Saturday, March 26th ~ Hoi An, Vietnam
OK, now we are talking! It was love at first sight. Colorful, vibrant, clean, safe, friendly, fun, great selection of places to eat, historic and scenic all wrapped up in one nice neat bow…
There is not any getting around it, that Hoi An is a tourist town, but in this case it works in its favor. Since the entire towns economy is based on tourism, they make sure that each visitor feels safe and welcome.
Unlike most other towns in Vietnam, there is very little crime here. The street venders must maintain a higher standard of hygiene, and the people are friendly, enthusiastic and welcoming. The Old Town area is a walking district with no motorized vehicles allowed. It is still a bit tricky to walk without getting run over by a bicycle or rickshaw however.
“In 1999, the old town was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO as a well-preserved example of a south-east Asian trading port of the 15th to 19th centuries, with buildings that display a unique blend of local and foreign influences.” ~ Wikipedia
Tim and I both had such fun taking pictures here. It truly is a photographers dream destination. In fact we saw several what appeared to be photo shoots going on as we wandered.
“Hoi An is … one of the nation’s most wealthy towns, a culinary mecca and one of Vietnam’s most important tourism centres.” ~ Lonely Planet
Our favorite pictures of the day:
GRATITUDE MOMENT: Today I am grateful to have been introduced to Hoi An. This has gotten me even more excited to see what other surprises Vietnam has in store for us.