When you are done with shopping, here is the perfect alternative for spending time in Hoi An. The tour run by Lifestart is a rewarding experience where you learn to paint a traditional Vietnamese greeting card and make a small lantern.
The painting class is held at the artist's home, a short boat ride across the river. Here you will be taught step by step how to paint a greeting card using traditional themes. Not an artist myself I was surprised at the quality of the card I painted, owing much to the skill and artistic talents of our teacher, the entertaining Mr Singh.
Back across the river to the Lifestart workshop where the 'strict' Ms Dung instructed us on the techniques required to produce a beautiful lantern. Both of our teachers were friendly and spoke good English and provided a very happy learning environment. We were able to meet some of the wonderful and inspiring people who work making crafts for the workshop and were able to browse the goods for sale in the shop, all of the profit going back to the maker.
All in all, an excellent activity and an interesting way to engage with local Vietnamese people.
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