Are you planning for a Christmas Holiday in Vietnam? Stop worrying about what should you do during Christmas vacation in Vietnam and read this article to get some suggestions.
There are a few more days to Christmas Day and as many people have known, it is not a public holiday in Vietnam. About a decade ago, most Vietnamese still believe that Christmas is only for Christians. However, these years, Christmas looks like it for everyone here. Many tourists will wonder about what they can do while enjoying their Christmas holiday in Vietnam and this post can give you all some interesting suggestions.
Celebrate Christmas Eve on the street
If you like the exciting atmosphere, you should spend your Christmas night at the center of Vietnam’s two biggest cities: Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh. Nowadays, with Vietnamese youngsters, Christmas is a time for gathering to chat, sing, play games, and maybe... do something weird together publicly on the street.
You will stay in Hanoi on Christmas night? Just come to the Old Quarter walking street. People, especially the teenagers and students will gather here, and at about 9 p.m., after a delicious dinner on the street or in the nearby restaurant and a few mugs of beer or a little alcohol, they will hold their friends and strangers’ hands, sing and run around the Hoan Kiem (Sword) Lake with Christmas accessories on their head like reindeer horns, Santa’s hat or even a couple of cat ears!
Hochiminh city’s Nguyen Hue walking street will be in the same situation in Hanoi with the voice singing and laughing, covering all the walking streets and also some roads around. Besides, if you are tired after a few hours of playing together outside, you can sit right on the pavement for a cup of iced coffee, milkshake, juice, or iced tea with many choices for delightful snacks and desserts.
Enjoy a hot Christmas Holiday
Actually, this is exactly what most of the tourists who come to Vietnam – a tropical country expect. However, you have to note that not everywhere in Vietnam is hot in winter. In fact, about half of this country is quite cold and wet on winter days. If you want to have a Christmas day under sunlight and come back to your home with tanning skin, just come to the south of Vietnam where is hot all year round and the sea is cool, not cold.
Many travelers have heard about beautiful beaches in the South Central of Vietnam such as Lang Co, My Khe, and Cua Dai. However, in December, these places sometimes have rain. To avoid unexpected showers, you should travel straight to Southern Vietnam, enjoy sun, sand, and sea on beautiful beaches such as Nha Trang, Mui Ne, and Ca Na, or enjoy Pearl Island - Phu Quoc with not only the most beautiful wild beaches in the country but also a wide range of luxurious resorts, variety of seafood and interesting entertaining activities.
Cruising for Christmas Day
Having a special dinner on a Halong Bay cruise on Christmas night is also an interesting idea if you want to have a unique Christmas night ever!
Most of the 4-star and 5-star standard cruises in Halong Bay have exclusive dinner menus for Christmas night only, using high-end ingredients with chef-owned recipes. A sip of fine wine with a delicious dinner for 24th Dec night and a 25th Dec morning among majestic landscapes with Taichi exercise and fresh air, all sound like the perfect ending for a tired working year. Besides, there will be many interesting activities for you to join during your trip through the Bay such as kayaking, biking (on Cat Ba island), fishing, golfing, etc.
Spend Christmas Night in a church
You are a Christian and on your way to traveling on Christmas night? You always can join the celebration in any church nearby if you want. Although most of the Vietnamese are not Christian, you still can easily find a church in big cities like Hanoi and Hochiminh city as normally, the churches were built in some center streets and all are still active now. Also, you have to remember that the bigger the church, the more people there not only the Christians but also the locals, and domestic and international tourists will gather there to join the celebration. So if you want a silent and peaceful Christmas night, try to find a small church.