If you plan to travel to Vietnam, one of the things we recommend you do is try to match your dates with some of the most important festivals in the country. In this post we tell you what the Full Moon Festival is about in Hoi An
The tradition, of Chinese influence and dating back to the sixteenth century, is to turn off all artificial lighting and when the city is completely dark, light small paper candles at dusk, full of dreams, people throw into the river with your wishes waiting for someday to come true.
Full Moon Festival in Hoi An (Vietnam)
The city dresses in colorful paper and silk lanterns and lighted garlands that adorn the facades of shops, houses, restaurants and cafes, which are lit up for the occasion. The Vietnamese come out en masse and in the streets there are games, songs, dances and traditional meals.
The waters of the Thu Bon River are filled with boats of couples and families since no one wants to miss that romantic and special night. Thus, the historic city of Hoi An becomes a special and magical place.
In this sacred event of the Buddhist Calendar, the Birth and Enlightenment of Buddha is commemorated and for that reason, in Buddhist countries, it is a time of change, and of prosperity.
When is the Full Moon Festival celebrated in Hoi An?
The Full Moon Festival in Hoi An is celebrated on the 14th of each lunar month.
Tips to enjoy the Full Moon Festival in Hoi An.
Japanese Bridge on festival
The Full Moon Festival in Hoi An is a very popular event so there is usually a lot of hotel occupancy in the Old Town. Our advice is to book your accommodation in advance.
The places where most activity is concentrated are on the banks of the Thu Bon River, next to the Japanese Bridge and the Cau An Hoi Bridge.
A walk along the river usually costs about $ 5 USD plus paper candles. Do not forget to haggle!
Remember that by participating in these types of festivals we can better know what the local culture and the customs of its inhabitants are likely.
How to get to Hoi An?
Thu Bon river on festival
The nearest airport to Hoi An is in the city of Da Nang, an hour by taxi and an hour and a half by bus.
Best time to visit:
From April to September
You can even witness the fireworks festival in Da Nang if you travel between early June and July
Let's fly to Da Nang!