​What to do when Vietnam enters four-day holiday this weekend    
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​What to do when Vietnam enters four-day holiday this weekend Tourists are seen in Hue, Thua Thien-Hue Province, central Vietnam. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Apr 27 2018

As Vietnam will enter a long weekend this week, everyone is eagerly planning on where to visit or what activities to join.

Most Vietnamese people will enjoy four days off from Saturday this week, with two public holidays, Reunification Day (April 30) and International Labor Day (May 1), falling just after the weekend.

Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and many other top destinations across Vietnam have been ready to welcome both domestic and foreign tourists during the four-day break from April 28 to May 1.

The number of international tourists to the central city of Da Nang in this holiday season is estimated to jump up to 40 percent from last year, while the increase of domestic travelers is expected to be from 15-20 percent, according to Cao Tri Dung, chairman of the municipal travel association.

Various choices

The Reunification Day and International Labor Day coincides with the 2018 Hue Festival, a famed annual cultural event held by the central province of Thua Thien – Hue.

This year’s festival, running from April 27 to May 2 in the provincial capital of Hue, will treat visitors to multiple notable art performances.

Among the event’s highlights are the “Echoes from Huong [Perfume] River,” an art performance to be held on a submerged stage on the city’s iconic river, the art show “The Capital Civilization," and a music night to pay tribute to late composer Trinh Cong Son.

​What to do when Vietnam enters four-day holiday this weekend
A stage where art shows will be held during the 2018 Hue Festival is seen in Thua Thien-Hue, central Vietnam. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Visitors to Da Nang during the forthcoming four-day holiday can contemplate the biennial Da Nang International Fireworks Festival (DIFF) opening.

Apart from the DIFF, the inauguration of the “Beach Tourism Season” and the “Summer Destination” programs will bring various fascinating cultural, culinary, street art and sporting activities to tourists.

Young tourists will surely enjoy the variety of youthful shows featuring most popular singers along with street dance steps, hip hop, beatbox, living statues and flash mobs during these shows.

For those who choose to stay in Ho Chi Minh City on this occasion, there will be many activities to participate in.

The first must-visit stop is Dam Sen Cultural Park in District 11, with a fireworks show to be held on the night of the Reunification Day.

The amusement park will also hold a drone competition, as well as introducing new ‘extreme’ games like those in the U.S.

Opening from dawn to dusk, the Japanese stone garden in the outer district of Hoc Mon offers a wide range of recreational activities from taking pictures with Japan's traditional garment to watching Japanese animation-style dance.

The Artinus 3D Painting Gallery in District 7 or Suoi Tien Theme Park in District 9 are also good choices.

​What to do when Vietnam enters four-day holiday this weekend
A fireworks show is seen in Da Nang, central Vietnam. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Tourists to be protected

Da Lat, the capital of the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong, is among Vietnam’s top destinations, but has recently been notorious for rampant scams and rip-offs targeting tourists.

Local authorities have therefore exerted effort to tackle the phenomenon during the upcoming holiday.

Le Anh Kiet, director of the city’s tourism department, has briefed some 500 business establishments at the famous Da Lat Night Market on regulations, demanding that they publicize their room rates and service prices and refrain from overcharging tourists or forcing them to use their services.

Da Lat authorities are also committed to launching 100 percent of their forces, with support from those from Lam Dong authorities, to regulate traffic and reduce congestion.

​What to do when Vietnam enters four-day holiday this weekend
Two tourists are pictured in Da Lat, Lam Dong Province, located in Vietnam's Central Highlands. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Similarly, authorities in the southern coastal province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau have also vowed to prevent dishonest sellers and service providers from overcharging tourists during the four-day holiday.

Authorities will step up inspection, aiming to catch dishonest sellers in the act and strongly punish those who violate the regulations, according to Truong Thi Huong, deputy chairwoman of the province’s Vung Tau City.

“A force of more than 300 people will also be mobilized for patrol and inspection to ensure security and a safe tourism environment,” Huong added.