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The most significant holiday in Vietnam is definitely the Vietnamese New Year. It’s “Tết” in Vietnamese, and it’s based on the Vietnamese Lunar calendar. It falls kết thúc of January or early February .

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The Vietnamese New Year shares many similarities khổng lồ the Chinese New Year. However, it’s notably different in terms of traditions, cultural events, food and practice.

Doing your holiday during this time canbe a nightmare or the best choice you take. The key is to lớn understandwhat will go on. What is possible to bởi or not. In other words, a bitof planning is advisable.

In this post, we’ll answer some basic and very important questions you should ask yourself if travelling during this period. This way, we want to lớn offer some guidance on things lớn remember to make đầu năm mới a cultural high point of your discovery of Vietnam. Our focus is, of course, northern Vietnam, specially rural areas.

So we’ll start by the first question that might come up to lớn your mind:


1. What is the Vietnamese New Year like?

The đầu năm mới holiday is a celebration to lớn welcome the New Year & imminent spring. It’s a time to lớn sum up the past year. Most importantly, it marks a time for change & hopes for prosperity & happiness.

But it’s not lượt thích our January 1stNew Year, when one declares simple goals as losing weight, notsmoking or going to lớn the gym. No, the Vietnamese New Year comes withreal beliefs và rooted traditions.

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Homestays are always our favorite option, but they are very specially during Tết, as it’s your chance to live this celebration as a local.

Along the roads of Ha Giang & Cao Bang, the best choice is the many ethnic minority homestays. QT’s staff will give you the best suggestions & directions where lớn find these. Be careful to lớn avoid the many so-called homestays that simply are just another hostel.

This is also a season when you should consider staying more than one night in a village or a small town. First, during Tết, you are “trapped” in your location for more than the minimum days possible to do a loop due lớn transport limitation to/from Ha Giang & Cao Bang. So there you have a great excuse not khổng lồ rush. Secondly, spend that extra day và see that đầu năm is not happening only by the evening meal, but takes place throughout the days.

Finally, with limitations of the shops và restaurants being open, your homestay can also come to lớn your rescue. You can stock up on water và ask them khổng lồ arrange a simpler packed lunch at a small charge.

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6. Are prices hiked during Tết?

Definitely not. At least if you’re not at a fancy resort… which there aren’t in Ha Giang & Cao Bang. Hiked tourist-prices are almost unheard of in these mountains and valleys. Tết is also, as earlier explained, an important mark for the good New Year. Haggling is not common in these areas. Even less so during Tết. It’d be leaning of being extremely rude. So if something is not to your pocket, then go to lớn the next vendor.

Vietnamese people want lớn ensure starting the New Year in the best possible way. Therefore, it’s very unlikely that a rural Vietnamese businessperson raises their prices for you. That could bestow a bad start to lớn the expectations for the year to come.