Saturday, October 24, 2015

Hôi An, Ancient Town

Hôi An stole my heart. Yes, it is very commercialised, but it somehow retains a quaintness that is unique. It is a Unesco World Heritage site, a well preserved example of an East Asian trading port from the 15th to the 19th century.

In the 18th century, the Japanese and Chinese merchants considered it the best trading port in East Asia. The Japanese believe the heart of all Asia (the dragon) lay beneath Hôi An. Da Nang took over as the main trading port of the French. The result was that Hôi An remained virtually untouched for the next 200 years.

Everywhere in Vietnam photos are taken of couples. It seems to be the national sports, or the "in" thing. 

The old bridge of Hoi An with another posing couple. Of course also many brides posing everywhere. 

Fish nets on the river.

Typical street scene. I have so many of them....

These 2 hats was really so beautiful against the old wall, I could not stop taking photographs!

A lot of men will be sitting around in Vietnam, but the woman will always be working, even the old ones. 

Early in the morning it was great to see how this old town starts the day.

Normally they have a bird in the cage, but this one had a rat!

Washing his boat and fishnets.

Every night I went for a swim (sometimes 3x per day...)

I got this in the room to eat. I wonder what the 6 scrumptious food materials could be? It was not bad at all!

It was hard saying goodbye to Hoi An. I hope I see you one day again!