Vietnamese Traditional Tet Holiday Foods

     

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

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The Vietnamese New Year shares many similarities lớn 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 khổng lồ 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 lớn make tết 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 your mind:


1. What is the Vietnamese New Year like?

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

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

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Homestays are always our favorite option, but they are very specially during Tết, as it’s your chance lớn 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 và directions where to find these. Be careful 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 bởi a loop due to transport limitation to/from Ha Giang and Cao Bang. So there you have a great excuse not to rush. Secondly, spend that extra day và see that tết is not happening only by the evening meal, but takes place throughout the days.

Finally, with limitations of the shops & restaurants being open, your homestay can also come to lớn your rescue. You can stock up on water and ask them lớn 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 and Cao Bang. Hiked tourist-prices are almost unheard of in these mountains and valleys. đầu năm mới 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 lớn your pocket, then go khổng lồ 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 khổng lồ the expectations for the year khổng lồ come.