New year in Vietnam is a little different as compared to most places. After the Vietnamese people were freed from the Chinese, they made their own lunar-solar calendar and the first lunar is celebrated as Tet Ngyuen Dan or TET and brings the arrival of spring for them. During Vietnamese New Year, most of the restaurants and other places are closed because the locals celebrate it for 3 days. But this doesn’t mean that you have to stay indoors, as there are other events that you can be a part of and interact with the locals. If you are confused about how to celebrate Vietnamese New Year, then here are some things that you can do during that time.
10 Best Experiences For New Year In Vietnam
Take a look at the experiences that you can have while holidaying in Vietnam during the new year celebrations to make it the best one of your life!
1. Go for countdown parties
There are a lot of great resorts like Holiday Beach, Bamboo Bar, Furama, Pullman etc. that offer parties for you and your friends and family. This is a great way to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Vietnam. You will be able to enjoy whatever the resorts have to offer, great food, games, entertainment and more. Apart from resorts, you can even visit 29/3 Square on 2/9th street for the biggest countdown party concert that starts at 9 pm and continues on till midnight. If you even ask the hotel you are staying at, they might just have a party as well, because after all, it is New Year’s eve.
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2. Visit Ba Na Hills
There is an amusement park there which is a great way to bring in the Vietnamese New Year 2019, with different kinds of rides and so much entertainment. If you take a cable car and head higher, you will come across Sun World. You can get a great view of the Golden Bridge from there and if you visit at night, it is even more beautiful. Sun World has a temple and a lot of different famous tourist attractions like Buddha sculptures and much more. It is a stone village that has a lot of gardens and displays plenty of architecture from the French colonialism period.
3. Experience a Tet festival
The best way to experience a Vietnamese New Year festival is to visit a local area like Tao Dan Park or if you even ask the locals they will tell you the best place and the best time to find a large parade. You will be able to see lion dance performances, a lot of bells, drums and gongs being sounded. You will also get to see the locals in beautiful outfits in colors of red and yellow, which signify prosperity and success. Moreover, there will be a lot of traditional Vietnamese New Year food that you can taste like xio (sticky rice), thit ga (steamed chicken), giio cha (Vietnamese sausages) and a lot more.
4. Watch the fireworks
To be a part of the Lunar New Year in Vietnam, you should go to watch the fireworks that start at exactly 12:00 am. They are on display along the Han river banks. They will be over the Han Swing Bridge or the Dragon Bridge and can be seen from the other side of the river as well. To get a better view of the fireworks, you should be on a rooftop. You can visit some great rooftop bars like Novo Hotel, Green Plaza or Azura to experience the countdown with your friends and get a great view of the fireworks while indulging in some good food and drinks.
5. Visit some good Pagodas (temples)
You can spend New Year’s day in Vietnam by visiting some temples like Perfume Pagoda in Hanoi, Thien Mu Pagoda in Hue, and Linh Unh Pagoda in Da Nang. There are many more pagodas you can visit but these are the most popular. It will be a great time for you to experience the Vietnamese New Year traditions. The temples tend to be crowded at this time but you get to interact with the locals, watch them make offerings, pray and feel all set to make a fresh start, now that the past year has gone by.
6. Have fun at theme parks or recreational centers
Most theme parks like Asia Park, Vin Pearl, Dam Sen Park and others have so much more to offer around this time. Even recreational centers like Helio tend to have specific events during Tet. They have all that entertainment at reasonable prices and they have offers on rides and food and some places even have little parades within the theme parks while the people perform and show off their lion dances.
7. Treat yourself to some delicious food
No doubt, most of the restaurants are closed during this time, you will find a few rare cafes and restaurants still open during the Vietnam New Year holiday. Although most hotels will be able to provide you with food, but if authentic Vietnamese food is what you want, then head to places like Moose and Roo Pub and Grill, Gecko, JOMA Cafe, Buon de la Cafe and the area around Saigon that will still be up and running even during Tet.
8. Go shopping for decorations
Although there are a few rare markets that are open, you can take up the opportunity and go to a few and pick up some handmade ornaments, accessories and more to pair with your outfits and be a part of the festival. Although most of the stalls will be closed, there will definitely be a few that will be selling either souvenirs or decorations with the festival. You can buy some and decorate your hotel room a little with it or you can take them back home with you. Ben Thanh Market and Dong Xuan Market are two places that tend to have some stalls open at this time.
9. Visit Mui Ne Resort Town
You can visit this beach if you want a change of scenery from all the empty streets. The Mui Ne beach is warm and is a perfect way to keep warm during winter. You can even go swimming here. Most people come here to kite surf but with the festival, most of the places including this beach tend to be quite vacant. If you still have the energy you can take a drive to Fairy Springs to watch the local wildlife and observe exotic flowers.
10. Experience the beauty of Moc Chau Plateau
The day that brings in the New Year of Vietnam is considered as very sacred and although most locals would be praying and feasting within their homes, as a tourist, the best place to visit would be this plateau. Spring brings with it new life and you will be able to see Sakura trees blooming and plums maturing throughout this area. You’ll feel like you’ve been transported to paradise if you visit during the early morning hours.
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Now that we have given you enough ideas to ring in New Year in Vietnam 2019, book your trip to Vietnam with Triangle Triangle and have nothing short of a Chuc Mungnam Moi (Happy New Year in Vietnamese)!
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