Quick check-in – How’s 2024 treating you?
As the new year begins, many of us are still enjoying the calm after Christmas and the first long weekend. It’s a delightful time of relaxation and reflection. And what better way to spend this year’s first (official) weekend than letting your wanderlust inspire you to plan your next adventures?
The Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA) officially announced the public holidays in 2024 that include about 17 days, counting the weekend that just passed with three days off.
Before we look at the list of public holidays, let’s explore the warm hospitality in Vietnam. A recent study reveals that four Vietnamese hotels are known for their friendliness. The Hadana Boutique Resort Hoi An is at the top, considered the friendliest in Asia, just after Sri Lanka’s Mermaid Hotel & Club. And interestingly, Google’s report for 2023 highlights Vietnam as the top-searched destination for Indian tourists.
As we step into 2024, Vietnam’s tourism sector proudly embraces a gradual recovery, surpassing initial expectations. The projected target of 12.5 million foreign arrivals in 2024 was realized weeks before it ended, a testament to the nation’s resilient appeal and the unwavering spirit of exploration that connects hearts across borders.
So, whether you’re reading this from the lively streets of Vietnam or from afar in another corner of the world, consider this your ultimate guide for deciding when to explore the country this year — or when not to, given the draw of crowds during these periods.
A reminder from MoLISA that businesses are recommended to close on these holidays, and employees working on these days should get at least triple their normal wages.
Public Holidays in 2024:
Lunar New Year: Thursday, February 8 through Wednesday, February 14
Lunar New Year, known as Tết, remains the most significant and grandiose celebration in Vietnam. Welcoming the Year of the Cat, the fourth zodiac animal in Vietnamese culture, this festive occasion is anticipated to attract hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese in traditional ao dai. Vibrant displays along Nguyen Hue Walking Street will illuminate the country, creating a lively and spirited atmosphere.
Hung Kings Festival: Thursday, April 18
The Hung Kings Festival, occurring on the 10th day of the third lunar month at Hung Temple in Phu Tho province, outside Hanoi, is a spectacular event. A grand procession of palanquins and drums ascends Nghia Linh mountain, stopping at smaller temples en route to offer incense at the High Temple, creating a captivating spectacle.
Reunification Day: Tuesday, April 30
Every year on April 30th, Reunification Day commemorates the unification of Vietnam at the end of the American War. It serves as a tribute to the sacrifices made by veterans during the 20-year conflict, a day to reflect on the nation’s resilience and unity.
Labor Day: Wednesday, May 1
May 1st marks International Labor Day in Vietnam, emphasizing the nation’s commitment to safeguarding the rights of the working class. It’s a day to acknowledge the workforce’s contributions and celebrate the labor movement’s achievements.
National Day: Saturday, August 31 to Tuesday, September 3
Observed annually on September 2nd, National Day commemorates President Hồ Chí Minh’s reading of the Declarations of Independence of Vietnam at Ba Đình Square in Hanoi on September 2nd, 1945. Last year’s celebration featured a stunning hot air balloon display in Saigon’s Thu Thiem area, symbolizing the nation’s soaring aspirations.