Greetings all, this is my cherry-popping travelfish post!
I am travelling to Thailand in late January/February next year. After some time in Thailand and a stop in Siem Reap to see Angkor, I was hoping to see a little bit of Northern Vietnam. Due to logistics and the need to fit in with others, I can only visit Vietnam towards the end of my trip- that is from about 16th February, which I understand is the time of the Tet festival.
I had planned to spend about 9 days in Vietnam, comprised of 3 days Hanoi, 3 days Halong bay and 3 days either Sapa or Hoi An (in which case I'd obviously fly to Danang). But now I am having second thoughts as to whether its worth doing Vietnam at this time since I want to squeeze so much in. I don't really want to spend the entire 9 days in Hanoi.
Was hoping someone with a little more experience could enlighten me as to how difficult it is to do this sort of trip at this time of year. I really want to see Vietnam but as a first time traveller in the area I'm unsure of just how hard it is to do things during Tet.
Thanks in advance for your replies!
#1 Saul has been a member since 31/8/2006. Posts: 4
Hi, there was a thread on this quite recently:
#2 Laura_B has been a member since 30/6/2006. Posts: 54
In 2007, Tet will be on February 18.
VietNam essentially goes dead for about three days - although minimal services are maintained by the hotels for guests. Often the celebrations last longer. They are dedicated vacationers.
This will eat into quite a bit of your vacation time in VN.
The other drag is that half the population of the south travels north and half the north travels south which completely jams the transportation system and fills all the lower priced hotels with the Tet itinerants.
If the choice was mine, I would opt for Thailand - assuming that todays coup doesn't screw the country up big time.
#3 DakLak has been a member since 28/8/2006. Posts: 57