My First Vietnamese Lunar New Year Holiday

Would you chase a duck blindfolded? This is something you may have to do during Tet. Tet is a country-wide festival that takes place every year in Vietnam. It’s a combination of Christmas, New Years, and Mardi Gras. Families eat and drink together. They give red envelopes containing lucky money. Peach blossum trees are decorated. Many people visit their local Buddhist temple. You may find yourself singing Vietnamese love songs. That’s something that happened to me during Tet.

Blue Sky Academy invited Stephan, Lizzie and I on a trip for Tet. We went to Thailand, Laos, and other parts of Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City and Nha Trang). The trip was simply amazing. I’m really happy I was able to explore more of Southeast Asia. My Tet holiday was filled with delicious food, beautiful scenery, and exotic places. Here are some of the highlights.

* Standing inches from an elephant and patting his head
* Meeting an ancient Vietnamese tribe wearing colorful traditional dresses
* Walking through a Buddhist Statue Garden with 80 foot tall statues
* Sharing a dinner of fresh shrimp, crab and squid with friends
* Eating a Thai spring roll with peanut sauce from a street vendor
* Being serenaded by Vietnamese love songs on a bus ride back to the hotel
* Hanging out with the wild monkeys on Monkey Island
* Getting dirty in my first mud bath (then washing off under a waterfall)
* The beautiful sunset view from my Alpine Coaster (a roller coaster for one on a mountainside track)

Thank you to Blue Sky Academy for making my first Tet one that I’ll never forget!


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