What to Do and Where to Stay in Hoi An, Vietnam on a Budget

What to Do and Where to Stay in Hoi An, Vietnam on a Budget, Hoi An, Vietnam (B)

Hoi An has become our favorite destination in Central Vietnam. Its old world charm – recognized with a UNESCO World Heritage designation, variety of restaurant options, and full moon lantern festivals draw visitors from around the world to this unique port town. While the dependence on tourism does taint certain aspects of the experience in Hoi An, we still found it very worthwhile to visit. We stayed 11 nights in October, just outside the touristy Old Town (keep reading for more about our wonderful homestay).

Hoi An’s lantern festivals, celebrating the full moon each month, are one of the biggest draws to this town. Colorful lanterns adorn the streets of the Old Town year-round, so you can always get those picturesque photos any time you go. But on the 14th day of each lunar month, Old Town becomes pedestrian-only (bicycle and motorbike parking is available along the outskirts for a small fee) and the crowds flock to the river. Floating lanterns are sold for about 25 cents, the idea being that you make a wish and release it into the river. When we were there, it was quite a commercial event, where tourists were the only ones really participating in the tradition. There was some live music on the streets and many visitors found restaurants with patios where they could watch all the activity while enjoying dinner or drinks. ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: What to Do and Where to Stay in Hoi An, Vietnam on a Budget
Guide Location: Vietnam » Hoi An
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Author: Michelle Chang
Read it on Author's Website: https://intentionaltravelers.com/hoi-vietnam-budget-travel/
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • An Bang beach
  • Kim Bong
  • Mr. Son’s
  • Long Com Ga
  • Bon Restaurant
  • Hoàng Local Foods
  • Madame Kanh Bánh Mì Queen
  • Phi Bánh Mì
  • Cargo
  • U Cafe
  • Cocobox
  • Leaf Homestay