Are you lucky enough to be travelling in Vietnam over Christmas? Amazing! But, what is there to do in a country that doesn’t celebrate it? A lot, in fact. Wherever you are and however you’re looking to spend the holidays, there are so many ways to spend Christmas in Vietnam.
Traditional Christmas in Hanoi, Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh
Are you someone for whom Christmas is all about the traditions? Are you a little worried about spending Christmas away from home and your own family festivities? No fear. If you find yourself in Hanoi, Hoi An or Ho Chi Minh this Christmas you’ll easily be able to find the kind of Christmas you’re used to back home. But, it will cost you! Treat yourself to a stay in one of the plentiful 4 or 5* hotels in these tourists hubs and enjoy Christmas meals and events with all the trimmings.
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Family Christmas in Sapa and Mai Chau
Maybe it isn’t the Christmas foods and decorations that you care about but the family feel of the festive season. Well, there is no better time than Christmas to book yourself into a Vietnamese homestay. In both Sapa and Mai Chau, homestays are the typical form of accommodation and local families will make you feel at home with lavish family-style dinners and plenty of late night rice wine fun! Plus, the weather in Sapa in December is decidedly chilly so you can wrap up warm just like you would back home (for those from the Northern hemisphere!).
Check out our Sapa homestay packages here.
Paradise Christmas in Nha Trang and Mui Ne
Maybe you’ve come to Vietnam to escape Christmas altogether. Well, where better to head than a tropical beach? Nha Trang and Mui Ne are two great coastal gems with just the right amount of white sand, luxury hotels, delicious restaurants and water sports to make your untraditional Christmas a little special. In fact, anywhere coastal south of Qui Nhon will have great weather in December, so find yourself a beachfront property, put your feet up and relax over the holidays.
Luxury Christmas in Halong Bay
What could be more luxurious than sailing through the magnificent limestone islands of Halong Bay on Christmas Day? If you are looking for a truly unforgettable Christmas then a cruise in this UNESCO World Heritage destination is the perfect option. Upgrade to a 5* cruise with spa facilities and private balconies for something really special. Halong Bay may be a little cool in December but with a glass of champagne in hand and a bathtub looking out over the bay, you won’t even notice the chill!
Check out our favourite 5* cruise packages here.
Off the beaten path Christmas in Ha Giang and Cao Bang
Another memorable way to spend an untraditional Christmas is an adventure into the northernmost provinces of Vietnam. Ha Giang and Cao Bang are two spectacular destinations that inspire wanderlust in even the most well-travelled adventurers. Surround yourself with natural beauty, towering mountains and the local hospitality of the hilltribe minorities and enjoy a Christmas to remember.
Check out our Ba Be and Cao Bang adventure here.
We hope this list has given you some ideas for how to spend Christmas in Vietnam and that, whatever you end up doing, you have an incredible time in Vietnam over the holidays. Merry Christmas!
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