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Hoi An vietnam 2018

Women at work in Hoi An

Hoi An is famous for the beautiful colours and magical feel. The river Ban meanders through Hoi An at no real speed and no sense that it heading to the sea close by, like Vietnam there is no rush

By day this is a quiet scene but at night the whole place is alive with tourists who arrive on buses from Da Nang. There are villagers selling and people buying everywhere.

Hoi An is famous for the beautiful colours and magical feel. The river Ban meanders through Hoi An at no real speed and no sense that it heading to the sea close by, like Vietnam there is no rush.

This lady offered me a ride in her small boat,and at a price that was much less than the larger boats with music. So I sat back and the banks of Hoi An slowly passed by with the yellow plastic chrysanthemums offering a unique view point.

I thought she was going to do a spot of fishing, but no she was after her mid morning snack, disguised as fish bait.

We had no conversation between us. The experience was full of peace and calmness. If my ferryman is like this I will be happy.

Such a beautiful place, the blues and yellows are wonderful.

Tourist boats at peace during the morning, their crew sleeping on deck.

Hotel Hoi An Silk Marina, my room is on the fourth floor, very nice! I was upgraded and in total luxury. Amazing how quickly I became used to this.

Early morning fishermen as seen from my balcony. 34C at 7am and a really peaceful start to the day.

BY the afternoons the streets are becoming busier. Hoi An is know for it's colourful lanterns and streets full of music.

One of many lanterned streets with piped classical music

An old building in a street in Hoi An

My bike outside the cafe

Concentration inside the cafe with the cafe owner and a friend, who finally left having won the game.

Later en route in the country, an iced coffee and a visit from the knife grinder.

By the next day I took the chance of a cycle ride on one of the hotels free bikes. I went a little further than most though and had several hard stairs! One of my favourite sights! How many things can you get on your bicycle or motor bike, or how heavy is your burden!

A country lane at last, through the water chestnuts and in the distance a small cruise liner.

A Vegetable plot in the front garden, full of lettuce and other green vegetables.

Later in the week I cycled to Hanh To Pottery. A visit to Hanh To pottery. Fascinated by these little warriors!

I Watched this pot being made, but hadn't spent enough money on a ticket to make a pot. Maybe a good thing!

Nha Trang Beach, a 5 minute bus ride from hotel
Back to the boats at Hoi An, which were moored behind the main street, waiting for night fall, when they could be used for the fishing or for tourists wanting to send a candle in a paper boat down the river.

Hoi An, a special place in Central Vietnam, an old fishing village but becoming a tourist hot spot. Time to return one day...

Credits:

Sue Martin

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