TÊT 2020

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As a traveler khổng lồ Vietnam, there are certain things you should know about Tet. At the very least, you should have sầu an idea whether your upcoming Vietphái nam holiday will coincide with this grand sự kiện & what khổng lồ expect if so.

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When is Tet Festival?

Tet Festival in Vietphái mạnh usually falls in late January or early/mid-February. The dates vary from year lớn year as it is based on the lunar calendar. The celebration lasts one week or longer.

In 2019, Tet Festival is celebrated on February 5. Typically public holidays will be granted for seven days. The specific days taken will depover on how the dates fall over a weekkết thúc, và extra days may be declared holidays khổng lồ bridge to weekends.

In 2020, Tet Festival is observed on January 25.

In 2021, Tet Festival is celebrated on February 12.

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Night View of Vietnam during Tet Festival

What is Tet Festival?

The full name for Tet is Tet Nguyen Dan. It is the most important và widely celebrated public festival of the year in Vietphái nam. It is the occasion for Vietnamese to lớn express their respects for ancestors as well as welcoming the lunar New Year with family members. Overall, Tet holiday for Vietnam giới is a bit lượt thích the Spring Festival for Chinese: every family will get together to have big meals khổng lồ welcome the New Year.

How is Tet Festival celebrated?

Since Tet is the most important festival for Vietnamese, preparations for celebration begins well in advance. They make offering and pray at temples about the two weeks before và immediately after Tet because visiting temples is considered auspicious. Many families visit the graves of ancestors in the week prior lớn Tet. Homes are cleaned and decorated with Hoa Mai (yellow apricot blossom), Hoa Dao (peach blossom), Kumquat tree & many other colorful flowers. On the eve of Tet, they cook an abundance of food. On the first days of New Year, everytoàn thân, especially kids, wear new clothes & shoes to lớn visit families và friends và enjoy the traditional Tet food lượt thích Banh Chung (a sticky rice cake). Many children receive sầu “lucky money” in red envelopes.

Big replicas of yellow apricot are hung to decorate streets.

Odynovo (formerly Odyssey) guests enjoying Vietnamese New Year feast with a local family. (Photo: David Budd)

Travelling in Vietnam giới during Tet Holiday

What does the Tet festival in Vietnam mean for tourists? It is a particularly good time to visit in Vietnam? Should I time my Vietnam visit khổng lồ avoid Tet? Many travelers have such doubts in mind. To help you make the decision, here are some facts khổng lồ know about Vietnam during Tet Holiday:

1. Transportation: flights, buses và trains about 1 week before or after Tet Holiday are often booked out well in advance as Vietnamese travel a lot this time (return home/go baông chồng for work). Be sure lớn book early. Note:Odynovo (formerly Odyssey) provides private vehicle for customers, so there is no need to worry about short-distance transportation.

2. Accommodation: most hotels remain open, so there is no need to lớn worry about accommodation. However, some hotels may raise the price if you stay during Tet holiday.

3. Sightseeing: some tourist sites remain open during Tet, but many museums, mausoleums, & indoor exhibition place & art houses will be closed at the first 3 days of Tet. The floating markets in the Mekong Delta will be closed.

4. Restaurants: many restaurants will be closed during Tet. Therefore, Tet may not be the best time for culinary tour fans.

5. Shops: many shops will be closed for the first few days of Tet Festival. The good news is - many products will be sold at a very reasonable price because most sellers want to lớn start a smooth sales year.

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6. Banks: banks will be closed for the holiday.

Overall, Tet is not the best time lớn travel to lớn Vietnam giới, but will all these factors spoil your Vietphái nam holiday during Tet? Not really. Here are some good parts of Tet for travelers:

1. The country is vibrant và colourful during this time, and you will have a chance to lớn learn more about culture of Vietphái mạnh.

Local flower market at night.

2. Streets are quiet & light in traffic during Tet. Beaches will be less crowded - overall Tet is a great time for those who enjoy the tranquility.

3. Streets are elaborately decorated & everybody toàn thân looks happy. Just enjoy the festive sầu mood!

4. Hotels & travel agents still work during Tet holiday. Some hotels will have special nights or New Year celebration.

My tips for travelling in Vietphái mạnh during Tet

If you"re planning khổng lồ visit Vietnam during Tet holiday, here are some tips.

1. Be sure khổng lồ plan & book your Vietnam tour early so that tickets can be guaranteed. Booking two or four months ahead is not a bad idea.

2. Book hotels early. There are three reasons: you can enjoy a relatively low price; avoid the risk of having no room khổng lồ stay; there are more choices if book early.

3. Since some tourist sites are closed during Tet, it’s wise lớn plan your itinerary accordingly: visit the museums & such just before or after Tet, và relax or walk around Hanoi Old Quarter or go sunbathing in beaches during Tet.

4. For travelers, dining at khách sạn restaurants is the option since most restaurants are closed.

5. If you are in need of some currency changed, vị this in hotels though the exchange rate might be less than favorable.

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6. Try not khổng lồ bargain because it will be considered lớn bring about bad luchồng for the whole new year. If you have khổng lồ do, be very politely.

All in all, if you"re planning lớn visit Vietnam during or around Tet Holiday, be sure lớn prepare your trip ahead of time!