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Step out from the ordinary and allow Khiri Travel Vietnam to show you our Vietnam. From the backstreets of Hanoi to the underground bunkers of Saigon, we can take you on a journey through Vietnam that others just can’t provide. Meet our local friends who will share their fascinating life stories and experience first-hand what real life is like. Khiri Travel Vietnam prides itself in offering services of the highest quality. From our personally designed itineraries to our excursions that are carefully crafted to suit you – the traveler – we are passionate about making sure you leave Vietnam with amazing memories and stories to share with your friends and family for years to come.

As one of the first Travelife certified DMCs in Vietnam, Khiri leads from the front in regard to sustainability, and works tirelessly to make Vietnam – and the travel industry – a more sustainable destination. Co-founding IMPACT Vietnam in 2017, Khiri Travel leads an industry group dedicated to making positive changes. Whether it’s the epic mountains in the north, majestic Ha Long Bay, fragrant tea plantations, lush green rice terraces, the central highland plateau, over 3000 km of stunning coastline, tropical island getaways, pulsating cities, UNESCO heritage sites like the Hue Citadel and Hoi An Old Quarter, the Mekong Delta, and many more, let Khiri Travel Vietnam be your guide to this fabulous country, and let us show you why Vietnam truly is an incredible destination to visit.

Aaron Edgington

General Manager

Insider Experiences

Discover Hue, The Authentic Way
Ancient Capital, centre of arts and religion in Vietnam, significant battlefield of the American War.
Explore Hanoi Like a Local
Get to know all the corners and specialties of the city like a real local.
Saigon Unseen
We take you through the back streets and alleyways of this city’s unexplored neighborhoods.

What Khiri Has Done In
Vietnam

Khiri Travel Vietnam believes that setting a positive example to our clients, competitors and country as a whole is a responsibility we should embrace. We work with local communities to positively impact their lives and hope that through these projects and initiatives, we are able to say ‘thank you’ to this stunning country that we call our home. By working together, Khiri Travel Vietnam believes it can have a wider, more positive impact.

Vietnam Office

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“Thanks for a wonderful trip through Vietnam. Travel without the hassle says it all. Everything excellent organised which enabled us to focus on the real thing; enjoying Vietnam. Cam on.”

– Jeroen | Netherlands

When to Go and What to Do
in Vietnam

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January

Tet Nguyen Dan

Lunar New Year, locally called Tet, is the largest event of the year in Vietnam. Tet Nguyen Dan marks the beginning of the year in the Vietnamese calendar. It is more of a religious and cultural celebration, so don’t expect too much of a wild party, but it’s still a fascinating time to visit Vietnam and see local rituals.

Vietnamese households prepare for the event by decorating their homes with cherry blossoms, symbolizing growth and spring. This is an occasion for family reunions, everyone feasts on many special dishes, watch lightning fireworks, visit temples, and gives out flowers. This showcases the traditional values of family integration and worship of deities.

Even though Tet is celebrated throughout Vietnam, it’s best to be in larger cities, as some smaller cities might shut down during this time, making it difficult to find food and transport. One of the most popular places to be in is Hanoi. Quan Su Pagoda and Ngoc Son temple are where the locals gather to celebrate. You are welcome to join at any time or find someplace to sit and enjoy the local food and atmosphere. At the same time, Hanoi Opera House organizes vibrant parties and firework shows.

February

March

Phu Giay Festival

Phu Giay Festivals is unique to only one village in the Kim Thai Commune, and the best place to visit is the Phu Giay Temple. The celebration is dedicated to the goddess Lieu Hanh of Phu Giay Pagoda. The festival is believed to bring good fortune upon its people. Pilgrims are dressed in traditional Vietnamese clothing and carry decorated bamboo relics to the temple. As part of the event, the temple also hosts a variety of games such as capture-the-flag, lion dancing, human chess, and wrestling. Visitors can also enjoy the presentation of folk dance and classical songs such as trong quan, cheo (satirical musical theatre) and ca tru (chamber music) at this festival.

April

Hung King Temple Festival

Hung King Temple Festival is a celebration to honor King Duong Vuong, the first king of Vietnam. The event takes place in Hung Temple, which is at the top of Nghia Linh Mountain in Phong Chau District, Phu Tho Province. In the evening of the event, hundreds of lanterns are released into the night sky to commemorate this mighty king’s contribution to the country.

The following day, a flower ceremony is held in the Den Thuong (Upper Temple), where the Hung Kings used to worship deities.
Local processions start at the foot of the mountain, and participants pray at every temple pass by until they reach the highest temple. Consisting of pilgrims, the performance of Xoan classical song, and Catru classical operas. Sticky-rice cakes are offered to their ancestors along the way.

May

Buddha's Birthday

Buddhism is one of the largest religions in Vietnam, and indeed, the birth anniversary of this deity is an occasion worthy of a grand celebration throughout the country. Pagodas and Buddhist temples are adorned with lavish decorations for the festival. Devotees make an offering of flowers, fruits, and traditional Vietnamese dishes to the Buddha and seek his blessing.
Monks will lead prayers as Buddhists light incenses all over Vietnam to pay their respects. People celebrate by hanging pink lotuses everywhere for good fortune. Street parades and prayer sessions are held in large numbers, and the entire community offers reverence to the Almighty.

This event often draws thousands of visitors looking to partake in street parades and prayer sessions. The best place to interact and explore this vivid festival is Pap Bhao, in Hoi An. The event starts right in the morning with a procession of monks along the Ancient Town streets. Then, follow by locals flock to the temple to perform religious rites and listen to Buddhist scriptures. In the evening, you will be able to witness a bubbling parade along the Old Town main road, where animals are released with flower garlands around their necks and lanterns are lit and hung along the riverbanks.

June

Hue Festival

Hue Festival, this bi-annual cultural extravaganza, will hold concerts throughout the week. Hue Festival is only celebrated in the UNESCO-listed Hue city, which is the capital of Thua Thien Hue province in Central Vietnam. Dedicated to the colorful and illustrious legacy of the Nguyen Dynasty, you can enjoy a unique array of cultural events, games, and performances throughout the week of this event.

These performances are held to showcase Vietnamese history and culture. Other countries share in this celebration as well, expressing their culture through song and dance. The first one began in 2000 as a part of preserving the traditions and customs indigenous to Vietnam.

If you’re visiting Hue in April, May, or June, expect unique showcases such as the Hue Poetry Festival, Dialogue of Drums and Percussions, and Ao Dai Fashion Shows, sporting activities like kite flying, boat racing, and human chess, as well as street performances, film screenings, and art exhibitions.
This is one of the festivals that you don’t want to miss.

July

Tra Co Festival

A few hours east from Halong Bay at Mong Cai in Quang Ninh Province, people celebrate the Tra Co Festival. Every summer, the festival commemorates the peninsula’s guardian spirit, whose shrine was built with unique architectural styles in 1511 during the Le Dynasty. This historical relic of Vietnam’s feudal era is honored with a colorful procession. Then, there are traditional games and activities such as cooking, dancing, and chess contest for entertainment. The highlight of the festival is the pig competition, where people who own the fattest pig will win the first prize. This is a traditional competition that encourages breeding and agriculture.

August

Manulife Da Nang International Marathon

Danang International Marathon is the first professional Marathon in Vietnam certified by IAAF – AIMS (International Association of Athletics Federations and Association of International Marathons and Distance Races). The route is approximately 30 km, run along the beautiful coastline in Da Nang, surrounded by the mountain and the city with the bridge across the poetic Han’s river. The event usually takes place in the first week of August; however, in 2022, it will take place in March.

Breathe in the fresh ocean breeze as you take each step closer towards the finish line. While on your run, see the sunrise above the mountains and enjoy the cityscape. Danang International Marathon will undoubtedly be the most memorable leg of your race.

September

October

Keo Pagoda Festival

Keo Pagoda Festival is one of the most unique of Vietnam, held at the Thai Binh Province, northern Vietnam. This is to honor and worship Buddha Priest Duong Khong Lo, a Vietnamese monk whom local stories say had completed training in Buddhist magic and reached nirvana. The festival duration is three days and takes place in two periods of time in the spring and autumn. The festival begins with a procession honoring and showcasing the major events in Khong Lo’s life.
The festival organizes an annual boat race on the Red River with trumpet and drum competitions are always part of the event. On the last day, the event wraps up with an on-land-boat-rowing performance and a cheerful celebration with various activities such as duck catching and rice collecting.

November

Fire Dancing Festival of Pa Then people

Fire dancing Festival is held in the Hong Quang commune, Lam Binh district of the Truyen Quang province. It begins in Mid-October on the lunar calendar and lasts through to the full moon day of January. This event welcomes the new rice harvest and is a time to give thanks to heaven and earth as well as the gods, for granting a good harvest, and enough rain. People also pray for a successful crop in the new year. The festival is carried out mainly by Pa Then people. The sparks from the coal represent good luck, health, prosperity, warmth and dispel the harshness of the coming winter. Many people believe that the Fire God is the god that can give them luck, support, and protect them from danger. Therefore, during the event, a large number of villagers will gather at the ceremony.

The fire is set on the large yard with the shama holding a stick and repeatedly knocking on the instrument of the Pa Then ethnic group to gain power and energy from the Gods, which creates some sound for the participants to dance. After being blessed by the shama, people will jump into the hot coals with their bare feet for 3-4 minutes, without any fear of getting burnt. The bare feet symbolize the strength and courage of the participants.
This is one of the experiences that allow you to enjoy the Pa Then people’s mysterious and spiritual cultural activity.

December

Lantern Festival

In the Old Town of Hoi An, the Lantern Festival is perhaps Vietnam’s most iconic festival, as it is held every month on the night of the full moon. This charming town alone is already one of the top spots for visitors since it is listed in the UNESCO World Heritage, famous for the picturesque scenes of its canals, streets, and ancient colonial architecture. However, when the sun is setting, those twinkly beautiful-decorated bamboo lanterns on every street corner start to illuminate create a magnificent and romantic scenery.

During this festival, you will see people gather on the waterfront of the Hoai River to set and release these vivid and vibrant lanterns on the Thu Bon River that runs through the center of the Old Town. There’s a boat ride available for a more scenic option, where couples can float paper lanterns downstream. There is also a nearby night market with a plethora of street food vendors, musical performers, and folk games.