Photographer's Note

Hoi An is a small town 30 km south of Da Nang, Vietnam. Hoi-An also known as Faifo, is one of the oldest cities in South-East Asia. During the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries, HoiAn is one of major international ports for for the exchange of commodities between the West and the East.

Many merchants from China, Portugal, Japan, Holland, France... came to deal in valuable products: silk, fabrics, elephant tusks, jewelry, porcelain, pepper and cinnamon.
Over past 500 years, Hoi-An still remains nearly intact with old harmonious combination of Chinese, Vietnamese and Japanese architecture.

Walking through Hoi An’s streets, it’s hard to suppress the feeling that it’s not quite real. With its exquisite dark wooden houses, absence of cars and only the deeply romantic pedal-powered cyclos to negotiate as you wander its narrow, shady lanes, it’s impossibly picturesque, a town that feels like a movie set which has been custom built for tourists.

Also I am very reccomended you Hong Phuc Restaurant. I have never been taste so delicious fish and fried molluscs.

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Additional Photos by Julia Smirnova (Ulishna) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 326 W: 68 N: 251] (2268)
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