I will have been in Thailand a month on Dec 23rd and will be eager to get on with my itinerary towards Vietnam, however I would like to spend xmas and new year somewhere with a good party atmosphere, should I stay in Thailand untill after these dates or can you think of anywhere in Vietnam you could recomend?
havent decided if I will be flying/bussing/training to vietnam but wont want to be in Ho Chi Minh.
Pattaya really throws a party for New Year. You will be over your 30 day free, entry permit, so that might be a factor in your planning. I don't think Jan. 1 is a real big deal in VN. They celebrate Tet and that is end of Jan or first part of Feb. Perhaps our VN travel helpers can chime in on NY in VN. Good luck with your planning.
[ Edit: Edited on 26-Jun-2009, at 10:44 by vegasmike6 ]
I was in Vietnam (Hanoi) during TET in feb 08, the Vietamise celebrate with their families.
Travelling is a nightmare as the whole transport system is completely booked for a month after TET as families all travel all over the country to see their relatives.
They also have 4 days of bank holidays where nothing at all is open.
It was a nightmare finding things to do, trying to purchase food or even change up money!
We thought it would be brilliant to see in the Chinese New Year but not so for us, I know other tourists were also at a loss.
I didn't consider TET in my planning, and yeah i will also have to think about the visa situation maybe a multi entry visa.
Also did either of you stay in a really nice hotel you could reccomend over xmas? Budget would be up to £100/night max just for xmas eve and xmas, but i have noticed that lots of hotels have a minimum stay of 6 days over this period which is unfortunately way over budget.
I'd recommend Koh Pha Ngan over New Year.
Koh Pha Ngan has excellent parties every Full Moon and also excellent parties for New Year, and this year Full Moon falls on New Year so it should be an even bigger party than usual.