A Cultural Destination

Art & Culture

Hoi An abounds with art galleries exhibiting works from original rural landscapes to copies of the French masters. There are a number of portraitists that one can sit down for either a portrait or caricature in oil and or charcoal impressions.

The city’s art scene is thriving not only in visual arts but also in community theater performances done in street corners. Vietnamese street opera is an interesting repartee of the people’s daily lives acted out and delivered in traditionally haunting Vietnamese songs.

Once every month, a Full Moon Festival is celebrated by the people of Hoi An through food offerings to their ancestors set-up in every house and establishment entrances in the city. The smoke emanating from the thousands of lighted joss sticks add to the enchanting atmosphere. The old quarter is devoid of artificial lights as Hoi An lanterns illuminate the streets and the river is awash with lights from traditional candle floaters from 5.30pm to 9.30pm, a sight to behold.

Once a year, towards the Reunification Holiday (Fall of Saigon), Da Nang celebrates in style as it hosts the annual international fireworks festival from April 28 – 29. Contestants from other countries converge in Da Nang to showcase their wares in two evenings of beautiful fireworks displays.

An ideal soft adventure destination, Hoi An is best explored on a bicycle. Most areas of the city is closed to vehicular traffic except for the cyclos and bicycles. After marveling at century-old houses and shops, one may venture out to the outskirts and or take a short boat ride to visit the other communes mostly situated near the river – from the expansive rice paddies to villages specializing in pottery, furniture, basket weaving, rice paper making, woodworking and other industries that still thrive to this day.


For more information, please contact:

T (84) 510 394 0000 ext. 7431 or 7432

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