Foreigners Excitedly Celebrate Vietnamese Tet
On February 10 (the first day of Tet), many travel companies organized tours to explore famous destinations in Ho Chi Minh City such as tour to learn about the history of Saigon Rangers, From ancient Saigon to Ho Chi Minh City today, District 1 - colors of the night, Memories of Saigon - Cho Lon... During this journey, in addition to learning about the culture and history of Ho Chi Minh City, visitors also experienced the celebration of Vietnamese Tet when participating in Tet activities such as receiving lucky money, enjoying traditional Vietnamese dishes, etc.
|Tourists received lucky money at the beginning of the year from travel companies in Ho Chi Minh City. (Photo: baotintuc)
Previously, from February 9, many tourists participated in the "Foreigners celebrating Tet" tour to explore the atmosphere near Tet, visit the flower market and ancient pagodas, and visit a typical local family to participate in traditional activities preparing for Tet, from wrapping tet cake to making mut (sweet, preserved fruits), cooking traditional dishes...
According to representatives of travel companies in Ho Chi Minh City, the "Foreigners celebrating Tet" tour is very popular. This is a product line that has established a strong position in the hearts of international tourists every Tet holiday for the past 20 years. Many overseas Vietnamese tourists and domestic tourists, those who do not have the opportunity to return home during Tet, also want to experience this tour. Enjoy the Tet atmosphere. Many families choose to fully experience Tet, so tours usually start from the 29th and 30th of the last year to the 1st and 2nd of Tet.
Tran The Dung, General Director of Vietluxtour Company, said that in previous years, the company received positive feedback from tourists after experiencing Tet. Therefore, the company maintains this activity every year to increase the diversity and uniqueness of products and give foreign tourists good impression of Vietnamese culture. During the Lunar New Year, the number of international visitors registered with this company increased by 50% compared to the same period last year. The major tourist market comes from Poland, the Czech Republic, and Australia.
|Foreign tourists can experience how to wrap chung cake at Salinda Phu Quoc Resort. (Photo: Salinda Phu Quoc Resort)
In addition to Ho Chi Minh City, Phu Quoc is also an impressive destination with about 80% of foreign visitors staying at 5-star resorts to enjoy the 2024 Lunar New Year holiday. According to a representative of Salinda Phu Quoc Resort, during February 8 – 14, most guests staying at the resort are foreigners, coming from China, Korea, England, Kazakhstan, and Europe.
To help visitors learn more about traditional Vietnamese Tet customs, Salinda Phu Quoc Resort has organized activities such as introducing the worship customs during Tet, lion dances, workshops to teach how to wrap chung cake, tet cake, and make apricot blossoms and flowers, lucky money envelopes, giving New Year's letters... In addition, each visitor will also be given an information booklet of Tet programs, including an introduction to traditional Tet and the zodiac symbol in new year.
Kim Sang Woon, a tourist from the Republic of Korea, said that this is the first time his family visited Phu Quoc during the Lunar New Year and found the atmosphere to celebrate Tet very interesting and unique. His four-member family tried making chung cake and learned about traditional Tet dishes. After receiving instructions from the chefs, his family was able to wrap their first chung cake themselves.
|Young Korean tourist was instructed on how to wrap chung cake. (Photo: Thoi Dai)
As for Aran and Jeroen, tourists from the Netherlands, this is the 5th time they have come to Phu Quoc and the 2nd time they have come to Vietnam on Lunar New Year. Aran and Jeroen participated in the Tet cake wrapping workshop to learn more about traditional Vietnamese Tet cuisine.
“Every time we come back, we feel like we're coming back to visit family. We would like to wish all our Vietnamese friends and their families in the Netherlands a Tet filled with health, happiness, and prosperity", said Aran.
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