Dec 09 2012
If you are reading this from somewhere predominantly Christian in the West another mention of Christmas is quite possibly the last thing you need to hear; but for those of you lucky enough to be on the road, Christmas can be a tough time to be away from family and friends. But if you’re in Hoi An, there are compensations.
Although Vietnam as a whole does not mark Christmas as a huge national celebration there is still plenty of opportunity to chow down with your roadie friends on a fine Christmas feast and enjoy a glass or two of mulled Dalat wine (you don’t think the big resorts would forget a big money spinner like Christmas, do you?). In fact if you are still keeping the Santa dream alive for the kids he drops by on his Christmas buffalo at the Victoria Hotel on Cua Dai beach every year dishing out presents to all the kids. If you need something to kickstart your Christmas spirit, a quick drive by the Furama resort’s dazzling Christmas display should just about do the job.
Those looking towards splashing out on a real five-star celebration need to start checking hotel websites now. The beachfront Hyatt, Sunrise and Victoria all throw spectacular dinners for guests and positively love to shower their festive offerings on those who are happy to empty their wallets to join them. With the unusually hot weather Hoi An has been treated to this year it’s very possible you’ll be able to make the most of their beautiful private beaches for your Skype call home.
Festive fun seekers in search of a boozy long day won’t go wrong with the 3 Dragons sports bar, where they put on a huge feed, show all the Christmas sports, entertain you with a good old-fashioned pub quiz and happily keep the party going well into Boxing Day.
If you’re more of a “night before Christmas” type, festive menus abound throughout the old town along with Cargo, Morning Glory and the White Marble Wine Bar. For a good old-fashioned Christmas Eve bar crawl, head to Before & Now, which is always a good start point, with Kong’s Happy Why Not Bar the regrettable end.
Boxing Day 2012 falls perfectly on the Full Moon Lantern Festival night, which creates the perfect enchanting Christmas finale before the town revs up for New Years’ Eve celebrations. These will include the annual music concert held by Before and Now on An Hoi Islet through to decadent dining at the Nam Hai with perhaps the best night-time revelry taking place somewhere between the Banyan Bar on An Bang Beach, the Dive Bar and 3 Dragons in the old town and if you are looking for celebrating the New Year in the big city – Da Nang’s Waterfront Bar on Bach Dang Street or Luna Pub on Tran Phu are ‘the’ places to be seen.
Cargo, Morning Glory, The Dive Bar & White Marble
Nguyen Thai Hoc Street, Hoi An Old Town
51 Phan Boi Chau, Hoi An
Before & Now
Le Loi Street, Hoi An
Victoria Resort & Sunrise
Cua Dai Beach
An Bang Beach, Hoi An
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