If you are not “mesmerized” by the ancient beauty of Hoi An in the early morning or in the late afternoon, the following 6 experience promise to satisfy your needs of admiring and exploring the charming Hoi An when the town is sparkling and shimmering with lights.
Perhaps, almost tourists to Hoi An are eagerly waiting for the time when the old town lights up. All vehicles are not allowed to circulate on the main streets of the town from 3 p.m, so it is undoubtedly an ideal time for you to enjoy the changing moment of the day time of the night time.
You should definitely watch the charming sunset amid the tranquil and peaceful space of the town. At this moment, the scenery becomes more charming and poetic thanks to the shimmer of the colorful lanterns. Then, you might saunter around the streets to enjoy the special atmosphere that is completely different the tranquility or bustle of passers – by during the day time.
Taking a boat ride on the Hoai River and fly the lanterns
If you immerse yourself into the poetic Hoai River in the morning, you would probably explore another beauty of the river in the evening. Specifically, you have a chance to engage in the local daily life at the night time, listen to their amazing performance right on the river. Thus, you definitely have unforgettable experiences.
It will be such a big regret you if take a seat on small boats without flying beautiful lanterns. If you visit this poetic and romantic land on the 1st and 15th of the lunar months, you might take part in the lantern festival of the town. The lanterns that are glittering on the surface of the river is the prayers in the hope of bringing good luck to you and your loved ones.
Listen to Bai Choi ( a kind of folklore art performance)
Bai Choi is a type of folk art and folk game popular in Central Vietnam, particularly in Quang Nam province. This kind of performance has played an important role in Hoi An residents’ spiritual life for centuries.
Right near the An Hoi Bridge, there is a large courtyard in which the locals gather to engage in the interesting long – lasting game called Bai Choi at 7 p.m everyday. The game has not only intertwined with the spiritual life of locals but also preserved and conserved traditional art values. To participate in the game, you need to buy a card priced at 20,000 VND.
A master of ceremonies dubbed “Mr. Hieu” plays the important role of controlling the game and engaging the audience. After drawing a card from the bamboo tube on the stage, Mr. Hieu immediately improvises a short lyric based on what the card says.
Mr. Hieu accomplishes his solo performance by reading out the cards, and call-and-response singing and joking by the players in the watch-towers, constitute the attraction of Bai choi.
If your watch – tower has that card, then you must knock on to receive flags an gifts. The first team to win 3 flags wins the game.
Enjoy the cuisine
Another bustling destination that you should give a try is the food street at night. Featuring simple decoration, running along the romantic Hoai River, the food street enables tourists to immerse in the atmosphere of the ancient Hoi An. Get there, you definitely satisfy your appetite by a series of local specialties such as chicken rice, Quang noodle recipe, sweet soup, etc. Interestingly, they are all offered reasonable prices. How amazing!
Additionally, you might stroll along the river with a tasteful and fragrant loaf of Hoi An bread recipe at two restaurants namely Phuong bread (Phan Chau Trinh Street) and Madam Khanh bread (Tran Cao Van Street). It’s also a good way to enjoy your late evening in this beautiful city.
You can also sip a cup of coffee to enjoy old houses that reflect the passing of time and history, watch the stunning sunset, or even observe the old quarter sparkling with lights and lanterns from the upside down. The coziness of the house and good melodies are undoubtedly memorable experiences to tourists, even those who have got there several times.
Walking around Hoi An night market
Located on Nguyen Hoang Street, Hoi An night market is the home to 50 stalls offering eyes – catching handicrafts such as beautiful lanterns of various colors, bracelets, cloth bags, etc. Thus, you certainly choose unique souvenirs for family and friends.
Capturing memorable moments
Capturing memorable momments are surely indispensable part during your visit to the charming Hoi An. The yellow ancient roof tiles enable you to “possess” pretty pictures no matter how or what you capture. Moreover, all the scenes during your tour around Hoi An in the evening promise to make you fall in love with the beautiful land. Let’s give it a try!