Festivals in Vietnam
The best traditional festivals in Vietnam for photographers
One of the most exciting things about exploring Vietnam is the number of colorful traditional festivals. These include harvest celebrations, love markets, fire dancing and all kinds of folk festivities, and they occur all across the country at different times of year. However, most foreign travelers know little about these festivals, making them hard to fit into a visit. For photographers, such events are especially attractive, offering a whole range of unique images, as well as an unforgettable experience of authentic local culture.
At Vietnam in Focus, we know many of these festivals well, but are only now building a bank of images and information in order to help photography-lovers attend them more easily. Over the next year, we will be traveling to all of the festivals below. The exact dates are often only confirmed close to the actual event, and we will update these as soon as we have them. Get in touch if you’d like to join us!
|2022 – 23 Festivals in Vietnam Schedule|
|End of January / Beginning of February||Pa Then Fire Jumping Festival||Ha Giang / Tuyen Quang|
|Gau Tao Festival||Ha Giang|
|Ba Be Spring Festival||Ba Be|
|End of February / Beginning of March||Xen Ban, Xen Muong Festival||Son La|
|End of March/ Beginning of April||H’Tend Festival||Quang Ngai / Binh Dinh|
|Thac Con Khmer Festival||Soc Trang|
|End of April / Beginning of May||Binh Nghia Festival (Cham)||Ninh Thuan|
|End of August / Beginning of September||Kate Festival (Cham – 7th month of Cham calendar)||Ninh Thuan|
|September 1st||Moc Chau Love Market||Moc Chau|
|End of September / Beginning of October||Do Son Buffalo Fighting Festival||Do Son|
|An Giang Ox Racing Festival||An Giang|
|End of October||Ok Om Bok Festival||Soc Trang|
Featured Tours including Traditional Festivals
Welcome the New Year with the colorful tribes of Northern VietnamExperience the Gao Tau festival, Hmong fire dancing & lunar new year festivities with the Dzao, Hmong & Tay people during far Northern Vietnam's festival season. Cameras in hand, we'll explore the spectacular landscapes and colorful tribal communities around Sapa on a photographic adventure to remember. In the company of our photography team and local Black Hmong guides, this is the ultimate, authentic encounter with Vietnam's hill tribes.
Experience the thrilling Phuoc Hai Whale-Worshiping FestivalExplore southern Vietnam's spectacular coastline and traditional cultures on this immersive photo adventure. Travel by boat down the Saigon RIver to discover the mangroves and salt farms of Can Gio, before heading north to experience the vibrant Phuoc Hai Whale-Worshiping Festival. In Ninh Thuan, we'll encounter the ethnic Cham tribe and the wild volcanic landscapes of Nui Chua National Park en route to remote, palm-fringed Whale Island.
Moc Chau Love Market and the Mountains of the WestHead out into Vietnam's final frontier, the wild northwest. Capture candid people photography as you mix with the tribes of this incredible area, documenting their stories. The landscapes here are a photographer's paradise too, with sweeping vistas, lush tea and rice fields, and the cloudy Song Da river valley, offering endless opportunities for creative composition.
Photograph Flooding Season in the Mekong DeltaImmerse yourself in the cultures of Southern Vietnam's Mekong Delta, Explore the very best this region has to offer, from Saigonese street photography to awe-inspiring riverside brick factories, from bustling water markets to tranquil mangrove forest, and the unforgettable highlight of the Khmer Ox Racing Festival