The best time of year to visit Vietnam is during the tail end of the Vietnamese lunar New Year celebrations and holiday, Tet.
Most of the shops will be closed, but the airplane ride over is a breeze, with so many seats free, and customs is like a ghost town. It’s a good time to adjust to the heat and daily life before the madness hits.
On cooler mornings, take some time to visit the interesting cultural attractions, go back to your hotel to rest, then organise a motorbike for the evening and cruise the streets to see the amazing festive light displays, eat out and shop.
Yellow blossoms are a cheerful symbol of Tet.
Even the Council building in Ho Chi Minh City looks magical.
Ben Thanh Market in District One is a great place to walk around at night for some good food and to find souvenirs.