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Authentic experiences in Hoi An, Vietnam. Get to know the best of Vietnamese culture.

Authentic experiences in Hoi An, Vietnam. Get to know the best of Vietnamese culture.

Hoi An is a magical town that I previously imagined everything Vietnam to be. This dreamy Central Vietnamese town is located on the coast and it is where you will find decorative lanterns hanging all throughout in different styles and colors. Hoi An translates to “peaceful meeting place” and it is recognized as a historic trading port dating back to the 15th Century.

Authentic experiences in Hoi An, Vietnam. Get to know the best of Vietnamese culture.

During February 2020, I traveled to Vietnam and Cambodia with a friend. We started our trip in Ho Chi Minh in Southern Vietnam and then took a short flight to Siem Reap in Cambodia. After spending a few days in Siem Reap, we took another short flight back to Vietnam where we explored Da Nang for two days before heading to Hoi An. My time spent in Hoi An was one of the highlights to my time in Vietnam and staying at Beach Haven Suites was the icing on top of the cake. We got to experience a coconut basket boat tour, savor authentic cuisine, visit iconic restaurants and cafés, wander through the old town that was filled with stunning lanterns and so much more.

Authentic experiences in Hoi An, Vietnam. Get to know the best of Vietnamese culture.

We spent a day and a half in Hoi An, which definitely wasn’t enough time. In this blog post, discover the most authentic experiences that you could immerse yourself in during a trip to Hoi An, Vietnam.

*During my time in Hoi An, Beach Haven Suites hosted me for one night.


Vietnam Visa:

Before you travel to Vietnam, you will need to apply for a visa from a local embassy. (I did mine online and it cost me $17 USD. Please note that the visa application fee could vary.) Click here to learn more! If you fill out the application correctly and there are no issues, you will receive your Visa Approval Letter within 72 hours via email. I was thankful I received mine in less than 24 hours.

Authentic experiences in Hoi An, Vietnam. Get to know the best of Vietnamese culture.

Once you receive your Visa Approval Letter, please look through it thoroughly to ensure there are no mistakes or typos. You can be denied entry on arrival in Vietnam if your passport and visa do not align! After receiving your Visa Approval Letter and checking to see if everything is correct, make sure you star the email and print out the letter (all pages) before you depart for your trip. I had to show the printed letter to officials when I checked into the airport at JFK here in New York.

Authentic experiences in Hoi An, Vietnam. Get to know the best of Vietnamese culture.

When you land in Vietnam (I originally landed in Ho Chi Minh when I first arrived in the country), you will need to present your Visa Approval Letter and passport (valid at least 6 months beyond date of arrival) to customs officials. They will also ask you for two photos and if you do not have them, they could take your photo for you for an additional $5 USD. Please note that payment is cash only in either USD or Vietnamese Dong (VND). There are ATMs available when you arrive. In addition, you will need to pay for your actual visa when you arrive and present your Visa Approval Letter. A 1 or 3-month single entry visa is $25 USD; a 1 or 3-month multiple entry visa is $50 USD and a 1-year multiple entry visa is $135 USD per applicant. This is extremely important to take note of, especially if you are looking to travel to another country and come back to Vietnam! Since we traveled to Cambodia in the middle of our trip, we needed to get the multi-entry visa for $50 USD. If you accidentally get the single-entry visa and you leave the country, you will NOT be allowed back into Vietnam and in worse case scenario, you will have to spend $200 USD to get an approval letter sent to you right away. Please also have at least two full pages open in your passport for the Vietnamese visa and stamps. The visa is a sticker that will take up one entire passport page and the stamps will reside on the page next to it. Since most of my passport is filled up with stamps, I was forewarned to keep some pages opened for my Vietnamese visa. Since I traveled to Da Nang and Hoi An after being in Siem Reap, I just had to go through Passport Control at Da Nang International Airport since I already had my visa.

Getting to Hoi An from Da Nang:

Authentic experiences in Hoi An, Vietnam. Get to know the best of Vietnamese culture.

During my trip, I combined Da Nang and Hoi An together since they are situated right next to each other. If you are traveling to Hoi An from anywhere else, you will need to fly into Da Nang International Airport. (You could also take public transportation such as a train or bus to get to Hoi An or even rent a car/motorbike.)

Authentic experiences in Hoi An, Vietnam. Get to know the best of Vietnamese culture.

Since we spent two days in Da Nang at Bridges Da Nang hotel, which is the sister hotel to Beach Haven Suites, a taxi was organized for us. It takes around a half hour to get from Bridges Da Nang to Beach Haven Suites, but we stopped at the Marble Mountains in between (I talk about my experience there in my Da Nang blog post). If you are getting to Beach Haven Suites from Da Nang International Airport, it will be around a half hour to 40-minute drive.

Authentic experiences in Hoi An, Vietnam. Get to know the best of Vietnamese culture.

Please note that Uber does not run in Vietnam, but they do have a similar service called Grab, where you could haul a taxi at an affordable cost through an app. In order for you to use Grab’s services, you will need to have a Vietnamese phone number or SIM card. Since I didn’t get a SIM card for this trip, I unfortunately couldn’t use Grab, BUT the hotels we stayed at were able to organize affordable cab rides for us, which was amazing! It is also important to note that you should be aware of taxi scammers when you leave any airport in Vietnam. You should not pay more than 100 VND for every 10 miles. It is very easy for foreign travelers to be charged more when they travel from the airport to their hotel! Also, always make sure the meter is running when you enter a taxi. If there isn’t one, make sure to negotiate a price before you get into the cab.

Staying at Beach Haven Suites:

Authentic experiences in Hoi An, Vietnam. Get to know the best of Vietnamese culture.

During our time in Hoi An, we stayed at the colorful and luxurious Beach Haven Suites. Located across from Tan Thanh Beach, this gorgeous boutique hotel is conveniently located around some of Hoi An’s best beachside cafés, bars as well as the An Bang fishing village and it is situated only 15 minutes from Hoi An’s magical and bustling Ancient Town.

The Suites:

Authentic experiences in Hoi An, Vietnam. Get to know the best of Vietnamese culture.
Authentic experiences in Hoi An, Vietnam. Get to know the best of Vietnamese culture.

The rooms at Beach Haven Suites are the largest suites that you will find in Hoi An. Every suite is aimed to provide a luxury experience in a boutique suite format that is perfect for a tropical escape.

Authentic experiences in Hoi An, Vietnam. Get to know the best of Vietnamese culture.
Authentic experiences in Hoi An, Vietnam. Get to know the best of Vietnamese culture.

There are two 3-bedroom suites (one king room, one queen room and one twin room) with a lounge, dining area and kitchenette; two 2-bedroom suites (one king room and one twin room) with the same amenities and two studio suites. My room (king bed) was part of the 3-bedroom suite. There was a large living room space, gorgeous bedding and spacious balcony with a pool and ocean views. I loved how bright and clean everything was too! Each room has a SMART TV with Netflix and Spotify as well as pool views with a private balcony; en-suite bathroom with a shower, bathrobes, essential amenities and ceiling fans.

Amenities at Beach Haven Suites:

Authentic experiences in Hoi An, Vietnam. Get to know the best of Vietnamese culture.
Authentic experiences in Hoi An, Vietnam. Get to know the best of Vietnamese culture.

When we checked in, we were treated to a refreshing passion fruit juice that was delicious! The resort also has a lovely pool with comfortable lounge chairs; bicycles to rent for free; high-speed WiFi; air conditioning; complimentary coffee, tea and drinking water; in-room dining; a mini bar; laundry service; organized transportation and tours as well as easy access to the beach. Unfortunately, it was raining when we first arrived in Hoi An, so we couldn’t enjoy the pool or the beach, but the hotel staff were super helpful and found some amazing authentic experiences for us to enjoy.

Authentic experiences in Hoi An, Vietnam. Get to know the best of Vietnamese culture.
Authentic experiences in Hoi An, Vietnam. Get to know the best of Vietnamese culture.

In addition, Beach Haven Suites also is affiliated with Salt Pub, which is located across the street from the hotel. Every morning, Beach Haven Suites has an a la carte breakfast at Salt Pub and there are also loungers available for all guests to relax on the pub’s beach. I enjoyed spending time at Salt Pub in general since it offered a bohemian vibe, great food and drinks.

Authentic Experiences in Hoi An:

Authentic experiences in Hoi An, Vietnam. Get to know the best of Vietnamese culture.

As an addition to its natural beauty, there are so many wonderful things to experience in Hoi An. Below, discover the most memorable activities in this amazing town:

Have Fun on the Bay Mau Coconut Forest Tour:

Authentic experiences in Hoi An, Vietnam. Get to know the best of Vietnamese culture.

One of the first and top things you must experience in Hoi An is the Bay Mau Coconut Forest Tour. There are quite a few things you could do at the coconut forest, but I highly recommend going basket boating.

Authentic experiences in Hoi An, Vietnam. Get to know the best of Vietnamese culture.

It was raining pretty hard when we did our tour, but that didn’t stop us from having the best time! We were given ponchos and an iconic rice hat to wear. We then got into the basket boat where we had our own guide that took us through the forest that included a boundless space of water and coconut trees.

Authentic experiences in Hoi An, Vietnam. Get to know the best of Vietnamese culture.
Authentic experiences in Hoi An, Vietnam. Get to know the best of Vietnamese culture.

Overall, we had both a peaceful and fun experience at Bay Mau Coconut Forest and our guide took us to great photo spots; brought us to the “dancing area” where there were performers rocking out on their basket boats to a DJ; we saw local fisherman and even enjoyed our own hands-on experience! It was such a blast and one of the most memorable things I did in Vietnam.

Enjoy a Lovely Dining Experience on the Rice Fields:

Authentic experiences in Hoi An, Vietnam. Get to know the best of Vietnamese culture.
Authentic experiences in Hoi An, Vietnam. Get to know the best of Vietnamese culture.

Another one of my favorite authentic experiences in Hoi An was eating at The Field. This breathtaking restaurant is where you could enjoy delicious Vietnamese food with views of the rice paddies and river.

Authentic experiences in Hoi An, Vietnam. Get to know the best of Vietnamese culture.
Authentic experiences in Hoi An, Vietnam. Get to know the best of Vietnamese culture.

After our amazing coconut forest tour, we made our way to The Field where we walked through an open grass area. When we arrived at the restaurant, there was a river with lotus flowers and lily pads, stunning décor and a lovely garden. We ate at the bamboo gazebo that was secluded and offered us a peaceful dining experience. For lunch, we savored pineapple smoothies with fried calamari spring rolls, fried rice and stir-fried vermicelli noodles. Everything was absolutely delicious and I couldn’t recommend this amazing place more.

Get a Custom-Tailored Garment:

Authentic experiences in Hoi An, Vietnam. Get to know the best of Vietnamese culture.

If you are seeking an authentic experience in Hoi An, you definitely will want to head to a tailor shop and get new outfits custom made for you. When we visited Hoi An Ancient Town, we stumbled upon Sam Cloth Shop. The designers gave us an iPad that displayed different outfits on Pinterest. We told them which styles we loved the best and they made it for us overnight with a fabric of our choice!

Authentic experiences in Hoi An, Vietnam. Get to know the best of Vietnamese culture.
Authentic experiences in Hoi An, Vietnam. Get to know the best of Vietnamese culture.

How it works is that you let the designers know if you want a dress, skirt, shirt, pants, etc. made and they will present different outfits on Pinterest to you on an iPad. Next, you show them which styles you like and they make note of it. Then you choose a fabric of your choice that is offered in the shop. After that, you narrow down the styles you chose from Pinterest and then they will measure you. Since the tailor of that shop was working overnight, we were able to get our tailor-made outfits the very next morning at 8:30am! It was amazing and I absolutely LOVED my two dresses. Plus, they fit me perfectly! I also was extremely happy with the fabric they used. It is great quality and offers a lot of comfort. I wore one of the dresses during my time in Cat Ba Island and the other one in Hanoi. Please note that getting a garment custom-tailored will be a bit on the pricier side (for two dresses, it cost me $160 USD), but it is totally worth it and they also accept credit cards!

Wander through Hoi An Ancient Town:

Authentic experiences in Hoi An, Vietnam. Get to know the best of Vietnamese culture.

You can’t go to Hoi An and not wander through the dreamy ancient town. This magical place is where you will find lanterns hanging everywhere in all different styles and colors. In fact, Hoi An is one of the top photogenic Instagram spots in Vietnam! One thing to note is that the old town attracts a lot of people, especially at night, but if you wander and get lost, you will find quiet streets where you could snap a photo with minimal people.

Authentic experiences in Hoi An, Vietnam. Get to know the best of Vietnamese culture.

This area of Hoi An is considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it has a lot of European influence and many great places to eat, drink, shop and have fun! I recommend heading to a bar that offers an outdoor terrace where you could sip a cocktail and enjoy the lanterns while people watching!

Haggle Your Way through the Hoi An Night Market:

Authentic experiences in Hoi An, Vietnam. Get to know the best of Vietnamese culture.

Hoi An’s Night Market is one of the best ways to get a lively experience! As you walk through the market, you could find 50 stalls of delicious street food, beautiful handicrafts, colorful lanterns that you could take home with you, fashionable clothing and other artisanal home goods and crafts. The best time to visit Hoi An’s Night Market is between 5pm to 10pm.

Watch the Sunset and Enjoy an Evening on a Thu Bon River Cruise:

Authentic experiences in Hoi An, Vietnam. Get to know the best of Vietnamese culture.

Another amazing experience in Hoi An is taking a sunset or evening cruise on the Thu Bon River. As you are strolling through the ancient town, you could walk along the river and admire the beautiful boats that are decorated with lanterns on them.

Authentic experiences in Hoi An, Vietnam. Get to know the best of Vietnamese culture.

If you have the time, I recommend taking a river cruise during sunset and admire the beauty of the lanterns as they light up the night. (There will be people standing near the boats who you could organize your cruise through.) A popular thing to do in Hoi An is drop flower lanterns on the river. These beautiful lanterns create a dazzling experience and allows visitors to free their soul. Lightened flowers at night are meant to also honor the spiritual and cultural values of the Vietnamese people.

Visit Ms. Vy’s Restaurants and Take a Cooking Class:

Authentic experiences in Hoi An, Vietnam. Get to know the best of Vietnamese culture.

Known as the foodie icon and restaurant pioneer in Hoi An, Ms. Vy is credited to have one of the first English language restaurant menus and created the first cooking school in Hoi An. A selection of Ms. Vy’s eateries consist of Vy’s Market Restaurant, Cargo Club Café and Restaurant and Morning Glory, which is where we ate dinner at and it was amazing! We savored delicious white rose wontons as an appetizer and for dinner, I had glass noodles with a seafood curry.

Authentic experiences in Hoi An, Vietnam. Get to know the best of Vietnamese culture.

Taste Vietnam is where you could book your Ms. Vy’s Cooking Class through. At Taste Vietnam, there are classes for those with different cooking level skills; so there is an experience for those looking to take a class for fun and there are also experiences for professional chefs. It is a great way to learn how to wrap up the best of Vietnamese cuisine.

Participate in a Lantern Making Class:

Authentic experiences in Hoi An, Vietnam. Get to know the best of Vietnamese culture.

One of the most interactive experiences with locals in Hoi An is participating in a lantern making class. It is a great way to learn about Vietnamese culture and traditional crafting techniques.

Authentic experiences in Hoi An, Vietnam. Get to know the best of Vietnamese culture.

As a historical trading port, artisan industries such as pottery, wood carving, tailoring, jewelry making, leather work and lantern making are popular in Hoi An. The very first set of lanterns hung in Hoi An were Chinese style hexagon shaped lanterns that were red, which is the lucky color in Chinese culture. They were brought to Hoi An by Chinese tradesmen via the Maritime Silk Route and were hung so that they could deal with the nostalgia from home. Later on came the birth of Vietnamese style lanterns that are made into different shapes.

Authentic experiences in Hoi An, Vietnam. Get to know the best of Vietnamese culture.

The best place to do a lantern making class is at The Lantern Lady Workshop located in the main area of the Ancient Town. You will first choose the color of your lantern fabric and then carefully glue and stretch the material over the frame. Below are what the lantern colors mean:

Authentic experiences in Hoi An, Vietnam. Get to know the best of Vietnamese culture.

Yellow: Prosperity, Wealth, Happiness, Change, Royalty

Red: Luck, Happiness, Celebration, Love

Purple: Tenderness, Nostalgia, Fragility, Sadness

Blue: Hope, Calmness, Growth

Green: Lust, Jealousy

Black: Evil

White: Purity, The End, Death

Experience Peace at My Son Sanctuary:

Authentic experiences in Hoi An, Vietnam. Get to know the best of Vietnamese culture.

Another UNESCO World Heritage Site to visit in the Hoi An area is the My Son Sanctuary, which are breathtaking Hindu-themed ruins that feature picturesque sculptures, temples and towers.

Authentic experiences in Hoi An, Vietnam. Get to know the best of Vietnamese culture.

My Son was a political center and royal burial ground devoted to Hindu gods and goddesses. Over history, My Son was destroyed during wars and it was rediscovered and restored by the French in the late 19th Century. It was later destroyed again by the Americans during the Vietnam War. It is definitely a site to see during a trip to Hoi An.

Travel Back in Time at the Hoi An Memories Show:

Authentic experiences in Hoi An, Vietnam. Get to know the best of Vietnamese culture.

A spectacular experience in Hoi An is seeing the Hoi An Memories Show. It boasts a cast of 500 actors and dancers, beautiful imagery and a wonderful story. It is the best way to live through Vietnam’s history.


Authentic experiences in Hoi An, Vietnam. Get to know the best of Vietnamese culture.

I hope you all enjoyed reading about all the authentic things to do in Hoi An and also about my experience staying at Beach Haven Suites. If you have any questions about my time in Hoi An or Vietnam in general, please email me at [email protected]

Authentic experiences in Hoi An, Vietnam. Get to know the best of Vietnamese culture.

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Currency: Vietnamese Dong, Capital: Hanoi

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  1. Kim Deer on March 5, 2020 at 12:12 am

    Hoi An looks like a very unique and interesting place. Loved all the beautiful colors in your photos, the lanterns, boats, cute shops and more. Great hotel, looks so spacious and has a Vietnamese flair to it ~ I loved the coconut forest. basket boats and rice hats. Such a fun, beautiful culture ~ great blog and the photos are so colorful and stunning ~ another awesome read ~ love you, mom xoxo

    • Taylor Deer on March 5, 2020 at 8:08 am

      It was such a magical place! I loved everything about Hoi An. 🙂 Love you too mom xoxo

  2. Rebecca Noelle on March 5, 2020 at 11:17 am

    This looked like such a beautiful spot! I loved the bit about the clothing store and designing your own outfit from options on Pinterest. That is really unique. Also, the hotel looked like a wonderful spot to stay!

    • Taylor Deer on March 6, 2020 at 2:49 pm

      It was amazing Rebecca! I also loved having the opportunity to have my garments tailored. It was such a special treat! 🙂

  3. Brittany Sneller on March 5, 2020 at 11:40 am

    I loved your Hoi An guide, Taylor! It’s also everything I would dream it up to be. 🙂 Paul and I have been wanting to go for some time! I’ll definitely keep your guide handy! The Beach Haven Suites looked super cute and a great base to explore Hoi An. And I definitely want to try the spinny thing in the boats hahah

    • Taylor Deer on March 6, 2020 at 2:50 pm

      Thank you Bri and it was such an amazing experience being there. You guys would definitely love it! 🙂

  4. Charu Goyal on March 21, 2020 at 3:29 pm

    I can never get enough of Hoi An photos! It looks like such a cute ancient town and I can only hope to be there someday. Beach Haven Suites looks incredible as well so thank you for putting it on my radar, Taylor 💗

    • Taylor Deer on March 21, 2020 at 6:02 pm

      Yes, I loved Hoi An so much Charu. I totally recommend going and also staying at Beach Haven Suites! 🙂

  5. Linnea on March 21, 2020 at 3:34 pm

    Love Hoi An! We did a cooking class there too and it was so fun.The tailored made clothes were such a treat!

    • Taylor Deer on March 21, 2020 at 6:02 pm

      Ah how fun! I wanted to do a cooking class, but didn’t get to do it during my time there.

  6. Ruth on March 21, 2020 at 5:20 pm

    What a beautiful place to visit! And, the food looks to die for! I enjoy places that are charming, surrounded by nature and with tons of things to do. Hoi An seems to check all the boxes. Hope to make it there one day!

    • Taylor Deer on March 21, 2020 at 6:03 pm

      Yes, it was absolutely magical Ruth! I highly recommend going to Vietnam at some point when you get the chance. 🙂

  7. Ophelie on March 21, 2020 at 5:43 pm

    What a beautiful city to visit! I am such a fan of those lanterns! I love that you shared ‘authentic’ experiences!

    • Taylor Deer on March 21, 2020 at 6:04 pm

      Thank you so much Ophelie! I know you would love Hoi An! 🙂

  8. Cindy on March 21, 2020 at 5:45 pm

    Vietnam’s been on my bucket list for years! Can’t wait to go someday, thanks for sharing all of your pictures and info!

    • Taylor Deer on March 21, 2020 at 6:04 pm

      You would love it so much Cindy! It is so beautiful there and I loved the culture. 🙂

  9. Melissa on March 21, 2020 at 6:25 pm

    Wow…that looks amazing! What a great experience! It looks like you were really able to immerse yourself in the culture. Would love to visit there someday!

    • Taylor Deer on March 22, 2020 at 12:39 pm

      Thank you so much Melissa! I loved it there so much. 🙂

  10. Julie on March 21, 2020 at 7:36 pm

    Those Visa tips are so helpful!! Love the photos, too. Was planning to visit Vietnam for a few weeks (was supposed to be there currently, actually, lol!) but that got postponed due to Coronavirus. Bookmarking this for later, it’ll help me tons when I finally get to visit Hot An.

    • Taylor Deer on March 22, 2020 at 12:40 pm

      Thank you so much Julie! I am sorry that your trip was postponed. It is probably better that it was due to the obvious and also so that you could truly enjoy it without any worries. 🙂

  11. Megan Elliott on March 21, 2020 at 8:56 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing such a comprehensive guide!! Vietnam has been on my bucket list for forever. Dying to go!

    • Taylor Deer on March 22, 2020 at 12:41 pm

      Thank you Megan! You would love Vietnam so much. 🙂

  12. Suvarna Arora on March 21, 2020 at 9:20 pm

    Hoi An is so Magical and I have always wanted to go there. Your photos make me want to book that ticket soon.

    • Taylor Deer on March 22, 2020 at 12:42 pm

      You would truly love it Suvarna! I hope you get to go soon. 🙂

  13. Kariss Ainsworth on March 21, 2020 at 9:20 pm

    This looks so magical!

    • Taylor Deer on March 22, 2020 at 12:42 pm

      It totally was Kariss! I love being there 🙂

  14. Jen on March 22, 2020 at 1:07 am

    Great post! I’ve been to Vietnam but never to Hoi An. Looks like a great place to visit! 😁

    • Taylor Deer on March 22, 2020 at 12:42 pm

      Thank you Jen and you should totally go next time you’re there. 🙂

  15. Caroline on March 22, 2020 at 4:08 am

    Never knew it meant peaceful meeting place. You have made me want to go again using all your info ❤️

    • Taylor Deer on March 22, 2020 at 12:43 pm

      Yes, it was truly magical. I hope to go back soon one day. 🙂

  16. Curls en Route on March 22, 2020 at 5:28 am

    I’d love to visit Vietnam one day, definitely pinning this for later!

    • Taylor Deer on March 22, 2020 at 12:44 pm

      You would totally love it girl! I hope you get to go in the near future. 🙂

  17. Marjut | The Smooth Escape on March 22, 2020 at 6:45 am

    I’ve heard soooo many good things about Hoi An and seeing your photos really makes me want to go there asap! Hoping that I can do it at the end of this year 🙂

    • Taylor Deer on March 22, 2020 at 12:44 pm

      It is such a beautiful city with an incredible culture. You would love it Marjut! 🙂

  18. Tina on March 22, 2020 at 10:28 am

    Lovely photos & tips! Hoi An was one of my favorite spots in Vietnam.

    • Taylor Deer on March 22, 2020 at 12:45 pm

      Thank you Tina and it was one of mine too! 🙂

  19. Averie Cox on March 22, 2020 at 5:27 pm

    So beautiful and so fun to live vicariously!! I loved Hoi An when I visited, so magical at night 💛 amazing!

    • Taylor Deer on March 23, 2020 at 9:25 am

      Thank you Averie and I hope to go back there one day. 🙂

  20. Sarah Barthet on April 18, 2020 at 5:12 pm

    Stunning images as always! I had no idea that the colours of the lanterns actually had a meaning! Fortunately, red is my favourite colour 🙂

    • Taylor Deer on April 18, 2020 at 5:37 pm

      Thank you so much Sarah! It really was magical seeing those lanterns lit up at night. 🙂

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Get to Know the Best of Vietnamese Culture

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Authentic experiences in Hoi An, Vietnam. Get to know the best of Vietnamese culture.

Authentic experiences in Hoi An, Vietnam. Get to know the best of Vietnamese culture.

Hoi An is a magical town that I previously imagined everything Vietnam to be. This dreamy Central Vietnamese town is located on the coast and it is where you will find decorative lanterns hanging all throughout in different styles and colors. Hoi An translates to “peaceful meeting place” and it is recognized as a historic trading port dating back to the 15th Century.

Authentic experiences in Hoi An, Vietnam. Get to know the best of Vietnamese culture.

During February 2020, I traveled to Vietnam and Cambodia with a friend. We started our trip in Ho Chi Minh in Southern Vietnam and then took a short flight to Siem Reap in Cambodia. After spending a few days in Siem Reap, we took another short flight back to Vietnam where we explored Da Nang for two days before heading to Hoi An. My time spent in Hoi An was one of the highlights to my time in Vietnam and staying at Beach Haven Suites was the icing on top of the cake. We got to experience a coconut basket boat tour, savor authentic cuisine, visit iconic restaurants and cafés, wander through the old town that was filled with stunning lanterns and so much more.

Authentic experiences in Hoi An, Vietnam. Get to know the best of Vietnamese culture.

We spent a day and a half in Hoi An, which definitely wasn’t enough time. In this blog post, discover the most authentic experiences that you could immerse yourself in during a trip to Hoi An, Vietnam.

*During my time in Hoi An, Beach Haven Suites hosted me for one night.


Vietnam Visa:

Before you travel to Vietnam, you will need to apply for a visa from a local embassy. (I did mine online and it cost me $17 USD. Please note that the visa application fee could vary.) Click here to learn more! If you fill out the application correctly and there are no issues, you will receive your Visa Approval Letter within 72 hours via email. I was thankful I received mine in less than 24 hours.

Authentic experiences in Hoi An, Vietnam. Get to know the best of Vietnamese culture.

Once you receive your Visa Approval Letter, please look through it thoroughly to ensure there are no mistakes or typos. You can be denied entry on arrival in Vietnam if your passport and visa do not align! After receiving your Visa Approval Letter and checking to see if everything is correct, make sure you star the email and print out the letter (all pages) before you depart for your trip. I had to show the printed letter to officials when I checked into the airport at JFK here in New York.

Authentic experiences in Hoi An, Vietnam. Get to know the best of Vietnamese culture.

When you land in Vietnam (I originally landed in Ho Chi Minh when I first arrived in the country), you will need to present your Visa Approval Letter and passport (valid at least 6 months beyond date of arrival) to customs officials. They will also ask you for two photos and if you do not have them, they could take your photo for you for an additional $5 USD. Please note that payment is cash only in either USD or Vietnamese Dong (VND). There are ATMs available when you arrive. In addition, you will need to pay for your actual visa when you arrive and present your Visa Approval Letter. A 1 or 3-month single entry visa is $25 USD; a 1 or 3-month multiple entry visa is $50 USD and a 1-year multiple entry visa is $135 USD per applicant. This is extremely important to take note of, especially if you are looking to travel to another country and come back to Vietnam! Since we traveled to Cambodia in the middle of our trip, we needed to get the multi-entry visa for $50 USD. If you accidentally get the single-entry visa and you leave the country, you will NOT be allowed back into Vietnam and in worse case scenario, you will have to spend $200 USD to get an approval letter sent to you right away. Please also have at least two full pages open in your passport for the Vietnamese visa and stamps. The visa is a sticker that will take up one entire passport page and the stamps will reside on the page next to it. Since most of my passport is filled up with stamps, I was forewarned to keep some pages opened for my Vietnamese visa. Since I traveled to Da Nang and Hoi An after being in Siem Reap, I just had to go through Passport Control at Da Nang International Airport since I already had my visa.

Getting to Hoi An from Da Nang:

Authentic experiences in Hoi An, Vietnam. Get to know the best of Vietnamese culture.

During my trip, I combined Da Nang and Hoi An together since they are situated right next to each other. If you are traveling to Hoi An from anywhere else, you will need to fly into Da Nang International Airport. (You could also take public transportation such as a train or bus to get to Hoi An or even rent a car/motorbike.)

Authentic experiences in Hoi An, Vietnam. Get to know the best of Vietnamese culture.

Since we spent two days in Da Nang at Bridges Da Nang hotel, which is the sister hotel to Beach Haven Suites, a taxi was organized for us. It takes around a half hour to get from Bridges Da Nang to Beach Haven Suites, but we stopped at the Marble Mountains in between (I talk about my experience there in my Da Nang blog post). If you are getting to Beach Haven Suites from Da Nang International Airport, it will be around a half hour to 40-minute drive.

Authentic experiences in Hoi An, Vietnam. Get to know the best of Vietnamese culture.

Please note that Uber does not run in Vietnam, but they do have a similar service called Grab, where you could haul a taxi at an affordable cost through an app. In order for you to use Grab’s services, you will need to have a Vietnamese phone number or SIM card. Since I didn’t get a SIM card for this trip, I unfortunately couldn’t use Grab, BUT the hotels we stayed at were able to organize affordable cab rides for us, which was amazing! It is also important to note that you should be aware of taxi scammers when you leave any airport in Vietnam. You should not pay more than 100 VND for every 10 miles. It is very easy for foreign travelers to be charged more when they travel from the airport to their hotel! Also, always make sure the meter is running when you enter a taxi. If there isn’t one, make sure to negotiate a price before you get into the cab.

Staying at Beach Haven Suites:

Authentic experiences in Hoi An, Vietnam. Get to know the best of Vietnamese culture.

During our time in Hoi An, we stayed at the colorful and luxurious Beach Haven Suites. Located across from Tan Thanh Beach, this gorgeous boutique hotel is conveniently located around some of Hoi An’s best beachside cafés, bars as well as the An Bang fishing village and it is situated only 15 minutes from Hoi An’s magical and bustling Ancient Town.

The Suites:

Authentic experiences in Hoi An, Vietnam. Get to know the best of Vietnamese culture.
Authentic experiences in Hoi An, Vietnam. Get to know the best of Vietnamese culture.

The rooms at Beach Haven Suites are the largest suites that you will find in Hoi An. Every suite is aimed to provide a luxury experience in a boutique suite format that is perfect for a tropical escape.

Authentic experiences in Hoi An, Vietnam. Get to know the best of Vietnamese culture.
Authentic experiences in Hoi An, Vietnam. Get to know the best of Vietnamese culture.

There are two 3-bedroom suites (one king room, one queen room and one twin room) with a lounge, dining area and kitchenette; two 2-bedroom suites (one king room and one twin room) with the same amenities and two studio suites. My room (king bed) was part of the 3-bedroom suite. There was a large living room space, gorgeous bedding and spacious balcony with a pool and ocean views. I loved how bright and clean everything was too! Each room has a SMART TV with Netflix and Spotify as well as pool views with a private balcony; en-suite bathroom with a shower, bathrobes, essential amenities and ceiling fans.

Amenities at Beach Haven Suites:

Authentic experiences in Hoi An, Vietnam. Get to know the best of Vietnamese culture.
Authentic experiences in Hoi An, Vietnam. Get to know the best of Vietnamese culture.

When we checked in, we were treated to a refreshing passion fruit juice that was delicious! The resort also has a lovely pool with comfortable lounge chairs; bicycles to rent for free; high-speed WiFi; air conditioning; complimentary coffee, tea and drinking water; in-room dining; a mini bar; laundry service; organized transportation and tours as well as easy access to the beach. Unfortunately, it was raining when we first arrived in Hoi An, so we couldn’t enjoy the pool or the beach, but the hotel staff were super helpful and found some amazing authentic experiences for us to enjoy.

Authentic experiences in Hoi An, Vietnam. Get to know the best of Vietnamese culture.
Authentic experiences in Hoi An, Vietnam. Get to know the best of Vietnamese culture.

In addition, Beach Haven Suites also is affiliated with Salt Pub, which is located across the street from the hotel. Every morning, Beach Haven Suites has an a la carte breakfast at Salt Pub and there are also loungers available for all guests to relax on the pub’s beach. I enjoyed spending time at Salt Pub in general since it offered a bohemian vibe, great food and drinks.

Authentic Experiences in Hoi An:

Authentic experiences in Hoi An, Vietnam. Get to know the best of Vietnamese culture.

As an addition to its natural beauty, there are so many wonderful things to experience in Hoi An. Below, discover the most memorable activities in this amazing town:

Have Fun on the Bay Mau Coconut Forest Tour:

Authentic experiences in Hoi An, Vietnam. Get to know the best of Vietnamese culture.

One of the first and top things you must experience in Hoi An is the Bay Mau Coconut Forest Tour. There are quite a few things you could do at the coconut forest, but I highly recommend going basket boating.

Authentic experiences in Hoi An, Vietnam. Get to know the best of Vietnamese culture.

It was raining pretty hard when we did our tour, but that didn’t stop us from having the best time! We were given ponchos and an iconic rice hat to wear. We then got into the basket boat where we had our own guide that took us through the forest that included a boundless space of water and coconut trees.

Authentic experiences in Hoi An, Vietnam. Get to know the best of Vietnamese culture.
Authentic experiences in Hoi An, Vietnam. Get to know the best of Vietnamese culture.

Overall, we had both a peaceful and fun experience at Bay Mau Coconut Forest and our guide took us to great photo spots; brought us to the “dancing area” where there were performers rocking out on their basket boats to a DJ; we saw local fisherman and even enjoyed our own hands-on experience! It was such a blast and one of the most memorable things I did in Vietnam.

Enjoy a Lovely Dining Experience on the Rice Fields:

Authentic experiences in Hoi An, Vietnam. Get to know the best of Vietnamese culture.
Authentic experiences in Hoi An, Vietnam. Get to know the best of Vietnamese culture.

Another one of my favorite authentic experiences in Hoi An was eating at The Field. This breathtaking restaurant is where you could enjoy delicious Vietnamese food with views of the rice paddies and river.

Authentic experiences in Hoi An, Vietnam. Get to know the best of Vietnamese culture.
Authentic experiences in Hoi An, Vietnam. Get to know the best of Vietnamese culture.

After our amazing coconut forest tour, we made our way to The Field where we walked through an open grass area. When we arrived at the restaurant, there was a river with lotus flowers and lily pads, stunning décor and a lovely garden. We ate at the bamboo gazebo that was secluded and offered us a peaceful dining experience. For lunch, we savored pineapple smoothies with fried calamari spring rolls, fried rice and stir-fried vermicelli noodles. Everything was absolutely delicious and I couldn’t recommend this amazing place more.

Get a Custom-Tailored Garment:

Authentic experiences in Hoi An, Vietnam. Get to know the best of Vietnamese culture.

If you are seeking an authentic experience in Hoi An, you definitely will want to head to a tailor shop and get new outfits custom made for you. When we visited Hoi An Ancient Town, we stumbled upon Sam Cloth Shop. The designers gave us an iPad that displayed different outfits on Pinterest. We told them which styles we loved the best and they made it for us overnight with a fabric of our choice!

Authentic experiences in Hoi An, Vietnam. Get to know the best of Vietnamese culture.
Authentic experiences in Hoi An, Vietnam. Get to know the best of Vietnamese culture.

How it works is that you let the designers know if you want a dress, skirt, shirt, pants, etc. made and they will present different outfits on Pinterest to you on an iPad. Next, you show them which styles you like and they make note of it. Then you choose a fabric of your choice that is offered in the shop. After that, you narrow down the styles you chose from Pinterest and then they will measure you. Since the tailor of that shop was working overnight, we were able to get our tailor-made outfits the very next morning at 8:30am! It was amazing and I absolutely LOVED my two dresses. Plus, they fit me perfectly! I also was extremely happy with the fabric they used. It is great quality and offers a lot of comfort. I wore one of the dresses during my time in Cat Ba Island and the other one in Hanoi. Please note that getting a garment custom-tailored will be a bit on the pricier side (for two dresses, it cost me $160 USD), but it is totally worth it and they also accept credit cards!

Wander through Hoi An Ancient Town:

Authentic experiences in Hoi An, Vietnam. Get to know the best of Vietnamese culture.

You can’t go to Hoi An and not wander through the dreamy ancient town. This magical place is where you will find lanterns hanging everywhere in all different styles and colors. In fact, Hoi An is one of the top photogenic Instagram spots in Vietnam! One thing to note is that the old town attracts a lot of people, especially at night, but if you wander and get lost, you will find quiet streets where you could snap a photo with minimal people.

Authentic experiences in Hoi An, Vietnam. Get to know the best of Vietnamese culture.

This area of Hoi An is considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it has a lot of European influence and many great places to eat, drink, shop and have fun! I recommend heading to a bar that offers an outdoor terrace where you could sip a cocktail and enjoy the lanterns while people watching!

Haggle Your Way through the Hoi An Night Market:

Authentic experiences in Hoi An, Vietnam. Get to know the best of Vietnamese culture.

Hoi An’s Night Market is one of the best ways to get a lively experience! As you walk through the market, you could find 50 stalls of delicious street food, beautiful handicrafts, colorful lanterns that you could take home with you, fashionable clothing and other artisanal home goods and crafts. The best time to visit Hoi An’s Night Market is between 5pm to 10pm.

Watch the Sunset and Enjoy an Evening on a Thu Bon River Cruise:

Authentic experiences in Hoi An, Vietnam. Get to know the best of Vietnamese culture.

Another amazing experience in Hoi An is taking a sunset or evening cruise on the Thu Bon River. As you are strolling through the ancient town, you could walk along the river and admire the beautiful boats that are decorated with lanterns on them.

Authentic experiences in Hoi An, Vietnam. Get to know the best of Vietnamese culture.

If you have the time, I recommend taking a river cruise during sunset and admire the beauty of the lanterns as they light up the night. (There will be people standing near the boats who you could organize your cruise through.) A popular thing to do in Hoi An is drop flower lanterns on the river. These beautiful lanterns create a dazzling experience and allows visitors to free their soul. Lightened flowers at night are meant to also honor the spiritual and cultural values of the Vietnamese people.

Visit Ms. Vy’s Restaurants and Take a Cooking Class:

Authentic experiences in Hoi An, Vietnam. Get to know the best of Vietnamese culture.

Known as the foodie icon and restaurant pioneer in Hoi An, Ms. Vy is credited to have one of the first English language restaurant menus and created the first cooking school in Hoi An. A selection of Ms. Vy’s eateries consist of Vy’s Market Restaurant, Cargo Club Café and Restaurant and Morning Glory, which is where we ate dinner at and it was amazing! We savored delicious white rose wontons as an appetizer and for dinner, I had glass noodles with a seafood curry.

Authentic experiences in Hoi An, Vietnam. Get to know the best of Vietnamese culture.

Taste Vietnam is where you could book your Ms. Vy’s Cooking Class through. At Taste Vietnam, there are classes for those with different cooking level skills; so there is an experience for those looking to take a class for fun and there are also experiences for professional chefs. It is a great way to learn how to wrap up the best of Vietnamese cuisine.

Participate in a Lantern Making Class:

Authentic experiences in Hoi An, Vietnam. Get to know the best of Vietnamese culture.

One of the most interactive experiences with locals in Hoi An is participating in a lantern making class. It is a great way to learn about Vietnamese culture and traditional crafting techniques.

Authentic experiences in Hoi An, Vietnam. Get to know the best of Vietnamese culture.

As a historical trading port, artisan industries such as pottery, wood carving, tailoring, jewelry making, leather work and lantern making are popular in Hoi An. The very first set of lanterns hung in Hoi An were Chinese style hexagon shaped lanterns that were red, which is the lucky color in Chinese culture. They were brought to Hoi An by Chinese tradesmen via the Maritime Silk Route and were hung so that they could deal with the nostalgia from home. Later on came the birth of Vietnamese style lanterns that are made into different shapes.

Authentic experiences in Hoi An, Vietnam. Get to know the best of Vietnamese culture.

The best place to do a lantern making class is at The Lantern Lady Workshop located in the main area of the Ancient Town. You will first choose the color of your lantern fabric and then carefully glue and stretch the material over the frame. Below are what the lantern colors mean:

Authentic experiences in Hoi An, Vietnam. Get to know the best of Vietnamese culture.

Yellow: Prosperity, Wealth, Happiness, Change, Royalty

Red: Luck, Happiness, Celebration, Love

Purple: Tenderness, Nostalgia, Fragility, Sadness

Blue: Hope, Calmness, Growth

Green: Lust, Jealousy

Black: Evil

White: Purity, The End, Death

Experience Peace at My Son Sanctuary:

Authentic experiences in Hoi An, Vietnam. Get to know the best of Vietnamese culture.

Another UNESCO World Heritage Site to visit in the Hoi An area is the My Son Sanctuary, which are breathtaking Hindu-themed ruins that feature picturesque sculptures, temples and towers.

Authentic experiences in Hoi An, Vietnam. Get to know the best of Vietnamese culture.

My Son was a political center and royal burial ground devoted to Hindu gods and goddesses. Over history, My Son was destroyed during wars and it was rediscovered and restored by the French in the late 19th Century. It was later destroyed again by the Americans during the Vietnam War. It is definitely a site to see during a trip to Hoi An.

Travel Back in Time at the Hoi An Memories Show:

Authentic experiences in Hoi An, Vietnam. Get to know the best of Vietnamese culture.

A spectacular experience in Hoi An is seeing the Hoi An Memories Show. It boasts a cast of 500 actors and dancers, beautiful imagery and a wonderful story. It is the best way to live through Vietnam’s history.


Authentic experiences in Hoi An, Vietnam. Get to know the best of Vietnamese culture.

I hope you all enjoyed reading about all the authentic things to do in Hoi An and also about my experience staying at Beach Haven Suites. If you have any questions about my time in Hoi An or Vietnam in general, please email me at [email protected]

Authentic experiences in Hoi An, Vietnam. Get to know the best of Vietnamese culture.

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40 Comments

  1. Kim Deer on March 5, 2020 at 12:12 am

    Hoi An looks like a very unique and interesting place. Loved all the beautiful colors in your photos, the lanterns, boats, cute shops and more. Great hotel, looks so spacious and has a Vietnamese flair to it ~ I loved the coconut forest. basket boats and rice hats. Such a fun, beautiful culture ~ great blog and the photos are so colorful and stunning ~ another awesome read ~ love you, mom xoxo

    • Taylor Deer on March 5, 2020 at 8:08 am

      It was such a magical place! I loved everything about Hoi An. 🙂 Love you too mom xoxo

  2. Rebecca Noelle on March 5, 2020 at 11:17 am

    This looked like such a beautiful spot! I loved the bit about the clothing store and designing your own outfit from options on Pinterest. That is really unique. Also, the hotel looked like a wonderful spot to stay!

    • Taylor Deer on March 6, 2020 at 2:49 pm

      It was amazing Rebecca! I also loved having the opportunity to have my garments tailored. It was such a special treat! 🙂

  3. Brittany Sneller on March 5, 2020 at 11:40 am

    I loved your Hoi An guide, Taylor! It’s also everything I would dream it up to be. 🙂 Paul and I have been wanting to go for some time! I’ll definitely keep your guide handy! The Beach Haven Suites looked super cute and a great base to explore Hoi An. And I definitely want to try the spinny thing in the boats hahah

    • Taylor Deer on March 6, 2020 at 2:50 pm

      Thank you Bri and it was such an amazing experience being there. You guys would definitely love it! 🙂

  4. Charu Goyal on March 21, 2020 at 3:29 pm

    I can never get enough of Hoi An photos! It looks like such a cute ancient town and I can only hope to be there someday. Beach Haven Suites looks incredible as well so thank you for putting it on my radar, Taylor 💗

    • Taylor Deer on March 21, 2020 at 6:02 pm

      Yes, I loved Hoi An so much Charu. I totally recommend going and also staying at Beach Haven Suites! 🙂

  5. Linnea on March 21, 2020 at 3:34 pm

    Love Hoi An! We did a cooking class there too and it was so fun.The tailored made clothes were such a treat!

    • Taylor Deer on March 21, 2020 at 6:02 pm

      Ah how fun! I wanted to do a cooking class, but didn’t get to do it during my time there.

  6. Ruth on March 21, 2020 at 5:20 pm

    What a beautiful place to visit! And, the food looks to die for! I enjoy places that are charming, surrounded by nature and with tons of things to do. Hoi An seems to check all the boxes. Hope to make it there one day!

    • Taylor Deer on March 21, 2020 at 6:03 pm

      Yes, it was absolutely magical Ruth! I highly recommend going to Vietnam at some point when you get the chance. 🙂

  7. Ophelie on March 21, 2020 at 5:43 pm

    What a beautiful city to visit! I am such a fan of those lanterns! I love that you shared ‘authentic’ experiences!

    • Taylor Deer on March 21, 2020 at 6:04 pm

      Thank you so much Ophelie! I know you would love Hoi An! 🙂

  8. Cindy on March 21, 2020 at 5:45 pm

    Vietnam’s been on my bucket list for years! Can’t wait to go someday, thanks for sharing all of your pictures and info!

    • Taylor Deer on March 21, 2020 at 6:04 pm

      You would love it so much Cindy! It is so beautiful there and I loved the culture. 🙂

  9. Melissa on March 21, 2020 at 6:25 pm

    Wow…that looks amazing! What a great experience! It looks like you were really able to immerse yourself in the culture. Would love to visit there someday!

    • Taylor Deer on March 22, 2020 at 12:39 pm

      Thank you so much Melissa! I loved it there so much. 🙂

  10. Julie on March 21, 2020 at 7:36 pm

    Those Visa tips are so helpful!! Love the photos, too. Was planning to visit Vietnam for a few weeks (was supposed to be there currently, actually, lol!) but that got postponed due to Coronavirus. Bookmarking this for later, it’ll help me tons when I finally get to visit Hot An.

    • Taylor Deer on March 22, 2020 at 12:40 pm

      Thank you so much Julie! I am sorry that your trip was postponed. It is probably better that it was due to the obvious and also so that you could truly enjoy it without any worries. 🙂

  11. Megan Elliott on March 21, 2020 at 8:56 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing such a comprehensive guide!! Vietnam has been on my bucket list for forever. Dying to go!

    • Taylor Deer on March 22, 2020 at 12:41 pm

      Thank you Megan! You would love Vietnam so much. 🙂

  12. Suvarna Arora on March 21, 2020 at 9:20 pm

    Hoi An is so Magical and I have always wanted to go there. Your photos make me want to book that ticket soon.

    • Taylor Deer on March 22, 2020 at 12:42 pm

      You would truly love it Suvarna! I hope you get to go soon. 🙂

  13. Kariss Ainsworth on March 21, 2020 at 9:20 pm

    This looks so magical!

    • Taylor Deer on March 22, 2020 at 12:42 pm

      It totally was Kariss! I love being there 🙂

  14. Jen on March 22, 2020 at 1:07 am

    Great post! I’ve been to Vietnam but never to Hoi An. Looks like a great place to visit! 😁

    • Taylor Deer on March 22, 2020 at 12:42 pm

      Thank you Jen and you should totally go next time you’re there. 🙂

  15. Caroline on March 22, 2020 at 4:08 am

    Never knew it meant peaceful meeting place. You have made me want to go again using all your info ❤️

    • Taylor Deer on March 22, 2020 at 12:43 pm

      Yes, it was truly magical. I hope to go back soon one day. 🙂

  16. Curls en Route on March 22, 2020 at 5:28 am

    I’d love to visit Vietnam one day, definitely pinning this for later!

    • Taylor Deer on March 22, 2020 at 12:44 pm

      You would totally love it girl! I hope you get to go in the near future. 🙂

  17. Marjut | The Smooth Escape on March 22, 2020 at 6:45 am

    I’ve heard soooo many good things about Hoi An and seeing your photos really makes me want to go there asap! Hoping that I can do it at the end of this year 🙂

    • Taylor Deer on March 22, 2020 at 12:44 pm

      It is such a beautiful city with an incredible culture. You would love it Marjut! 🙂

  18. Tina on March 22, 2020 at 10:28 am

    Lovely photos & tips! Hoi An was one of my favorite spots in Vietnam.

    • Taylor Deer on March 22, 2020 at 12:45 pm

      Thank you Tina and it was one of mine too! 🙂

  19. Averie Cox on March 22, 2020 at 5:27 pm

    So beautiful and so fun to live vicariously!! I loved Hoi An when I visited, so magical at night 💛 amazing!

    • Taylor Deer on March 23, 2020 at 9:25 am

      Thank you Averie and I hope to go back there one day. 🙂

  20. Sarah Barthet on April 18, 2020 at 5:12 pm

    Stunning images as always! I had no idea that the colours of the lanterns actually had a meaning! Fortunately, red is my favourite colour 🙂

    • Taylor Deer on April 18, 2020 at 5:37 pm

      Thank you so much Sarah! It really was magical seeing those lanterns lit up at night. 🙂

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