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Hoi An - one of world’s best nightlife destinations

June 16, 2014          6694 views

(Cinet)- The UK magazine Rough Guides has named Hoi An ancient town - a world cultural heritage site in the central province of Quang Nam as one of the most interesting places in the world to experience life at night.

Hoi An’s full moon festival was ranked 15th out of the 20 unforgettable things to do at night by the magazine.

The festival is not only a full moon event, but a time to worship the ancestors, the founders of the city and the souls of the dead, and to wish for a peaceful and prosperous year.


The event is seen the most favourite cross-cultural event of the local people, expats and tourists in Hoi An, with lanterns decorating all the streets and flower garlands, and now candles, being floated down in the Hoai River.

Every month on the 14th day of the lunar calendar, the town switches off its street lights while hanging multi-coloured lanterns. Visitors can take a stroll on the cobbled streets along the Thu Bon River where splendid flower garlands and coloured lanterns are floated.

The full-moon night every month draws tourists to Hoi An. The Hoai River twinkles with the soft light of lanterns, while thousands of candlelit paper flowers float across the water at night. Tourists can share the traditional festival with the locals.


Last year, Hoi An ancient town won the second best city for tourists in Asia after Kyoto, Japan, by the world’s premier travel magazine Conde Nast Traveller.

It is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a Southeast Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century. Most of the buildings there are aligned along narrow lanes and include many pagodas and temples.