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Exploring Vietnam During Christmas Holiday

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Although there are not so many Christians in Vietnam, Christmas is still one of the most popular festivals in the country. Exploring Vietnam with vietnamtravelreviews during Christmas holiday may bring you some invaluable experiences.

Tourist attractions such as Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Hanoi, Halong Bay, Sapa are ideal places that you can visit during the holiday.

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

If you like a crowded, noisy place with a lot of colorful lights, Ho Chi Minh City is a good choice. Most major attractions are still opened for tourists on both 24th and 25th December: Ben Thanh market, War Remnants Museum, Central Post Office… In early December, roads in the city are elegantly decorated with lots of Christmas trees, reindeer, and Santa clause. In Ho Chi Minh, people like to go to the city center, where there is a Notre Dame Cathedral to celebrate Christmas Eve.

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Christmas Eve in Saigon (Source: Internet)


If you love to explore the city during Christmas time, Hanoi’s Old Quarters, Cathedral, Ham Long Church, Hoan Kiem Lake … are attractive destinations that should be on your must-visit list. At Christmas, there are many interesting activities such as taking photos with giant trees, Christmas Father, joining the crowds to experience Christmas night and enjoying amazing local foods. During the holiday, you will have the chance to witness a beautiful view of Christmas lights hung up on trees along busy roads, and on Christmas Eve young people often gather around the streets near St Joseph’s Cathedral and around Hoan Kiem Lake to enjoy the cozy atmosphere of the holiday with their friends or their lovers.

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Hanoi with sparkling lights on streets at Christmas

Hoi An

Hoi An should be the next destination to explore during your Christmas holiday in Vietnam. On these days, Hoi An tends to become more bustling and lively. Like other cities in the country, Christmas Eve is considered to be more important that the whole Christmas day. Everything is open as usual. Some restaurants have special Christmas menus beside their usual ones. Spending Christmas in such gentle and peaceful place will make you remember forever.

Hoi An

A poetic Hoian on Christmas Eve


For those who are adventure lovers and would like to enjoy a freezing cold Christmas night, Sapa would be a good suggestion. During this time of the year, Sapa is usually covered with fog and snow. People in Sapa often celebrate Christmas at the most famous ancient stone church. Moreover, coming to Sapa in the time of Christmas, you will also have the opportunity to admire the poetic beauty of hills covered with white color of blossoms of different kinds.


People in Sapa are celebrating Christmas

Halong Bay

Besides Sapa, Ha Long bay is also considered as the most selected destination in the North during Christmas time. Visiting the stunning area during this time, you will have the chance to be sunk in sparkling lights, lively music and experience greatly romantic and sweet moments of wintertime. The best way to enjoy your Christmas Eve is to take an overnight cruise and enjoy the breath-taking views of the night with your friends.

Overnight cruise on Halong Bay

Overnight cruise on Halong Bay at Christmas

Traveling in Vietnam, especially during Christmas holiday, you will have the chance to explore every aspect of Vietnam in a unique way.

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