5 Best Places To Visit In Vietnam On Tet Holiday

“Tet” is coming soon! For those who do not know what Tet is, it is the Vietnamese version of the Lunar New Year, and it is considered the most important celebration of Vietnamese culture.

The whole country is 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 the five best places to go during the Tet holiday.

1. Mộc Châu plateau

Two hundred 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 heaven.

Moc Chau hill

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, and Sky Gat and enjoying local dishes like chayote or Hill chicken sounds like a good plan, right?

places to visit in Vietnam on Tet holiday

3. Sapa

Another Northern destination! If you come to Vietnam and don’t visit Sapa, it’s such a pity.

You surely don’t want to miss the breathtaking mountainous scenery of the Hoang Lien Son range, the terraced fields on rolling hills, the villages of Highland ethics, and the colorfulness of brocade fabric.

Lao Chai Ta Van Sapa Vietnam

4. Hoi An

Hoi An is my 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 2 to 3 days here.

best places to visit in Vietnam Tet holiday

5. Da Lat

Without a doubt, visiting Da Lat in the blooming season is an excellent plan for your Tet holiday. You can hire a motorbike and wander around this city to enjoy its quiet beauty and, of course, flowers.

Da Lat Vietnam

Some tips for traveling on Tet holiday

  • Don’t travel during the first days of the Lunar New Year. Vietnamese people stop all business activities and spend time with their families 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 food and transportation may be a bit higher.
  • There are some big festivals celebrating the 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 trouble. Just imagine something like Black Friday in America.

Note: Check my Vietnam Transportation Guide to plan your trip.

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  1. The article on best places to go in Vietnam is very interesting and I really enjoy this. Thank you for helping me.

    1. I’m glad that you found it useful, Adam.

  2. Amy Poulton says:

    Oooh love this! I’ve been to Vietnam twice: Hanoi/Ha Long Bay and HCM City/Mekong Delta, but would love to return and explore the whole length of the country. Will put these places on the dream itinerary! Thanks for sharing and also, it’s so refreshing to see a local’s recommendations on Vietnam for a change! Thanks!

    1. Wow! It’s great that you visited Vietnam twice already. I’m glad that you enjoyed your time and I hope you can visit again in the future.

  3. Cherene Saradar says:

    Vietnam is just so beautiful! I went to Hoi An and Sapa and was blown away. I can only imagine during Tet the atmosphere is even more festive! Loved all of your tips and pics. I hope to return to Vietnam one day soon.

    1. Thank you, Cherene. I hope you can go back too :)

  4. This Epic World says:

    Vietnam is such a gorgeous country and so varied! Can’t wait to backpack someday and that plateau is breathtaking :O

    1. Thank you. Vietnam is really beautiful and I hope you can visit one day :)

  5. Maartje Hensen says:

    That sounds like a great time to be there, I had never heard of it before! When is it? What month? What is your ultimate favourite place to be for the festival?

    1. It’s around February every year, but it can change based on the Lunar Calendar. My favorite place is in the center of the city. It’s really festive.

  6. Thanks for sharing your recommendations! I’m visiting Vietnam next year and this list is really helpful, even though I won’t be visiting during Tet. Adding Sapa to my list to visit, it sounds wonderful!

    1. Thank you, Adriene. I’m glad that you found it helpful.

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