Over the period of the Vietnamese Tet and Chinese New Year, Vientiane is arguably one of the happiest cities to visit in the whole of Asia.
The Lao people embrace other cultures in the capital of Vientiane quicker than you can say 'Vietnamese Tet and Chinese New Year'. Given the large number of Vietnamese and Chinese living in Vientiane, these joyful occasions are best celebrated in the capital, where you'll discover a warm and welcoming ambience together with a party atmosphere that is second to none.
The festival usually lasts for three days with people prioritising colourful parties, strings of firecrackers, visits to temples, quality family time and general merrymaking above their businesses and livelihoods. A friendly atmosphere sweeps the city streets at this time of year where everyone greets each other with a smile and a simple 'happy new year'.
Celebrations can go on into the evening and even on into the night as the sound of firecrackers, the smell of authentic Lao food and the sights of brightly coloured decorations fill the city streets and take over the Chinese and Vietnamese communities.
In the middle of dry season with cooler weather than in the months ahead, January and February are already two of the most popular months to visit Vientiane, and now you have another reason to visit the Lao capital. If you're drinking well into the night, we challenge you to say 'Vietnamese Tet and Chinese New Year' ten times without a slip of the tongue. But let's not worry about that, it's time for celebrations.
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