Local and foreign visitors have a variety of domestic tour options during the coming Lunar New Year holiday, or Tet, the Saigon Times Daily reported.
Tours designed for foreigners wishing to look into Tet culture and celebrations will start from the 23rd of the 12th lunar month to the 4th of the first lunar month, or from January 23 to February 3.
Vietravel has put on pre-Tet tour programmes including those taking in Hanoi and the central region where foreign visitors can find out the culture of welcoming Tet there.
Tourists can opt for one of the tour programmes that are on offer at Vietravel. The four-day Da Nang-Hue-Phong Nha-Ba Na-Hoi An tour brings visitors to the former imperial capital of Hue to visit jam and flower villages and the ancient town of Hoi An to see local people preparing for Tet festival. The other four-day tour takes in tourist destinations Hanoi, Yen Tu, Sapa, and Bai Dinh.
At Lua Viet Travel Company, the “Southern journey” tour going through Ho Chi Minh City, Soc Trang and Ca Mau is also one of the programmes associated with other activities allowing visitors to discover the southern region through flower villages and Tet specialty production facilities.
Saigontourist Travel Service Company has tours “Enjoy southern spring, take Tet home” including visiting Tet flower villages and fairs in southern provinces, staying at a local home to explore how people make traditional glutinous rice cakes and purchasing specialties as Tet gifts.
For foreign travelers, “Foreigners enjoy Tet 2014” tours offered by Saigontourist allow visitors to tour Ho Chi Minh City before visiting the Mekong Delta.
Ben Thanh Tourist has rolled out a special Tet programme for foreign tourists in Ho Chi Minh City, with traditional Tet markets, Nguyen Hue Flower Street and flower fairs among the places of interest. The firm will arrange traditional Tet welcoming programmes such as joining a party, offering a Tet wish and giving lucky money on the first day of the Lunar New Year.-VNA