Dinh Bang Village Festival, Tu Son, Bac Ninh Province
Dinh Bang Village Festival, Tu Son, Bac Ninh Province

Public Holidays in Vietnam 2020-2021

Public holidays are the days that governmental offices and banks in Vietnam are closed. Some holidays are based on the Gregorian calendar and some based on the lunar calendar which means that they are not the same every year on the Western calendar. It is useful you know these dates as they may affect your travel in Vietnam.

In 2020, the public holidays in Vietnam are as follows:

  1. Weekend: All Saturdays and Sundays.
  2. Hung Kings' Death Anniversary: 02-April-2020.
  3. Re-Unification Day (30-April) and International Labor Day (1-May): 30-April, 1,2,3-May.
  4. National Day: 2-September (Wednesday).

In 2021, the public holidays in Vietnam are as follows:

  1. Weekend: All Saturdays and Sundays.
  2. New Year: 1-January-2021 (Friday): 1,2,3-January-2021.
  3. Lunar New Year (Tet): Friday, 12-February-2021 (Observed holidays: 11-16February202).
  4. Hung Kings' Death Anniversary: Wenesday, 21-April-2021.
  5. Re-Unification Day (30-April) and International Labor Day (1-May): 30-April, 1,2,3-May.
  6. National Day: 2-September (Thursday).

As the holiday in Vietnam for the International New Year in 2021 is for three consecutive days, the Vietnamese may stay in the cities or may travel to nearby tourist destinations: Theme parks, restaurants, traffic, tourist attractions… in cities are likely to get crowded. Farther destinations within driving distance are also likely to be crowded during this occasion.

It is necessary to know that the Lunar New Year (Tet) official holidays are as listed above, but traffic may be very chaotic a month before and after Tet which may result in overbooked flights, trains...The country normally comes to a halt in the first three days of the lunar new year: restaurants, tourist spots,... are closed. If you take flights during Tet holidays in 2020, make sure you book the services including air tickets, train tickets, airport transfers… far in advance.

If you plan a trip in the far-northern mountains of Vietnam, then it is advisable you take the trip 15 days or more after the Lunar New Year. People in the mountains tend to have longer holidays than in the lowlands and cities.

The holiday for Hung Kings’ Death Anniversary in 2021 is 1 day, the Vietnamese do not tend to travel far. Tourist attractions and traffic in cities are more likely to be busy.

Pay close attention to the holidays for Re-unification and International Labor Day. During this time, the weather is often warm in all of Vietnam and people tend to travel a lot on these holidays. Also, the long holiday means people travel far and tourist destinations, beaches, hill stations,… over all the country are likely to be crowded. Hotels, restaurants and travel services are often booked out and prices go up.

Be extremely careful and allow for plenty of time if you have to take a flight on the first day and last day of a long public holiday in Vietnam as traffic is expected to be extremely busy on these days. It has happened that people had to stay overnight on the road for the trip from the Mekong Delta to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)!