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:
Lanterns with different floral patterns at the night market.
A row of red lanterns as seen through a gate.
Four bright lanterns hang in a back street in Hoi An.
A man rides his bicycle down the street with purple lanterns in the background.
Lanterns in various shades of red hang like fruit from a tree.
More lanterns can be seen lining the town’s busy streets.
Red and white lanterns decorate the facade of this colonial building.
Silk lanterns glow in a shop at night.
What do you think?
Would you also extend your stay in Hoi An?
I love coloured lanterns. Have them all throughout my house, although not so exotic because they were bought from IKEA
Shh, your guests don’t have to know. 😉
They look amazing. We saw them last time in Vietnam. They look so spectacular at night 🙂 especially when you go for a romantic walk 😛
Yeah, they are pretty. They certainly give the town a bit of a romantic feel. 🙂
So gorgeous! It really looks like an ancient Asian fairy tale! Lovely photos!
Thanks Julika! That’s what I’ve been photographing most in this town. 🙂
Nice photos Audrey! I’ve never been to Vietnam but it everyone tells me it’s incredible 🙂
Thanks! It’s a beautiful country. Hopefully you get to visit some day.
Well I’ll just have to add it to an already huge list 🙂
Hoi An was one of our favourite spots in Vietnam. However, I didn’t get any photos of lanterns that are nearly as good as yours! So colourful, I love them.
Glad you guys also enjoyed it. Vietnam has just wowed me. It’s been one of my favourite countries to travel through so far. 🙂
Extend? Audrey, I don’t think you’d get me out from under those lanterns… ever.
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. 🙂
Those lanterns are exquisite! I could do with some of those in my local town!
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So beautiful! I love both the colours and the texture of these lanterns.
The colours are so vivid! I also like the ones that have floral patterns on them.
So pretty! I’m really regretting that we skipped Hoi An on our trip to Vietnam.
Another reason to go back to Vietnam in the future. 😉
I loved them so much I bought 8 and made my own one at a workshop!! :/ you should try it too, it’s at Lifestart Foundation (non profit prganization) and all the money goes to disabled people 🙂
If you want to see how I attempted to make one, check out my blog post http://caroldoestheworld.com/2013/05/05/win-the-cutest-ao-dai-bookmark/
Great photos btw 🙂
Wow! Looks like quite a bit of work to make, but they turned out great! 🙂
Haha yes it was, but also quite good fun 😉
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 🙂
Hoi An looks amazing. Dying to go. I am naturally attracted to all things silky, shiny and colourful.
They’re always pretty no matter where you put them or what style they are.
Agreed. They can cheer up any space – indoors or outdoors. 🙂
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.
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 🙂
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!
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!
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?
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. 🙂
Love these photos Audrey, especially the first one – beautiful! Have heard so many great things from bloggers about Hoi An recently, so yes I probably would extend my stay there!
<3 Oh my gosh, how absolutely stunning. It really does look like a kind of fairytale.
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