How to celebrate the New Year in Vietnam
How to choose a resort in Vietnam to celebrate the New Year – 2023? Consider 4 popular resorts: Nha Trang, Phu Quoc, Mui Ne and Phan Thiet. Weather, prices of hotels, food and tours, as well as the pros and cons of the holiday.
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Vietnamese people celebrate the New Year twice: on January 1 and according to the lunar calendar (Tet). And if January 1 celebrations are more of a tribute to tourists, the Vietnamese New Year becomes an occasion to spend: it is customary to wear all new clothes on this day and give their guests envelopes with money. In this post, we will talk about the opportunities to celebrate in popular Vietnamese resorts exactly the international holiday of the new year.
New Year in Nha Trang – 2023
For the New Year, all hotels and shopping centers in Nha Trang are decorated with Christmas trees and Santa Clauses. How do tourists celebrate the holiday? In the evening of December 31, people gather on the promenade, where a holiday concert is organized for them, everyone exchanges balloons and souvenirs, dancing and listening to music. We welcomed the New Year right on the central beach of Nha Trang. Surprisingly everything was quiet and peaceful, mostly tourists just enjoying the breeze and the view of the night sea.
On the beach, some nightclubs organize a disco, tourists settle there or celebrate in the hotel or restaurant. The best New Year’s Eve parties, according to tourist reviews, are held at the Vinpearl Resort Nha Trang 5* and Diamond Bay Resort & Spa 5*.
What to do in Nha Trang after meeting the New Year – 2023? Tourists sunbathe, go snorkeling, diving and fishing. Excursions around Nha Trang and its surroundings are popular – however, you can rent a bike and explore the beauty of Vietnam on your own, it will be cheaper and more enjoyable. Tourists usually visit the temples, waterfalls, hot springs, zoo and aquarium, silk painting factories, jewelry stores and the entertainment island Wynperl.
Near Nha Trang are a few more islands, where tourists are taken on excursions and where there are many good places for diving. You can try seafood in Nha Trang anywhere from waterfront restaurants to street vendors selling grilled fish.
Weather in Nha Trang for New Year
The end of December is not the best time for a beach holiday, as the rainy season ends and the weather in Nha Trang for the New Year is fickle and capricious. The number of sunny and cloudy days is about the same. Although the days are usually warm +28 ° C, but sometimes it can be windy and rainy with temperatures dropping to +24 ° C. The sea is warm +26°C and choppy, with underwater cold currents that can cool the water down to +21°C.
Seasons and weather by month. Weather, prices, resorts.
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Prices in Nha Trang
Prices in Nha Trang affordable, despite the dance with the ruble exchange rate. Staying at a 3 * hotel on New Year’s Eve costs from $ 25 per night for two, in the 5 * hotel is already 5-6 times more expensive.
You can live very cheaply if you choose a small hotel without stars, from $7 for two. For example, we lived in inexpensive Minh Hoa for about three months (from $ 13 per night, but for longer stays there are discounts). A simple hotel without frills, clean and with very friendly staff – the hostess constantly gave us gifts (fruit, cookies, water, etc.). The hotel has a homely atmosphere and it was about a 5 minute walk to the sea. We found the hotel on Rumguru.
For the best, in our opinion, hotels in Nha Trang with its own beach, see this review.
The cost of New Year’s dinner ranges from $16 to $160 per person, all depending on the level of the hotel / restaurant. Lunch at a cafe costs from $9 to $16 for two depending on the level of the establishment, in the tourist area the price tag is higher. In the fast food chains and establishments for locals you can satisfy your hunger for only 1.5-3 dollars per person. Excursions cost from $20 to $50 per person, massages and spa treatments from $8.
Pros and cons of New Year vacations in Nha Trang
Pros. Low prices for holidays, interesting excursions, an abundance of attractions and a friendly atmosphere.
Cons. A little clouded holiday capricious weather and lack of its own beach in most hotels. It is also important to remember that Nha Trang is a city, which means there are traffic jams, construction sites and an abundance of traffic on the streets. Because of the increasing incidence of street thefts, tourists have to take certain security measures: girls to refuse to carry bags, etc. Also on New Year’s Eve drunken songs of Russian tourists are not happy (but on the street it is a rare phenomenon).
Despite some minuses, Nha Trang left us only bright impressions: the weather on New Year was wonderful, tourists behaved quite decently, prices were low. The city is beautifully decorated in advance with flowers for Tet, it’s nice to stroll around. We lived in Nha Trang for almost three months.
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New Year in Phu Quoc – 2023
The island of Phu Quoc is considered the best place for a beach holiday in Vietnam, including for the New Year: perfect sandy beaches, healthy ecology and warm transparent sea. Tourists meet the holiday in a restaurant or hotel, most decent establishments organize a dinner with lobsters and a music program. Some tourists prefer to get together in a small group and celebrate the New Year at the seaside, prearranged their actions with the hotel.
We decided to celebrate New Year in Fukuok in a non-trivial way: we had a dinner in a restaurant, and the holiday met in the saddle of a bike, rushing along the wide deserted roads of the island.
Fukuok is a quiet place for a quiet holiday, there is no nightlife and entertainment. Vacationers mostly swim, sunbathe, and explore the flora and fauna of the underwater world. Attractions are not that many: pagodas, waterfalls, beaches, safari park, cable car, a couple of museums, fishing village, as well as pearl and pepper plantations, where tourists buy souvenirs for friends and relatives.
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The weather in Phu Quoc at New Year is pleasingly warm: daytime on the island +30 ° C and above, at night +26 ° C, the water in the sea +28 ° C. Most of the time it is warm and dry, rains are very rare.
Hotels in Fukuoka directly on the beach are expensive. Accommodation in a 3 * hotel on the beach starts at about $ 50 per night for two people on New Year, a holiday in Fukuoka in a five-star hotel is three times more expensive – from $ 156. If you want cheaper accommodations, you need to look for options a little farther from the beach – they cost about $15. Look for them on Rumguru. The most popular beach with developed infrastructure is Long Beach.
Dine at a tourist cafe for $11-$20 for two, prices at local cafes are low, like everywhere else in Vietnam, the average check is $1.5-$3 per person. Excursions cost from $9 to $30. Read more about prices in Fukuoka.
Pros and cons of New Year vacations in Fukuoka
Pros. Fukuok has the cleanest sea in Vietnam, with affordable hotel prices. This is just the perfect place for a relaxing beach holiday. If you get bored, you can rent a bike and ride around the island or order a tour. Here you can try the freshest seafood at low prices.
Cons. The complete absence of shopping and entertainment complexes on the island. You can buy here only souvenirs or pearls, grown on local plantations. Lovers of entertainment and shopping will be frankly bored here. Also a significant disadvantage is that the island has recently been actively developing infrastructure. As a consequence – noise from construction sites and garbage, which spoils the view, so we advise you to read hotel reviews carefully.
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Is it worth celebrating the New Year in Mui Ne and Phan Thiet?
Traditionally on New Year’s Eve hotels in Mui Ne and Phan Thiet serve seafood and other delicacies, the beaches are decorated with snowmen made of sand and coconut trees. The entertainment program is usually limited to local bands, contests and raffles with prizes. Most hotels end the banquet after midnight, and holidaymakers go to a nightclub or restaurant to finish the night. Judging by the reviews of tourists, the most fiery New Year’s Eve parties are held at the club Dragon Beach in Mui Ne.
On New Year’s Eve in Mui Ne is warm enough to spend time on the beach. In the afternoon, a good wave rises on the sea, ideal for kiteboarding and surfing. Popular with holidaymakers excursions to local attractions: White Dunes, Red Canyon, the lotus lake, the statue of the reclining Buddha, Pitahaya plantations and museums of Phan Thiet.
In January, the temperature is warm and dry: +30 ° C during the day, +21 ° C at night. The water in the sea +25 ° C, but the sea is rough and suitable for swimming only in the morning. In the afternoon, often high waves rise.
Mui Ne smoothly flows into Phan Thiet, but prices for New Year in Phan Thiet are slightly higher than in Mui Ne, as it is considered a more expensive resort. A double room in a budget hotel costs from $10 on New Year’s Eve, in a 3* hotel – from $20-30, in a 5* hotel – from $130. Hotels are better to book in advance on Rumguru, so you can get a discount.
New Year’s Eve dinner starts at $23 per person. Lunch at a cafe is $9-$20 for two. Kitesurfing instruction and equipment rentals are from $9 per day per person. Excursions are $9 to $50 per person.
Pros and cons of New Year vacations in Mui Ne and Phan Thiet
These former fishing villages and favorite vacation spots for kiteboarders and surfers not so long ago turned into modern resorts, so the prices here are overpriced, and there are few attractions (mostly natural). Another significant minus – because of the large number of our compatriots, these resorts are jokingly called the Russian ghetto. Judge for yourself, you go for exoticism, and find the familiar surroundings and signs in Russian. Another drawback – the sea is still more suitable for kitesurfing than for a quiet swim, it is often stormy.
However, it is worth noting that the resorts are quite good modern hotel facilities and Russian-speaking staff – this is useful if you have problems with the knowledge of English. Vacationers have the opportunity to learn kiteboarding and surfing at low rates. The resorts have a great selection of food and fruit, as, however, everywhere in Vietnam.
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Prices for tours in Vietnam for the New Year – 2023
The cheapest tickets to Vietnam for the New Year with a flight from Moscow for 7 nights with no meals can be purchased from 100 thousand rubles for two with accommodation in a 2 or 3 * hotel in Nha Trang, 4 * – from 120 thousand, 5 * – from 160 thousand (with breakfast). Weekend holiday in Nha Trang in a five-star all-inclusive hotel costs from 220 thousand rubles for two people.
Holidays for New Year in Phan Thiet and Mui Ne generally cost the same as in Nha Trang: All Inclusive at a 4* hotel will cost 190 thousand rubles and more. 3* and 4* – from 100 thousand rubles for two people (breakfast), 5* – from 170 thousand rubles.
If you want to spend New Year’s Eve in Vietnam – 2023, if you buy a tour to Fukuok: a package from Moscow with a stay in a 3 * or 4 * hotel and breakfasts for 7-8 nights costs from 170 thousand rubles for two, 5 * – from 240 thousand rubles (breakfast).
We advise to check the prices for tours to Vietnam at two convenient services: Travelate and Level.Travel. That’s where we find the cheapest trips. By the way, you can buy them online – all documents will be sent to your e-mail. If you do not know how to use these online services, and how to look for cheap tours, then our special instruction will help you.
Weather in Vietnam for the New Year: what resort to choose?
Is it worth to go to Vietnam for the New Year? Of course it is! Southern resorts in Vietnam at this time of the year can boast of wonderful weather suitable for a beach holiday. In terms of cost a vacation in Vietnam for the New Year is cheaper than in neighboring Thailand, but more comfortable than in Cambodia. In this article I will tell you which resorts in Vietnam to consider for the New Year’s holiday and what the weather is worth waiting for.
- Resorts in Vietnam, where you can celebrate the New Year
- Prices for tours to Vietnam for the New Year
- New Year weather in Nha Trang
- New Year weather in Phu Quoc
- New Year in Mui Ne or Phan Thiet – inexpensive, sunny and by the sea.
Resorts in Vietnam, where you can celebrate the New Year
The main resorts suitable for New Year’s holidays in Vietnam are four: Nha Trang, Phu Quoc Island, Mui Ne and Phan Thiet. They are all located in the south of Vietnam. Mui Ne and Phan Thiet in general are so close that they can be considered a single tourist destination: information about the first will be true for the second. For this reason, in fact, holidaymakers have a choice between the three options. Each of them has its pros and cons, about which we will tell below.
Why didn’t I include Da Nang in the list? It’s even north of Nha Trang and the sea is even cooler there. It still rains in December in Da Nang, and the average temperature in December and January is 21 degrees. It’s not frosty, of course, but you won’t swim in such temperature.
There are also the island Kondao, but you can hardly find a tour there, and to get on your own – expensive and difficult.
To make it clearer where each resort is located, I made a map:
Prices for tours to Vietnam for the New Year
Prices for New Year’s Eve tours in Vietnam for New Year’s Eve depends on the number of nights, the city of departure and the resort:
- 7 days in a 3 * hotel in Nha Trang on New Year’s Eve will cost 70 thousand rubles per person. This price includes flight, transfers, accommodation, insurance and breakfast.
- New Year’s rest on Fukuoka will cost on average 80 thousand rubles per person.
- Mui Ne and Phan Thiet are cheaper resorts. It will cost on average of 65 thousand rubles for a 3* hotel to spend New Year’s Eve holidays in Vietnam.
New Year in Vietnam is better to travel a little in advance, and ideally take advantage of early booking offers. There are several reasons for this: the instability of the ruble and the New Year. Tours for the holidays, especially the New Year, are sold like hotcakes. These sites can book tours to Vietnam online as an early booking, as well as at the last minute:
– A very large selection of tours to all resorts in Vietnam, early booking is possible. Last minute tours on Travelat → – a good selection of tour packages to Vietnam.
Book tours at these sites completely safe (we checked) and cheaper than the office at the tour operator.
Best prices on tours to Vietnam in the New Year:
New Year weather in Nha Trang
Not everyone will want to celebrate the New Year in Nha Trang, and here’s why. Although the end of December-beginning of January can be considered the holiday season, but the weather is not always favorable to rest on the beach. If you are lucky, you will enjoy clear skies and warm sea. If not, you might find it too cold and windy to go swimming, not to mention the rains that come almost every other day this time of year.
Advice: if you decide to celebrate New Year in Nha Trang, choose a hotel with a swimming pool, because the sea is likely to storm.
Despite the weather, Nha Trang is a good option where to celebrate the New Year in Vietnam. You have to thank for this the developed infrastructure of the resort. There are bars and restaurants, discos and nightclubs. The streets of Nha Trang are decorated at this time with New Year and Christmas symbols, and on New Year’s Eve the Vietnamese launch fireworks and organize a variety of entertainment programs.
What hotels I can recommend in Nha Trang:
Golden Holiday Hotel Nha Trang 3* – the hotel is across the street from the beach, has its own pool. Near the hotel there are cafes, stores and travel agencies. New Year in the hotel costs 141 thousand rubles for two people for 7 days (room superior, food – breakfast, then – Pegas);
Hanoi Golden Hotel 3* – the hotel is also across the street from the sea, but a little further than the previous one. Very good reviews about the hotel and the location. For New Year’s Eve stay at this hotel costs 137 thousand rubles for two people for 7 days (superior room, breakfast, then – Pegas);
Dessole Beach Resort 4* is an all-inclusive hotel on the first line in Nha Trang. The hotel has its own swimming pool. New Year’s tour to this hotel costs 198 thousand rubles for two people for 7 days (room with a sea view, all inclusive, then – Pegas);
New Year weather in Phu Quoc
Unlike Nha Trang, Phu Quoc Island on New Year’s Eve pleases beach lovers – in December and January here is the height of the beach season. There is almost no rain at this time, and the water temperature is kept at a comfortable level of +28 ° C.
But fans of nightlife Fukuok island is likely to disappoint. Except for beach holidays, walking around the neighborhoods and sightseeing, there is little to do. Hotels and restaurants usually offer New Year’s Eve entertainment, but no more. So it makes sense to celebrate New Year in Fukuoka only if you are determined to spend the rest of the holiday on the beach.
What hotels can I recommend in Phu Quoc:
Phu Quoc Dragon Resort & Spa 3* – a hotel with good reviews and its own pool, but not on the first line. New Year in the hotel costs 151 thousand rubles for two people for 7 days (bungalow, meals – breakfast, Coral Travel);
Kim Hoa 3* – three in the first line with good reviews, just 10 meters to the beach. A New Year’s Eve tour to this hotel costs 186 thousand rubles for two people for 7 days (breakfast, Coral Travel);
The Saigon Phu Quoc Resort 4* – The hotel is in the first line, 50 meters to the beach. It has a deep swimming pool (2.5 meters), according to reviews – a good stable wi-fi throughout the hotel. Excellent food, cleaning and service. New Year’s tour to this hotel costs 189 thousand rubles for two people for 7 days (breakfast + dinner, ICS Group);
Novotel Phu Quoc Resort 5* – is a well-known hotel chain, which keeps a high bar for quality rooms and service. Novotel Phu Quoc is located in the first line, but also has several pools. Novotel is great for holidays with children. New Year’s tour at Novotel costs 251 thousand rubles for two people for 7 days (breakfast, Coral Travel);
New Year in Mui Ne or Phan Thiet – inexpensive, sunny and by the sea.
If you want to go to Vietnam for the New Year, but Fukuok seems expensive, and Nha Trang upsets unbearable sea, a reasonable compromise would be Mui Ne and Phan Thiet. During the New Year holidays the weather here is warm, beachy. The daytime temperature can exceed +30 ° C, and the rain is very rare.
However, the sea here is not as friendly as on the island of Phu Quoc. Large waves are good for surfing, and a constant wind for kite-surfing. Not for nothing in Mui Ne almost all the beach is dotted with kite schools.
In the first half of the day the sea can be quiet, but in the second usually begins wind and waves rise. And the water temperature, about +25°C, may not be suitable for everyone, especially if the family has small children.
Advice: If you decide to celebrate New Year in Mui Ne or Phan Thiet, choose a hotel with a pool, so the children could have a place to swim.
And in Mui Ne and Phan Thiet there is something to do besides sunbathing on the beach: there are different sights and safaris on military jeeps, nearby is Dalat – a small Vietnamese Switzerland. On New Year’s Eve itself, you can count on a real seaside holiday.
What hotels I can recommend in Mui Ne and Phan Thiet:
Hon Rom Sunlight Resort 2* – bungalow with green area on the first line. New Year’s Eve tour at this hotel costs 100 thousand rubles for two people for 7 days (breakfast, Coral Travel);
Muine Bay Resort 4 * – a good four in the first line for a quiet holiday. Near the hotel is almost nothing, for some this is a plus, for others a minus. Ideal for privacy. Tour for 7 nights on New Year costs 110 thousand rubles for two (breakfast).
Saigon Muine Resort 4* is a 4 star hotel in the first line. Beautiful green area, good service and friendly staff. Suitable for holidays with children. The tour for 7 nights on New Year’s Eve costs 156 thousand rubles for two (breakfast).
Golden Coast Resort & Spa 4 * – another four right on the beach with excellent reviews. A 7-night tour on New Year’s Eve costs 136 thousand rubles for two (breakfast).
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