Gay and Lesbian Travel in Vietnam

Vietnamese New Year Celebration of Traditions


Vietnamese New Year, more commonly known by its shortened name Tết or “Tết Nguyên Đán”, is the most important and popular holiday and festival in Vietnam. Nationals consider Tết to be the first day of spring, and the festival is often called Hội xuân (spring festival).

It takes place from the first day of the first month of the lunar calendar (around late January or early February) and lasts 3 days. Many Vietnamese prepare for Tết by cooking special holiday foods – and cleaning the house for the custom of visiting a person’s house on the first day of the new year.

During Tết, Vietnamese visit their relatives and temples, forgetting about the troubles of the past year and hoping for a better upcoming year.

In the days leading up to Tết, each family cooks special holiday foods requiring extensive preparations. Family members often take turns to keep watch on the fire overnight, telling each other stories about Tết of past years.

Year of the Snake

Snakes symbolize the eternal revolution, and regeneration of humanity. Inspired by the Year of Snake 2013, Da Nang will boast a flower street with works depicting images of cobras and there will be a snake releasing a pearl, a symbol of good luck and prosperity.

Gay Tours

If you are interested in traditional Vietnamese culture, just ask the Rainbow Tourism Vietnam tour guide from Hanoi, Hoang Van Chuyen, for gay insights on experiential travel around his homeland. He’s available during January and February to share interesting destinations and events during the Tet holiday.

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