Photo Essay: Hoi An, The Town for Walkers and Primitive Vehicle Users

by Ekua on May 5, 2013 in captured on memory card,Vietnam

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:

Hoi An, Vietnam

Motorcyclists and bicyclists ride under a sign celebrating Lunar New Year.

Art in the river in Hoi An, Vietnam

A “floating dragon” in the middle of the Thu Bon River.

Hoi An, Vietnam

Hoi An, Vietnam

Hoi An, Vietnam

The Cantonese Assembly Hall gate.

Hoi An, Vietnam

Hoi An, Vietnam

Aside from its innumerable custom clothing shops, Hoi An is also know for colorful handmade silk lanterns.

Hoi An, Vietnam

This sign made my day and inspired the title of this post.

Hoi An, Vietnam

A view of the Japanese Bridge from across the Thu Bon river.

Hoi An, Vietnam

There were many public art sculptures both in and alongside the river.

Hoi An, Vietnam

The quiet shores of the Thu Bon.

Hoi An, Vietnam

Hoi An, Vietnam

I especially enjoyed walking through the even more slow-paced part of town across the river from the main tourist sections of Hoi An.

Woman in Hoi An, Vietnam

I asked this woman if I could take a picture of her. She nodded yes, and then immediately lit a cigarette…

Woman in Hoi An, Vietnam

…before turning to look at the camera.

Public art in Hoi An, Vietnam

Hoi An, Vietnam

Fishing boats.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Monica May 6, 2013 at 8:54 am

Great pictures. I especially like the Cantonese Assembly Hall gate and the woman who posed with her cigarette!

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Casey @ A Cruising Couple May 6, 2013 at 10:02 pm

Sounds like a great place to go exploring. Love the silk lanterns, and the photo with the woman as well! Quite charming indeed ๐Ÿ™‚

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Ekua May 9, 2013 at 12:25 am

@Monica & Casey – Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

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Jennifer May 7, 2013 at 12:12 am

Lovely photos. Hoi an is such a pretty, photogenic place. I was a little disappointed with the tailor shops though as they werent quite the bargain i was hoping for!

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Ekua May 9, 2013 at 12:32 am

Thanks. I had mixed results with the tailor shops! The best was one that some travelers recommended to me. They were really patient and paid a lot of attention to detail, the only thing was that they didn’t have a very big selection of fabrics. If I were to go back to Hoi An, I would bring fabric with me and stick with the mid-range tailors.

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