In pictures: The best of Vietnam this week

January 27, 2017 | 03:22 pm GMT+7

Check out some of the most stunning Instagram photos of #Vietnam a week before #Tet

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A man chooses a hoa mai branch (yellow apricot blossom) at a floating flower market in Ho Chi Minh City. It's a long-standing Vietnamese custom to decorate the home to celebrate Tet.

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Cho Lon, the largest Chinatown in Vietnam, is ready for Lunar New Year.

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A kiosk sells Tet jams (mut Tet) in Ben Thanh Market. The colorful snacks are made from fruits and ginger to welcome guests during the occasion.

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Red sausages (lap xuong) are being dried for the holiday.

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Sculptures of a flock of chickens are displayed to welcome the Year of Rooster.

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A cherry blossom tree (mai anh dao) in Da Lat. The flowers bloom in the spring and have become a symbol of the popular resort town.

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A dragon dance in Hue. The performance is believed to expel devils and bring luck to families.

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Carved waterlemons on sale at a market in the coastal resort town of Phan Thiet.

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Red, which is believed to bring luck, is the dominant color over the Tet holiday.

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Men erects a sign saying Chuc Mung Nam Moi (Happy New Year) on a street in Nha Trang.

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Unlike southerners, people in the north prefer to display peach apricot blossoms (hoa dao) for Tet.

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Two young soldiers seem to be surprised by the Tet atmosphere on Hanoi's streets.

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A family gathers to prepare banh chung, a Vietnamese delicacy made of sticky rice, beans and pork wrapped in green leaves and tied with bamboo string.

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A special market for Tet popped up on Hang Ma Street in Hanoi.

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"Spring time in northern Vietnam," the caption reads. The photo was taken in Moc Chau.

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They know their year is coming. #YearofRooster.

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