Together with more than 80 countries all over the world, the International Workers' Day, as known as International Labor Day or May Day in Vietnam, is a public holiday of the nation. It is celebrated on the first day of May, right after the Reunification Day; as a result, the two holidays are normally joined together into one break.
In some special years when both of these days fall on weekends (Saturdays and Sundays), people will be off from work for four consecutive days.
On this occasion of public holidays, services and offices like banks, schools and other governmental institutions are closed—only service of tourism is available. Vietnamese people living in major cities often head back to their hometown or travel to tourist attractions. As a consequence, destinations are full of people and the price is much more added up of course. In addition, the fee for transportation is also affected.
If you are into tranquility, a visitation to Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City on Reunification Day and May Day might be ideal for you as these cities are not as noisy and crowded as usual.
TIME: May 1st
PURPOSE: celebrate international labor movement
ACTIVITIES: services and offices are closed—except tourism