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 famous Japanese Bridge. Seemed like a photo shoot happening here daily, so I got up early to take this tourist free shot
Quintessentially Hoi An
Me on my trusty bicycle, with one of the famous yellow walls in the background, and my favourite Vietnamese fan seller in far right
This lady – that smile. Job satisfaction? Or just happy to be? Either way her hidden smile says it all to me
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.
Not everything is yellow
Boats on the river, these are the boats lined up for the tourist tours
Real Fishermen at work
Looking down from the rooftops
Teapots everywhere, not just for tea – in the wonderful Cocobana Shop and Tearooms
Wicker is in abundance at the market
Teapots in the shade
How come Heron’s are always with Buffalo’s???
Rice Fields just outside of the town in Hoi An
Traditional Round Boats
Another river shot, this time up river into the Old Town
Many temples to visit
Lanterns of just about every shape, size and colour adorn the streets and shops, making this such a pretty night time arena
Looking downriver towards the sea