Before I came to Vietnam, the only times I heard the word ‘Tet’ mentioned were in reference to the ‘Tet Offensive’ of 1968 (the turning point in the American War). Tet is the Vietnamese New Year and for the people of this country it is like Christmas, New Year and Independence day holidays all rolled into one. On my week off work I hire a scooter and explore in and around the city of Vung Tau,which is a hive of celebratory activity for couple of weeks.
River outside Vung Tau
NLF/Viet Cong memorial
Women working in the rice paddies
Catholic Church just outside the city (40% of Vung Tau is Catholic and 60% Buddhist)
View from Catholic Church
Coffee by the sea
Another church in the city
View of city from a Buddhist temple
Thousands of these little trees are for sale along the streets. They’re given as traditional gifts over Tet.