Hoi An Part 1

by John Wilson April. 23, 2018 776 views

The World Heritage port town of Hoi An is in serious danger of being loved to death, but is still magnetic and absurdly photogenic.

Few places can beat Hoi An for quaint and lovely specialty shops.

Few places can beat Hoi An for quaint and lovely specialty shops.

The 18th century Japanese Bridge is a famous landmark. Hoi An's unique situation as a trading port saw Chinese, Japanese, even Portuguese, French and English influences. My biggest achievement in this photo was to manage not to get a single other tourist in shot.

The 18th century Japanese Bridge is a famous landmark. Hoi An's unique situation as a trading port saw Chinese, Japanese, even Portuguese, French and English influences. My biggest achievement in this photo was to manage not to get a single other tourist in shot.

Here they come!

Here they come!

Going out in boats at nightfall and floating candles are big things these days.

Going out in boats at nightfall and floating candles are big things these days.

We have an expression in Sydney `It's like Pitt Street'. It just means a crazily busy place. Hoi An's waterways at night are like Pitt Street. I hope they're having fun.

We have an expression in Sydney `It's like Pitt Street'. It just means a crazily busy place. Hoi An's waterways at night are like Pitt Street. I hope they're having fun.

There was none of this when I last visited in 2004. These waters were a quiet little fishing spot. I've cut out the tourists in this but believe me, they are here by the thousands.I was completely speechless when we arrived, but slowly got used to the crowds.

There was none of this when I last visited in 2004. These waters were a quiet little fishing spot. I've cut out the tourists in this but believe me, they are here by the thousands.I was completely speechless when we arrived, but slowly got used to the crowds.

Street lanterns are now absolutely everywhere. They are really quite charming, but there's a heck of a lot of them.

Street lanterns are now absolutely everywhere. They are really quite charming, but there's a heck of a lot of them.

It's all very beautiful, just stage-managed. Somehow the charm still peeks through. Next time I have some photos of Hoi An's quieter side, which I managed to discover by getting up very early in the morning.

It's all very beautiful, just stage-managed. Somehow the charm still peeks through. Next time I have some photos of Hoi An's quieter side, which I managed to discover by getting up very early in the morning.

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 2 years, 12 months ago

An explosion of color - and light!

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Heike 2 years, 12 months ago

You are a lucky man, that you also have seen that place when there was less tourism... I'm always a bit disillusioned, when I visit the same place 10 or 15 years later and have to notice, how tourism changed the place - and also the people.

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Radha Mistry Replied to Heike 2 years, 12 months ago

Sad how its happening everywhere now with global air travel 24/7

2 years, 12 months ago Edited
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