Hoi An, Vietnam: A Photo Diary & Travel Inspiration

Hoi An, Vietnam

Planning a trip to Vietnam? Be sure to visit Hoi An!

While I was travelling through Vietnam, I spent some time with my friend Quinn and his wife Tran who lived Nha Trang at the time. Quinn’s dad and a friend were visiting at the same time. They planned on going to Hoi An, a popular coastal destination north of Nha Trang. My plans included going north so I decided to join them for a few days before continuing on my solo journey.

 

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Hoi An is a city that I am still enamoured with. When friends ask what they should do in Vietnam, I always recommend going to Hoi An. While it is very touristy, the city still has a lot of charm. Plus the food there is so delicious. The city is a UNESCO World Heritage site and you can still see the different influences in the city’s architecture. While I don’t have a lot of tips for Hoi An, I did shoot a lot of photos and hopefully, it inspires you to visit.

Here are some of my favourite photos:

Hoi An Japanese Bridge

Japanese Covered Bridge

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Kapanese Bridge Crossing over the Japanese Covered Bridge

Lady Vendors Lady vendors


Hoi An

LanternsLanterns galore

Hoi An LanternsLantern vendors


Hoi AnI always love seeing people on scooters hauling things

Exploring Exploring Hoi An’s Old Town

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Hoi An

Market

Market

Market

Market

Ducks

Hoi An Market
 

Hoi An Banh Bao Vac White Rose Dumpling Banh Bao Vac or white rose dumpling, a Hoi An specialty

Man in Hoi AnPersonal air conditioning

Hoi An, Vietnam

One of my favourite photos from my trip is of this lady vendor

  • When I travelled to Hoi An, we took a short and cheap flight from Nha Trang on Vietnam Airlines. If you’re short on time, sometimes it’s just easier to fly. We flew into Da Nang Airport and hired a taxi for our group to take us to Hoi An.
  • On my round the world trip, normally I stayed in budget-friendly accommodations so I could travel longer. In Hoi An, I shared a room with my friend Nick at the Life Heritage Resort, which is now the Anantara. It is a gorgeous resort with a pool and an impeccable daily breakfast buffet of Vietnamese and Western specialties.
  • We spent our time exploring, catching up with friends, and eating. While I don’t recall all the fine details of my time there I do remember eating ban bao vac or Hoi An’s specialty, the white rose dumpling (a must!). I also ate banh mi from Banh Mi Phuong, made famous by Anthony Bourdain in his show “No Reservations”. One evening a big group of us had a lovely dinner at Mango Rooms which is owned by Duc Tran, a Vietnamese American chef.
  • If I were to go back I would rent a bicycle and tour around town.
  • If you’re interested in getting clothes custom tailored, there are hundreds of tailor shops. My friends had a coat made for their daughter and it was made within a few hours. My friend KC had 2 suits made along with 5 button-up shirts and it cost him less than $200US. He picked out the material, they measured him and he picked up his clothes the next day.
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