Tet holiday crowds overrun tourist hotspots

 Popular tourist spots across Vietnam were jam-packed with visitors during the nine-day Tet break.

The night market, one of the most popular spots in the Central Highlands resort town of Da Lat, barely has standing room on February 4.

Also known as Am Phu (Hell) Market, it opens from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m., and sells food and drinks, clothes, souvenirs, and others.

According to official data, around 112,000 people visited Da Lat between January 31 and February 5, a 166 percent increase from the same period last year.

Streets were congested and many hotels and homestay facilities were full, forcing people to rent tents to sleep at night. Photo by Dinh Dinh

Crowds flood the 3-kilometer-long Bai Sau, a popular beach in Vung Tau near Ho Chi Minh City, on February 4.

Some 204,000 visitors arrived during the holidays, and many streets leading to beaches were gridlocked with long lines of vehicles. Photo by Dang Khoa

Visitors on May Rut Islet in Phu Quoc on February 5.

Between January 29 and February 6 Phu Quoc Island welcomed over 79,000 visitors, with high-end resorts such as Fusion, Movenpick, Pullman, La Veranda, New World Phu Quoc, and Salinda being fully booked. Photo by Phan Phuong

Visitors stroll along a street lit up with lanterns in Hoi An town on February 3. Photo by Dac Thanh

The north is experiencing a cold spell with temperatures dropping to 3-4 degree Celsius. Between January 29 and February 5 Sa Pa received nearly 74,400 visitors, and there were long lines like in the photo above to get cable cars to the top of Mt Fansipan.

On February 3-5 hotels in downtown Sa Pa were completely full. Photo by Hoang Trung Hieu

Tam Chuc Pagoda in the northern Ha Nam Province saw a sea of pilgrims on February 5.

The pagoda lies on the banks of a namesake 600-hectare lake described as a mini version of UNESCO heritage site Ha Long Bay with numerous small islets.

Vietnamese, especially Buddhists, have a long tradition of visiting pagodas and temples in the new year to pray for peace and luck during the year. An estimated 70 percent of the population is either Buddhist or follows Buddhist practices. Photo by Pham Chieu

Tourists wait to take a cable car to Ba Den Mountain, dubbed the roof of southern Vietnam, on February 5.

The nine-day Tet break ended on Sunday. Photo by Phuong Thao

Ba Chua Xu Temple at the foot of Sam Mountain in the Mekong Delta province of An Giang, one of the most famous spiritual sites in the south, also attracted a huge number of pilgrims on February 4. Photo by Quang Thien

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