What makes Hoi An so enchanting?
Hoi An is romantic, quaint and colourful, plus it is one of the best places for shopping. So what does make Hoi An so enchanting?
The quaint historical buildings of this former trading port, in traditional colours, are located directly on the picturesque River Thu Bon. And just 5km away are numerous beaches stretching from Hoi An to the burgeoning city of Danang.
But it is surely the endless array of colourful lanterns hanging all over the shop fronts and alleyways of this delightful town that makes the charm of the place, especially at night. The lanterns illuminate after sunset, lighting up the hustling and bustling old town filled with its art galleries, fantastic restaurants, bars and gift shops.
Why is Hoi An famous for its Lanterns?
Three centuries ago, Chinese and Japanese merchants came to Hoi An and hung different shaped lanterns in front of their houses. Locals copied them and hung lanterns outside their homes as well, with the hope of bringing good fortune and a general cosy-vibe to the town.
Today, the town is a tourist attraction because of its history, traditional architecture and crafts such as lanterns, textiles and ceramics. It’s also home to a host of tailors ready to make custom made clothing and shoes.
Hoi An certainly is all our travellers favourite place in Vietnam and we certainly agree, which is why we have extended days in Hoi An on our small group tours.