Local Culture with International Standard

Cham Island - Cu Lao Cham

Hoi An, Cham Island is a group of 8 small islands. The main island has a population of about 3’000 people and offers many sandy beaches, beautiful coral reefs, forest and hills. It is an idyllic place but has changed rapidly over the last 3 years. While only 3 years ago, this beautiful island was standing still in time and had no electricity, it is now one of the major tourist attraction and starting thanks to the power supply setting up resorts and infrastructure.

Cham Island is a National and Marine Park and the first place in the country to have launched a plastic free initiative - believe it or not -already in 2011! Locals are shopping with reusable bags and things generally get wrapped in old paper/newspaper. Tourists are requested to leave the plastic bags on the mainland.

There are some fun tours for snorkelers and divers to the island and the season starts in February, ask our front office team for further information:

  • Blue Coral Diving Hoi An
  • Hoi An Tiger Fish Diver

Book now with our front office team and let us help you arrange a beautiful and relaxing day without any traffic.

Paper lanterns in Hoi An ancient town


lantern making in Hoi An

“Lantern Craftsman” at Silk Village Resort & Spa

One of the special features that makes up the mysterious beauty of Hoi An ancient town is the colorful lanterns.

"Lantern Craftsman" is a 1-hour activity for both adults and kids to learn how to make lanterns and design your own handmade souvenir.

Available daily between: 08h00 - 17h00
Address: 28 Nguyen Tat Thanh Street, Hoi An
Price: only VND 150,000 per person
• Special welcome drink
• Brief introduction into the history of Hoi An’s lanterns
• Instruction for lantern making
• Make your own lantern and keep it as a souvenir

Including: English or French speaking local guide, entrance fee and bottle water.
Exclusion: Transportation, tipping for guide, personal expenses such as shopping or F&B.

What to do on Mid-Autumn Festival in Hoi An ancient town

When travelling to Hoi An ancient town on the full moon day of August, you will enjoy the spirit of the traditional Mid-Autumn Festival. Each route and corner becomes extremely charming with colorful lanterns, gifts and decorations.

One of the highlight of Mid-Autumn is Lan dance and dragon dance activities. In the big cities like Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh, this activity is often organized in some special places. However in Hoi An you can easily see the appealing performances of Lan teams while enjoying dinner or having a stroll through the town. The street will be more bustling than ever with jubilant sounds. You will easily immerse in the atmosphere and feel the traditional spirit.

Here are some local hints for you about where to go during the Mid-Autumn Festival in Hoi An:

- If you love the peaceful atmosphere and the antiquity of Hoi An ancient town, going boat ride on the Thu Bon river in the center of Hoi An ancient town can be a perfect choice for you. You will have chance to slowly enjoy the poetic scenery of the ancient city which is full of sparkling lanterns and drop paper lights into the river to bring good wishes to you and your family/ friends.

- If you want to see the skilled performances of professional Lan or lion teams, let go along the main roads in Hoi An such as Tran Hung Dao, Phan Chau Trinh, Le Loi, ... This special activity usually takes place from August 12 to 15 of the lunar calendar.

Embrace hospitality wishes you a happy Mid-Autumn Festival with family and friends.


Paper lanterns in Hoi An ancient town
  • Travelling with Kids

    Travelling with kids can be challenging. Hoi An has a few playgrounds which will give your kids the chance to release some energy and for you to sit back and take a breath (or several).

    Public Playgrounds:

    • Cam Ha  lake a nice little spot but best to visit early morning or late afternoon when the weather is cooler
    • An Hoi next to the river

    Coffee with playgrounds:

    • Dingo Deli, Western Style Deli, has a play area in- and outdoor at the back, 277 Cua Dai Street, Hoi An
    • Eco Coffee, nice coffee shop with play area for toddler, 208 Le Thanh Tong, Hoi An
    • La Plage at An Bang Beach - grass play area with toys and of course the beach 
    • Family Garden Coffee Shop- a large outdoor café with plenty of room for little ones to play and run around - 35 Tran Quoc Toan Street, Hoi An
  • the craft of pottery in Hoi An

    Pottery Village

    Thanh Ha Pottery Village was famous during the Nguyen Dynasty and has kept it's tradition alive for centuries.

    This is a lovely half-day sight for kids and adults, to learn about culture, history and to make your own craft. 

    Today in the center of the village, set in a beautiful and romantic garden you will find the Terracotta Museum. From miniature models of icons from around the world to many impressive sculptures, there is a lot to see and discover. 

    Outside the walls of the museum you can still see many local families practicing the craft of pottery.

    For kids: 
    In the museum garden, kids can make their own potteries as well as painting pottery and masks. Lots of fun and education about local culture. 

    Opening hours: 8h30 to 17h00
    Entrance Fee for the Pottery Village:
    Adult: VND 50,000
    Kids: VND 30,000 under 3 free

  • Raining Season - Things to do?

    Generally the raining season in Central Vietnam is from October to February, however this doesn't mean that it is always raining and when it is, don’t let it stop you from having a fabulous time in our wonderful town. There are many things to do, let Embrace show you the way through a rainy day:   

    What better excuse could you get than a rainy day to escape for a Spa pampering:
    La Soie Spa, 09h00 - 22h00
    Silk Village Resort & Spa – 28 Nguyen Tat Thanh St., Hoi An
    Silk Luxury Hotel & Spa - 14 Hung Vuong St., Hoi An
    Oasis Spa, 09h00 -  22h00 
    SENVILA Boutique Resort & Spa - Tran Nhan Tong St., Cam Thanh Village, Hoi An
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    One of the highlights of Hoi An ancient town is its vibrant food scene.
    Learn more about this interesting adventure with our local food hints here
    Local Food

    ART IN PARADISE DANANG, 09:00 - 20:00
    The largest 3D Museum in Vietnam, go and have some fun - it's for old and young:
    Price: from 100,000 vnd
    Address: 133 Tran Nhan Tong St., Da Nang

    COFFEE WORK SHOP, Wednesdays & Fridays at 10am
    You love coffee and what to learn what is so special about the Vietnamese coffee?
    Cocobox 4, 42 Bach Dang Street, Hoi An

    REACHING OUT - Creative craft 
    Join the amazing Reaching Out metal craft team for an afternoon for crafting and fun.
    USD 35 for adults and USD 25 for kids

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