Hoi An is always a favorite destination for domestic and foreign tourists. With historical attractions, delectable local dishes, friendly people, night markets,… this city will make you fall in love at first sight. When you come to this city, there will be many activities for you to experience such as tasting local dishes, strolling to admire the beauty of Hoi An Ancient Town or the night market. However, taking a Hoi An lantern boat ride on the Hoai River to admire the beauty of this town will be something you must try when coming to Hoi An. In this article, we will give you a information about the Hoi An lantern boat ride to reference.

Hoi An lantern boat ride on Hoai River

What is the Hoi An Lantern Boat Ride?

Hoai River is just a small branch of Thu Bon River, flowing to Cua Dai beach. Apparently in the local people in Hoi An, the Hoai River has been attached to this land for many generations and inseparable. Then, local people have had a  idea that is to combine boat trips and taking tourists to visit. “Lantern Boat Ride” is just simple a small wooden boats with one rower and decorated with a few lanterns. This boat will take you to a section of the Hoai River to admire the beauty of Hoi An.

Lantern boat ride in Hoi An

Best time to take the Hoi An Lantern Boat Ride

March to September will be the most ideal time for you to take the Hoi An lantern boat ride to fully admire the beauty of Hoi An Ancient Town. Because this is the dry season, the weather will be sunny, cloudy and no rain.

Additionally, if you want to observe the beauty of lantern, you can take a boat ride on 14th lunar of every moths. This time is the Lantern Festival in Hoi An. Many kinds of lantern will hang up on the streets, stalls, stores,… in the evening. It make this town more gorgeous and blink than ever.

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How to get to Hoi An Lantern Boat Ride?

Hoi An Lantern Boat Ride is usually take place in the old town area – located right on Bach Dang and Chu Van An streets. You can park your vehicle outside the Hoi An Ancient Town and go disperse toward the Japanese Covered Bridge. After that, you can take a short distance and you will reach the Hoi An bridge area. This is the area with the busiest concentration of passenger boats.

There will be many boat, you do not need to book the Hoi An lantern boat trip in advance. Then, if you like any boat, you should ask  about the price before booking a boat. After booking a lantern boat ride, you can fully admire the beauty of Hoi An Ancient Town and enjoy the release paper lantern experience.

Hoi An lantern boat ride and release lantern

Hoi An Lantern Boat Ride Cost and Opening Time

Hoi An Lantern boat ride price 

Ticket price to go to lantern boat ride in Hoi An will depend on the number of people you want to go.

  • From 1 to 3 people: 150,000 VND/trip/20 minutes (not include paper lantern)
  • From 4 to 5 people: 200,000 VND/trip/20 minutes (not include paper lantern)

Hoi An lantern boat ride on Hoai River

Moreover, if you want to buy paper lantern to release, you can pay from 5,000 to 15,000 VND for one.

Lanterns are sold by local people
Lanterns are sold by local people

Hoi An Lantern boat ride opening time

The Hoi An lantern boat ride here operate from early morning to night, but the busiest time is still in the afternoon from 6:00 p.m to 8:00 p.m.

Other activities in Hoi An at night

Explore Hoi An Ancient Town

This is always the must-do thing when you travel to Hoi An ancient town. When you can stroll along Hoai River, you will admire the beautiful landscapes, historical buildings and lantern of this old town. Additionally, don’t miss the iconic Japanese Covered Bridge, a symbol of Hoi An.

Hoi An ancient town

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Enjoy Hoi An Lantern Festival

One of the most vibrant and enchanting events in Hoi An is the Hoi An Lantern Festival. This festival is taking place on the 14th day of each lunar month. During this time, the old town will display many kinds of lanterns along the street. Tourists can admire the gorgeous scenery and the vibrant atmosphere in Hoi An. Moreover, the festival features cultural performances, traditional games and religious rituals. This festival will show you the beauty traditions and culture of Hoi An.

Hoi An lantern festival

Explore street foods paradise

Address: Cong Nu Ngoc Hoa Street, Hoi An City, Quang Nam

Hoi An’s culinary scene is as vibrant as its lantern-lit streets. This old town has many kinds of delectable food for you to taste at night. Try “Cao Lau” – a traditional Hoi An noodle dish, made with local herbs and served with slices of succulent pork. Additionally, you can savor the famous “Mi Quang” or “Banh Mi”, which are featured dishes in Hoi An. With fresh ingredients and specific recipes, these foods will leave you craving and enjoy.

Hoi An cuisine

Play Bai Choi

Bai Choi is not only just a card game but also it’s an interactive and engaging way to experience Vietnamese culture and tradition. You can gather with the local people and visitors to play this traditional game. This traditional game combines many elements such as music, singing, acting and chance.

Bai Choi at Hoi An

Watch water puppet show

The last things to do in Hoi An at night is watch Water Puppet Show. Immerse yourself in the captivating world of Vietnamese folklore and tradition by attending a Water Puppet Show in the charming town of Hoi An. As the curtains rise, the puppets emerge on the water, bringing to life a series of captivating stories that depict scenes from rural Vietnamese life, legends, and historical events. This is a wonderful show that you cannot miss whenever you come to Hoi An.

water puppet show Hoi An

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How to get to Hoi An

There will be many kinds of vehicle for tourists to come to Hoi An such as:

Private car: A private car is the best choice for tourists. It making it an ideal day trip for those staying in Da Nang. A driver will pick you up and drop you off at your hotel. You just simply take a seat, relax and come to the old town with private car before we come to Hoi An. You can book a private car from Da Nang to Hoi An with VM Car for the most comfortable experience.

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VM Car’s vehicle fleet

Motorbike: If you want a budget trip, you can renting a motorbike. This option allows travelers to embark on a scenic journey to Hoi An. Additionally, you will see the natural landscapes along the streets.

Taxi: You can easily hire a taxi to transport to Hoi An. However, you should choose a reputable taxi company for you trip to this forest.

Conclusion

Hoi An Lantern Boat Ride will be the wonderful experience you can not miss when you come to the old town. You can admire the beauty of Hoi An Ancient Town and release paper lantern at reasonable prices with this boat ride. Therefore, add this exciting experience to your Hoi An travel itinerary right away.

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