It’s best to do lantern shopping at night when you can see them in all their glory. Hoi An is the best place for lantern shopping as you’ll be spoilt for choice. Usually made of bamboo frame and Vietnamese silk, the lanterns come in all shapes, sizes and colours. Most importantly, the lanterns are easily collapsible, so you do not need to worry about not having enough space in your luggage. Each colour has its own traditional Vietnamese meaning: Yellow – prosperity, wealth, happiness, change, royalty. Red – luck, happiness, celebration, love. Purple – tenderness, nostalgia, fragility, sadness. Blue – hope, calmness, growth. Green – lust, jealousy. Black – evil. White – purity, the end, death.