Ho Chi Minh city – the biggest city in Vietnam is ready to welcome Lunar New Year 2014, or Tet as how Vietnamese people call it, with many cultural activities. Walking on the streets in Saigon’ s downtown area this time can make you feel like Tet is coming so close. If you are visiting Saigon this month, be sure to check out these events that Buffalo Tours recommends for you in today’s blog post, and enjoy Vietnamese Tet the best you can!

Traditional activities

Fireworks display

firework display - Ho Chi minh city Source image: tinmoi.vn
Firework display – Ho Chi minh city (Source image: tinmoi.vn)

Time: 31 January, 2014

Location: 7 spots in town:

1. Saigon’s underground tunnel (District 2).

2. Dam Sen Culture Park (District 11).

3. National Historical – Cultural Park ( District 9).

4. Ben Duoc Memorial Temple ( Cu Chi District).

5. Can Gio football Stadium (Hoc Mon District).

6. Nga Ba Giong Revolutionary Martyr Memorial (Hoc Mon District).

7. Historical Sites of Lang Le – Bau Co ( Binh Chanh District).

Prices: Free entrance, open for public.

As an annual event, Ho Chi Minh city will hold this year’s firework displays at 7 locations at midnight on Lunar New Year’s Eve. Joining the crowd and watching this 15 minutes magnificent firework show will be the best way to welcome Lunar New Year – the year of horses.

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Nothing is better than to begin the New Year watching fireworks display. Let’s share this memorable moment with your family and friends at one of 7 firewok locations in Ho Chi Minh city.


Nguyen Hue Flower Street 2014

Nguyen Hue flower street
Nguyen Hue flower street (Source image: duonghoanguyenhue.com)

Time: from 28 January to 03 February, 2014

Location: Nguyen Hue Boulevard, Ho Chi Minh city.

Prices: free, open for public.

Organized only during the Lunar New Year, Nguyen Hue Flower Street has become the Tet culture in Saigon in recent years. This year, Nguyen Hue Flower Street will be kicked off on 28 January, 2014 with the main theme “Ho Chi Minh city – My beloved city”. This awaited annual flower event displays a wide range of flowers, from orchids, bonsai, apricots, peach blossom which is divided into 3 segments, with each segment representing a development of Ho Chi Minh city: Integration, Sentimental Gathering and Aspiration.

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This flower event is the most awaiting event for locals in Saigon during Tet Holiday. If you are travelling to Ho Chi Minh city this month, visiting Nguyen Hue street is a must-go!


Book Road Festival 2014

Time: from 28 January to 03 February, 2014.

Location: Mac Thi Buoi, Nguyen Hue, Ngo Duc Ke street, Ho Chi Minh city.

Prices: free entrance, open for public.

The Book Road festival will be held along Mac Thi Buoi street, next to the flower street on Nguyen Hue Boulevard from 28 January, 2014. With a similar main theme with Nguyen Hue Flower Street, the book road festival hopes to encourage the reading culture for the city. By taking part in this festival, you will find a wide range of old and unique books as well as being able to meet & greet book sellers, authors and young readers.


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Book Road Festival not only presents the reading culture of Saigon but also brings to visitors many kinds of interesting cultural activities. Let’s enjoy this book festival to welcome the Lunar New Year in a special way.


Music Events

New Year Gala Concert “ Mozart and Tchaikowsky”

New Year Gala Concert “ Mozart and Tchaikowsky”
New Year Gala Concert “ Mozart and Tchaikowsky”

Time: 8.00 pm 09 January, 2014.

Location: Ho Chi Minh Opera House, No.07 Lam Son Square, District 1, Ho Chi Minh city.

Prices: from 80,000 VND to 400,000 VND.

With the direction and choreography of South Korean Park Ji Jung as well as the participation of talented violinist Nguyen Huu Khoi Nam, New Year Gala Concert proudly brings to audience famous works by Mozart and Tchaikowsky.

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Let’s say hello to the New Year with cheerfulness and happiness by classical melodies composed by Woflgang Amadeus Mozart and Piotr Ilych Tchaikovsky. This gala concert will mark a spectacular and impressive season for music lovers in 2014.


Other Tet events

Special Tet Calligraphy

Time: from 10.00am to 04.00pm 18 January, 2014.

Location: VinSpace garage, 95 Pasteur, Ben Nghe ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh city.

Prices: unknown.

VinSpace Garage present Special Tet Calligraphy event where you can learn how to draw a Traditional Vietnamese calligraphy with popular wishes for your friends like “ Phuc – Good Fortune”, “ Loc – Prosperity”, “ Tho – Longevity”.

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This is the best chance for you to understand traditional Vietnamese culture. Let’s join to bring special New Year gifts to your family and friends, written by you!


Saigon Flea Market – “ Happy Tet Holiday”

Saigon Flea Market with the theme “ Happy Tet Holiday”
Saigon Flea Market with the theme “ Happy Tet Holiday”

Time: from 11.00am to 7.00pm 12 January, 2014.

Location: Boomarang Bistro Saigon, 2 3-4 107, Ton Dat Tien, Phu Mi Hung, District 7, Ho Chi Minh city.

Prices:  free, open for public.

To celebrate Tet Holiday coming close, Boomarang Bistro Saigon will organize The Saigon Flea market with the main theme “Happy Tet Holiday”. Attracting many international and local visitors, this annual market is the open space where stallholders will be selling vintage clothes, home-ware, handmade things, accessories, antiques, collectible arts etc.

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If you want to enjoy Tet atmosphere, this Flea market absolutely fit for you. Moreover, you can find many cutie things to decorate your home and some gifts for your friends to celebrate Tet Holiday.

During Tet holiday, especially on the first few days of the New Year, many shops, restaurants and other service points such as banks, post offices are closed. Vietnamese people are mostly off work from 29 January until 5 February or later this 2014. You will experience some strange quietness on the streets of Saigon for the first 2 days, compared to the usual organized chaos. It is somewhat similar to Christmas period! So be sure to visit these events we recommend above, and let us know if you need any further info 😉 Just drop us an email to marketing@buffalotours.com. Happy Tet holiday!


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