Hoi An, a beautiful mixture of culture architecture, from Chinese, French Colonial, Vietnamese and Japanese. It’s an Instagram lover’s dream come true. It is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Centre and has charm and ambience unlike anywhere else in Vietnam. Cars and Motorbikes are prohibited in the Old Town so it has a much calmer atmosphere than other places.

I decided that as it was the most picturesque place I visited this year rather than bleat on about things to do or see I would create my first photo essay. To be honest, unless you are getting clothes made to order there is little to do here other than roam the streets coo-ing at the beauty of it. I had a chilled couple of days riding around on a bicycle and drinking lots of tea (and coffee) but more on that in another post.

 

The Japanese Bridge, Hoi An, Photo Essay, Vietnam

The famous Japanese Bridge. Seemed like a photo shoot happening here daily, so I got up early to take this tourist free shot

 

Hoi An, Photo Essay, Vietnam

Quintessentially Hoi An

 

Bicycle, Cycling in Hoi An, Yellow walls, Hoi An, Photo Essay, Vietnam

Me on my trusty bicycle, with one of the famous yellow walls in the background, and my favourite Vietnamese fan seller in far right

 

Fans, locals, local life, Hoi An, Photo Essay, Vietnam

This lady – that smile. Job satisfaction? Or just happy to be? Either way her hidden smile says it all to me

 

Reaching Out, Hoi An, Photo Essay, Vietnam

Blue shutters on yellow walls, the wonderful Reaching Out traders shop. All the staff have disabilities and the store and tearooms give them a livelihood.

 

Blue Doorway, Hoi An, Photo Essay, Vietnam

Not everything is yellow

 

Boat Trips, Hoi An, Photo Essay, Vietnam

Boats on the river, these are the boats lined up for the tourist tours

 

Fishermen, Hoi An, Photo Essay, Vietnam

Real Fishermen at work

 

Rooftops, Hoi An, Photo Essay, Vietnam

Looking down from the rooftops

 

Cocobana earthenware, Hoi An, Photo Essay, Vietnam

Teapots everywhere, not just for tea – in the wonderful Cocobana Shop and Tearooms

 

Wicker baskets, Hoi An, Photo Essay, Vietnam

Wicker is in abundance at the market

 

Teapots, Cocobana, Hoi An, Photo Essay, Vietnam

Teapots in the shade

 

long-fishing-canoes

 

Rice Fields, Buffalo and Herons Hoi An, Photo Essay, Vietnam

How come Heron’s are always with Buffalo’s???
Rice Fields just outside of the town in Hoi An

 

Round Fishing Boats , Hoi An, Photo Essay, Vietnam

Traditional Round Boats

 

Round Boats, River into Hoi An, Hoi An, Photo Essay, Vietnam

Another river shot, this time up river into the Old Town

 

Temples, Hoi An, Photo Essay, Vietnam

Many temples to visit

 

Lanterns Hoi An, Photo Essay, Vietnam

Lanterns of just about every shape, size and colour adorn the streets and shops, making this such a pretty night time arena

 

River life, Hoi An, Photo Essay, Vietnam

Looking downriver towards the sea

 

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