February is the time of Tet Holiday in Vietnam. Therefore, traveling to Vietnam in February offers you the best chance to discover more about Vietnamese tradition and customs. In February, especially at the beginning of Lunar New Year, almost all Vietnamese people often go to the pagoda and temple to wish for good luck, health, and wealth. It’s also time for traditional festivals. Therefore, if it happens to you to visit Vietnam in February, no matter where you come from the North to the South, don’t forget to spend the time taking part in some local festivals as follows:
1. Visit Huong Pagoda Festival, Vietnam in February
Huong Pagoda Festival is one of three biggest Buddhist festivals in Northern Vietnam. Each year, when the festival occurs, there are thousands of people come to this pagoda to worship the Buddhism and join in entertaining activities like boat cruising, mountain climbing,… Besides the festival, you will be overwhelmed by the beauty of white apricot flowers covering the whole area of Huong mountain and the unique architecture of a vast complex of ancient Buddhist temples and shrines in Huong pagoda.
Location: Huong Mount, My Duc District, Hanoi, Vietnam (about 70 km from the center of Hanoi)
Time: 6th of January – March in Lunar Calendar
2. Visit Cat Cat Village, Sapa, Vietnam in February
Cat Cat is mainly inhabited by Mong people. You should come here when coming to Sapa. Moreover, there are also 2 more beautiful triangle flower fields for tourists to take photos. Down the slope, you will see the iron bridge across Muong Hoa stream. Going here, you should stop by the waterfall, visit a simple tent that eats grilled corn, grilled eggs, barbecue and apple cider, you will experience as a real Mong pe. Besides, February is the time when the local market of H-Mong Ethnic Minority is most colorful and beautiful.
In there, you can get both local handicrafts and anything you might need for your journey. In the city center, most homestay and hotels you will find the main market offering a bit of everything including traditional clothing items, souvenirs and hiking gear.
Spread around the city, you will find many more little shops offering handmade items such as bags, musical instruments, or other locally designed items but you must be aware that many of these places will charge higher prices than markets outside of the city.
3. Visit Lim Festival, Bac Ninh Province, Vienam in February
Travel to Vietnam – Lim is the festival of “Quan Ho” folk singing villages which were recognized as UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2009 and has existed over 300 years. At Lim Festival, several “Quan Ho” stages from different villages will be built in Lim Hill so you can enjoy many types of the “Quan Ho” singing in different stages and interact with artists in traditional customs. Besides, there are a lot of folk games such as blindman’s bluff, bamboo swings, human chess, wrestling, cocks fighting, tugging war, pot beating, etc that you should play.
Location: Noi Due Commune, Lien Bao Commune and Lim Town in Tien Du District, Bac Ninh Province, Vietnam
Time: 12th – 13th of January in Lunar Calendar.
4. Visit Cau Ngu Festival, Hue, Vietnam in February
Cau Ngu Festival is held to be dedicated to Truong Quy Ong who is the founder of the Thai Duong fishing village. Travel to Vietnam – The festival has two parts: the ceremony to pray for a prosperous year with a bumper fishing harvest and traditional activities to recur daily life of the local residents. Besides, you also see the beautiful landscapes of Thuan An Beach – a famous beach of Thua Thien – Hue Province when visiting this festival.
Location: Thai Duong Village, Thuan An Commune, Phu Vang District, Thua Thien – Hue Province, Vietnam
Time: 10th – 12nd of January in Lunar Calendar
5. Visit Dong Da Festival, Binh Dinh Province, Vietnam in February
Dong Da Festival is dedicated to Emperor Quang Trung and other leaders of the Tay Son Uprising who have protected Vietnam from the invasion of Thanh Dynasty in 1789. Travel to Vietnam in this festival, you can enjoy the fighting music show which describes the battle between the Tay Son army and Thanh army.
Location: Quang Trung Museum, Phu Phong Town, Tay Son District, Binh Dinh Province, Vietnam
Time: 4th – 5th of January in Lunar Calendar
6. Visit Ba Den Mountain Festival, Tay Ninh Province, Vietnam in February
Ba Den Mountain is the symbol of Tay Ninh Province. Therefore, Ba Den Mountain Festival not only is a religious event but also has an important position in the cultural values of Tay Ninh – Travel to Vietnam. Also, you can visit this festival for sightseeing because Ba Den Mountain is a famous tourist attraction in Vietnam.
Location: Ba Den Mountain, Thach Tan Commune, Tay Ninh City, Tay Ninh Province, Vietnam
Time: 18th – 19th of January in Lunar Calendar
From late December to early February is the coldest period of the year in North of Vietnam and even there is snow in some mountainous provinces. Therefore, consider carefully if you want to travel to the Northern mountains in this period.
7. Yen Tu Festival, Quang Ninh Province, Vietnam in February
Yen Tu is a Buddhism relic complex where the Buddhist sect of Truc Lam originated. When coming to this festival, you can escape from the busy daily life and enjoy the peaceful and glorious scenery of nature. One thing you should try here is climbing the Dong Pagoda (means Bronze Pagoda) which was built on the top of Yen Tu mountain at over 1.100 meters above sea level because it is believed to bring the luck and success for your new year – Travel to Vietnam.
Location: Yen Tu Mountain, Thuong Yen Cong Commune, Uong Bi Town, Quang Ninh province, Vietnam
Time: 10th January to the end of March in Lunar Calendar