Magical evenings in Hoi An, Vietnam

The ancient Vietnamese city of Hoi An is magical at any time, but I think it’s at its most enchanting when darkness falls. While it might be tempting to linger over dinner and drinks, this is when the seemingly inescapable buzz of Vietnam’s scooters dies away and the city’s lanterns glow in the humid air. It is a perfect time to amble through the picturesque streets.

dining in Hoi An Vietnam - ExplorationVacation.net

dining in Hoi An Vietnam - ExplorationVacation.net

lanterns above the streets in Hoi An Vietnam - ExplorationVacation.net

lanterns above the streets in Hoi An Vietnam - ExplorationVacation.net

Hoi An is famous for the lanterns made here, and those lanterns add to the city’s charm.

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lanterns for sale in Hoi An Vietnam - ExplorationVacation.net

Most of the historic buildings are closed after dark, but the ancient Japanese bridge still allows visitors to pass from one part of the old city to the next.

Ancient Japanese bridge in Hoi An Vietnam - ExplorationVacation.net

But, instead of crossing, it might be better to simply admire the bridge all a-glow in its evening dress!

Ancient Japanese bridge in Hoi An Vietnam - ExplorationVacation.net

The waterfront has its own charms, with cheerful lights along both sides of the Thu Bon River.

lights along the river in Hoi An Vietnam - ExplorationVacation.net

lights along the river in Hoi An Vietnam - ExplorationVacation.net

A cheerful bridge connects the two.

lights along the river in Hoi An Vietnam - ExplorationVacation.net

lights along the river in Hoi An Vietnam - ExplorationVacation.net

But, of course, one can always stay put and send a paper lantern across on the river instead.

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