Chúc mừng nam moi

“Happy New Year”. The only phrase I still remember from my trip to Vietnam a couple of years ago. We arrived in Saigon on December 29, so there were “Chúc mừng nam moi” banners everywhere. The Vietnamese language is all about intonation though, so the way I pronounce it probably means something completely different.

I had my hopes up for a fun-filled NYE party on the 31st, but I was very disappointed with the two and a half-minute fireworks display, after which everybody got back on their mopeds and went home. I’m sure their Tết celebrations are a lot better though.

Images are from Dec 2007 – Jan 2008.

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