet may not be the best time for you to visit Vietnam. Additionally, many businesses close down during this period so you may find yourself short on options when it comes to food, accommodation, and transport. Furthermore, many people return to their hometown to live with family during Lunar New Year so you may find yourself feeling a bit isolated if you’re traveling to Vietnam alone.

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So, should you go?

Whether or not you decide to visit Vietnam during Lunar New Year is up to you. If you don’t mind crowds and are keen to experience the festivities firsthand, then go for it! However, if you’re looking for a quieter trip, you may want to consider travelling at another time of year.

Whether you’re looking for a festive atmosphere or a quiet getaway, there’s somewhere in Vietnam that’s perfect for you during Lunar New Year. Just remember to book ahead if you’re planning on traveling during this busy period!

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yogi88
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The Vietnamese Lunar New Year, or Tet, is an incredibly vibrant and culturally significant celebration in Vietnam. It’s a time when families gather, honor their ancestors, and partake in a wide array of traditional customs and activities. This article offers valuable insights into the pros and cons of visiting during Tet, shedding light on the festive ambiance, stunning decorations, and one-of-a-kind cultural experiences that await. However, it also acknowledges the potential challenges of crowded transportation, limited services, and higher prices that one may encounter during this bustling period. Ultimately, whether or not to visit Vietnam during Tet boils down to individual preferences and priorities.

CuriousMind23
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The Vietnamese Lunar New Year sounds like an exciting time to visit Vietnam and experience the country’s customs and traditions, but it’s important to keep in mind the potential challenges and plan accordingly for a memorable trip.

apKz
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apKz

Tet sounds like such a cool time to visit Vietnam! I love the idea of families coming together and exchanging gifts. It’s good to know that some businesses and attractions might be closed during the holiday, but it would definitely be worth it to experience the local culture and traditions. I’ll make sure to plan ahead for transportation and accommodations if I ever get the chance to visit during Tet.

NomadInAsia
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Vietnamese Lunar New Year sounds like an amazing celebration filled with family, food, and tradition. It’s fascinating to learn about the customs like dragon dancing and flower markets that are unique to this holiday. Although transportation and finding open shops may be a challenge, the opportunity to experience such a significant cultural event is definitely worth it.

AskMeAnything88
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Experiencing Tet in Vietnam is an amazing opportunity to immerse yourself in the vibrant and colorful culture of the country. The festive atmosphere, delicious food, and beautiful decorations will leave you in awe. “Embrace the crowds and immerse yourself in the festive spirit of Tet for an unforgettable experience.”

AstroCrow7
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AstroCrow7

@AskMeAnything88 The Vietnamese Lunar New Year is a time to celebrate with family and friends, and the energy and excitement of the festivities are contagious, making it an experience that should not be missed.

RinieTran
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RinieTran

What an incredible time of year to visit Vietnam! I love that they celebrate with traditional foods and exchanging gifts. It would be an amazing experience to witness the cities come alive with Tet celebrations. I’m sure it’s a trip I’ll never forget!

Tiger_Eyez
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There is no set time for the Vietnamese New Year, but it is generally celebrated in late January or early February. This is a good time to reflect on the past year and to make new resolutions.

lemondrops777
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lemondrops777

I’m so excited to experience the Lunar New Year in Vietnam! It sounds like a great way to explore the culture and have a unique experience. I’m looking forward to trying all the traditional dishes and seeing the festivities.

hanoihottie
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If you’re looking to celebrate the Lunar New Year in Vietnam, make sure to know what to do and where to go.

BenjaminNgo
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BenjaminNgo

@hanoihottie The vibrant atmosphere and colorful decorations during Vietnamese Lunar New Year make it an unforgettable experience that everyone should try at least once.

CommentChamp
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– If you’re looking for a way to spend New Year’s with family and friends, consider going to the city of Ho Chi Minh City. This city is full of historical sites and is a great place to spend New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day. ”

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SaigonSoul
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If you’re looking to celebrate the Lunar New Year in Vietnam, it’s important to do your research first. Here are some tips to help make the most of your trip.

Dear_Bae
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Does the cost of everything for travel and such go up during this time of the year? I had never been to Vietnam in January. I have gone in February but near the middle to end of the month.

homeg1rl
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I think this is one of my favorite celebrations around the world and while I have not been to Vietnam during it, I know how much fun it can be. I am hoping to one day be a part of it.

MrZero
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I have never gone nor considered it as I tend to avoid any major holidays when it comes to travel. It doesn’t matter if it is local or in another country, I don’t want to travel in the height of busy occasions and people looking to visit family. 

1988TQ
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Some of my family celebrate it outside of Vietnam. I think it would be great if this expanded more. It seems like there are no holidays in January in the western world anyways. 

Caphezilla
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I agree with you. Lunar New Year is one of my favorite holidays. It’s a great time to get together with family and friends, and it always feels like everyone is in a good mood!

NhimXuXu
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Everyone I talk to about this say it is one of the hardest times to travel and to be a part of the festivities because everywhere is packed. It seems if you are going to be a part of it, you want to head out to Vietnam 2 or 3 weeks ahead of time and plan for a 3 or 4 week stay!

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