Hoi An is a city on Vietnamís central coast known for its well-preserved Ancient Town, cut through with canals. The former port cityís melting-pot history (Chinese and Japanese with later European influences) is reflected in its architecture, a mix of eras and styles: wooden Chinese shophouses and temples, colorful French colonial buildings, ornate Vietnamese tube houses and the iconic Japanese Covered Bridge with its pagoda. 21st-century curses of traffic and pollution are almost entirely absent.
The travellers gather in the hotel lobby before hiking to the Old Quarter
A local girl arrives to pick up our laundry - she'll deliver it next day for 1$/kg
Our CEO Beam leads us past the historic town well to the scenic river bank in the Old Quarer
Splendid scenery and local colour along the river
The street is lined with a multitude of tailor and shoe shops.
Custom-made apparel created overnight at amazingly economic prices.
Bill was fascinated by the shoe shops.
He casually entered and before leaving, his feet were measured and he had ordered soft leather zipper boots.
Wedding gowns and men's dress suits were popular items
Guest houses and restaurants were in abundance
We stopped at Lantern Town Restaurant for a late lunch
(See our Dining Gallery for interior shots and close-ups of the food)
On our way back we passed many temples, museums, and people hawking wares
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Bill and Sue-On Hillman