"On the Embodiment of Vietnam: Hoi An" Top 5 Page for this destination Hoi An by richiecdisc

Hoi An Travel Guide: 816 reviews and 1,756 photos

Sometimes all it takes is a little sun to make a street, a flower, or a whole country look better. Hoi An offered just that and a whole lot more too. Vietnam had been a disappointment up to this point and even admitting that high expectations had played a big part in this perception, there was no denying it. Hanoi had been a rude introduction and dreary weather on the northern part of the coast had done little to lift our spirits. Tropical Vietnam seemed an oxymoron before the sun finally rose in this, the country’s most charming town. But to reduce the allure of this World Heritage Site Old Town to mere golden rays would be to do it a great disservice. It is quite simply the embodiment of all you imagine Vietnam to be.

Spared from ravage by the “American” war, Hoi An’s old town is a fantastic jumble of early 19th century traditional wood and French Colonial cement. The bric-a-brac effect makes for great photographic opportunities not lost on the equally hodgepodge mix of tourists that flock here daily. Throw in a bustling market place, a white sandy beach and ample palm trees, and the recipe for Vietnam incarnate is set. But the icing on the cake is the still integral river life that forms the heart and soul of this still authentic city, where old women in all too picturesque conical hats diligently row archaic wooden boats to make their morning purchases. With all these attractions, it would be easy to assume you are in VietDisney but somehow it has as of yet managed to evade such misaligned distinction. Doesn’t a visit to Hoi An seem to be in order? But hurry, the developers are closing in fast.

  • Last visit to Hoi An: Jan 2004
  • Intro Updated Jan 26, 2005
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  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    May 12, 2014 at 2:48 PM

    Richie, thanks for showing me all the things I missed in Hoi An when I went there in 1995. I only had half a day there, which was not enough.

    • richiecdisc's Profile Photo
      May 12, 2014 at 9:05 PM

      Thanks for dropping by, Don. We didn't have a whole lot of time and certainly a town I'd like to get back to. I remember seeing some of your great old Vietnam stuff. It must have been incredible to go there before the tourists put it on the map.

  • Jan 14, 2007 at 6:34 PM

    Great tips! It's definitely helpful for my planning. I am heading Hoi An next week!

  • toolrage's Profile Photo
    Sep 4, 2006 at 4:33 PM

    your page is very nice. thanks for all the helpful tips. will help me greatly when i go to vietnam. very soon

  • albaaust's Profile Photo
    Jul 1, 2006 at 9:57 PM

    Some great photos and thoughts about people in Hoi An. Did D get anything made in Hoi An? Look forward to reading your other pages.

  • King_Golo's Profile Photo
    May 5, 2006 at 8:36 AM

    always wonderful to check your pages... make the memories of southeast asia come back immediately! if i'm lucky, i might make it there once more this autumn.

  • Mar 9, 2006 at 6:23 AM

    Wish I'd stayed in Hoi An longer, hopefully there'll be a next time... :o) Fantastic photos...! Greetings from snowy Tromsø :o)

  • ellielou's Profile Photo
    Feb 20, 2006 at 3:52 PM

    lovely and helpful pages....added quite a bit to my DiY guide...many thanks!

  • aalayaa's Profile Photo
    Feb 2, 2006 at 12:28 AM

    hi :) i found your page when i look for some tips about hoi an. love your pictures, they're terrific!

  • icyjo24's Profile Photo
    Dec 26, 2005 at 3:01 AM

    I really love your pictures of Hoi An.... Thanks for sharing the great tips..

  • bpacker's Profile Photo
    Sep 21, 2005 at 7:29 AM

    Richie, your skills with photography and writing never fail to intrigue me. Reading your pages always tempts me to visit that place!!


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