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Postcard from Hoi An

Postcard from Hoi An

Hoi An is one of the prettiest cities in Vietnam: recognized by UNESCO as an exceptionally well-preserved Asian trading port, the riverfront buildings are colorful and diverse examples of 19th- and 20th-century French-influenced architecture.

Palm trees and street stall at sunset in Hoi An, Vietnam

Hoi An is also known for its culinary delights. A major center of trade in the 16th century, the sprawling market now mostly feeds the curiosity of many foreigners who choose to take a cooking class in Hoi An, selling exotic fruits, fresh fish and a stunning variety of rice and touristy knickknacks. The Thu Bon River drifts through town, lined with palm trees and crossed by bridges covered in hanging lanterns.

Alleyway between buildings in Hoi An, Vietnam

The architecture is heavily influenced by French colonialists: the shutter-lined alleys seemed like they could have been in Nice!

Bicycle riding by flowers on the street in Hoi An, Vietnam

Bicycle spokes and flowers on the street in Hoi An, Vietnam

Girl on phone at a market stall in Hoi An, Vietnam

Spending your lunch break on your phone: some things are the same the world over.

Banh mi ingredients on street cart in Hoi An, Vietnam

The makings of the most incredible banh mi ever.

Street fruit cart and motorcyclist at dusk in Hoi An, Vietnam

Market street as night falls.

View from the bridge of the river in Hoi An, Vietnam

What’s your favorite photo of Hoi An? 

  • Wow I love the shot with the blurry motorcycle! Well done 🙂

  • I am surprised to see the architecture – it could really have been somewhere in France!

  • I agree about the picture of the night market with the motorcycle.  It’s great!

  • LaurenEphemerratic

    So thrilled to find your blog via your comment on Nerd’s Eye View’s post about quality travel writing. I love the opening pic with the perfect sunset against the fluorescent-lit clothing kiosk.

    My favorite pic from my visit from Hoi An is the one in this post, with a wonderful old cruiser bicycle in a colorful courtyard, in the rain. http://ephemerratic.com/a-swollen-river-view-hoi-an-vietnam

  • Even though I’ve yet to set foot in Vietnam, dreams of Hoi An’s banh mis haunt me. I seriously cannot wait to see this beautiful city that you’ve captured so well in your photos and try one of those sandwiches for myself!

  • Wow you had much better weather than when I was in Hoi An. I absolutely loved it there… so gorgeous. 

  • camorose

    Thanks! Definitely one of my favorites 🙂

  • camorose

    Thank you!

  • camorose

    What a gorgeous photo! I love it!

  • camorose

    When you go, let me know and I’ll send you to the best banh mi place in Vietnam! It’s ruined me for all other banh mi 🙂

  • camorose

    It was SO hot when I was there–loved it!

  • I love the second to last one of the motorcycle zipping through the market. Great capture!

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  • camorose

    Thanks! That’s definitely one of my favorites 🙂

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