Wandering the Streets of Heritage Town
Hoi An is a very atmospheric town and there's lots to observe when you walk the streets of the Heritage town. There's people in conical hats transporting goods to and fro in baskets fixed to opposite ends of a bamboo pole slung over their shoulders, schoolgirls in traditional white ao dai's riding bicycles, and lots of colorful French colonial architecture.
Although not a big city (population of roughly 75,000), Hoi An is a prime example of how many Vietnamese towns hustle and bustle with a metropolitan feel. There's plenty of moving and shaking among those residents not directly involved in the tourist trade and the streets of Hoi An are always teeming with industrious Vietnamese. Hoi An is a very lively town and its energy is infectious. It's a fun town to bound around, ducking into shops, touring its historical sites, and relaxing in small cafes with fried spring rolls and beer.
Tourism meets local life.
In Hoi An, as in much of Vietnam, tourism has not (in 2005 anyway) imposed brutally on the local way of life. Local people go about their local lives pretty much undisturbed by tourism and tourists, therefore, gain an even richer experience from visiting Vietnamese towns and cities. Hoi An is probably the most "touristy" town in Vietnam, but you can still experience that warm and natural Vietnamese social interaction that is a special trademark of this country.
HOI AN LANTERNS
Hoi An lanterns ........The silk lanterns are almost everywhere in Hoi An, with a myriad of shapes and designs in every kind of colour you can think of. You will see Lantern shops, and Lanterns just about anywhere.
The Lanterns are made of a frame of bamboo and wood that is covered with flowery or plain, coloured silk. Additionally, artisans decorate the lantern with interesting poems or create a painting telling tales.
Hoi An’s silk lanterns are a blend of Japanese, Chinese and Vietnamese elements.
If you wish to buy one to take home, and looking at it, you don't know how? well.......craftsmen have designed lanterns that easily fold up into bags or suitcases, this solves that problem
On the 15th of every lunar month, the town turns off its street lamps and fluorescent lights, leaving the Old Quarter bathed in the glow of colored silk lanterns.
A backpack makes travel in Southeast Asia that much easier. Not only is it practical in getting from point A to B, but often you get hassled a lot less by those trying to steer you to their "brother's" hotel. The train station seems that much closer and walking is cheaper than taking a taxi. Sturdy footwear is always a plus when carrying a backpack but sandles are nice to have when just walking around the city sightseeing. Tampons are not readily available in Vietnam. If you need 'em, bring 'em. A wide angle makes it easier to squeeze that whole temple in and at the market, a zoom is essential for taking candid shots of the hawkers. A great travel partner like D makes any trip that much better. Thanks D.
By the river bridge that crosses over to Can Am Island is the animal market.
The Market is located just around the corner in Bach Dang street. You walk into the market area from the river bridge road, where the Tin smiths workshops are. Just a short way in, and hidden, are the animal markets where you will see the chickens, ducks, pigeons and pigs for sale. There is plenty of wheeling and dealing going on by the buyers and sellers. Nobody seemed to mind me having a look and taking photo's.
I was the only Westerner here, everybody walked past the entrance, so I thought it was quite an interesting find!
It is on the side located nearest the river.
Location Bach Dang Street, Hoi An