Hoi An Lantern Festival - The monthly Hoi An lantern festival falls on the night of the full moon, when bright lights are swapped for silk lanterns and candles. Lighting a small lantern and sending it down the river is a popular custom here. In the evenings hundreds of brightly coloured lanterns can be seen floating along the river. To avoid the crowds in town, many prefer to boat a a sampan boat to launch their lantern on the river and avoid the mob entirely. If you’re not in town for the lantern festival, night-time Hoi An is always lit up with silk lanterns, one of the towns specialties.