Hoi An Night Market

Unveiling the Awesome Hoi An Night Market

Okay, let’s be real – one of the major highlights of any night market is the food, right? Trust me, Hoi An Night market is an absolute feast! If you’re a total foodie or shopping enthusiast, then you simply can’t miss the enchanting Hoi An Night Market. This place is an combination of sizzling street eats, colorful handicrafts with tranquill vibes. Trust me, it’s a must-visit!

Best Time to Visit Hoi An Night Market

First thing first, you’ll definitely want to have your camera ready. The entire market area will glow at night with the warm light of countless lanterns, creating a surreal, almost dreamlike scene.

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Summer vs. Winter Hours

Let me tell ya a not-so-secret secret? The real magic of Hoi An happens after the sun goes down. Once the sun goes down, the ancient streets of this charming little town light up like a carnival! The night market’s operating hours can vary a bit depending on the season. During summer, the market will be in full swing from around 6 PM until late at night. During the cold winter months, they’ll typically close up shops a little earlier, around 9 or 10 PM.

The Golden Hour

Personally, I prefer going to the market during “golden hour”. You know that magical hour just before the sun goes fully down? When the whole ancient town gets bathed in this gorgeous, warm, golden glow? Yup, that dreamy “golden hour” is the perfect time to wander around and soak up all the enchanting vibes. Oh, and don’t forget to snap tons of stunning photos while you can – before all the dazzling lanterns get lit up for the night!

Where to Find the Hoi An Night Market

The market centers around two main area: the Nguyen Hoang Street market and the Cong Nu Ngoc Hoa food market.

Nguyen HoangStreet

Nguyen Hoang Night Market is a total shopping wonderland! It’s the perfect spot for all kinds of amazing things, from gorgeous traditional Vietnamese handicrafts, to quirky souvenirs and trendy clothes. Here’s an insider tip for you: don’t be shy, bargain with the vendors! It’s basically a night market ritual here, and frankly, half the fun.

Cong Nu Ngoc Hoa Food Market

This is the part all foodies been waiting for – the Cong Nu Ngoc Hoa Food Night Market. This is where you can find many delicious Vietnamese street foods. We’re talking about street food delights like Cao lau and Banh Xeo. There’re loads of sweet desserts like creamy che dessert soups. My advice? Come here with an empty stomach because you’re gonna need room for all the delectable dishes.

Top Things to Do at the Night Market

Feast on Street Food Delights

At Hoi An’s night market, you’ll find delicious Vietnamese street foods. Some must-try local specialties are:

  • Cao lầu: Chewy noodles with crispy pork on top!
  • Bánh xèo: A crispy, savory dish stuffed with shrimp, bean sprouts.

And that’s just some of my favorite dishs! You’ll find endless stalls with Vietnamese soups, sandwiches, skewers, and sweet treats that’ll blow your mind. My pro tip? Grab a cold beer or a fresh coconut and just slowly graze your way through the night, tasting a little bit of everything. You can always chase it down with a cup of Vietnamese egg coffee for a delightful night!

Shopping

Once your appetite has been treated, it’s time to focus on everyone’s favorite night market activity: shopping! From traditional handicrafts to modern accessories, cheap souvenirs to custom-tailored outfits, this place has it all.

Handicrafts and Souvenirs

In the mood to bring back some super cute Vietnamese souvenirs? Then get ready to go treasure hunting through all the stalls. You’ll find the most gorgeous handmade goodies – from intricate lacquerware and wood carvings, to embroidered textiles and bamboo baskets galore. Trust me, you’re gonna want to leave extra room in that suitcase!

And fashionistas, brace yourselves – the Nguyen Hoang street is a total paradise for budget-friendly trends. We’re talking trendy dresses, boho bags, stylish sandals…all the accessories your heart could ever desire at rock-bottom prices! Plus, with Hoi An’s legendary tailor shops, you can totally treat yourself to some made-to-measure outfits. Whether it’s a snazzy suit, flirty dress, or traditional ao dai you’re after, just say the word!

Last but not least, no Hoi An night market haul is complete without stocking up on lanterns. These gorgeous handmade babies come in every style imaginable – delicate silk, vibrant paper, you name it. Snag a few to remind you of this enchanting place once you’re back home!

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Activities at Hoi An Night Market

Riverboat Cruising

For a tranquil experience, take a boat ride that goes along the waters of the Hoai River. As you sit on the boat, you’ll get to see the night market from a different perspective. It’s the perfect way to take in the sights while giving your feet a well-deserved break.

Make a Wish on the River

Here’s a fun local tradition I highly recommend trying: making a wish on the river. You can try decorating a paper lantern before sending it off on the river to make a wish.

Play Bai Choi

If you love traditional performances, keep an eye out for any Bai Choi performances. This traditional Vietnamese game is a combination of music, poetry, and theater. Trust me, it’s an absolute blast to watch.

How to Get to the Night Market

From Hoi An
If you’re in Hoi An’s Old Town, getting to the night market is piece of cake. You can easily walk or cycle there, as it’s located right in the heart of the town. For those staying a little far from the center, there are also electric bus services and private transfers available.

From Da Nang

If you are from Da Nang, you can grab a Grab car or motorbike (my tip is to bargain the price beforehand). Or you can book a private transfer service for a more comfortable ride. The drive should take around 30-40 minutes, depending on traffic.

Tips for visiting Hoi An Night Market

  • You should go in the late afternoon or evening to catch the full magical atmosphere when the lanterns are lit up.
  • Most street vendors accept cash only, so come prepared with plenty of Vietnamese dong for all your purchases.
  • Keep an eye on your belongings, because while the market is safe, there might be some pickpockets.
  • Wear comfortable shoes because you will walk quite a lot

Conclusion

That’s basically everything you need to know before your trip to Hoi An Night Market. From mouthwatering street foods top shopping, this market truly has it all. I could go on and on about the wonders of this night market, but I’ll wrap it up with this: if you find yourself in magical Hoi An, clear your schedule for Hoi An Night market.

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