Photographer's Note

Hoi An often touted as Vietnam’s most charming ancient town, is significantly smaller and more user friendly than the likes of Hanoi or Saigon and it’s gaining popularity with travelers. But it’s also a marvelous intersection of Vietnam’s French-colonial past and the local culture that has been sustaining people long before the arrival of the colonialist, all in a beautiful coastal setting. So it’s probably lost some of its local charm to foreign influences over the years, but I still find it to be an interesting, charming and fun place that appeal to me.

Rows of shop houses spotting Chinese tiled roofs and yellow stained walls line the narrow alleys. Red lanterns hang from rusty ceilings, while red and green rickshaws stand alongside the traditional five-foot way and local ladies wearing conical straw hats amble along the narrow streets balancing baskets of fruits on their shoulders. By the river banks, old men float on their crumbled wooden canoes, waiting for the catch of their day. Back in the 17th century, Chinese, Japanese and European traders used to converge here and their traces now seen from the eclectic architectural style.

Once here, it’s easy to see why. Hoi An’s beauty is obvious, it has an inimitable flair. Thanks to appropriate measures, the architectural styles have been extremely well preserved with many buildings spotted their original French colonial facades and architecture protected by a fading layer of golden mustard yellow paint.

This is Hoi An, an ancient town oozing old world charm, offering time travel for the curious eyes...

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