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Vietnam in February during Chinese New Year. Bad timing?

Posted by Shahmatt on 7/12/2009 at 19:21


I thought of visiting Vietnam during the Chinese New Year period. Is this a bad time?

My plan is to visit Halong Bay and the Phong Nha caves in a 5 day trip.

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Posted by Shahmatt on 9/12/2009 at 09:14

Does anyone know? I believe the Chinese New Year is called the Tet festival over there?

Is it a poor time to visit?

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Posted by idreamofdurian on 9/12/2009 at 12:06 TF writer

Yah, lunar New Year is known as Tet in Vietnam. If you plan to stay in the same place for 5 - 10 days, you should be alright. That said, you should still expect lots of things to be closed; it's a very important family holiday and the only time of the year that many small shops are closed.

Getting public transportation anywhere will be a nightmare. Honestly, you couldn't pay me to visit Vietnam or China during the lunar new year. It's insanely busy. I'd rethink it and try to be anywhere else during that time.

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Posted by Shahmatt on 9/12/2009 at 18:57

Thanks. I'll avoid Vietnam then. Target another area.

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