Vietnamese New Year (Vietnamese Tet)

Not to be mistaken for Chinese New Year, the Vietnamese Tet holiday is the most important public holiday in Vietnam and one not to miss.

The famous Tet Festival

Vietnam’s Tet Festival runs concurrent to the Chinese New Year, normally around late January.

It is, similarly, a celebration of the start of the Lunar New Year. But although there are many cultural crossovers between China and Vietnam passed down through the centuries, the Vietnamese Tet Festival has its own distinct style and voice.

At the heart of the Tet Festival lies the importance of commemorating the lives of departed ancestors, and embracing the coming year with the living family.

Hoi An

The historic Silk Route trading port of Hoi An, just a short hop from the resort of Danang, turns on a superlative show for the Tet Festival.

The traditional art of lantern making is a particular speciality in Hoi An, and is used to dazzling effect during the festivities with a lantern contest and parade.

Visitors will also be treated to a spectacular lion dance (not with real lions, we stress) and a parade of cars bedecked in flowers.

Add in music, traditional sports competitions and the haunting peal of temple and pagoda bells for an immersive and magical Tet experience.