The Ultimate Guide to Vietnamese New Year (Tết)

What is Tết? Tết or Vietnamese New Year is the most important time of the year in Vietnam. It’s a huge week long celebration, as big as Christmas, New Years Eve, Birthday and Bank Holidays all rolled into one. If you’re Vietnamese it’s an exciting time bustling with activities and family get togethers. For travellers […]

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Vietnamese New Year Traditions: A Guide to the 12 Days of Tết

Vietnamese New Year Traditions Têt, or Vietnamese New Year, is the largest and most important festival in the Vietnamese calendar. Vietnamese New Year Traditions  are anchored into the 12 days of Tết which are filled with religious ceremony, quality family time and purification rituals aimed at washing away all the bad luck of the old [...]

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Vietnam National Day 2017

Vietnam National Day 2nd September 2016: A quick guide for travellers If you’ve been in Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City for the past few days you might have noticed people scurrying about, putting up flags, trimming trees and shutting off roads. Don’t worry nothing’s amiss, people are just busy preparing for Vietnam’s 71st anniversary [...]

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Cambodia in Brief
A Quick Guide to Siem Reap

A Quick Guide to Siem Reap In the mornings Siem Reap is very quiet, with the majority of its guests being away exploring the temples of Angkor Archaeological Park. It’s the perfect time to visit the Old Market or to enjoy a leisurely breakfast. In the afternoons and evenings the city is buzzing with activity. [...]

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Vietnamese New Year and the Lunar Calendar

Tet and the Vietnamese Zodiac System The Vietnamese can be a superstitious bunch. Many of them believe in an elaborate and complex Zodiac system made up of animal signs, Ying and Yang symbols, Earthly Elements and celestial symbols that depend on the year, month, day, hour and even century that you were born. This complex […]

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Vietnamese New Year Food

  Vietnamese New Years or Tết is a week long festival of family fun, worship, renewal and of course feasting. Vietnamese New Year Food forms a huge part of the festival. Everyday Vietnamese food is prepared from ingredients bought fresh from the market everyday. During Tết the markets are closed and fresh herbs and meat […]

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Travelling in Vietnam During Tet

Tips for what to see and do Travelling in Vietnam During Tết can be tricky and even a little frustrating. Getting around is more difficult, shops are shut and people behave a little differently. It isn’t all negative though. There’s flower blossom lined streets, fireworks, plenty of sweet treats and plenty of rice wine. Get […]

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What is Tết or Vietnamese New Year? A quick introduction

What is Tết or Vietnamese New Year? Tết is the Vietnamese name for the lunar New Year. Vietnam’s holidays and festivals work according to a lunar calendar.  This means instead of celebrating New Year Day on the 1st January they celebrate it sometime between late January and mid February. Tết is more than just a […]

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Vietnam in Brief
A Quick Guide to Hue

A Quick Guide to Hue Hue is a little city with a big history. For almost 150 years it served as Vietnam’s capital bringing with it royal extravagance and an elegant, delicate cuisine. At the heart of the city is the large and beautiful Imperial Citadel. Once home to the Nguyen Lords it’s now a [...]

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Vietnam in Brief
A Quick Guide to Danang

A Quick Guide to Da Nang Flanked by mountains, rivers and beaches, Da Nang is a modern city with a lot of soul. The main town is nestled next to the river, where neat and clean landscaping give it a ‘small town’ feel. It has the fastest growing economy of any city in Vietnam and [...]

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