Hue Festival: A Vibrant Celebration of Music, Dance and Art

The first Vietnam festival I want to show you is Hue Festival. It always brings unforgettable impressions to visitors. Do not miss the opportunity to discover the unique traditional culture to know more about the characteristics of Vietnam's history and culture in Hue. This Vietnam festival is held every year in Hue City and you can enjoy fascinating activities if you take part in it.

  • Relish Hue royal court music (nhã nhạc cung đình Huế) - a cultural heritage recognized by UNESCO. 

  • Enjoy historical films, Ao Dai performances and the cuisine of three regions.

  • Play traditional games such as kite flying and human chess.

  • Take part in the hot air balloon festival with free entrance.  

  • Explore the Nam Giao sacrifice ceremony. 

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Special performance at Hue Festival

Ao Dai performance at Hue Festival

Ao Dai performance at Hue Festival

You are also given a chance to immerse yourself in peace and experience the performances at Hue Festival. Some tips for visiting here: 

  • During festival season, you should book accommodation in advance to avoid there being no available rooms.

  • If you’re not used to eating spicy food, remember to tell the seller in advance to reduce spiciness.

  • You should travel here for more than 3 days to explore all performances and other festivals taking place at the same time.

Huong Pagoda Festival: A Riot of Color in Hanoi’s Countryside

Besides the Hue Festival, the Huong Pagoda Festival is one of the most well-known in Vietnam, it occurs at Huong Pagoda in My Duc District, Hanoi. Huong Pagoda is an attractive spiritual tourist destination in the North and this Vietnam festival takes place from January 6 to the end of the third lunar month.

The Huong Pagoda Festival is not only an ordinary spring festival but also has great significance, imprinting the culture of the North. This festival is a combination of the worshiping belief with the natural devotion of an overall religion including Daoism, Buddhism and Confucianism. In addition to the ceremony, there are many festivals and unique ethnic cultural activities here such as boating, mountain climbing and Cheo singing.

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Tourists take a boat to go to Huong Pagoda

Huong Pagoda attracts a lot of tourists. However, to have a safe and fun journey, there are a few things to keep in mind.

  • Dress neatly and politely. Coming here, you should avoid revealing clothes, choose dark, collared clothes and avoid high heels.

  • Maintain environmental hygiene.

  • Preserve personal belongings.

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Yen Tu Festival: A Spiritual Journey to the Summit of a Sacred Mountain 

Yen Tu Festival is one of the Vietnam festivals in Uong Bi City, Quang Ninh Province and it takes place every year starting from the 10th January until the end of March lunar month. At the Yen Tu festival, you will get:

  • Admire the solemn ceremony and the bustling atmosphere with interesting activities such as sounding a bell, drumming and blessing. 

  • Participate in many folk games such as tug-of-war, cockfighting, traditional martial art and dragon dance.

  • Pilgrimage to the Dong Pagoda located on the top of a mountain 1.068m high.

  • Visiting the sacred Giai Oan stream.

  • Sightseeing scenery of Hoa Yen Pagoda, Mot Mai Pagoda and Bao Sai Pagoda.

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Yen Tu Festival performance

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Folk Dance performance to reimagine pilgrimage of monks at Yen Tu Festival

To have a complete spring trip to Yen Tu Festival, you should pay attention to a few things:

  • You should wear trainers to move more easily because you need to climb more than 6 km of stone steps.

  • Prepare drinking water, food and walking sticks to be strong enough to overcome the journey up to Dong Pagoda.

  • If you’re afraid of health problems and can’t climb the stairs, you can take the cable to admire the scenery of Yen Tu from above.

Hoi An Lantern Festival: A Magical Night of Color and Light

Hoi An Lantern Festival in Quang Nam province is one of the most delightful cultural Vietnam festivals. This is a chance for international visitors to come and enjoy the unique and peaceful beauty of Hoi An. This festival takes place in Hoi An ancient town and you can come here on the 14th day of the Lunar calendar every month, especially on the full moon night of the Mid-Autumn Festival.

Hoi An Lantern Festival

Hoi An Lantern Festival

Hoi An Lantern Festival

A tourist takes a picture with lanterns 

Dalat Flower Festival - Celebrating the Beauty of Flowers

Similar to the Hue Festival, the Dalat Flower Festival takes place every two years and is a special highlight of the Vietnam festival. When participating in the festival, visitors will admire the poetic “garden of Eden” with all kinds of blooming flowers, enjoy an impressive music performance and experience many activities.

Opening ceremony of Da Lat Flower Festival

Opening ceremony of Da Lat Flower Festival

Attracting a lot of attention from tourists both domestically and abroad, it’s impossible not to mention the Dalat Flower Fair. This Vietnam festival is the place to gather many famous flowers and agricultural products of Da Lat City. In addition, visitors can also buy tea, coffee and wine as a gift for relatives and friends.

Da Lat Flower Fair

International tourists at Da Lat Flower Fair 

For the best trip to explore the wonderful floral world of Dalat, you should keep the following tips in mind:

  • Prepare enough warm clothes because the atmosphere is cold. 

  • You should give priority to choosing warm, neat clothes because you may have to walk a lot so elastic clothes will make traveling more convenient.

  • If unfortunately not able to see the opening ceremony, you can watch it on television without worrying about missing any special performances.

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