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Friday, January 23, 2009

Tet in Phan Thiet

The week before Tet (Chinese New Year as celebrated in Vietnam) is one of my favorite times of year in Phan Thiet. Although I'm not a fan of the actual holiday (which is overrated by far too many ignorant guidebook and magazine writers), the week before is all about night markets full of flowers, candy, snacks and gift-buying till the wee hours of the morning.

A flower market looking down Nguyen Tat Thanh Street

Bountiful flowers at a Tet Market

Phan Thiet Water Tower with Tet decorations

Thanh, Huy and friends selling watermelons, a traditional Tet treat.

Tet Trinkets

Shoe Seller in the night market

The Tet Market "Food Court"

Dried and candied tropical fruit is one of the highlights of Tet, and traditional treats of the holiday. Traditionally these were always made at home, but as society modernizes and people's lives become busier, they buy them more and more in the market (which were always seen as dirty and not as tastey).

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