Why you should travel to Vietnam in Tet Holiday

Tet Festival in Vietnam

Vietnamese people as well as some other countries’ in the Southeast Asia usually have their New Year Festival based on the Lunar Calendar besides the International Calendar. Therefore, visiting these countries in their New Year Festival vacation is completely interesting for many travelers.

Tet Festival in Vietnam
Tet Festival in Vietnam

In Vietnam, the Lunar New Year Festival is also called ‘Tet’ Festival when there are a plenty of carnival and celebrating activities taken place across the country. Vietnam- a country of people love peace and are very hospitable to welcome international friends has been always remaining an attractions to many people in other countries. In this writing I will show you some amazing things about the Tet Festival in Vietnam that would make you want to experience it by yourself.

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Tet Holiday in Vietnam is full of flowers, lanterns, and smiling faces.

It is said that Tet is the most important and majestic festival in the year. It is the time for Vietnamese people to celebrate the new coming year, look back to give thanks to their ancestors. More importantly, Tet is the occasion for reunion. Even if you are working in a city far away from home, your mind is always up towards your family, and Tet is the time for you to come back to your beloved home, welcome the New Year together with your loved ones.

To prepare for Tet holidays, Vietnamese residents will clean up their house, buy some other furniture or ornaments to make their house more beautiful and cozy. In the streets, you will see a lot of flowers, lanterns and celebrating banners in colors. The popular trees in Tet Holiday are Kumquat tree, Peach blossom, and
Apricot blossom. However, the thing that makes the streets feel like more vibrant, happier is the smiling faces of people here. They are up to a myriad of stuff to prepare for the festival, but they always feel good for that because they have a hope for a new happy year coming.

Chung Cake
Chung Cake

Tet’s special dishes always have an irresistible attraction.

In Tet’s food menu of most Vietnamese wives and mothers, there are some dishes that cannot be dismissed such as ‘Chung’ cake, boiled chickens, or pickled onion. They all belong to the tradition of residents here thousands of years back and also reflect the beautiful and precious culture of Vietnam. I am sure that if you try these dishes in one day of Tet holiday, you can feel all the tasteful favor blended with Tet atmosphere inside your mouth.

Let’s join some exciting celebrating activities in Tet Holiday in Vietnam.

Besides fireworks display or national New Year music shows in many big cities, the special thing about Tet’s activities is that each town and region has its own distinctive type of game and completion for people to take part in. For instance, in Sapa town, the festival is warmed up with some interesting competitions such as Giao Duyen singing contest (where a boy and girl sing traditional love songs to express their love for each other), pan-pipe playing and dancing, “nem con” (a game in which boys and girls throw cloth balls) and feasting. The whole fun and excitement of these activities cannot be entirely described by words that you will feel that only if you take the real actions.

I hardly can express all the good things about Lunar New Year Festival in Vietnam within one or two pages, but there is one thing I am completely sure that it would worth your while to travel there and enjoy Tet Holiday in Vietnamese way. When the New Year moment has just come, just try to say ‘Chuc mung nam moi’ (as ‘Happy new year’) to others.

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Top things to do in Myanmar

Being different from Thailand and Cambodia, Myanmar does not have cheap tours, recreated facilities or modern services. But it is an interesting destination to ones who prefer adventure tours because of the wild and original look. And there are some suggestions for Myanmar tour package to discover the Buddhist country.

In Yangon


Yangon streets are noisy and they are curious visitors by English architectural houses. On the street, right-hand drive cars go on the right lines and even the traffic is sometimes noisy, the appearance of police is rarely. The city is peaceful and friendly, especially in the early morning, when everything is covered by a thick coat of fog. Most of the stores and offices open at 9 a.m so before that, streets are so quite that visitors can hear songs of birds. Drink a cup of coffee on Sky Bistro Building – one of the highest buildings in the city, visitors can capture Yangon view with small houses and big golden pagodas. Myanmar has thousands of pagodas and most of them were built in 6th century. 90% of the population in Myanmar is Buddhists.

A very famous pagoda that visitors choose to travel during Myanmar tour package is Shwedagon Pagoda– the symbol of Yangon. It stores clothe, stick and hairpieces of Buddha, and 3 series of Tripitaka. Was built in 6th century and after undergoing many changes, Shwedagon was recognized as the biggest pagoda of Myanmar in 15th century. During the six centuries, the pagoda is covered and decorated with the total weight of 80 tons of gold.

In Bagan City


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It is 600 km from Bagan to Yangon and visitors can go there by high-quality bus. Although the stations are small and they serve hundreds of buses at one time, the quality of services is higher than that in some developing countries. The weather in Bagan is quite variable: in the morning the temperature is about 17°C but can rise to 36°C at midday. In history, Bagan had more than 4000 temples and pagodas but nowadays it conserves 3000; many of them are Myanmar cultural heritages.

In Bagan, visitors should visit Shwezigon – the first golden and also the most sacred pagoda in Bagan, and Ananda Pagoda – the most beautiful one. In the pagodas stand gigantic Buddha statues coated with gold. Hiring a bike or having a seat on horse cart to travel around the relics would be interesting memories to visitors.

A trip to Bagan will not be perfect if missing the moments of watching the sunset at the top of Pyat That Gyl Temple. A ticket to go there costs 15 USD and visitors should prepare camera to capture the unique view.

In Shan State


Locates at the center of Myanmar, Inle Lake is a famous destination in Shan State. It costs 10 USD for ticket to visit the second largest fresh water lake in Myanmar. The environment in Inle is very clean. Visitors can stay on boat to enjoy fresh atmosphere, watch local people catching fish and visit organic floating farm. Around the lake are traditional craft villages, where produce valuable cloths made of lotus and organic cigars made of natural herbs and trees.

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4 interesting tourist destinations when traveling to Yangon, Myanmar

When traveling to Myanmar, tourists never forget Yangon capital city which is the largest visitor center in Myanmar gathers a lot of famous tourist destination and diverse tourism services. Definitely, tourists have to visit Shwedagon pagoda, Botataung pagoda, Bogyoke Aunge San market and China Town because they are interesting destinations in Yangon, Myanmar

Shwedagon pagoda


Yangon is the first stop in a luxury Myanmar tour as simply, it is the national largest visitor center and transshipment terminal to other famous places. Shwedagon golden pagoda is the place tourists must visit in Yangon as this magnitude pagoda is referred to as the symbol of Myanmar. Until now, no one dares to confirm the time to build this golden pagoda but according to many theories, it has more than 2000 years. Currently, Shwedagon pagoda stores 4 sacred valuables of Buddha. The pagoda is gilded with the thin gold leaves creating the specially attractive color in the dawn or sunset. In addition, it is decorated with thousands of diamonds and rubies

Botataung pagoda


After visiting Shwedagon pagoda, the next destination should be Botataung pagoda which is an interesting place in Yangon. The pagoda is located along the riverbank of the city. Its name meaning is thousands of generals as it was built for worshipping and supporting the generals in Myanmar’s army. The first impression tourists can feel when visiting the pagoda is the dazzlement by gilded ceiling and walls. In the pagoda, there is Buddha’s relics. The space is bot peaceful and solemn to help tourists feel relaxed

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China Town


In most of big cities in Southest Asia, tourists can find it easy to meet Chinese community living with local people and Yangon is not exceptional. Chinese people live and work with the great number so they create an interesting culture feature to attract tourists. In China Town as a small China with stores selling food, clothes and household goods, the living style seems to be unchanged. Besides, tourists can go for a walk around the night market in China Town to enjoy Myanmar’s delicious dishes such as Shan dumpling, Shan noodle and coconut cake with quail eggs

Boyoke Aung San market


In a luxury Myanmar trip, tourirts always want to buy Myanmar’s souvenirs to bring home for their relatives. Thus, there is no place more wonderful than Boyoke Aung San market for shopping. It is the biggest traditional market in Yangon, selling almost Myanmar’s products. Handicraft products, jewelries, souvenirs or even longyi dress are tourists’ favorite products

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Thanakha – Secret for beautifying skin of Myanmar

If traveling to Myanmar, even once, you definitely see the images of the girls with the white lines as mud or paint on their faces in Yangon, Mandalay, Nay Pyi Taw…. Even if you have never been to Myanmar, you can easily catch the special faces like that when searching for the information about this country of golden pagodas. Maybe at that time, you will wonder yourself: what is that? Or how does it work?

As far as we know, similar to other Southeast Asian countries, Myanmar has hot climate around the year. Thus, their skin becomes dark brown. However, their skin are always strong, smooth and has far less spots. What is the secret to help Myanmar women beautify their skin without using much cosmetics? It is thanks to Thanakha powder – a unique cosmetic powder of Myanmar. The white lines on Burmese girls’ faces in the pictures or on the streets you see are from the Thanakha powder

Origin of Thanakha powder

Thanakha powder has been used from 14th century by Myanmar people. It was created from Thanankha wood in Myanmar. This wood is considered as typical feature of Myanmar and planted in many places nationwide.

When making Thanakha powder, they will cut the wood into pieces and whet with a rock absorbing water. The white powder will be used to put on the face


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Myanmar people use this powder for cheeks and noses. Besides, Thanakha is put on neck and ears. Almost parts of skin exposing to the sunlight will be covered with this powder. Additionally, they can use the powder to draw diverse and eye catchy patterns on children’ faces

Value of Thanakha powder

Thanakha has been used for over 2000 years by Burmese people. Its powder was used every day and known as an effective and economical cosmetic product. It can cool the face skin and remove the skin blemishes such as freckles, blackheads, acnes and rashes. Moreover, Thanakha is believed to increase Collagen Elastin production to protect skin from being anti-aging and dry. Natural Thanakha contains no chemicals and oil mixture that are used in traditional cosmetic products so it causes no allergy and side effects. Additionally, the powder is favored by its comfortable aroma as the santal wood aroma


Thanakha’s meaning to Myanmar people

Not only does Thanakha be a cosmetic product but also it has important meaning to Myanmar people. To Myanmar, applying Thanakha powder on their faces will help them to avoid evils and bad lucks. It is said that the powder will bring lucks to those who use it

Applying Thanakha powder on the face is both skin beauty secret and distinctive cultural tradition of Burmese people. If traveling to Myanmar, you should try applying a little Thanakha powder on your faces to feel the cooling sense.

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Travel the ancient village in Myanmar

Although Mingun is not the most famous place for tourism in Myanmar, it was listed together with Inwa Village, Sagaing Village as hundred year old villages in the urban of the ancient capital Mandalay. One day visit the nearby river village will bring visitors many unforgettable feeling and impression for their travelling in Burma.

Visitors should start from Mandalay harbor, go downstream along Ayeyarwedy – a 2.170 meter length river, which goes along the lengthwise of Myanmar and go to Mingun village. The journey attracts people at the very first sight of both familiar and strange landscapes along the banks of the river. Visitors may feel familiar to the very normal daily activities of the residents on the river. But in the immaculate sunlight of the dawn, everything exudes a fresh and pure appearance as if they are looked though a magic lens.


Relic of Mingun pagoda

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Being separated by a river, the two banks of Ayeyarwedy River have very different looks. While the Westside stays near the developed center of Mandalay and visitors can easily recognize high woody buildings surrounded by green gardens, the Eastside has the look of a desert with shining yellow sandbanks and small thatched houses. However, in both sides, the life of local people happens slow and static.

The canoe move expressly on the surface of the river and bring visitors to the port of the village. In front of the village stands a hundred-year-old Iapan tree with resplendent red flowers as guarding god of the village. The wind of tourism blows to the river with the appearance of some small stalls selling hand-made pictures and souvenirs. But luckily, the villagers still keep their rustic and simple souls. There is no place for soliciting or disputing visitors for buying souvenirs, so tourism activities are similar to other work such as fishing and on field working.

The first destination should be the undone relic of Mingun pagoda – a very ambitious construction of Bodawpaya King. The gigantic pagoda was started in 1790 and at first, it was planned to be 150 meter height. But after that, the building of Mingun pagoda was stop because of a prophecy: the King would die after the pagoda was built. Even being undone, the standing of the relic look like a small hill is enough to makes visitors contemplate and admire.


Hsinbyume Pagoda

Before travelling to Burma, visitors can see the image of Hsinbyume Pagoda in the guidebook of the country. But they will have very strong impression while looking at the pagoda in real life. Was named after Queen Hsinbyuma, the pagoda was built by King Bagyidaw in 1816 as tribute to his wife. The architecture of the pagoda was simulated the magic mountain Meru – a mountain was believed to be the center of the universe with seven white winding banisters represent seven surrounding mountains.

Visitors can climb to the highest floor to enjoy the moments of silence and watch the panoramic view of Mingun Village and Ayeyarwady River. The river is friendly and rustic. On the bank, the Iapan tree leans to mirror in the water. And away from the village, woody boats with blue sails seem to standing still on the blue river on the horizon.

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10 Interesting Facts about Myanmar

10 Interesting Facts about Myanmar

Myanmar recently is one of the most attractive destinations in Asia. Let find out some interesting facts about this land of golden pagodas.

  1. Burmese New Year is in April
    Thingyan, Water Festival
    Thingyan, Water Festival

    Thingyan or Water Festival is the New Year’s celebration which occurs in April every year. It normally last for 3 days. All shops and restaurants are closed during the festival. People will splash the water on each other because they believe that water will wash of the sins and bad luck of the previous year.

  2. No motorbike in Yangon
    Bagan streets
    Bagan streets

    You will rarely see any motorbike in the downtown Yangon. This is because the government banned this mean of transport since 2003.  Burmese people drive personal cars or use public transport instead.

  3. Breathtaking beaches
    Ngapali Beach
    Ngapali Beach

    Myanmar has more than 2,000 km of coastline and one of the most beautiful beaches in Asia. The beaches stretch on Bengal Bay and most of them are still pristine. Among them, the most famous beach is Ngapali which is 45 minutes flight from Yangon.

  4. Keep your Bills clean
    Worthless bill in Myanmar
    Worthless bill in Myanmar

    There is a plenty of ATMs in Burma but few of them accept foreign cards. You had better bring enough money and keep your bills very clean, no stain, not many creases and absolutely no torn or ripped money paper. Otherwise, the Burmese sellers and moneychangers will refuse your money because in their perception, those cash are worthless.

    Besides the Kyat – local currency, US dollar is widely accepted in Burma.

  5. Kissing sound to call waiters
    Myanmar coffee shop
    Myanmar coffee shop

    To attract attention of the waiter, Burmese make a kissing sound, usually two or three short kisses. Hence, do not surprise when you hear many of that sound in the Myanmar streets.

  6. National costume
    National Costume
    National Costume

    Longyi is the national costume in Myanmar. It is a wraparound skirt that is worn by both men and women. Burmese men will make a tight knot in front while women fold the cloth over and secure it at the side. Wearing Longyi is also viewed as the way to deal with 40oC temperature.

  7. Use right hand
    Use right hand
    Use right hand

    Eating with left hand is considered as a rude action in Myanmar as left hand is only for personal hygiene. Thus, when handling food or giving money to somebody, you should use your right hand.

  8. Chewing betel nut
    Chewing betel nut
    Chewing betel nut

    Chewing betel nut is a daily habit of every Burmese. People sell betel stalls everywhere in the streets. A small betel nut combines with palm-sized green leave, spices and maybe a pinch of tobacco. They constantly chew betel in order to stain the teeth into dark red color.

  9. Thanaka face make up

    Thanaka is the distinctive face cosmetic paste made from the ground bark and grinding water. Burmese believe that Thanaka is similar with sunblock, it is also anti-aging and acne prevention.

  10. Land of minerals
    Myanmar jems
    Myanmar jems

    Myanmar is rich of minerals, including base metasl (iron, copper, zinc, tin, gold and silver), energy source (coal) to gems (sapphires, rubies, jade, etc.). 90% of the world’s rubies came from Myanmar in the past.

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