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Many (if not most) first-time trips to Vietnam revolve around the 5 H’s: Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue, Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh City. Whether it’s rich history, staggering natural beauty or delicious dining, each H has something different to offer. There are countless reasons to visit the pretty port town of Hoi An, but there’s one that draws visitors time and time again: the Hoi An Lantern Festival.
Hoi An is revered as the perfect place for laid back days pottering around the town, stopping for strong coffee, admiring the architecture, and taking a bike ride to see the neighbouring (equally laid back) countryside. There are two occasions when the town becomes a little livelier though: when one of their (many) renowned tailors whips up a perfect three-piece suit in the blink of an eye, and when the monthly Lantern Festival comes to town.
Tourists travel from far and wide to see hundreds of lanterns make the journey down the river, arriving early to snap up the best vantage points. It’s a very special time to visit, but it’s also not for everyone. Find out more about the celebration and top tips for your visit to the Hoi An Lantern Festival here.
Hoi An Lantern Festival 2019 dates
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