Top of favorite destinations for travelers in Vietnam during the Tet

VietnamSurpriseTet, the biggest festival of the year for Vietnamese. For travelers to Vietnam, this time is a great opportunity to get experience of unique traditional culture and special gastronomy from different regions of the country.

This is why, despite of possible unavailability of transportation, accommodation, many foreign tourists have decided to go to Vietnam for an authentic experience. Among the destinations for travelers to Vietnam during this period, here is the top of the most favorite places:

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Hanoi, the capital

There are always opinions for and against for a trip to Hanoi during Tet because of the climate and the unavailability of services… However, many foreign visitors have always chosen Hanoi to spend local Christmas Eve and celebrate the arrival of the new Vietnamese years. As the new year everywhere in the world, Tet is a 100% family holiday in Vietnam. Most return to their  her hometown to spend annual vacation. Fewer vehicles on the street, less traffic jams, few shops, the atmosphere of the city during the first days of the year give a strange impression to foreign tourists to immerse themselves in a very zen city and Hanoi become very quiet than usual.

Several activities during Tet for travelers in Vietnam

Strolling through the old quarters of the city, visit the gardens of flowers, kumquat and peach in Tay Ho district, take a tour in the markets and products of decoration for Tet in Hang Ngang, Hang Dao, Hang Duong streets…, participate in live music in the streets around Hoan Kiem Lake and of course watch the fireworks at New Year’s Eve in nine different places in Hanoi…


Sapa town is interesting not only foreign visitors but also the Vietnamese seen during this period, waves of Australian tourists , French, Italian, British, Russian, Swiss, Japanese … at this moment, you can discover cultural characteristics of ethnic minorities. Ha Giang, Moc Chau, Son La are also favorite destinations during the first days of the new lunar year. Foreign visitors can also stay with locals and spend Tet with a local family .

Ho Chi Minh City

More animated than the capital Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh city is an attractive destination for many foreign visitors. During the Tet in Vietnam, flowers are everywhere in the streets . Nguyen Hue Boulevard became the flower street. Almost all the inhabitants of Saigon come and have a look and take pictures of memories. Before Tet, shops and supermarkets are crowded because everyone must buy things to prepare the full Tet with family. During the first days of the new year, most of the shops are also closed, an ideal time to travel around the city.

Hue – Da Nang – Hoi An

Hue- Da Nang- Hoi An is still a must for the discovery of Vietnam and its traditional culture . Travelers in Vietnam can expect many interesting events for the celebration of Tet in these cities such as the festival of cuisine “Banh Tet” ( glutinous rice cake  ) for the poorest households in the city, the cooking of traditional dishes from different qualified individuals a series of cultural activities organized by the cultural center and sports during the Tet celebrations, the festival of lanterns etc… Moreover, during the Tet holiday, popular games like breaking the clay pots and traditional songs are also part of the event for which tourists are invited to participate …

Phu Quoc

For those who are looking for sunshine  during this special period, the island of Phu Quoc is also at the top of the favorite destinations for travelers in Vietnam. This island is probably most famous for its pristine white sand beaches, calm seas, hot water… Another place is also chosen by fellow traveler is Nha Trang. Not only during the Tet but all times of the year, Nha Trang is the city that can fascinate you during  a trip to Vietnam . During Tet , a number of cultural and sports activities are organized along the beach. The foreign community in the city is feverishly preparing the traditional Vietnamese Tet with their friends. Coming to Nha Trang in time, travelers to Vietnam can enjoy the atmosphere of Tet, with a walk in the streets at night of Giao Thua.

Author bio: 

Pham Quynh is a travel writer about Vietnam Travel. He recommends the website if you are looking for  Vietnam Tour Packages, Vietnam Visa On arrival and Vietnam car rental and Halong bay cruise.