5 Best Places to visit in Vietnam during Tet Holiday

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“Tet” is coming in a corner. 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 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 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, 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 you don’t visit Sapa, it’s such a pity.

You surely don’t want to miss the breathtaking mountainous scenery of Hoang Lien Son range, or the terraced fields on rolling hills, or 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. Dalat

With no doubt, visiting the “City of flower” 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

>> Book your Dalat tour: Dalat City 1 Day Tour


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 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 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 Black Friday in America.

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  1. This is a wonderful and diverse list of places to visit. I particularly like Hoi An as it seems truly out of this world

  2. 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

    1. 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 ;)

  3. 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! :)

    1. 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?

      1. I have only been to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh city – I liked them both all right, but I think I need to go alone next time :)

        1. That sounds nice! You should visit more places in Vietnam :)! Ho Chi Minh city and Hanoi are big cities, but other places also have many things to offer!

    1. You should visit those places :)! Sapa is very special because it has snow in the winter, which is so unusual in Vietnam.

  4. 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.

    1. 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 :)

  5. 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 :)

    1. 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!

  6. 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!

    1. 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!

  7. 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!

    1. 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 :)

  8. 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 :)

    1. 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 :)

  9. 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! :)

    1. So great to know that you love to visit my country :)! I hope your dream will be fulfill, and just ask me if you have any doubt about Vietnam or Japan.

  10. 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

  11. 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!

  12. 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?

    1. I think you should have at least 2 days for each, better to have 3 days. Many people love Hoi An, so maybe staying there longer will be better :)

  13. Wow all these places look so exotic to me. Vietnam will definitely be on my travel bucket list. Especially I liked the Mộc Châu plateau…beyond beautiful!

  14. 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)

  15. 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!

  16. 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!

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

    1. Vietnam is very different between cities and country side, so I hope you will have more time exploring Vietnam :)

  19. 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!

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

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

  23. 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.

  24. 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!

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