The Silk Lanterns of Hoi An

They are everywhere.

They hang from trees, line the store fronts, and light the markets at night.

Hoi An is one of those towns that is able to transport you back in time, and a lot of it has to do with these beautiful silk lanterns. Wandering around the old town, I feel as though I’ve stumbled into some ancient Asian fairy tale.

I’ve already extended my stay in this little place, but with only one month to cover the full length of Vietnam, it’ll be time to keep moving in a few days.

In the meantime, I leave you with a few photos of Hoi An through silk lanterns:

A shop selling sillk lanterns in Hoi An, Vietnam

Lanterns with different floral patterns at the night market.

Red silk lanterns

A row of red lanterns as seen through a gate.

Colourful silk lanterns on a backstreet in Hoi An

Four bright lanterns hang in a back street in Hoi An.

A man rides his bicycle through town with purple silk lanterns in the background

A man rides his bicycle down the street with purple lanterns in the background.

Silk lanterns in various shades of red hang from the trees in Hoi An, Vietnam

Lanterns in various shades of red hang like fruit from a tree.

Stringed lanterns seen on the streets of Hoi An, Vietnam

More lanterns can be seen lining the town’s busy streets.

Red and white lanters decorate the facade of a colonial building in Hoi An, Vietnam

Red and white lanterns decorate the facade of this colonial building.

Silk lanterns glow in a market at night

Silk lanterns glow in a shop at night.

What do you think?
Would you also extend your stay in Hoi An?

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  1. says: Agness

    They look amazing. We saw them last time in Vietnam. They look so spectacular at night 🙂 especially when you go for a romantic walk 😛

    1. says: Audrey

      Glad you guys also enjoyed it. Vietnam has just wowed me. It’s been one of my favourite countries to travel through so far. 🙂

    1. says: Audrey

      Haha, yeah, I don’t want to leave this place either, but then there’s still Halong Bay ahead so I have to keep moving. 🙂

  2. says: Laura

    This is such a pretty post, great pictures! Makes me excited go to to vietnam (… in a year) and definitely want to spend some time in Hoi An 🙂

  3. Audrey it’s really good photography you have done there. I wish to visit Vietnam for one time. Silk lanterns are really amazing and i wish i would have in my balcony.

  4. says: Camille

    Beautiful photos! They make me want to travel more! I especially love how you captured all of the different colored lanterns together- what is it about colored lanterns that always makes them seem so magical?

    I love your blog- you’ve definitely got a new follower here 🙂


  5. says: The Time-Crunched Traveler (Ellen)

    These are beautiful. We didn’t make it to Hoi An but I’ve heard it’s lovely. I would love to have a month in Vietnam! You’re right, it’s not enough time but we only had five days in HCMC, so I’d take a month!

    1. says: Audrey

      I didn’t get too much time in HCMC, but a few days was enough to go on a little tour of the city and to enjoy some of the restaurants in town – so much good food there!

  6. LOVE the picture of the man riding the cycle with the purple lanterns in the background. I practically grew up in SE Asia, so am naturally fascinated with all the coloured lanterns. What an amazing sight and photo-opp. Well captured too. Just brightens up your day, doesn’t it?

  7. says: Peter Lee

    Vietnam is well known for it’s lantern festival. Colorful Lanterns forced you to keep watching the beauty of light and mixture of darkness. I have been to this place and I captured some clicks with similar background. Your post remembered me my Vietnam travel memories. Thanks for writing. 🙂

  8. says: Natasha

    Your post is really awesome with all those lovely photos. It gives the place a sense of romanticism . Keep shooting ! You have a great eye

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