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Sense of Tet 2021


Xin Chào...! Wishing you a very warm welcome on behalf of all the Hosts and the Turtles at Six Senses Con Dao. The period of Tet is the most important event on the Vietnamese calendar, and we are honored to wish you “Chuc Mung Nam Moi” as we welcome the Year of the Ox together in 2021. Our Tet program is filled with experiences, excursions and dining options, to ensure you make the most of this most auspicious time on Con Dao. Here’s to a peaceful & healthful 2021, from Six Senses Con Dao! Be inspired, be kind, be blessed! Marisa Ferreira Fernandes General Manager


The Year of the Ox It is said that Ox ranks second among the Chinese zodiacs because it helped the Rat but was later tricked by it. The myth goes that the Jade Emperor declared the order of zodiac signs would be based on the arrival orders of 12 animals. Ox could have arrived the first but it kindly gave a ride to Rat. However, when arriving, Rat just jumped to the terminus ahead of Ox, and thus Ox lost the first place. In Asian culture, Ox is a faithful friend that made great contributions to the development of society. Like the ox, people born in the Year of the Ox are industrious, cautious, hold their faith firmly, and always glad to offer help. (*) Years of the Ox include 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021, 2033... (*) source: travelchinaguide.com


February 8, 2021 (27/12/2020) 07:30 am - 08:15 am

Flow Yoga [R] @Sense of Gathering

08:00 am - 10:00 am

House Hiking [R] [$]

09:00 am - 12:00 pm

Snorkeling Trip [R] [$]

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Handmade Workshop

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Leaf Art

12:30 pm - 01:15 pm

Coconut Oil Making Class [R] @Spa

01:00 pm – 02:00 pm

Pizza Decoration [R] [$]

02:00 pm – 05:00 pm

Con Dao Historical & Prison Tour [R] [$]

03:00 pm - 04:00 pm

Visit Organic Garden @Sense of Fun

03:00 pm - 04:00 pm

Puzzle Time

04:00 pm – 05:00 pm

Musical Chair At The Beach

04:00 pm – 07:00 pm

Sunset Cruise Boat Trip [R] [$]

05:00 pm - 07:00 pm

Happy TET Hour [$] @Elephant Bar

08:00 pm

Movie – “The Scent Of Green Papaya” [R] @Jungle Cinema

($) = Chargeable (R) = Reservation required = Activities for Children Note: Outdoor experiences are subject to weather conditions.


What is Lì Xì? Lì Xì or Lucky Money is given by adults to younger people and children in red envelopes. Lucky Money is always given in even denominations since odd numbers are considered bad luck. Not too surprisingly, this is typically a favorite part of Tết for most children.

Why red and yellow are lucky colors? The Vietnamese use vibrant reds and yellows to decorate their homes. These colors will remove bad feelings and substance from their households. This will provide good luck during the transition from the old to the New Year. Yellow represents the soil and is associated with earthliness and centeredness. It is also associated with gold, wealth, and royalty. Red represents prosperity, goodness, happiness. In addition it contains links to strength, power and vitality. It is known to have the power to push evil and bad things away.


February 9, 2021 (28/12/2020) 07:30 am - 08:15 am

Stretching [R] @Sense of Gathering

08:00 am – 01:00 pm

Local Fishing Trip [R] [$]

09:00 am – 12:00 pm

Island Escape Boat Charter [R] [$]

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Morning Zumba

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Vietnamese Traditional Games

12:30 pm - 01:15 pm

Singing Bowl Workshop [R] @Spa

01:00 pm – 02:00 pm

Mini Water Filter Workshop [R]

03:00 pm – 04:00 pm

Jenga Time

04:00 pm – 05:00 pm

Sand Dollar Collecting

04:00 pm – 05:00 pm

Beer & Darts [$] @By The Market

04:00 pm – 05:00 pm

Water Polo Tournament [R] @Sense of Fun

05:00 pm - 07:00 pm

Happy TET Hour [$] @Elephant Bar

08:00 pm

Movie – “The Quiet American 2002”[R] @Jungle Cinema

($) = Chargeable (R) = Reservation required = Activities for Children Note: Outdoor experiences are subject to weather conditions.


Traditional activities during Têt? Families also participate in some of the following: • Family parties: Enjoying Tất Niên (the last meal of the old year) together to share all the experiences throughout the year.. Families take time to review traditions, show respect to elders and strengthen the relationships between family members. • New Year’s Greetings: people wish each other prosperity and luck in new year with traditional greetings are: 1. Chúc mừng năm mới – Happy New Year 2. Cung chúc tân xuân – Gracious wishes of the new spring 3. An khang thịnh vượng - Security, peace, good health, wealth and prosperity 4. Vạn sự như ý - May your wishes come true 5. Sức khỏe dồi dào – Plenty of health 6. Cung hỷ phát tài – Literally “Happy money come to you” 7. Tiền vô như nước – Money keep flowing in like water Traditionally, everyone is one year older. In Vietnamese culture you are 1 year old when you are born and everybody ages by 1 year at Tết. Children would wish their grandparents health and longevity with the greeting Sống lâu trăm tuổi – “Long life over 100 years’’.


February 10, 2021 (29/12/2020) 07:30 am - 08:15 am

Ashtanga Yoga [R] @Sense of Gathering

08:00 am – 12:00 pm

Hiking To Bang Beach [R] [$]

10:00 am – 11:00 am

Coconut Decoration

11:00 am – 12:00 am

Vietnamese Language Class

12:30 pm - 01:15 pm

Coconut Oil Making Class [R] @Spa

01:00 pm - 02:00 pm

Mocktail class [R] [$]

02:00 pm – 05:00 pm

Snorkeling Trip [R] [$]

04:00 pm – 05:00 pm

Beach Tennis Tournament [R] @Sense of Fun

03:00 pm - 04:00 pm

Let’s Get Cracking &Turtle Talk @Earth Lab

03:00 pm – 04:00 pm

Creativity With Paper Rolls

04:00 pm – 05:00 pm

Six Senses Sport Academy

05:00 pm – 06:00 pm

Meditation [R] @Spa

05:00 pm – 07:00 pm

Happy TET Hour [$] @Elephant Bar

06:00 pm - 07:30 pm

Kids Movie @Jungle Cinema

08:00 pm

Movie – “Indochine 1992” @Jungle Cinema

($) = Chargeable (R) = Reservation required = Activities for Children Note: Outdoor experiences are subject to weather conditions.


What does a Lion dance represent? During Táşżt Vietnamese people will watch and enjoy a Lion Dance performance. It is said that the dance stands for good luck, prosperity and health. A Lion Dance is accompanied with at least one Laughing Buddha (Jester), who will help to bring more entertainment and fun to the show. At Six Senses Con Dao, our Lion Dance performance will bring happiness, signifying for an optimistic New Year.


February 11, 2021 (30/12/2020) 07:30 am - 08:15 am

Meditation [R] @Sense of Gathering

09:00 am – 12:00 pm

“Tet Traditions: “Di Cho Tet” [R] [$] Visiting The Local Market & Con Dao Local Life Tour

10:00 am – 11:00 am

So You Think You Can Dance?

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Face Mask Workshop

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm

Bocce Tournament [R] @Sense of Fun

02:00 pm – 04:00 pm

House Hiking [R] [$]

02:00 pm - 05:00 pm

Vietnamese Tet and Chung Cake Making [R] [$] @Elephant Bar

03:00 pm - 04:00 pm

Tet Card Making From Recycled Materials @Earth Lab

03:00 pm – 04:00 pm

Bracelet Making

03:00 pm - 04:00 pm

Drawing In Nature

04:00 pm – 05:00 pm

Create Vietnamese Cocktails [$] @Elephant Bar

05:00 pm - 07:00 pm

Happy TET Hour [$] @Elephant Bar

06:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Lunar New Year’s Eve Dinner [R] [$] @By The Market

($) = Chargeable (R) = Reservation required = Activities for Children Note: Outdoor experiences are subject to weather conditions.


Traditional Foods during Têt Tết is a special occasion for the family to get together and cook special food for the coming holiday. There are 3 dishes that cannot be missed at our restaurants: 1. Bánh Chưng and Bánh Dầy (in the North) or Bánh Tét (in the South): tightly packed sticky rice with meat and a green bean filling wrapped in banana leaves. - Bánh Chưng is rectangular – symbolises the Earth. - Bánh Dầy or Bánh Tét is circular - symbolises the Sky. 2. Dưa hành - pickled onion and pickled green cabbage. 3. Củ Kiệu - pickled small leeks.


February 12, 2021 (1/1/2021) 07:30 am - 08:15 am

Hatha Yoga (Beginner Level) [R]

07:00 am - 11:30 am

Breakfast @By The Beach

09:00 am – 09:30 am

Lion Dance Show @By The Beach

10:00 am – 01:00 pm

“Tet Traditions: “Di Le Chua Dau Nam” [R] [$] Visiting The Van Son Pagoda & Con Dao Local Life Tour

10:00 am – 11:00 am

Clam Collecting

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

T-shirt Painting

12:30 pm – 01:15 pm

Coconut Oil Making Class [R] @Spa

02:00 pm – 05:00 pm

Snorkeling Trip [R] [$]

02:00 pm - 04:00 pm

Giving Lucky Cookies To Kids In Town

03:00 pm – 04:00 pm

New Year Cookie Decoration [R] [$]

04:00 pm – 05:00 pm

Catch The Wind - Kite Making Class [R]

04:00 pm – 05:00 pm

Football Tournament [R] @Sense of Fun

05:00 pm - 06:00 pm

Meditation [R] @Spa

05:00 pm - 07:00 pm

Happy TET Hour [$] @Elephant Bar

08:00 pm

Movie – “Cyclo 1995 ” @Jungle Cinema

($) = Chargeable (R) = Reservation required = Activities for Children Note: Outdoor experiences are subject to weather conditions.


Why do Vietnamese people visit the cemetery before Têt Paying homage to one’s ancestors is another important aspect of Tết. The Vietnamese people believe that their deceased ancestors will visit the family during these times. So they would set up decorated alters at home or at the cemetery. Beautiful trays full of fruit, flowers, candles and incenses are placed, symbolizing good luck and prosperity. The night before the New Year, families perform a ritual where incense sticks are burned, inviting the spirits to join them in celebration. In Con Dao Island, Hang Duong Cemetery is the largest and most famous memorial cemetery. Many Vietnamese and war veterans often travel here during Tet times to pay homage to the fallen heroes, among those are Vo Thi Sau, and pray for an auspicious New Year.

Why do Vietnamese people visit a pagoda /temple on Têt? Đi Lễ Chùa – Visiting Pagoda during Tet is also very important for Vietnamese people. There, people would wish for health, peace, success, and wealth. One of most famous temples where people in Con Dao Island often visit is the Van Son Pagoda, a hilltop and scenic pagoda surrounded by green forests and mountains. The local people also visit Madam Hoang Phi Yen temple to express gratitude and pray for the New Year.


February 13, 2021 (2/1/2021) 07:30 am - 08:15 am

Flow Yoga [R] @Sense of Gathering

08:00 am – 01:00 pm

Hiking To Dam Tre Bay [R] [$]

10:00 am – 11:00 am

Lucky Money Hunting [R]

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Story Telling

12:30 pm – 01:15 pm

Singing Bowl Workshop [R] @Spa

01:00 pm – 02:00 pm

Rice Art

02:00 pm – 05:00 pm

“Tet Traditions: “”Di Le Chua Dau Nam” By Scooter [R][$] Con Dao Local Life Tour by Scooter

03:00 pm - 03:45 pm

Recycle Paper Workshop

03:00 pm – 04:00 pm

Junior Biologist [R]

03:00 pm - 04:00 pm

Herbal Tea Workshop @Earth Lab

04:00 pm – 04:30 pm

Aqua Aerobics [R] @Sense of Fun

05:00 pm - 07:00 pm

Happy TET Hour [$] @Elephant Bar

08:00 pm

Movie – “The Buffalo Boy 2004” [R] ’@Jungle Cinema

($) = Chargeable (R) = Reservation required = Activities for Children Note: Outdoor experiences are subject to weather conditions.


February 14, 2021 (3/1/2021) 07:30 am - 08:15 am

Pilates [R] @Sense of Gathering

08:00 am – 01:00 pm

Local Fishing Trip [R] [$]

09:00 am – 12:00 pm

Snorkeling Trip [R] [$]

10:00 am – 11:00 am

Sand Painting

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Wind Chime Making For A New Year Wish

01:00 pm – 02:00 pm

Pizza Decoration [R] [$]

03:00 pm – 04:00 pm

Be A Farmer [R]

04:00 pm – 05:00 pm

Sand Castle Building

04:00 pm – 05:00 pm

Volleyball Tournament [R] [$] @Senses of Fun

05:00 pm - 07:00 pm

Happy TET Hour [$] @Elephant Bar

06:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Dinner TET BBQ [$]

($) = Chargeable (R) = Reservation required = Activities for Children Note: Outdoor experiences are subject to weather conditions.


February 15, 2021 (4/1/2021) 07:30 am - 08:15 am

Flow Yoga [R] @Sense of Gathering

08:00 am – 12:00 pm

Hiking To Bang Beach [R] [$]

10:00 am – 11:00 am

Stone Painting

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Mushroom Hut Visit

01:00 pm – 02:00 pm

Basket Weaving

02:00 pm – 02:30 pm

Bocce Tournament [R] @Sense of Fun

03:00 pm - 04:15 pm

Lip Balm Making Class [$] @Spa

03:00 pm - 04:00 pm

Visit Organic Garden @Earth Lab

03:00 pm – 04:00 pm

Musical Chairs At The Beach

04:00 pm – 05:00 pm

Beach Fun

04:00 pm – 07:00 pm

Sunset Cruise Boat Trip [R] [$]

05:00 pm - 07:00 pm

Happy TET hour [$] @Elephant Bar

08:00 pm

Movie – “Owl And The Sparrow 2007” @Jungle Cinema

($) = Chargeable (R) = Reservation required = Activities for Children Note: Outdoor experiences are subject to weather conditions.


February 16, 2021 (5/1/2021) 07:30 am - 08:15 am

Stretching [R] @Sense of Gathering

08:00 am – 10:00 am

House Hiking [R] [$]

09:00 am – 12:00 pm

Snorkeling Trip [R] [$]

10:00 am – 11:00 am

Face Mask Workshop

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Sand Painting

12:30 pm – 01:15 pm

Singing Bowl Workshop [R] @Spa

01:00 pm – 02:00 pm

Vietnamese Handroll Making Class [R] [$]

02:00 pm – 05:00 pm

Con Dao Historical & Prison Tour [R] [$]

03:00 pm - 04:00 pm

Let’s Get Cracking & Turtle Talk @Earth Lab

03:00 pm – 04:00 pm

Postcard Making

04:00 pm – 05:00 pm

Badminton On The Beach

04:00 pm – 05:00 pm

Football Tournament [R]

05:00 pm - 07:00 pm

Happy TET hour [$] @Elephant Bar

08:00 pm

Movie – “The White Silk Dress 2006” [R] @Jungle Cinema

($) = Chargeable (R) = Reservation required = Activities for Children Note: Outdoor experiences are subject to weather conditions.


Chúc Mừng Năm Mới 2021


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