Colorful, Beautiful & Historical: Hoi An Ancient Town

Hoi An

Hoi An is one of the most beautiful and quaint places I’ve ever visited. It’s vibrant, full of history, and the pace of life is slower. Signs of French colonialism are everywhere, blended seamlessly with the Vietnamese, Chinese, and Japanese influences, creating a unique atmosphere. The whole “old town” part of town (called “Ancient Town”) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and their site describes Hoi An as follows:

Hoi An Ancient Town is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a South-East Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century. Its buildings and its street plan reflect the influences, both indigenous and foreign, that have combined to produce this unique heritage site.

There’s not a lot of things to do necessarily, but there are a lot of interesting things to see. Every corner presents another interesting looking building, temple or bridge, a bright, cluttered market, or a cute little restaurant. Explaining Hoi An is proving a bit difficult for me, so without further ado, here is Hoi An, in photos.

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Hoi An Ancient Town

Hoi An Ancient Town 2

Church in Hoi An Ancient Town

Vendor in Hoi An Ancient Town

Hoi An Ancient Town column

Sign in Hoi An Ancient Town

Pond and column in Hoi An

Pond in Hoi An

Gate in Hoi An Ancient Town

Mask in Hoi An Ancient Town

Shady street in Hoi An

Empty street in Hoi An

Peaceful river in Hoi An

River in Hoi An

River view in Hoi An

Run down buildings in Hoi An Ancient Town

Cute street in Hoi An Ancient Town

Japanese Bridge, Hoi An Ancient Town

Close up of Japanese Bridge, Hoi An Ancient Town

Lanterns in Hoi An

Bridge in Hoi An Ancient Town

Blue lantern in Hoi An

Red lantern in Hoi An

Woman on bike, Hoi An Ancient Town

Boats in Hoi An

Colorful Hoi An

Shell station in Hoi An

Ancient architecture in Hoi An

Woman burning trash in Hoi An

Dog in Hoi An

Bicycles in Hoi An

Lantern and door in Hoi An

Chinese style gate in Hoi An Ancient Town

Doorway and lantern in Hoi An

Woman in boat, Hoi An

Boat in Hoi An

Sunset in Hoi An

Woman and baby in boat, Hoi An

Woman and baby in boat, Hoi An 2

Dusk in Hoi An

Woman rowing boat in Hoi An

Quiet streets of Hoi An Ancient Town

String of lanterns, Hoi An

Bicycle and shutters, Hoi AnHoi An was such a photogenic city, I had a hard time limiting my photo taking! Which one is your favorite?

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