If you can peel yourself away from the tailor shops for long enough, Hoi An is a wonderful town to stroll through aimlessly. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is decidedly touristy, but you don’t have to wander too far away from the Old Town section to understand why Hoi An translates to “peaceful meeting place”.
The streets of Hoi An are lined with simple charms, and its vehicle limitations make it a really easy place to walk everywhere without fearing for your life (which is apt to happen on the chaotic streets of major Vietnamese cities). Here are some scenes from the charming streets of Hoi An, Vietnam:
Motorcyclists and bicyclists ride under a sign celebrating Lunar New Year.
A “floating dragon” in the middle of the Thu Bon River.
The Cantonese Assembly Hall gate.
Aside from its innumerable custom clothing shops, Hoi An is also know for colorful handmade silk lanterns.
This sign made my day and inspired the title of this post.
A view of the Japanese Bridge from across the Thu Bon river.
There were many public art sculptures both in and alongside the river.
The quiet shores of the Thu Bon.
I especially enjoyed walking through the even more slow-paced part of town across the river from the main tourist sections of Hoi An.
I asked this woman if I could take a picture of her. She nodded yes, and then immediately lit a cigarette…
…before turning to look at the camera.