three of us traveling in vietnam for 4 weeks in feb2008
we are concerned about being there during tet , anywhere that would be good to hang while it is on?
or should we visit laos or cambodia for a week when the madness is on?
really hard to plan our trip until we make this decision as as it happens to be a third of the way in, if we stay how far ahead would we have to book travel and accom
#1 charlotterussell has been a member since 1/11/2007. Posts: 7
While it may seem like a great idea to spend Tet in Vietnam, in practice, it's not always so great. The celebration is fun and all, but for many this is outweighed by the difficulties in getting around as transport and accommodation is packed to the rafters and some businesses close down across the holiday.
It's a personal choice -- if you're planning on sitting out Tet in one spot (eg Saigon) then go for it, but if you're planning on travelling a fair bit during the holiday, then I'd consider spending your time elsewhere and hitting Vietnam after Tet.
In recent years the Tet festival has become more of a public celebration in larger cities but be warned that transportation services and hotel rooms are filled by Vietnamese who visit the bosom of their families.
Tourist services are somewhat reduced in the larger cities and almost non-existent in smaller cities and towns.
The 'worst' part of Tet are the first three days with things quickly assuming the normal by the fifth day.
#3 CatBa2 has been a member since 6/11/2007. Posts: 53
I have been concerned about this too - Are travel routes OUT of veitnam affected significantly during tet??
I will be in Saigon from the 6th/7th (start of tet) and need to be in cambodia byt the 9th/10th.
Will i have a significant problem getting to cambodia??
#4 limeandsoda has been a member since 29/10/2007. Posts: 10
I have experienced Tet in Saigon (HCMC) and while it the days leading to the New Year is busttling with human energy, things do get a bit hectic. The 3 days following Tet are quiet and boring since most shops and stores close. I will be in Saigon for the 2008 New Year.
#5 Unknownsu has been a member since 20/10/2007. Posts: 5
thank you everyone who replied to me,
looks like we are going to head straight to hanoi,maybe do halong before Tet[we felt it better to just wait tet out in vietnam as we did not want to rush vietnam as we only had one month,camb or laos another time]
I have been told that SAPA would be a good place to go for the 3 day holiday of Tet .Is that so? will there be somewhere to eat etc?I guess at least you can do some hiking, where major sight seeing in cities etc would be closed,
#6 charlotterussell has been a member since 1/11/2007. Posts: 7
Regarding Tet 2010, which I believe lands on the 14th Feb, is it only the week leading up and that week after that accomodation and travel must be booked in advance? Just wondering whether travelling around between 6th January to early February is going to be a hassle...
#7 AlyssaAnne has been a member since 9/8/2009. Posts: 20
Tet affects everything from at least 2-4 weeks before until after.
Most businesses (restaurants, etc.) are closed at least first 3-5 days of Tet. Transport airplanes, buses, trains, etc. are almost impossible to get tickets into, out & around VN during this period.
And if you find any tickets for transport - or buy meals, hotels, etc. - it is WAY over priced because everyone is trying to make as much money as quickly as they can for Tet!
When I am in VN over Tet I sit and wait & go nowhere!
Tet for tourist is VERY overrated! unless you have family in VN and have your own transportation (bike, car etc.) do NOT come anywjere near VN!
#8 Pablot has been a member since 4/5/2009. Posts: 102