Should you spend Christmas holiday in Vietnam?

Nga Do
If you are willing to escape the cold, long Christmas nights in Europe or in the United State, and want to spend this vacation under the sun while enjoying Christmas holiday of a totally different style, then I would say that Vietnam is the great choice for you.

Vietnam is always on the top recommended place as it is a super cheap travel destination with rich culture, beautiful country of lush mountain landscape and sweeping white sands. Christmas & New Year is the most beautiful time to visit Vietnam with pleasant, mild climate in every region of the country.

The following information will give you a detailed view of Vietnam during the Christmas holiday.

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1/ Does Vietnam Celebrate Christmas?

To begin with, Christmas is not a public holiday in Vietnam. People go to work as normal and all businesses have normal opening hours.  Next, the long-established Vietnamese religions are Buddhism and the Chinese philosophies of Taoism and Confucianism. Therefore, in the past, Christmas was only celebrated by the Christian community.

In recent days, Christmas is getting more and more popular and is considered one of the four most important festivals in Vietnam including the Birthday of Buddhism, Mid-term Autumn Festival, and Lunar New Year.

Vietnamese Christmas celebration starts in the evening of 24th December and often last to the next day. In Vietnam, the Christmas Eva is much more important than Christmas Day.

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2/ Vietnam Christmas weather (Vietnam weather in December)

Vietnam’s weather in December during Christmas is ideal in every place for enjoying a great Christmas with all options from beach to mountain, for a Christmas vacation in Vietnam. 

In the north of the country , the average temperature is about 16oC, it can occasionally drop under 0C on highland such as Sapa, Ha Giang with snow. It’s really cold but not as those blasting nights in Europe. Meanwhile, traveling toward central & southern Vietnam the climate and weather is pleasant to set a variety of activities such as diving, snorkeling, and boat trip. It also is an ideal time to have a beach tour (Da Nag, Phu Quoc, Mui Ne).

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3/ How is Christmas celebrated in Vietnam?

In Vietnam, Christmas Eve is often more important than Christmas Day, then all the main activities held on Christmas’ Eve. However, a few weeks before Christmas Day, all the streets and shops are decorated in red and white. Many hotels, office buildings or shopping malls place a Christmas tree in the center and adorn it with sparkling ornaments, besides they also pattern the building, hang mistletoe on the door which makes the tourists feel like home.

During Christmas occasion, many shops and restaurants offer special promotion campaign such as sale off or give away to promote shopping. You can take advantage of this chance to buy Vietnamese Christmas gifts for your family and friends, or at least a present for yourself.

On Christmas’s Eve, people come to a local church or Catholic Cathedral to pray for peace, and happiness. Not only Christians go to the church on this Christmas day, there is a large amount of non - Christians come also. They come to the church to listen to Christian Hymns and watch the Nativity plays. And when the ceremony is over, everyone go to the city centre where music shows held for Christmas.

Vietnamese people like to give presents of food and at Christmas a chocolate cake in shape of a log  is a popular gift. Other Christmas presents aren't very common, although some young people like to exchange Christmas cards.

Good to know: It could become extremely crowded at the central hubs in big cities during Christmas’s Eve. Advice for you is hanging out early and finding a good seat at a restaurant or a pub/bar before Vietnamese locals occupy all the streets and eating/drinking places at night.

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4/ Top places for Christmas Holiday Package in Vietnam

If you are willing to spend a leisure luxury Christmas holiday to Vietnam during the Christmas time, you will have several options for the best beach destinations in Vietnam; you can opt for Nha Trang, the most famous beach destination of Vietnam with its great facilities, luxury, and top 5 star resorts and white sand beaches, also, you can choose from Phu Quoc or Mui Ne beach as well as some idyllic but well-preserved beach in central Vietnam such as those in Danang city. Or Cruising in Luxury Halong Bay tours and or in the Mekong Delta

And you are willing to spend a adventure Christmas holiday, come to the far of northern Vietnam, prominent destinations like Sapa, Ha Giang ...

You will feel the breathtaking beauty of nature, majestic mountains, diverse ethnic cultural identities, participate in the most memorable experiences. Especially, if you are lucky, you can see snow in some places like Sapa, Ha Giang or Lang Son. A rare experience in a tropical country like Vietnam.

Christmas vacation to Vietnam considered as a very high season time for traveling inside the country, the suggestions for a worry-free holiday will be to plan and finalize your preferences well in ahead of time and book the service soon to your trip is the better value with your chosen Vietnam packages tours.

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In conclusion, Vietnam is the best place for a perfect Christmas holiday. Let’s plan a Christmas family tour to Vietnam to experience a special beauty of cultural exchange between west and east. I’m sure Vietnam Christmas will treat you well.

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