Hoi An Local Customs

  • Local Customs
    by Ramonq
  • Old Quarter Ticket Outlet,Hoi An,Vietnam.
    Old Quarter Ticket Outlet,Hoi...
    by Greggor58
  • Hard at work!
    Hard at work!
    by balhannah

Most Recent Local Customs in Hoi An

  • richiecdisc's Profile Photo

    sugar cane drinks with kumquats

    by richiecdisc Updated Jul 6, 2005

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    better than Coke anyday

    One of my big pet peeves is watching travelers drink nothing but Coke when on the road when they could try lots of local beverages at a fraction of the price. If a poor kid from Africa came over to the states for the first time, I’d be all for him trying his first ever Coca Cola but that is quite a different story. Actually, it’s not. You are in a foreign country so why not try something local? Many people are afraid to try anything not served in a can as they figure it will be full of local water and thus impure. This might be the case in some instances but not necessarily so and it should not lead to such paranoia that you are unwilling to sometimes take a chance. Sugar cane drinks are sold in any Third World Country warm enough to grow the heavenly stalks. The cane is pushed into a grinder and the resultant nectar is a naturally sweet juice. In Hoi An, they mixed this with the juice from kumquats, a smaller version of an orange. This concoction was positively addictive and slurping them down while on the river front was a lot cheaper and authentic then sitting in some backpacker café having an over-priced Coke. Actually, they were too cheap. We had six of them for 18,000 dong (a little over a dollar) and had a tough time sleeping that night we were so amped up on the sugar!

    Related to:
    • Budget Travel
    • Food and Dining
    • Backpacking

    Was this review helpful?

  • richiecdisc's Profile Photo

    paid for photogenic attributes

    by richiecdisc Updated Jan 25, 2005

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    irrestible, that's what she was

    Okay, I admit it. I actually paid to take this woman’s photo. I’m sure I’m not the first nor last one to do it either. She had the quintessential look and she knew it. She actually solicited it and I couldn’t resist. It was cheap, much more so than the air ticket to her homeland. I normally refrain from this as it breeds a new form of begging that should not be encouraged.

    Related to:
    • Budget Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • richiecdisc's Profile Photo

    traditional music

    by richiecdisc Written Jan 25, 2005

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Jethro Tull influence?

    With your Old Town admission ticket not only get to walk the timeless streets of Hoi An’s Old Town but you get to visit a number of other attractions. These range from old timber homes to various ethnic meeting places of Hoi An’s colorful past. Another feature is a display of local handcrafts as well as a concert of traditional local music. This is located on Nguyen Thai Hoc, right in the heart of the Old Town. The music is quite interesting and worth taking the time to enjoy. It’s free with your entrance anyway.

    Related to:
    • Backpacking
    • Arts and Culture
    • Budget Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • richiecdisc's Profile Photo

    a novel way to carry your wares

    by richiecdisc Updated Jan 25, 2005

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    local vendors

    Local women have a novel way to carry their wares and it is amazing to see these small women carry what must be equal or greater than their weight on their narrow but strong shoulders. By counterbalancing two baskets on either end of a bamboo pole, they manage to carry what otherwise might be unmanageable.

    Related to:
    • Budget Travel
    • Backpacking

    Was this review helpful?

  • Blatherwick's Profile Photo

    Hoi An Legendary Night

    by Blatherwick Written Aug 9, 2004
    Hoi An Lanterns

    On the 14th day of every lunar month from 5:30 to 10 pm the city turns off all the electric lights in the historic centre and it is lit only by lanterns. There is theatre, games, and of course food during this monthly event.

    Related to:
    • Festivals

    Was this review helpful?

  • chrisvandenbroucke's Profile Photo

    Silk shorts and underwear

    by chrisvandenbroucke Written Feb 29, 2004

    0.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Handmade in Hoi An

    Hoi An is the place to let locval tailors make what you want.
    They take the size, you choose the pattern and you can come come back the next day.
    A silk shirt costs 5 US$ (without pattern), or 7 with.
    Cotton shirts costs 5 US$

    Was this review helpful?

  • chrisvandenbroucke's Profile Photo

    Toilets on Cau Dai

    by chrisvandenbroucke Written Feb 29, 2004

    0.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Cau Dai Island

    The toilets on this beach are just bamboo walls without any protection from mosquitoes or exterior and interior noises.

    Well, I neede them badly because I must have eaten something that wanted constantly to find its way out

    Was this review helpful?

  • Ramonq's Profile Photo

    Try the local brew - Bia La Rue

    by Ramonq Written Apr 15, 2012

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Sounds very French, but this beer is brewed locally. It's a good pale pilsen beer that's more suitable for the tropics. Goes well with the local spring rolls. Served very chilled!

    Was this review helpful?

  • balhannah's Profile Photo

    Tin Smiths

    by balhannah Written Oct 12, 2009

    3 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Hard at work!

    Located in the area next to Can nam Bridge, is where you will see the local tradesmen working hard, making water cans, and other things as well, all by hand.

    Was this review helpful?

  • albaaust's Profile Photo

    Using a bicycle for everything!

    by albaaust Written Oct 28, 2006

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The bicycle is very useful in Hoi An and we saw quite a few people usually women carrying these immense loads.

    Related to:
    • Arts and Culture
    • Budget Travel
    • Backpacking

    Was this review helpful?

  • elpariente's Profile Photo

    Tallas de Madera

    by elpariente Written Nov 27, 2005

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    4 more images

    Otra de las especialidades de Hoi An es la talla de maderas en figi\uras de Buda y otras figuras religiosas

    Was this review helpful?

  • chrisvandenbroucke's Profile Photo

    Health Sign

    by chrisvandenbroucke Written Feb 29, 2004

    0.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Hoi An

    Everywhere on the streets you see sign (from the Communist Party) about how to increase your health.

    To us it looks old fashioned but maybe it helps there

    Was this review helpful?

Instant Answers: Hoi An

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

73 travelers online now

Comments

Hoi An Local Customs

Reviews and photos of Hoi An local customs posted by real travelers and locals. The best tips for Hoi An sightseeing.

View all Hoi An hotels