Tet Nguyen Dan in Vietnam and best places to visit

Tet Nguyen Dan or Tet is the most important festival in Vietnam. It is the Vietnamese New Year marking the arrival of spring based on the Lunar calendar. The name Tet Nguyen Dan means the very first morning of the year.

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Tet and Activities

Tet takes place from the first day of the first month of the Lunar calendar (around late January or early February) until at least the fifth day. Vietnamese people prepare for Tet by cooking special holiday foods and cleaning their house. There are a lot of customs practiced during Tet such as ancestor worship, visiting a person’s house on the first day of the new year (xông nhà), wishing New Year’s greetings, giving lucky money to children.

Tet is also an occasion for pilgrims and family reunions. During Tet, Vietnamese people often visit their relatives, temples and churches; forget the troubles of the past year and hope for a better upcoming year. 

Here are the best places for you to visit during Tet in Vietnam.

Visit Moc Chau

Two hundred kilometers apart from Ha Noi, Moc Chau is a well-known destination for Tet Holiday. The best time to go to Moc Chau is from the end of January to February. We can see plum blossoms and sakura bloom everywhere, making the plateau look like heaven.

Visit Sapa

Another Northern destination! If you come to Vietnam in Tet Holiday 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, and especially, the traditional festivals will never let you down!

Visit Hoi An

Hoi An is a stunning 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.

Yellow houses in bougainvillea, vintage shops selling silk, lanterns, fantastic Banh Mi, there are whole lot more things you can experience when traveling to Hoi An. Especially during Tet Holiday, Hoi An will become more festive and colorful. Hoi An is riverside oldtown, it looks like a picture postcard of a Vietnamese country town. UNESCO has preserved the beauty of its unique mix in the architecture. Visiting Hoi An, some highlights in your trip may include a Vietnamese cooking class, long-tailed boat trip, food tour, spa sessions, and of course relaxing on the Hoi An beaches.

Visit Da Lat

With no doubt, visiting the “City of flowers” in the blooming season is an excellent plan for your Tet Holiday. In the three days of Tet, the whole city is usually crowded. The comfortable weather and tasty dishes in everywhere of this place attract many people to experience. 

You can hire a motorbike and wander around this city to enjoy its unique beauty and of course, Da Lat cherry blossoms. It’s time to relax and pay yourself a retreat.

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