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Tet atmosphere unveiled: Sparse streets, lively attractions define downtown Ho Chi Minh City

Tet atmosphere unveiled: Sparse streets, lively attractions define downtown Ho Chi Minh City

Sunday, February 11, 2024, 16:29 GMT+7
Tet atmosphere unveiled: Sparse streets, lively attractions define downtown Ho Chi Minh City
People visit the Saigon Central Post Office in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City on February 11, 2024. Photo: Phuong Nhi / Tuoi Tre

Ho Chi Minh City's downtown streets experienced lower-than-usual traffic on the second peak day of Tet (Lunar New Year festival).

During this year's Tet holiday, public employees in Vietnam are enjoying a seven-day break from February 8 to 14.

Tet peaks on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.

Observations by Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reporters indicated that on Sunday morning, Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, Pham Ngoc Thach, Dien Bien Phu Streets in District 3, and Le Duan, Dong Khoi Streets in District 1 saw reduced vehicular traffic.

Le Duan Street heading to Reunification Palace in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 1 sees low traffic on the morning of February 11, 2024, the second day of the official Tet holiday. Photo: Phuong Nhi / Tuoi Tre

Le Duan Street heading to the Reunification Palace in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City sees low traffic on February 11, 2024, the second peak day of Tet. Photo: Phuong Nhi / Tuoi Tre

Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Street in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 3 sees low traffic on the morning of February 11, 2024, the second day of the official Tet holiday. Photo: Phuong Nhi / Tuoi Tre

Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Street in District 3, Ho Chi Minh City sees low traffic on February 11, 2024, the second peak day of Tet. Photo: Phuong Nhi / Tuoi Tre

Pham Ngoc Thach Street in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 3 heading to the Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon on February 11, 2024. Photo: Phuong Nhi / Tuoi Tre

Pham Ngoc Thach Street in District 3, Ho Chi Minh City heading to the Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon, as seen on February 11, 2024. Photo: Phuong Nhi / Tuoi Tre

The central areas of the city experienced a noticeable influx of visitors concentrated around popular attractions, such as Nguyen Hue Street Flower, Turtle Lake, Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon, Saigon Central Post Office, and the Book Street in District 1, among others.

People take photos while visiting the Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City on February 11, 2024. Photo: Phuong Nhi / Tuoi Tre

People take photos while visiting the Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City on February 11, 2024. Photo: Phuong Nhi / Tuoi Tre

Many visitors, adorned in ao dai (Vietnam's traditional long gown), were spotted flocking to these locations, capturing moments with photographs, and relishing the pleasant weather amidst the festive atmosphere.

Visitors take a selfie in front of the Saigon Central Post Office in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City on February 11, 2024. Photo: Phuong Nhi / Tuoi Tre

Visitors take a wefie in front of the Saigon Central Post Office in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City on February 11, 2024. Photo: Phuong Nhi / Tuoi Tre

Three young ladies check their phones after taking a photo in front of the Saigon Central Post Office in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City on February 11, 2024. Photo: Phuong Nhi / Tuoi Tre

Three young ladies check their phones after taking a photo in front of the Saigon Central Post Office in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City on February 11, 2024. Photo: Phuong Nhi / Tuoi Tre

Visitors at the Book Street, on Nguyen Van Binh Street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City on February 11, 2024. Photo: Phuong Nhi / Tuoi Tre

Visitors to the Book Street on Nguyen Van Binh Street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City on February 11, 2024. Photo: Phuong Nhi / Tuoi Tre

Others opted to gather to enjoy cà phê bệt, which literally means drinking coffee while sitting on the ground, around the attractions in District 1.

Kim Ngan, 23, residing in Binh Chanh District, Ho Chi Minh City, shared that she makes it a tradition to attend cà phê bệt every Tet holiday with her friends.

She said that this type of service is an essential activity for her, not only during normal days but also during Tet.

People sit on plastic stools and have coffee in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City on February 11, 2024. Photo: Phuong Nhi / Tuoi Tre

People sit on plastic stools and have coffee in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City on February 11, 2024. Photo: Phuong Nhi / Tuoi Tre

People sit on plastic stools and the ground to have coffee in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City on February 11, 2024. Photo: Phuong Nhi / Tuoi Tre

People sit on plastic stools and the ground to have coffee in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City on February 11, 2024. Photo: Phuong Nhi / Tuoi Tre

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