Vietnamese New Year 2018 – Holiday Notice and Travel Tips

Vietnamese New Year 2018 – Holiday Notice and Travel Tips

Notice for Tet Holidays 2018

Dear Valued Clients,

From Thursday 15/02/2018 to Sunday 18/02/2018 the Indochina Junk’ office and boats shall be closed for the Tet Holidays. We will resume for business on Monday 19/02/2018.

During the four days of Tet holiday, our mail server will remain open to receive your requests. However, the reply time might be longer than 24 hours. In case of urgent matters, please call us at the hotline number: (+84) 96 434 33 22.

At this special time of year, we give thanks for clients like you who have made our jobs easier and our lives more fulfilling. From all of us at Indochina Junk.

Happy Lunar New Year!

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Some travel tips during Tết Holiday

Tet or Tet Nguyen Dan is a Traditional New Year of Vietnam, according to the lunar calendar. Tet takes place from the first day of the first month of the lunar calendar (around late January or early February) until at least the third day. For the Vietnamese people, Tet is the most important time, just like Christmas, it is the time that we think about our family; no matter how far we are, we go back home. Therefore, before the holiday, the demand for transportation increases dramatically. But after the 29th December of Lunar Calendar, the whole country enter go-slow mode: no more traffic jam, most shop, and stores closed. But it is the best time to travel to Vietnam; it is the rare time that you can see the beauty of old buildings that were left during French Colonial time; the old pagoda cast its shadow on the braved street of Old Quarter.

While you can enjoy some downtime in Vietnam, there are some tips that you should take note while traveling to Vietnam during that time.

When is Tet?

For the year of 2018, Tet Holiday falls from Thursday 15/02/2018 to Sunday 18/02/2018. During that time most services closed, and there are only a few restaurants beside in-hotel restaurants operate. Therefore, if your hotel doesn’t provide dining service during this time, you should ask for any recommended restaurants.

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About three days before the Tet Holiday, it is going-home time, so DON’T travel during that time or you will stuck in the crowd like a ham in a sandwich. The prices for buses, trains, and airline are skyrocket. Additional plastic seats will be added to bus and train for higher demand of local folks, and they might bring livestock on board. Even flights become a nightmare for tourists, long delay time, a high number of fellow local travelers who quite often be first-time flyers, so they seat wherever they want, usually taking the window seats, and put their luggage wherever they see a space.

Watch out for valuables

It seems that even thefts want to have more money to bring back home. That means, watch out for your valuable things such as phones, wallet, camera, etc.  Be careful with street vendors, shoe-shiners and “xich lo” drivers who try to sell some food, fixing your shoes, or ask you to take a ride.


While most restaurants and other services closed, hotels and resorts are packed with people who want to enjoy Tet in a new way. Booking ahead is the way to go here. In the famous tourist cities such as Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, etc., it is easy to find a hotel in online booking site. But in smaller destinations, especially ones that only have small family-run guesthouses, you should be prepared for some difficulties. If you are lucky to stay with a host family for Tet Holiday, you will have a really fun time cooking traditional foods and enjoy a “Tat Nien” (Year End) Meal with local folks.

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Where to go during Tet

Depending on the policy of each company, some will operate throughout the holiday with a cut-down of staff; some others will close for three days. Places such as Ho Guom (Hanoi), Hoi An, Da Lat, Nguyen Hue Street (Sai Gon) are crazy, fun and brilliantly confusing, and are top destinations during the Tet holidays for the Vietnamese. Some choices for ones who hate crowded places: Trang An (Ninh Binh), Hue, Mekong Delta, Con Dao Island.

Some other tips

Avoid wearing dark color clothes when you visit someone’s house in Tet, choose something with a bright color such as red and yellow. Because red and yellow are considered the color of luck, while black and white are the color of dead and misfortune.

No bargain when shopping during the holiday as it will bring bad luck for the shop-owners for the whole year.  And the prices of things are uncommonly higher than usual.

Take extra careful when crossing the road or driving by yourselves. It is time for party and alcohol of Vietnamese, thus, a higher number of drivers who are drunk, or who drive carelessly.