Central Vietnam #2 – Hoi An

As soon as it gets dark in Hoi An, we left our hotel and head towards the ancient town. Sunshine Hotel provides free bicycles for their guests so we decided to go on a cycling tour. After 15 minutes of riding, we reached Hoi An Ancient town.

 

The town has a really interesting ambiance at night. The beautifully preserved colonial French-styled shop houses, highlighted by the lighting effects, provides an appealing looked of the town. The ancient town was filled with tailor shops, with shoe shops tailing behind in numbers. This is definitely the place for those who would like to custom-made their suits, shirts or even shoes. If don’t know how to chose a shop , get some recommendation from people who had made their garments before.

the Japanese bridge

Biqque & Shahrul

 Apart from that, there are a lot of old style cafes, which are mostly tourist oriented. We came by a few streets which doesn’t allow motorized vehicles to enter, only bicycles or tricycles can pass through, not even motorbikes.

hunting for fridge magnets

the beautiful lantern shops

 

We did checked out some stalls on the other side of the river, but the prices there are really ‘tourist’ price so bargain accordingly if you want to purchase something. What caught my eyes are the beautiful shops selling all those colorful lanterns. These lantern shops eventually are one of the trademarks of Hoi An. It rained again that night, so we had to cut short our exploration and head back to the hotel.

souvenir shops

one of the tailors there

one of the locals selling fruits

another fruit seller?

 

The next day, we returned back to the town area after exploring My Son Sanctuary in the morning. This time we got the opportunity to see the town during daytime. While we were walking along the river, we got approached by the boatmen, trying to offer us the ride. There are also boats that are turned info café’s and restaurant.

a floating cafe.. dare to try?

 

After 2 hours touring all the shops and museums, we left Hoi An and head towards our next destination, Da Nang city.

 Location Map

GPS Coordinate : 15.876773,108.32638

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10 Responses so far.

  1. Beautiful photos, as always. Penat dah puji & duk ulang pujian, haha!
    Anyways are those lanterns in photo no. 1 permanent fixtures throughout the year?

    What’s the story behind Japanese Bridge, by the way?
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    • danarif says:

      it looks like a permanent structure to me.. erm from what I read, the Japanese Bridge was built by the Japanese community living there in the past..

  2. Adam Mukhriz says:

    nasib baik korang kasik FM yg bentuk topi tu. kalo mcm anak patung berpasangan tu mmg dh ade kat umah. hehhe
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  3. biqque says:

    omg…u’ve started the entries…cool!

    gonna draft mine :)

    luv all ur photos!

    raw, the bridge was constructed by japs to link the chinese quarters across the stream. anyway, myth said that the bridge was to pin down the dragon’s tail that caused earthquake in japan. comel kan? :D
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  4. Jeff says:

    Hoi An is one of my favourite places I visited this year. It is so beautiful, with its well-preserved colonial houses as well as the laidback atmosphere. No doubt that Hoi An has turned into a touristy spot with those tailor shops taking over most of the houses but it is still a nice place to be. It definitely reminds me of George Town.

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