As the most important date in the Vietnamese calendar, Tet is a time of traditional ceremonies, special foods and paying respects to ancestors (which lasts for 3 to 7 days). Of all the festivals in Vietnam, Tet is number one on most lists. It takes place in late January/early February and visitors will be able to see streets, shops and homes decorated with trees, fruit, paper flowers, calligraphy and lanterns. While this can be a fascinating time to be in Vietnam, you do need to be prepared for some businesses to be closed, tourist sites to be very busy and for transport to be packed as many Vietnamese are travelling around the country. Although we do our best to run our Vietnam tours during Tet as per the scheduled itinerary, it is likely that there will be some changes to transport, accommodation or order of destinations visited.
Tet Trung Thu (Mid-Autumn Festival)
This popular festival belongs to the children of Vietnam, but is still fun for adults too and occurs in late September/early October. With ancient roots and rich in myth and legend, travellers will delight in seeing kids performing lion dances and participating in street processions.
Reunification day (April 30) is a public holiday that marks the fall of southern Vietnam and the end of the Vietnam War. The streets are dressed in Vietnamese flags with patriotic parades in the major cities.
National Day (September 2) commemorates the Vietnam Declaration of Independence from France on September 2, 1945. In Hanoi, the streets around Hoan Kiem Lake close for traffic and open for street food and performances. In Saigon, fireworks and a street party on Nguyen Hue Street.
Vietnam Public Holiday dates
• 1 January - New Year's Day
• 2 January - New Year's Day Holiday
• 26 January – 1 February - Lunar New Year Holidays
• 6-7 April - Hung Kings Commemoration Day
• 30 April - Reunification Day
• 1 May - Labor Day
• 2 May - Reunification Day Holiday
• 2 September - National Day
• 4 September - National Day Holiday