Tet, as the Vietnamese call Lunar New Year, is the country’s largest and most important celebration. It’s held on the first day of the first month of the lunar year and this year, falls on Friday, February 16.
Vietnam is a country of incredible food, fascinating culture and diverse landscapes. But for many, it’s the people of Vietnam who really make the trip memorable with their friendliness, hospitality and openness, despite having little in a material way.
To the casual visitor, Saigon may feel like a city of concrete and steel, dense with inhabitants and motorcycles fighting for a space amidst the chaos. However, just 20 minutes from the city center lies an oasis of green rice fields and quiet lanes that few visitors ever discover. Welcome to Thanh Da.
Chinatowns all over the world are vibrant, colorful neighborhoods. Saigon’s Chinatown (known in Vietnamese as “Cho Lon”, or Big Market) is no different, with an added bonus of a unique history fusing Chinese, French and Vietnamese elements.