What to eat when traveling across the country during the Lunar New Year?


Dien Khanh wet cake, Phu Quoc mixed vermicelli or Da Nang pancake are suggestions for a spring trip during Tet.

According to the 2024 Travel Trends Study published by Booking in early January, 73% of Vietnamese guests want to travel to explore cuisine, try new dishes and enjoy specialties at the destination.

Based on searches for food and destinations, on January 25, this application released a list of 5 spring vacation destinations with dishes that are most popular with tourists, as a suggestion for third-party spring travelers. region during the Lunar New Year.

Nha Trang grilled spring rolls.  Photo: Vietnamesegod
Nha Trang grilled spring rolls. Photo: Vietnamesegod

Da Lat

Located on the Lam Vien plateau, Lam Dong province, Da Lat has a cool and pleasant climate all year round. The city is also a popular choice for tourists during the Lunar New Year. People flock to see the cherry blossoms in full bloom from January to February.

Sitting and sipping filter coffee in a small shop, trying sticky rice cooked in bamboo tubes, grilled rice paper or artichoke soup are suggestions.

Nha Trang

Nha Trang is one of 6 cities in the top 10 most searched destinations in Vietnam for this Tet holiday. Famous for its beautiful beaches, attractive cultural sites and vibrant nightlife, Nha Trang is an ideal suggestion for “followers” who love water sports or to avoid the cold in the North.

Jelly fish noodle soup , fish cake, banh can, and wet cake in Dien Khanh are dishes that tourists should try on a trip to this coastal city.

Nha Trang fish noodle soup.  Photo: Lan Huong
Nha Trang fish noodle soup. Photo: Lan Huong


Located in Central Vietnam, Da Nang has traditional local dishes, which also bear the identity of both North and South. Possessing beautiful beaches along the Central Coast, seafood plays a key role in the city’s cuisine. Spices commonly used in the Central region such as lemongrass, chili, turmeric, and garlic also contribute to adding richness and sophistication to each dish. Some dishes that you must try when coming to Da Nang are banh xeo and spring rolls.

Vung Tau

As one of the coastal cities that is easy to reach from Ho Chi Minh City, Vung Tau is an ideal weekend stop for those who have spent time exploring all of Saigon.

Not only famous for its beaches, Vung Tau has many other interesting things for tourists to explore such as trails suitable for trekking and hiking, and attractive historical sites.

Some famous local dishes include squid noodle soup, banh khot, and stingray hot pot with fresh stingray meat soaked in spices and greasy with a spicy and sour broth.

Phu Quoc

Phu Quoc is an ideal destination for tourists who love water activities. With a rich marine ecosystem, Phu Quoc offers diving enthusiasts the opportunity to enjoy beautiful scenery from brilliant coral reefs to diverse marine life.

In addition to being known for its beautiful beaches, Phu Quoc is also considered the “fish sauce capital” of Vietnam, contributing significantly to the typical flavor of local dishes. Some must-try dishes when coming to Phu Quoc include vermicelli noodles, herring salad, and mixed vermicelli .

Phu Quoc mixed vermicelli.  Photo: Lan Huong
Phu Quoc mixed vermicelli. Photo: Lan Huong

Ho Chi Minh City

Another culinary center of the country is Ho Chi Minh City. Spicy, sweet and salty – the city’s specialties benefit from the tropical climate with fresh ingredients, combined with natural sweetness.

Similar to Vietnamese cuisine in general, dishes from Ho Chi Minh City use a lot of raw vegetables and spices to help balance the flavor of each dish. Must-try dishes include broken rice , braised fish, and bread with many different fillings and sauces.

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