Bai Choi night of Hoi An ancient town


Playing cards in a modern life always make us stressful but in the ancient town, tourists can find a lot of laughs during playing cards with funny songs. On the 14th day every lunar month, called “full moon night” with no motorbikes and no artificial lights, all the streets are decorated with colorful traditional lanterns. And crowds of local people and foreign tourists flock to the town near the Hoai River to enjoy interesting activities of Bai Choi – a popular kind of folk art in central Vietnam.

No one knows exactly when bai choi appeared. It was dated from 300 – 400 years ago and played during every Spring Festival in Thua Thien Hue Province.


Bai Choi game (singing while playing cards) is taken place at outdoor area with about 10 thatched huts. Each bai choi includes 30 chess pieces with different names, divided into 10 types of cards which glued on bamboo sticks. After that Bai Choi lost its popularity and was fallen into oblivion until the ancient town of Hoi An was listed as the World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO, Hoi An Culture and Sports Centre restored the cultural playground to preserve and develop the national cultural identity and introduce to domestic and international visitors. Nowadays, the Bai Choi has become familiar to the Hoi an people not only on full moon night but also in each evening. The game always brings an eventful atmosphere and makes the town more lively. However, Bai Choi still keeps its specific quietness which brings not only the warm breath of the modern life but also the gentle, charming and meaningful characteristics of Quang Nam culture.