Experiencing the local culture is one of the important factors that fuels our love for travel and during our trip to Vietnam, we got our first taste of Vietnamese culture and way of life when we reached the beautiful city of Hoi An. "The city of lanterns" - as Hoi An is lovingly called, has a lot more to offer than its beautiful heritage houses and colorful lanterns that light up the evenings. Hoi An is in fact a great place to experience Vietnamese culture, although not to the extent as some of the truly rustic places in North Vietnam. However, there are quite a few options in Hoi An to get a feel of traditional Vietnam if not a deeper understanding of the culture of this country. These few activities are a unique way to go the off-beaten path during your trip to Hoi An.