Hoi An stands as a living testament to the rich cultural tapestry and historical significance of this enchanting region. This UNESCO World Heritage-listed town, with its well-preserved architecture and vibrant street life, beckons travellers to embark on a journey through time. Hoi An’s narrow winding streets, lined with mustard-yellow buildings adorned with lanterns, transport visitors to a bygone era when the town flourished as a bustling trading port.
The Lantern Festival
Since Chinese and Japanese merchants introduced them centuries ago, these lanterns have been an integral part of the town’s identity, both in terms of display and craftsmanship. To enhance your visit and capture breathtaking photographs, the optimal time to experience Hội An is during its lantern festival, occurring on the 14th day of each lunar month when the moon is full. During this event, the town minimizes electricity usage, allowing the enchanting glow of candle-lit lanterns to take centre stage – a perfect way to spend your night when looking for things to do in Hoi An.
Boat Tours along the Town
Due to its estuary positioning, Hội An boasts another unique characteristic in the form of traditional boats. The river, which has facilitated generations of trade, continues to serve as a livelihood source for many locals. Embarking on a boat journey offers a refreshing and tranquil way to explore the city through its waterways. The preferred option for many is a sunset cruise aboard one of the sampans adorning the riverside. For early risers, a sunrise tour of the fish market on a classic wooden boat is a compelling choice.
Hoi An’s Old Town
Exploring the ancient town at a leisurely pace reveals a captivating blend of historical structures and a fusion of European and Asian architectural styles. The original street grid layout has been preserved, and an impressive 844 out of the 1107 buildings comprising the townscape are UNESCO World Heritage-listed. Strolling through the streets of Hội An is akin to navigating a vibrant living museum. Allocate sufficient time to pause for a delightful ‘cà phê sữa đá’ (flavorful Vietnamese iced coffee), explore art galleries, or indulge in souvenir shopping.right before you head back to your lodgings at the Anantara Hoi An Resort.
Fabric and Textiles
The fabric, especially silk, is intricately intertwined with the history of Hội An. In the era of the Silk Road, it held significant value as a form of currency. Over the years, numerous families embraced the trade of selling fabrics or crafting garments. Presently, Hội An stands as a prime destination for travelers seeking tailor-made, high-quality items. For an unparalleled sensory encounter, explore the Hội An Cloth Market. Boasting over 50 stalls adorned with an array of fabrics in various hues, sellers actively beckon passers-by to make a purchase.