1. Overview:

Hoi An Ancient Town has long attracted many tourists because of the poetic beauty of the narrow streets winding around rows of small, pale yellow ancient houses with characteristic bougainvillea walls. However, the town becomes more attractive when night falls, especially at Hoi An night market, which has countless interesting things.

Hoi An Night Market has become a cultural and tourist symbol of this city. Coming to Hoi An at night and hanging out in the old town night market is a great way to discover the vibrant beauty of Hoi An, and you will have fascinating experiences when you come to Hoi An Night Market.

Hoi An Night Market is one of the Hoi An tourist attractions for shopping and entertainment that attracts not only local people but also tourists coming to Quang Nam. The night market in Hoi An sells a variety of products, from cuisine to handicrafts and lanterns made by local people.

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2. The most famous Hoi An night markets

2.1. Nguyen Hoang Hoi An Night Market

Nguyen Hoang Night Market is the most famous market in Hoi An and is often the most popular with tourists. Located opposite Cau Pagoda with a length of only about 300–500 meters, this market has up to 50 stalls of different sizes selling lanterns, handicrafts, to he, ao dai, specialties, etc.

In particular, you can find many beautiful ceramic products here. These products originate from Thanh Ha Pottery Village, one of the oldest pottery villages in Vietnam, dating back more than 500 years. Therefore, the products are extremely sophisticated, and the prices are extremely reasonable. In addition, Nguyen Hoang night market street is always sparkling in the light of lanterns at the stalls.

2.2. Cong Nu Ngoc Hoa night market

If you are curious about the delicious dishes at Hoi An night market, quickly visit the market on Cong Nu Ngoc Hoa Street, which is considered the culinary paradise of the old town. What is worth mentioning here is that the rustic dishes are delicious and reasonably priced. People can easily gather around the tiny tables set up by vendors to enjoy many delicious specialties, watch the street, and chat together.

Street vendors at this market sell many specialties of Hoi An and Quang Nam in general, including Mi Quang, hen xuc banh da, cao lau, grilled corn, and many other delicious specialties. In addition, if you are looking to buy Hoi An specialties as gifts, you can also choose dry cuisine such as toasted coconut cake, green bean cake, tamarind-roasted squid, etc.

2.3. Hoi An night market routes for entertainment and other shopping

In addition to the above markets, you can also visit many prominent markets on some streets, such as Bach Dang, Tran Quy Cap, Tieu La, and Hoang Van Thu. These markets sell souvenirs and handmade items, as well as specialty dishes and entertainment activities. Therefore, this is a great choice for those who want to find interesting experiences when visiting Hoi An Ancient Town.

3. Top 7 best experiences at Hoi An night market

3.1. Listen to the folk song Bai Choi

Listening to Bai Choi folk songs is an activity that visitors should not miss. Because this is a typical cultural feature in Hoi An that has existed for a long time. Bai Choi is a Vietnamese folk game that first appeared in Hoi An 400 years ago.

Bai choi is a number-singing game often held on the full moon day at the beginning of the month in ancient times. Today, in Hoi An, hut singing is performed every day at 19:00 p.m. in the communal house yard next to the well. With all its unique features, this will definitely be one of the best experiences you will have at Hoi An Night Market.

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3.2. Participate in many unique folk games

Along with listening to Bai Choi, folk games held at Hoi An night market are also typical highlights of the old town. The folk games area will help you relive your childhood memories with the recreation of extremely interesting folk games. In addition, for foreign tourists, this is also a unique and attractive activity about ancient Vietnamese culture. Some folk games that you should participate in are o an quan, blindfolded pot smashing, nhay sap, singing hut, etc. These games will bring fun to you and your family when you participate.

3.3. Go shopping at traditional stores

Immerse yourself in Hoi An’s rich cultural heritage by browsing the traditional shops and small stalls of Hoi An night market. Discover unique souvenirs and crafts, including beautiful silk lanterns, handcrafted ceramics, and exquisite jewelry. In particular, at some tailor shops, if you want to buy clothes suitable for your weight and height, you can order them in the morning and pick them up in the afternoon. You can find the perfect gift at a reasonable price to take home.

3.4. Take a scenic boat ride on Hoai River

An experience you cannot miss when coming to Hoi An Night Market is taking a scenic boat ride on the Hoai River at Hoi An Night Market. You can rent a boat sparkling with lanterns and enjoy the old town from the Hoai River.

Hoai River is a romantic river near Cong Nu Ngoc Hoa night market. Sitting on a boat and sightseeing on the river is an unforgettable experience for every tourist coming to Hoi An. As you glide along the calm waters, admire the picturesque views of the old town, including the iconic Japanese Covered Bridge and the colorful lanterns that adorn the streets.

3.5. Admire the sparkling scenery of Hoi An ancient town

Hoi An Night Market is often considered one of the best places for tourists to take countless stunning photos. The sparkling scene here is adorned with colorful lanterns, flickering lanterns under candlelight, or even bright lights from the surrounding stalls. 

Lanterns have long been considered a “specialty” of Hoi An ancient town, especially Nguyen Hoang night market. These lanterns come in many eye-catching shapes, sizes, colors, and decorative motifs. Lanterns are hung everywhere, making the whole market more colorful and attractive. The lanterns at Hoi An night market attract all tourists, expressing the ancient features and cultural quintessence of many countries that have come to Vietnam since centuries ago, as well as the quiet, simple, but elegant soul of the people. Hoi An people. Therefore, watching the sparkling scenery of Hoi An ancient town is a wonderful experience that you should explore when coming to Hoi An Night Market.

3.6. Release flower lights

Releasing flower lanterns is a meaningful activity that only takes place on the 1st, 14th, and 15th days of the lunar month and every Saturday on the Hoai River. The Hoai River at this time will be much more sparkling, with hundreds of lanterns floating along the water. The flower lanterns carry wishes and messages floating along the water. How peaceful it will be when you go to Hoi An night market on these days, release lanterns, and make wishes with your own hands. 

The flower lanterns are meticulously handcrafted and skillfully cut and pasted in all colors, but they are sold very cheaply, only about 0.82 USD/3 pieces, and you can also rent a boat to the middle of the river (for 2-4 guests) for a reasonable price 2.05 USD – 2.87 USD/boat.

3.7. Enjoy the best foods at Hoi An Night Market

One of the most enjoyable experiences when visiting the night market in Hoi An is discovering the extremely diverse and delicious local dishes. A special feature is that the shops located along the Hoai River are very simple and rustic, featuring a pair of plastic tables and chairs. Fine street food is sometimes displayed on street stalls or even poles. You can see more about Hoi An Ancient Town food tours here. Below are some Hoi An specialties you should not miss when coming to the Hoi An night market.

Che Hoi AN

Hoi An is a “paradise” of Vietnamese Che, with countless delicious Che dishes made from many different ingredients such as black sesame, lotus seeds, corn, green beans, etc. You can enjoy this delicious Che at a very cheap price of about 0.22 USD to 0.88 USD per bowl.

Cao Lau

Cao Lau Hoi An is a familiar dish to locals and tourists. Dubbed a “delicious dish” with all kinds of spices, the vermicelli noodles are bright yellow and served with shrimp, pork, char siu, and herbs. Rich broth is the key to creating the “soul” of Hoi An’s ancient town, Cao Lau. Prices range from 1.32 USD to 2.2 USD per bowl.

Hen xao xuc banh da

A rustic dish that has always had a special appeal throughout the generations is Hen xao xuc banh da. Breaking a piece of banh da and scooping it up with stir-fried mussels with all the spices—coriander, fried onions, etc.—will definitely give you a very attractive feeling. Price: 1.23 USD – 1.64 USD/disc.

Hoi An Banh Dap

Banh Dap is a famous dish in Hoi An, Quang Nam. Crispy, fatty pieces of rice paper are smashed together; in the middle is a layer of wet cake made from rice flour, then dipped in a very delicious fish sauce mixed with chili, sugar, etc. Price: 0.41 USD – 0.62 USD per portion.

Mi Quang

Mi Quang is a rustic, simple, but sophisticated dish of the old town and a favorite “choice” of gourmet diners when coming to Hoi An night market. The noodles are milky white, soft, and chewy. The rice noodles’ aroma blends with the rich broth served with fresh herbs, roasted peanuts, shrimp, meat, soft-boiled eggs, etc. Price: 0.66 USD–2.2 USD/bowl.

Nuoc Mot Hoi An

Nuoc Mot is a drink made from natural herbs that is very famous in Hoi An and known as a drink that cannot be missed by most visitors to the old town. The broth is made from many herbs, such as arhat fruit, licorice, honeysuckle, dried rosemary, green tea leaves, chrysanthemum, dried lotus leaves, lemongrass, honey, sugar, etc. Price: 0.49 USD/cup.

4. Note operating hours and experience visiting Hoi An night market

To have a complete experience at Hoi An night market, visitors need to note the following:

The market’s operating hours are from 17:00 p.m. to 23:00 p.m daily. In particular, from 19:00 p.m to 22:00 p.m is the busiest time, and there are many attractive entertainment activities for tourists.

Tourists need to be careful and preserve their personal belongings. If you want to take check-in photos at shops, visitors need to be careful to avoid affecting the shop’s business operations.

The landscape of Hoi An in summer is often more beautiful at 15:00 p.m; the sunlight-filled scene will help you take beautiful videos and photos. Walking around the old town until evening and going out to the night market is a wonderful experience. You can see more of our Hoi An Ancient Town Tour schedule here.

To move and explore the night market, sandals or sneakers will be the perfect choice because you will mainly walk. If your legs are tired, you can rent a cyclo, and don’t forget to ask the price before going.

Eateries in Hoi An evening market still uses a lot of plastic. You should pay attention to throwing trash in the right place, especially not throwing trash into the river, which causes an unsightly appearance.

5. Conclusion

Metta Voyage has just shared with you the top 7 best experiences at Hoi An Night Market. If you plan to visit Hoi An, you can contact us immediately to schedule an appointment.

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