On Tet Eve, we brought our family to District 1 to watch the fireworks display. All we wanted was a high perch to view the night skies unencumbered. We tried watching a couple of years ago along Ham Nghi but my youngest son fell asleep and it was such a hassle carrying him while watching the fireworks on the street.
Since Tet Eve is also Ash Wednesday, we attended the Holy Mass at the Pastoral Centre and got back to the hotel by 9 PM. Traffic was light in some areas but when you get to the city center along Ben Thanh Market, there were so much motorbikes and people on the street.
By 10 pm, Tran Hung Dao street from Pullman did not allow four wheels anymore. Only motorbikes were allowed into the city center. We saw some groups get down from their cabs to walk a kilometer to Ham Nghi were the fireworks can be clearly viewed.
Then starting at midnight, the sky lit up for 15 minutes to welcome the Year of the Goat or Sheep or Ram. 😛 We could actually see 2 fireworks display from our room but the nearest was of course from the Saigon River.
My eldest son loved the fireworks so much that he is now incorporating fireworks into his Minecraft.