Based on recent data from online travel agency Agoda, Vietnam is becoming a popular choice for tourists from various Asian countries during the upcoming Lunar New Year travel period. Vietnam’s stunning scenery, warm culture, and renowned cuisine are attracting travelers to the country. Alongside Vietnam, the top 5 regional destinations for Lunar New Year travel are Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia.
As the holiday season approaches, Vietnam is experiencing an influx of inbound travelers. South Koreans lead the way, followed by visitors from China, Singapore, Hong Kong (China), and Japan. This surge in visitors promises a bustling Tet season for Vietnam’s travel industry.
Vietnamese visitors are also preparing for the annual break, with Da Lat being this year’s top domestic destination. Da Lat, Nha Trang, Danang, Phan Thiet, and Ho Chi Minh City are the top 5 domestic destinations for Vietnamese travelers.
“Tet is a time of renewal and celebration, and we see this reflected in the travel choices of our customers,” said Lam Vu, Country Director of Vietnam at Agoda. “The diversity of preferred destinations speaks to the rich tapestry of experiences sought by travelers during this festive season. Whether it’s the vibrant street life of Bangkok, the mountain retreats of Da Lat, or the serene beaches of Bali, Agoda facilitates these journeys with ease and value.”
Best destinations to welcome Lunar New Year in Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh City
During Tet holidays, there are many places to visit and things to enjoy in Ho Chi Minh City. One special event is the Nguyen Hue Flower Street in District 1, where different kinds of flowers from many regions of the country are brought to Ho Chi Minh City and arranged into beautiful shapes.
|During Tet holidays, there are many places to visit and things to enjoy in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Vietnam Tourism
Tao Dan Park also holds a flower exhibition during the Tet holidays. Many flowers that win the competition are gathered here for viewers to enjoy. There are also game shows and music concerts available.
Parks like Dam Sen Park and Suoi Tien Park are also great choices to spend your holidays, with many activities and festivals happening during the holidays.
During Tet, the Han River is adorned with a vibrant garden featuring colorful flowers and beautiful decorations. Take a stroll along Bach Dang Street for the best experience. The two largest gardens on the river are located near the Dragon Bridge and near the Danang City Committee building.
|The flower garden in Nha Trang during the Lunar New Year. Photo: Baotintuc
Ba Na Hills, a cool mountain resort, holds a flower festival during Tet, making it a must-see destination. The ancient city of Hoi An, just south of Danang, is also a perfect place to visit during the Lunar New Year.
Nha Trang is a playground for sunseekers, offering delicious seafood, snorkeling, and beach parties. Despite the development boom in the area, colorful fishing villages and serene riverside restaurants are still nearby.
|Perched on a pristine stretch of the southern coast, Nha Trang is a playground for sunseekers. Photo: Baotintuc
Nha Trang is also known for its wellness attractions, such as mud baths and hot springs hidden in the hills just north of the city.
Quang Ba Flower Market near West Lake is a must-visit place the week before Tet. Shoppers buy pink peach boughs to bring luck in the New Year. Lunar New Year’s Eve is best witnessed in the alleys of the Old Quarter, where makeshift altars with offerings of fruit and boiled chicken appear on the curbs.
|People celebrating the Lunar New Year in Hanoi. Photo: VietnamPlus
Short trips near Hanoi, such as Hoa Binh, Ninh Binh, Sa Pa, Moc Chau, Ha Giang, Cao Bang, and Tuyen Quang, are preferred by people in the capital during the Tet holidays. The Thang Long Imperial Citadel Heritage is decorated with flowers and plants for tourists to experience the culture of Thang Long-Hanoi.
Phu Quoc Island
Phu Quoc Island, known as the “Pearl Island,” is a peaceful tropical paradise in the Gulf of Thailand. It offers stunning beaches, untouched natural environment, scuba diving, snorkeling, and beach massage services. During Tet, Phu Quoc attracts tourists with its attractive programs and increased flight frequency.
|Phu Quoc Island – A stunning destination. Photo: Vietravel
Phu Quoc was named among the 17 best places in Asia by CNN in 2019.