Hoi An Lantern Festival 2020- 2021

Hoi An Lantern Festival- Phong Nha Locals


Once you have visited Hoi An Ancient Town, you should not miss the Hoi An Lantern Festival. It is known as one of the most distinctive festivals in not only Hoi An but also throughout the whole of Vietnam country. Lantern Festival has gained a reputation in recent years as it allows internal and international travelers to contemplate such extraordinary scenery that cannot be shown up in any other places on Earth.

Hoi An Lantern Festival 2020- 2021- Phong Nha Locals

Lanterns are still lit every night in Hoi An Vietnam no matter if it is the Lantern Festival or not. Candles are put and burned at the bottom of the colorful paper/cloth lanterns, creating such a twinkling atmosphere in the glittering moonshine. 

Hoi An Lantern Festival Vietnam is held once every month throughout the year. The lantern festival has been so notable that even if your trip to Hoi An City is not on the full moon date, you can still get a chance to join in the traditional Hoi An Lantern full moon festival mostly every night in a week. At Hoi An Town, there are many things to do besides the lantern festival. However, you are recommended to arrange a time to participate in Hoi An Lantern Festival once that will make your trip to Hoi An more memorable.

When does the Hoi An Lantern Festival take place? 

“Full moon date of the old town” program was first held in 1990 by the authority of Hoi An Vietnam with the context of the early years of the twentieth century. In the next 15 years, on every 14th night of the lunar moon, every month when the moon is at its fullest and brightest, Hoi An Ancient Town has become once again more and more flickering in the magical lights from such colorful lanterns.

Hoi An Lantern Festival 2020- 2021- Phong Nha Locals


  • January 19th, February 18th, March 19th, April 18th, May 18th.
  • June 16th, July 16th, August 14th, September 12nd, October 12nd.
  • November 10th, December 9th.

Every year, the most imposing Hoi An Lantern Festival is held on the Tet holiday from the last days at the end of the lunar December to the end of the first lunar month. Hoi An Lantern Full Moon Festival has attracted visitors from not only Vietnam but also all over the world. It has been known as a unique feature in Hoi An tourism culture.

If you miss the lantern festival in 2020 by the Covid 19, you can join the Hoi An lantern festival dates 2021 on theses days of months:

  • January 26th, February 25th, March 26th, April 25th, May 25th, June 23rd
  • July 23rd, August 21st, September 20th, October 19th, November 18th, December 17th.

Where does the Lantern Festival Vietnam Happen?

Hoi An Lantern Festival is held in the area of Hoi An Ancient Town where there are countless colorful lanterns. Many activities are organized at An Hoi Bridge and along the riverbank of the Hoai River.

The Japanese Covered Bridge

If your accommodation is in the center of Hoi An, it will just be a short walk from your hotel. Otherwise, for those who choose to stay near the beach, it will take you about 10-15 minutes to get to Hoi An city center by taxi.

What time the festival begin and finish?

Hoi An Lantern Festival Vietnam normally starts from 6 pm to quite late in the evening, at about 9-10 pm. Many visitors choose to assemble in Hoi An Vietnam when the sunset begins after they have dinner, relax with a cup of Vietnamese coffee and wait for the Lantern Festival to begin.

Hoi An Lantern Festival 2020- 2021- Phong Nha Locals

After 8 pm, all the buildings in Hoi An Old Town start to turn off their electricity to allow lights from such lanterns to illuminate the environment in order to create a remarkable radiance. 

What to do at Hoi An Lantern Festival Vietnam?

You can enjoy the best outdoor performances without paying anything. During the Lantern Festival, you will definitely be attracted by the charming traditional shows such as “Lion Dance” and dances along the riverbank by talented dancers and artists.

Dragon dance on the Mid Autumn

In addition, lantern decoration contests and art fireworks are also available. However, art fireworks only often appear on the Lunar New Year. Hoi An Lantern Full Moon Festival gives visitors a chance to participate in traditional Vietnamese games at Hoi An, for example, “Bai Choi”, Chinese chess, tug of war, and so on.

Hoi An Lantern Festival 2020- 2021- Phong Nha Locals

One of the most remarkable activities that have lasted a thousand years is dropping lotus lanterns on the Hoai River. Although such lanterns are not made of luxurious materials, they are carefully made by the hands of local artists from Hoi An Town. They are made with the meaning of luck and love. Vietnamese people believe that lighting and dropping lanterns on the river will bring health and happiness. It will be an unforgettable memory for tourists to rent a small wooden boat, light a lotus lantern, drop it on the river and pray for nothing but the best.

Hoi An Lantern Festival 2020- 2021- Phong Nha Locals

If you are interested in Vietnamese local food, Hoi An Ancient Town will be a good choice for you. Here, you can taste all the famous dishes in Hoi An, for example, “Cao Lau” (a mixture of rice noodles, pork, and fresh vegetables), “Banh Bao” (steamed dumplings filled with pork, mushrooms, and other ingredients), “Banh My Phuong” (famous Banh Mi in town), chicken rice and so on. How can it be more awesome to taste such mouthwatering dishes and contemplate the beauty of Hoi An in the gorgeous Hoi An Lantern Festival.

Travel Tips

The festival is most beautiful on the full moon or on the lunar new year (Tet holiday).

Remember to fully charge your phones, cameras to capture some fabulous and majestic pictures of Hoi An lanterns.

The home-made lanterns at the shops in the ancient town are just from VND 30,000 to 50,000 each (roughly USD 2).

If you would like to get the private transfers from Phong Nha to Hoi An, please feel free to contact our professional staff who will help you at any time. Phong Nha Locals always listen to you and willing to customize the private tours/ transfer following your requests.

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