Our New Year Resolutions & Celebrating Lunar New Year

-Our vision of 2024 and a New Year celebration special to Vietnam-

Asia my way 2024 Travel Resolutions

Asia My Way would like to wish all travel lovers an exciting New Year. On these first days of 2024, we would like to share with you our new year travel resolutions with an extra twist for you to consider and join in on.

1- New culinary experiences: Dive deeper into culinary tours and traditions with an activity such as a Cooking class at Khuamordin, where you will get to learn about local food of the Lao people, as well as try your hands on local cooking methods, as well as going to the market and picking vegetables from a garden, and enjoying the meal in a peaceful garden.

2- Share extra quality time with loved ones: Create quality time for yourself and family with our Treasure Hunt in Angkor experience. Absorb the majestic and mysterious beauty of world’s heritage site of Angor Wat, while challenging your Indiana Jones  hidden side for a fun and exciting adventure.

3- Give back to the community: Go on an immersive adventure that brings you closer to the local community and experience local culture, like a Lantern making workshop in Hoi An where you will learn about the colorful symbol of the city, as well as try your hands on making your own to bring home as a souvenir.

4- Get active and adventurous: Dive into the unknown of an off-the-beaten-track experience. We suggest exploring the beautiful nature of Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai with some light trekking and a bamboo rafting experience on Mae Tang River.

And for the extra tips:

Take your time: Discover in depth, give yourself further time to get a better understanding of the place you are visiting.

Seize the moment and make the day count: Plan something big for a memorable birthday, anniversary and whatever is important to you!s

Lunar New Year in Vietnam

Lunar New Year, or Tet, is the most significant and cherished holiday in Vietnam. Marking the arrival of spring, Tet is a time of joy, family reunions, and vibrant celebrations. If you’re planning to visit Vietnam during Tet, get ready to immerse yourself in a unique cultural experience. 

Below are a few must-dos that our team at Asia My Way thinks would make your travel to Vietnam during Tet holiday that much more memorable.

And of course it would be a big miss out if we talked about Tet Holiday in Vietnam without mentioning the food. 

As Vietnam welcomes the Lunar New Year, the air is filled with the irresistible aroma of traditional Tet foods that hold the key to the heart of this vibrant celebration. Let us guide you through some of the most delectable dishes during this holiday that will make Tet an unforgettable experience for food enthusiasts.

1. Square sticky rice cake (Banh chung) – The Heart of Tet Cuisine: No Tet celebration is complete without Banh Chung, a square-shaped sticky rice cake wrapped in banana leaves. Filled with a savory blend of pork, mung beans, and glutinous rice, Banh Chung symbolizes the Earth and is a staple on every Tet dining table. 

2. Braised pork with eggs: This is a dish deeply rooted in Vietnamese culture, passed down through generations. Combining succulent pork belly and hard-boiled eggs, it captures the essence of slow-cooking, allowing flavors to meld into a harmonious symphony that dances on your palate.

3. Boiled chicken & Sticky rice: Don’t let the simple look of this dish fools you. The succulent boiled chicken served alongside a bed of sticky rice is a symphony of texture and flavour. 

4. Fried spring rolls: A crispy delight that will satisfy even the pickiest taste bud. Imagine biting into a golden, crispy shell to reveal a pack of flavors – vermicelli noodles, minced pork, shrimp, and a colorful medley of vegetables. Vietnamese Fried Spring Rolls are a celebration in every bite!

5. Candied fruits:   Candied fruits platters are a delightful way to end a Tet meal or offer guests a sweet token of goodwill. You will be surprised by what Vietnamese people can turn into these candied delights. From coconut to lotus seeds, from carrots to winter-melon, you will always be pleased when a candied fruits platter is offered to you.

Extra Tip: Each region in Vietnam boasts its own Tet specialties. From the northern delicacies like Banh Tet (cylinder sticky rice cake) to the southern flavors of Canh Mang Mien Tay (Mekong Delta bamboo shoot soup), exploring the diverse Tet culinary landscape allows you to savor the unique regional twists on traditional favorites.

Tet is a time of joy, reflection, and renewal in Vietnam. By embracing the customs and traditions surrounding this festive holiday, you’ll gain a deeper appreciation for the rich cultural tapestry that defines this beautiful country. Whether you’re strolling through decorated streets, savoring special Tet foods, or participating in traditional ceremonies, your Tet experience in Vietnam is sure to be memorable and filled with moments of warmth and celebration.