Hoi An on the central coast of Vietnam
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  • Hoi An is one of those UNESCO declared World Heritage sites that's a well-preserved example of a Southeast Asian trading port of the 15th to 19th centuries. The buildings display a unique blend of local and foreign influences. H?i An is still a small city, but attracts a fair number of tourists for the numerous art and craft shops and tailors. We spent 3 days here and stayed at the Hoi An Riverside Resort and Spa. Totally idyllic and a great change from the crowds of Hanoi. The town has the look of an old town that's now revived for the tourist industry and nearly all homes in the old quarter are now a retail store of some form or other. Nevertheless, it still retains its heritage charm and is a great place to relax in.

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    Overnight train journey from Hanoi to Hoi An. This was in the morning as we approached Hoi An
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    Breakfast of congee and chicken on the train - it was surprisingly delicious
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    Fishing 'kelong'
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    Road seems to be placed rather close to the tracks
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    This is where we'd be if the train went over
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    The route we'd traveled along
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    Our hotel room at the Hoi An Riverside Resort
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    The view from the room
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    Just a few feet beyond our hotel room
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    Looking in the opposite direction downstream
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    We loved the river view
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    The hotel does make sure the strip of river beside the compound is well kept and cleaned. Makes for good shots
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    View from the breakfast area
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    ditto
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    Another breakfast view
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    Couldn't stop taking photos of the surrounding area
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    Riverside cafe near the hotel
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    View of farmer with ox tending padi fields on other side of the river
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    Hotel pool - we never got to use it though
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    Seen from a balcony
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    The room we occupied
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    The hotel 'complex' seen from a little downstream
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    Lush green young rice padi field
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    Shop in the old town selling lanterns (a common sight). Hoi An was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1999.
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    The Hoi An markets
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    Bicylces and motorbikes were common within the market area
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    Fresh veggies were plentiful and make for a good shot
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    More stalls selling various vietnamese wares
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    Deep yellow (or Gold) seems to be the favoured colour of most buildings
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    The 'Fujian Assembly Hall' or Cantonese meeting hall
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    Inside the Assembly Hall.
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    Hanging incense are prayer offerings for business prosperity
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    Museum of Folklore
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    More shops
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    Nearly all of the old houses here are now shops
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    Lantern maker at work
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    Typical roof style
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    Lanterns are always colourful
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    Street scene
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    More stuff to buy
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    Well water seems to be in common use here
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    Inside a traditional home (Tan Ky House) - still houses descendants of the original occupants.
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    In the kitchen of the house
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    Another shot of the interior
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    An art gallery shop - nearly bought some paintings from here, but us poor folk couldn't afford the price tag
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    Another colourful street scene
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    The Japanese Bridge (an apparent must see for tourists) built by the Japanese community in 1593. It links the Japanese and Chinese quarters
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    Entrance to the Japanese bridge
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    Thu Bon River on which Hoi An sits
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    People do live on the river. Note clothes hanging out to dry
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    Looked like a good photo to take
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    Same pigeon raiding a display of grains outside a restaurant
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    Making friends with stall vendors. Yes, they'll push their wares onto you, but they are rather friendly folk
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    Different noodle types
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    More boats on the river
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    We seemed to be enthralled by the alleyways
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    Here's another one
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    Love this shot. Sweet old lady selling satays on the road side. She's cooking up a batch for us here. Our one regret is not buying more from her
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    A cafe we ate at. Nice spring rolls they had
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    Stumbled into this temple - they appeared to be making the frames of the very popular lanterns