The Full Moon festival is celebrated across Vietnam but the UNESCO-listed town of Hoi An is the key destination for enjoying the monthly festivities thanks to the Hoi An lantern festival. This year the Four Seasons Resort – The Nam Hai, Hoi An – joins in the festivities bringing the full moon celebrations back to the resort with a special journey created for families.
The enchanting port town of Hoi An in Vietnam brimming with charming architecture that tells a story of occupation from Japanese bridges to Chinese temples to French colonial houses. The wonderfully preserved old town is UNESCO listed while all around, the countryside offers an insight into rural Vietnam.
One of the big draws is the Hoi An Full Moon Festival, during which pretty coloured lanterns are placed on the Thu Bon river at dusk, with candles and a wish for happiness, luck and love. Then magically all electricity is turned off in the town, so that the hundreds of floating lanterns and candles are the only light source illuminating Hoi An. It’s a stunning spectacle, drawing thousands of visitors each month.
Hoi An’s old quarter is fully pedestrianised, making for a relaxed experience, strolling around soaking up the atmosphere with performances held along the river with music and poetry readings. Street food stalls pop up selling delicious vegetarian food and classic pork dishes. You can try tasty moon cakes (pastries filled with sweet red bean paste) and shop at the busy night markets until around 10 pm.
Bringing its own lively light on culture, creativity and cuisine, this year the Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai, Hoi An joins the full moon festivities. Guests can visit Hoi An and the lantern festival easily from the resort, and afterwards take the full moon atmosphere back with them in the form of the daily illumination ceremonies – a candle-lighting ritual which moves across the Resort to the calming sounds and vibrations of traditional Vietnamese song. Other cultural activities are also available, from a private experience in The Nam Hai Cooking Academy to a ritual treatment at The Heart of the Earth Spa; an all-new spa concept that uses crystal singing bowls inspired by the writings of Vietnamese Zen master, scholar and peacemaker Thich Nhat Hanh.