Some travelers hesitate to travel to Vietnam during this traditional national holiday. This is largely explained by the points quoted below. And yet, if you know the keys, your stay in Vietnam during New Year will be wonderful and filled with unforgettable memories.
- Closure of stores and offices:
Traditionally, Vietnamese people enjoy the Tet holiday for 4 days (From the last day of the year to the 3rd day of the new year) to meet and visit friends, relax, have fun…. Almost all stores and offices are closed during this period.
Note: If you travel with a travel agency: no problem because they had information before Tet holiday to send you in restaurants which will be open.
If you are traveling alone: you will have the pleasure to taste the street food, or you can ask a local travel agency which restaurants are still open, or even go shopping before Tet holiday for the preparation of these 4 days if you stay in an apartment where you can easily cook.
- Food :
You will be invited by friends throughout the holiday. This may torture your stomach and make you gain weight, just like during Christmas in the west.
Note: Watch your weight with a scale every day, prepare medication against diarrhea, fever, hangover,… (remember that drug stores also will be closed during these 4 days).
- Substantial increase in prices :
During this period, prices tend to increase (double or even triple) while needs are increasing (purchase, entertainment, transport, …) and even the production cannot adapt sufficiently to the demands. This price increase will last from the first day until the sixth day after the Tet.
Note: Do your shopping before Tet holiday when the prices haven’t increased yet.
- Local tours :
Local markets and some handicraft workshops will be closed during the Tet festival.
Note: enjoy landscapes, pagodas, temples, where you will discover the special atmosphere of Tet holiday. Or just stay in local house is a good choice that will help you discover the customs of Vietnamese people during this Tet period.
- Reservation airline’s ticket and train’s tickets :
Tet holiday among other festival are the opportunity for locals to return to their hometown and village which translates into long queues for booking tickets. The lack of availability is not a big surprise. And even if you have booked by calling, your ticket might not be considered and could be cancelled. Therefore, make sure to pick up your ticket in time.
Note: Booking your ticket a month before to be sure to get a seat.
- Visiting locals:
The majority of Vietnamese people believe that the first visitor on the first day of Lunar New Year decides the state of the family throughout the hole year. Therefore, Vietnamese people choose in advance their first visitor according to their age which suits to the age of all members of the family.
Note: if you want to visit someone’s house, you must avoid visiting on the first day of Lunar New Year or at least call before asking for permission.