Residents and tourists in Ho Chi Minh City can easily explore Tay Ninh, Vung Tau, and Da Lat for the upcoming Lunar New Year holiday, or Tet, due to affordable travel costs and proximity.
Housing various tourist sites such as Ba Den Mountain, Dau Tieng Lake, and Ma Thien Lanh Valley, Tay Ninh Province is one of the charming destinations for visitors from neighboring Ho Chi Minh City during the seven-day-long festival.
When taking a trip to the province, some 100 kilometers from the southern metropolis, travelers can conquer the tallest peak in Vietnam’s southern region, which is some 986 meters above sea level.
The province is renowned for multiple sacred pagodas and temples, which attract throngs of pilgrims.
|Traveling to Tay Ninh Province, tourists can admire a Maitreya Buddha statue, one of the largest of its kind in the world. Photo: Tuoi Tre
The Ba Den Mountain tourist area will treat visitors with the vibrant atmosphere of a one-month spring fest on the occasion of the country’s biggest national holiday.
The 2024 spring fest, themed ‘The Beauty of Tay Ninh,’ is scheduled to take place on February 13, or the fourth day of the first lunar month, featuring a series of art performances and fireworks displays.
|Tourists can experience their Tet holiday on Ba Den Mountain, a popular tourist site in Tay Ninh Province, southern Vietnam. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Another highlight of the province this spring is a statue of Maitreya Buddha weighing over 5,100 metric tons, one of the largest of its kind in the world. It was inaugurated on the top of Ba Den Mountain in late January.
Situated nearly 100 kilometers from Ho Chi Minh City, popular beach Vung Tau City in Ba Ria Vung Tau Province is among the most favored tourist attractions on weekends and during Tet.
|A corner of Vung Tau City, some 100 kilometers from Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Blessed with a mild climate, Vung Tau is a must-visit place for sea-bathing during the spring fest.
During spring, the full bloom of cherry blossoms along Nuoc Ngot Pass in Long Hai Town becomes a major attraction in the city.
Vung Tau is home to multiple stunning beaches with fine sand and clear azure water.
The city’s attraction is supported by a vast array of delicacies such as fresh seafood, banh khot (mini savory Vietnamese pancakes made by cooking a mixture of rice flour, turmeric powder, and coconut milk in a cast-iron pan with prawns and mung beans), and stingray hotpot.
Vung Tau Lighthouse, Hon Ba Islet, Doi Con Heo (Piggie Hill), Nghinh Phong Cape, and Bach Dinh (White Palace) are highly recommended.
People can drop into Thich Ca Phat Dai Pagoda for worship during the Lunar New Year holiday.
|Da Lat City is one of the most sought-after destinations for tourists during the Lunar New Year holiday in Vietnam. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Da Lat City, known as the 'land of mist,' was ranked at the top of a list of the most welcoming destinations during Tet, as revealed by the travel and accommodation booking platform Booking on January 29.
Lying in the Central Highlands of Vietnam, the city, some 300 kilometers from Ho Chi Minh City, has become a perfect place for tourists who desire to enjoy the chilly weather during Tet.
Both sides of several streets in Da Lat are lined with mai anh dao (cherry-like apricot blossoms), creating a romantic picturesque space in the spring.
Tourists should not miss famous spiritual places, namely Linh Phuoc Pagoda, Truc Lam Zen Monastery, Thien Vuong Co Sat Pagoda, and Linh Quy Phap An Pagoda, when they travel to Da Lat this holiday.
The city is full of specialties such as lau ga la e (chicken hotpot with lemon basil leaves), banh trang nuong (grilled rice paper), and banh uot long ga (steamed rice paper with chicken offal).
Their popularity and tastiness help entice travelers to the mountainous city.