I'm travelling to Vietnam in February next year, and I've seen quite a few mentions of the Tet Festival. I'm having trouble working out exactly what date it begins on, and how long it goes for. I've seen both February 18th and 22nd mentioned. What sort of impact does it have on the tourist industry? I'll be in Ho Chi Minh City around that time, flying out on the 21st. I'd love to be there to see what its all like.
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#1 whitecat has been a member since 5/9/2006. Posts: 1
Hi, the Tet festival is a huge holiday for the Vietnamese, its cool being there on the eve, but bear in mind that places will be closed for around 2-3 days after. Places will start to open again, but there are still a lot of shops/restaurants/travel agencies still closed for up to a week. Prices also go up & it is very difficult to book any modes of transport. So if you plan on taking trains & buses around this time book ahead & expect to pay more. I was stranded in Hanoi for a while during Tet & in the end had to buy a plane ticket to fly to Danang as the train was full. It was also difficult to do this as we didnt find many travel agencies open.
The Tet Festival start date: 2007-02-01, end date: 2007-02-07.
Try to arrange to be in a large centre - HCMC - Da Nang - Ha Noi - as these will have sufficient, although reduced, services for Ong Tay (Foreigners) whereas in the boondocks you will go hungry.
Transportation will be jammed (in all classes) as everyone migrates back to their place of birth.
The first day is kind of quiet but as the week goes by you will see and more people out and about until the last night when it seems everything with two or three wheels on it is cruising around the streets.
Of course, Chinese New Year is concurrent with this and there are often CN visitors helping take up the few beds that might be slack.
In both HCMC and Ha Noi Chinatowns do it differently as you will find the 'dragons' climbing buildings looking for red packets filled with money - and the restaurants will be open, too.
#3 DakLak has been a member since 28/8/2006. Posts: 57
The first day of the new lunar year will be 17/02/2007. It's not the best time to travel in unless you have a lot of time and don't have to go somewhere in a hurry and can soak up the athmosphere.