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5 Best places to go in Vietnam during Tet Holiday

“Tet” is coming in a corner. For those who do not know what Tet is, it is Vietnamese version of the Lunar New Year, and it is considered the most important celebration of Vietnamese culture. The whole country is most lively and cheerful during this time, and you don’t want to miss this chance to travel around and learn more about Vietnamese traditions. Here are 5 best places to go during Tet holiday

 

1.Mộc Châu plateau

200 kilometers apart from Hanoi, Moc Chau is a well-known destination for backpackers. The best time to go to Moc Chau is from the end of January to February, when plum blossoms and sakura bloom everywhere, making the plateau looks like a white heaven.

Credit: VivuTravel.net

2. Tam Đảo

It is quite hot in Vietnam this winter, and if you miss the feeling of those cold winds blowing to your face, why don’t you come to Tam Dao where the weather is always cool? Visiting the Van Pagoda, Silver Waterfall, Sky Gate… and enjoying local dishes like chayote, Hill chicken, man pig… sounds like a good plan right?

 

3. Sapa

Another Northern destination! If you come to Vietnam and you don’t visit Sapa, it’s such a pity. The breathtaking mountainous scenery of Hoang Lien Son range, the terraced fields on rolling hills, the villages of Highland ethics, the colorfulness of brocade fabric… You just don’t want to miss it.

Credit: Stephen Lucket

4. Hoi An

My personal favorite place! Used to be a South-East Asian trading port from the 15th to the 19th century, it seems like Hoi An is left by the modern world and still sleeping in its glorious past. With the well-preserved ancient architecture, it makes you feel like you are coming back to hundreds of years ago. It is a small town, so you should spend around 1 to 2 days here.

Credit: Nguyen Viet Dung

 

5. Đà Lạt

With no doubt, visiting the “City of flower” in the blooming season is a great plan for your Tet holiday. You can hire a motorbike and wander around this city to enjoy its quiet beauty and of course, flowers.

Credit: Khanh Hmong

 

Some tips for traveling during Tet holiday

  • Don’t travel during the first days of the Lunar New Year. Vietnamese people stop all the business activities and spend time with their family during those days, so all the stores and restaurants will be closed. You should travel before Tet, or from the 4th day onward.
  • Because it’s the holiday season, the price for foods and transportation may be a bit more expensive.
  • There are some big festivals celebrating Tet holiday with thousands of people joining. However, I don’t recommend you to go there. It will be super crowded and chaotic, which may cause you in trouble. Just imagine something like the Black Friday in America.

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42 replies
  1. iamshernice says:

    Hey, I’m currently in Hanoi, Vietnam and should have read your article earlier! Ohmygoodness so many places I should’ve went hehe oh wells there’s always a next time. 🙂 thanks for the tips

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    • Ha Truong says:

      It’s great to know that you’re in Ha Noi now 🙂 I hope you enjoy your time in Vietnam <3
      It's also good that you have not visited those places, so you will have an excuse to come back Vietnam again hehe 😉

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  2. chikonahoka says:

    Oh I have to go back to Vietnam now that I know about these! My first time in Vietnam was to Ho Chi Minh City, and it was only by accident that we came during Tet (we did not know that Vietnam celebrates new year at the same time as Chinese New Year). The whole city was full of flowers and I remember they built a rice field on the road! 🙂

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    • Ha Truong says:

      Go back to Vietnam 😉 If I am in Vietnam that time, I may show you around :D!
      I’m from Ho Chi Minh city so it’s true that in Tet, the street is full of flowers and decorations! How do you like Vietnam?

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  3. Joanna says:

    I am actually looking for places to visit in Vietnam, as I plan on returning there next year. I have already seen Hoi An from your list but that’s about it. I would love to explore the North better also, and visit Sapa too.

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    • Ha Truong says:

      I think Hoi An is a place that every tourist will visit when they come to Vietnam, so check out other places! Sapa is amazing. The North, the Middle and the South of Vietnam look different so if you have more time, explore more and eat more 🙂

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  4. rohancf says:

    Loved Vietnam when I was there a few years ago, especially Hoi An. Planning to go back next year. I’ve heard Tet can be a bit more difficult time to travel in so thanks for the tips 🙂

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    • Ha Truong says:

      I’m glad that you love my hometown <3
      Tet is really important to Vietnamese people, so everyone tends to stay home and spend time with family instead of opening shops and restaurants. However, the streets are well-decorated :)! If you come around 10 days before Tet, you can already feel the atmosphere and still can have great time there!

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  5. Pinay Flying High says:

    Black Friday? Oh my! I was actually reading about the Tet Festival earlier and I got curious about it. I thought it would be cool to go there during Tet but apparently, I’m mistaken. :p

    I’ve only been to Ho Chi Minh but I do plan on going further up North hopefully soon. 🙂 Thanks for the tips!

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    • Ha Truong says:

      Tet is the biggest festival in Vietnam, and it’s time for Vietnamese people to meet their families. That’s why nothing much happens on the street during Tet. You will see less motorbikes, not many people walking, etc. However, if you just avoid a few first days of Tet, it’s totally fine. I love the time just before Tet (around 10 days) because the streets are beautiful with decoration!

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  6. Nerdventurists says:

    Hoi An is one of my favorite places in Vietnam! It’s so gorgeous. Need to check out these other locations though, they look so pretty!

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    • Ha Truong says:

      I’m happy that you love Hoi An. Hoi An is really nice, but Vietnam also has many other places to offer! Do not hesitate to ask me if you want to know more about Vietnam 🙂

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  7. Felicia Broccolo says:

    So funny, I just left Vietnam because of Tet! I wish I would have seen your post sooner!! haha but it’s great info for next time 🙂

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    • Ha Truong says:

      Haha xD! I guess you felt really bored during Tet in Vietnam. I feft the same too because there’s nothing to do in Tet holiday in Vietnam, except if you are Vietnamese and have family there.
      I think just avoiding a first few days in Tet and it will be fine. I hope your next trip to Vietnam will be better 🙂

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  8. Marijana Kostelac says:

    Oh how I’d love to visit Vietnam! Absolutely love your photography, and thanks for the tips. Hoping to fulfill my Asia trip dream soon enough! 🙂

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  9. Global Girl Travels says:

    I’ve never been to Vietnam but it has always been on my travel bucket list. This list is quite comprehensive, so I’d definitely take a few pointers on the must-see places. Hoi An is one that has captured my interest though. I wold love to explore it someday

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  10. Melissa - Parenthood and Passports says:

    Vietnam looks SOOO beautiful. I’ve heard so many great things about Hoi An, this just makes me want to visit more. Sapa sounds amazing too. I’d never even heard of it before, but it’s definitely going on my list. Wonderful tips and pictures!

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  11. Hendrik says:

    These are some stunning and beautiful photos! We have not yet been to Vietnam but the more I see, the more I am longing for.
    Sapa and Hoi An look so amazing but also the other places. Probably we are going next year to a bigger Asia trip – what would you recommend how many day in total are minimum necessary to see these spots?

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  12. Arzo Travels says:

    Vietnam is so high on my list. The pictures are amazing and I cannot wait to visit. You have chosen 5 wonderful places to see – and I will put all of them on my list (especially no. 1)

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  13. CreativeTravelGuide (@CTGTravelGuide) says:

    On our first trip to Vietnam we stuck to Hanoi, Saigon and Halong Bay! We can’t wait to head back there and visit Hoi An, Hue and Dalat! They look fantastic!

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  14. Reshma says:

    Tet sounds like an exciting festival, and I would love to attend! Thanks for the tips on attending it before it begins or from the 4th day. Holidays are a big thing for festivals!

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  15. Melbtravel says:

    I went to Vietnam a couple of years ago and reading your post reminded me how much I loved it there. Hoi An was differently a favorite of mine I loved wondering around those streets and trying all the amazing food there. Great post and stunning pictures.

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  16. Diana Chen says:

    I just visited HCMC and Hanoi a few weeks ago and only wish I had time to see more of the country. Your photos are beautiful. I really wanted to visit Hoi An as I’ve heard great things about it. Would love to go back to Vietnam for Tet holiday next time.

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  17. Ticking the Bucketlist says:

    I just got back from Vietnam and spent time in HCMC. Sapa is where I want to go next. I never knew about the plum blossoms… will time my trip in Jan next time!

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