Most tourists on Hanoi holiday just know our capital - Hanoi through the war with The United States - The US and heard our city got terrible bomings. They do not know Hanoi is a very charming city and famous for colorful street life. The streets are full of people - eating, drinking, talking, laughing, selling, buying - a really big social centre of Vietnam. Hanoi just sleeps for 4hour on a day.
Hanoi is the thousand year old capital of Vietnam since the 1st October 1010 and was the capital of Indochina in 1888 under French rule. This is the reason why Hanoi capital city blends the Vietnamese ancient traditional architectures dating from 11th century and French colonial buildings with many lakes, parks and wide tree-lined boulevards. Especially, walking or cycling tour around 36 commercial old streets offers amazing experiece on local life of Hanoians.
Most travelers to Hanoi city find it to be relatively slow paced, pleasant, old traditional, elegant and charming. Physically, Hanoi city is a little bit smaller than Saigon. However, Hanoi is much more attractive and most importantly Hanoi is the gateway to Halong bay, Sapa( King of all Vietnam tours) and all destinations of North Vietnam.
Before ending Vietnam travel Hanoi, most travelers have the same feeling that their Hanoi holiday should be longer or it is too short and they should join Hanoi travel Vietnam again. See More information on Vietnam Hanoi travel, please follow us at Hanoi Vietnam in the eyes of foreigners and Hanoi attractions
First of all, What is the Tet of Vietnam? Tet is the biggest holiday in Vietnam. It could last from 7days to 15days and it depends on each year. The north people working in the south Vietnam and central Vietnam would like to come back home to enjoy the Tet festival with family members and vise versa. Vietnamese people can work very hard for the whole year and save just for The Tet.
During the Tet, it does not matter whether the family is rich or poor. It is the same in every family full of all things to create many wonderful parties as Vietnamese people will visit eachother on this occassion. Meeting, drinking and partying including games and gambling for fun and for money as well. From the city to the countryside, pagodas and temples are full of Vietnamese people praying for good lucks of the whole coming year. If visiting a family, you will surely meet a lot of people and enjoy party with the local home. It is a great adventure for you to discover Vietnamese culture of Tet when visiting one of our staff family during the Tet.
When is Tet in Vietnam? It could last from 7days to 15days and it depends on each year. Tet in Vietnam starts on the 30 Dec of moon calander, so it will be different on different years. The Tet festival of 2017 will be on Jan 29th 2017. The Tet festival of 2018 will be on Feb 17th 2018. The Tet festival of 2019 will be on Feb 6th 2019. The Tet festival of 2020 will be on Jan 26th 2020.
The advantage of planning your Vietnam travel Hanoi to Saigon during Tet in Vietnam? - IF your Vietnam tours Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh start before Tet festival in Vietnam, you will enjoy the chances to see many different things prepared for Tet. Recommend you to visit some markets during your Travel Hanoi to Saigon. Different markets at different parts of Vietnam will have different things to prepare The Tet. Strongly recommend to visit local markets in the countrysides. They are very different with the market in the city.
strongly recommend you to visit a local family, especially in the countryside, you will learn how they decorate their home for the new year. All the houses will be beautified with different kinds of flowers. There are 3 most famous tyles of floweres to be the symple of Tet - In the north Vietnam, Peach blossom and kumquat trees, In the South Vietnam with Plum blossom. It would be great adventure for you to enjoy a meal during the Tet with a Vietnamese family to learn what kind of food they use to pay their respect to the ancestor. Then, they will eat this food.
Another place is recommended you to come and visit - the temples and pagodas during the Tet, you will see many people pray for the whole new year to come. The Vietnamese hope they will have good year to come.
The disadvantage if your Vietnam travel Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh during Tet in Vietnam?. Besides some great advantages to travel Vietnam during Tet. However, there are many disadvantages if you plan your Vietnam tours Hanoi to Saigon during The Tet. Before the Tet, the traffic is so busy and take long time to travel in the cities and outside. The most disadvantage coming after the Tet starts. All most daily life activities are stopped and closed for around 7day or 10day. Most of shops and restaurants are close, too. The price for everything is higher than noral days. If you travel during the Tet, the working fees for tour guide, driver and staffs working on Halong bay cruises are also higher. My opion is that you will lose more than you get if anyone join Vietnam tours Hanoi to Saigon from the 1st day to the 10th day of the Tet.
Combine your Vietnam travel Hanoi to Saigon with Tet in Vietnam: Before Tet + Tet - It is a great idea to combine your Vietnam holiday package to happen before Tet and end after 3 or 4 day in the Tet. However, many tourists have no other choice for the time and they have to plan your Vietnam holiday Hanoi to Saigon during the Tet. This is the great idea for you to see during the Tet as it is no difference to see them in, before or after the Tet: You should see Halong bay for 2 or 3 day as it is the same during the Tet and before or after the Tet. The second place is to travel Sapa for 3 or 4 days as the stunning sceney is the same and the ethnic groups have their own festival 1 month earlier than the Tet. The 3nd place to visit is Trangan, Van Long, Cuc Phuong National park and Tam Coc. They are the same during the Tet.
In conclusion, you should finish your Vietnam tours Hanoi to Saigon on the 2nd day of the Tet. If there is no other choice to tour Vietnam during the Tet, you should visit Halong bay, Sapa, Trangan, Tamcoc, Van Long, Cuc Phuong during the Tet.
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