As we approach the enchanting Tet festival in Vietnam, it’s time to embark on a journey of discovery and celebration. In this comprehensive guide, tailored specifically for foreign travelers, we’ll navigate the intricacies of Tet, helping you make the most of this vibrant Lunar New Year. Let’s dive into the cultural tapestry and uncover the key strategies for navigating travel challenges during Tet.
Tourist Attractions during Tet
Tet is not only the most significant traditional festival in Vietnam, but it’s also a time when many businesses and attractions close temporarily as people have a short break.
In towns and cities all around Vietnam, the weeks before Tet are celebrated with elaborate and colorful displays. Blossoms, lanterns, and vibrant decorations decorate the streets. You can explore the city streets to appreciate the festive atmosphere.
In many places, flower markets open in the days before Tet. Flower gardens also wear a vivid color. Visiting these markets and gardens can be a colorful and lively experience. Here are the most well-known flowering locations:
- Hong Luoc Flower Market (Hanoi)
- Nhat Tan Flower Village (Hanoi)
- Sa Dec Flowe Village (Dong Thap)
- Tao Dan Flower (Ho Chi Minh City)
At some Museums or Temple of Literature, you can observe calligraphers writing wishes on red paper or banners for the new year that are said to bring luck, success, health, and happiness. Don’t hesitate to get one to connect to the spirit of the Lunar New Year.
In Vietnamese customs, many people visit temples and pagodas during Tet to pray for a prosperous and fortunate year. You may consider visiting some of the well-known temples and pagodas, such as the Tran Quoc Pagoda in Hanoi, during this time.
In order to allow employees to enjoy the holiday with their families, several businesses—including restaurants—may have temporarily closed or changed their operating hours on this particular occasion. Depending on the location, kind, and customs of the area, restaurant availability during Tet may differ.
In larger cities like Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Hanoi, and Danang, you are more likely to find some restaurants that remain open during Tet. Because these cities have a more significant number of customers, some restaurants catering to tourists may stay open.
There will still be a lot of hotels and international franchise restaurants operating. If you book with hotels in advance, also check their restaurant. To avoid wasting time looking for a restaurant, it is a good idea to eat at the hotel’s restaurant.
You can think about looking for specific Tet markets or food stalls that sell traditional holiday meals like banh chung and other seasonal treats if you want to enjoy the local Tet cuisine and traditions.
Tet can bring about unique transportation challenges. Navigate the Tet traffic maze with our practical tips and insights. From booking reliable transportation to understanding local traffic patterns, our ‘On the Move: Tet Transportation Tactics’ guide has you covered.
When a lot of people go to spend time with their family members, there is a big demand for accommodations in popular tourist destinations. More domestic travelers are anticipated in hotels and resorts in well-known locations like Hoi An, Da Nang, Phu Quoc, and Nha Trang. As a result, availability for hotels, guesthouses, and other housing alternatives may be limited, and prices may increase.
Despite this, during the Tet holiday, certain businesses—including lodging—may close or offer less services. The reason for this is that many people—including employees—take time off to celebrate holidays with their families.
Traffic in Vietnam during Tet
Due to the large number of people traveling to their hometowns to spend the Lunar New Year with their family, transportation in Vietnam a week before New Year can be quite challenging. A lot of Vietnamese people are returning to their hometowns before the main Tet vacation days, which means there is a significant increase in demand for travel. In other words, there is a great demand for almost every kind of transportation.
Plan your travel far in advance to guarantee your seat if you plan to travel during Tet. This is the peak travel season for major airports like Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi and Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City. Trains are another well-liked means of transportation during Tet, in addition to planes.
Because of increased demand, transportation costs may increase over the Tet holiday. Even though the fares are higher, tickets for trains, buses, and flights often still sell out quickly.
Traffic congestion can increase in big cities like Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City before to New Year’s Eve as people move around for year-end parties or return to their hometowns. Just be calm when the roads become clogged and travel times between sightseeing might be longer than usual.
There will be a shift in the atmosphere from busy cities to serene ones over the main Tet days. There are none of the usual crowded and noisy scenes. The urban city is different from itself on normal days. On the first day of the Vietnamese New Year, the area is quiet with fresh air.
Banking and Money Exchange
You should check the particular holiday schedule and operation hours in advance if you intend to visit a bank or need banking services during Tet in Vietnam.
Throughout Tet, ATMs and internet banking are still accessible. Due to increased demand and potential cash shortages around this time, ATMs may become less dependable, so make sure you have enough cash on hand to cover your demands.
Before boarding the plane or at the airport, you should exchange a small sum of money. However, banks and money exchangers at the airport provide a less beneficial exchange rate than usual. The more favorable exchange rate could be found in jewelry shops in Hanoi Old Quarter or near Ho Chi Minh City’s Ben Thanh market.
As you prepare to embark on your Tet adventure, armed with cultural insights and practical tips, remember that each moment during Tet is a unique celebration waiting to be experienced. For more insider tips and exclusive content, explore our website further. Whether you’re a solo traveler, a couple, or a family, let the spirit of Tet guide you to new and exciting horizons.
Wishing you a Tet filled with joy, cultural richness, and unforgettable memories. Safe travels!