Vietnam rings in 2023

By Staff reporters       DEC. 31, 2022

As the clock struck midnight, crowds across the country burst out in cheers, applauses and exchanged hugs as the fireworks exploded to welcome the new year.

  • 00h10
    Fireworks explode in Saigon

    Fireworks explode over the Saigon River. Photo by Quynh Tran


    Fireworks explode over the Saigon River. Photo by Quynh Tran


    People capture photos of exploding fireworks in HCMC. Photo by Thanh Tung

    A girl sits on her parent's neck to watch the fireworks. Photo by Thanh Tung

    A girl sits on her parent's neck to watch the fireworks. Photo by Thanh Tung

  • 00h00
    Vietnam welcomes 2023 with cheers, kisses

    Capital Hanoi rings with cheers and laughters as the crowd count down to New Year's Eve. Several people, locals and foreigners alike, share hugs and kisses in moments of celebrations.


    Two people kiss in Hanoi amid New Year's Eve. Photo by VnExpress/Giang Huy


    Two people hug each other in Hanoi as the clock strikes 12. Photo by VnExpress


    People embrace one another as they cheer "Happy New Year". Photo by VnExpress/Ngoc Thanh

  • 23h59
    Counting down in Hue

    Video by Vo Thanh

  • 23h55
    Fireworks audiences

    People stopped on Thu Thiem Bridge near midnight waiting to watch the fireworks exploding.


    Travelers stop on Thu Thiem Bridge in HCMC minutes before the midnight fireworks explode. Photo by Gia Minh

  • 23h00
    People in Da Nang flock to parks for New Year shows

    Two main New Year performance shows in the central Vietnam city attract the highest numbers of citizens and tourists: one in the Bien Dong Park and the other in the Bo Dong Cau Rong Park in Son Tra District.

    Pham Tan Xu, director of the Da Nang Department of Culture and Sports, said the two events have had their funds mobilized from multiple sources to reduce burden on the national budget. The city would have events spread out over time until Tet, instead of solely focusing on New Year's Eve, he added.


    People flock to Da Nang's Dragon Bridge to celebrate the new year. Photo by VnExpress/Ngoc Truong

  • 23h00
    Huge crowd on HCMC's Nguyen Hue Street

    Video by Quynh Tran

  • 21h40
    DJ Quintino heats up the crowd in Hanoi

    As DJ Quintino begins his performance, the crowd pulsates to his every beat, throwing their hands up and dancing.


    DJ Quintino performs in Hanoi. Photo by VnExpress/Giang Huy


    Crowds in Hanoi dance and cheer as DJ Quintino performs. Photo by VnExpress/Giang Huy

  • 21h05
    Foreigners celebrate the new year at Saigon's beer street Bui Vien

    Large crowds could be seen on Bui Vien Street Saturday night, with police officers and militia members being stationed at the site to maintain order.

    Annavita, 34, from Russia, said it was her first time celebrating New Year's Eve in Vietnam. She said the weather isn't as cold as in Russia, so she felt more comfortable.


    Annavita (L) sit with her friends at a beer shop on HCMC's Bui Vien. Photo by VnExpress/Dinh Van

  • 20h45
    People faint on HCMC's Nguyen Hue Street

    As part of events to celebrate the new year, several games and activities were held at the Nguyen Hue walking street. Due to the large crowds, some people fainted.


    Some people were given first-aid after fainting at HCMC's Nguyen Hue walking street. Photo by VnExpress/Thanh Tung


    The big crowd on Nguyen Hue Street. Photo by Giang Anh

  • 20h45
    Foreigners celebrate New Year's Eve in Hanoi

    Satshya Tharien, 37, and his wife, from India, said 2022 was a special year for them when they got married after three years of knowing each other.

    As they walked hand in hand at the Le Thai To-Luong Van Can intersection in Hoan Kiem District, they said they decided to celebrate the new year in Hanoi as they both love the city, its food and its people. Their goal for 2023 is to travel and exercise more.


    Satshya Tharien, 37 and his wife celebrate the incoming new year in Hanoi. Photo by VnExpress/Son Ha

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