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    the color band perspective

    by richiecdisc Written Jan 25, 2005

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    our first sunny day in Vietnam

    Favorite thing: Hoi An offers lots of attractions and some tasty local delicacies but the true delight of this charming town is to wander its timeless streets.

    Fondest memory: Though some travel locations like Berlin mentally take form in the gray hues of an old black & white photo, most of the tropical variety are flavored in full bright colors. Though impressed by the culinary delights of Vietnam, our first ten days in what I had imagined a lush green paradise were disappointingly lacking in visual vibrancy, at least from a color band perspective. But what a difference the golden rays of a setting sun and blue skies can make.

    Hoi An served up just this. It was as if we had crossed some imaginary border on our trip south from Hue and were finally transported to the land of what we had once imagined. Though teeming with tourists, the quaint town was charming not only in its picturesque simplicity but also for a population of less persistent applicants for our hard-earned dollars. (continued below in Fondest Memory)

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    a particularly nice slice of the pie

    by richiecdisc Written Jan 25, 2005

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    life on the river sure can be pleasant

    Fondest memory: With the first setting sun of our Vietnam stay, we walked and snapped our way through the photo opportunity laden streets and finally down to the picture perfect waterfront. As it was the main congregating area for tourists, it was correspondingly full of more than its share of locals trying their best to sell some merchandise or service they were convinced you just had to have. One particularly interesting slice of this pie was the row boat women. They offered up scenic trips of the canals for what seemed impossible prices. Though generally more than skeptical of these types of deals, we nonetheless found it irresistible for the chance to take an up close photo of one of these haggard women as much as anything else we might chance upon once out on the water. (continued below in Fondest Memory)

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    our little crew

    by richiecdisc Updated Jan 28, 2005

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    say hello to our little friend

    Fondest memory: We were surprised at how friendly our little crew was, asking lots of questions about our travels along with what latter turned out ingenious ones about things we were wearing that we had bought in other places. They consisted of a mother with her little son and the grandmother doing most of the oar work. They even took a great shot of us with the boy who was certainly a little charmer. We enjoyed the trip more than we had figured on but soon worried about the time as we had bargained only for an hour trip. They did not seem to care about the time so much. (continued below in Fondest Memory)

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    the price of the trip made more sense

    by richiecdisc Written Jan 25, 2005

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    our trusty captain

    Fondest memory: At one point, we arrived at their home to drop off the little boy and, more importantly, pick up some souvenirs that we would hopefully buy. Now, the price of the trip itself made more sense, as well as their pointed questions about our other purchases, along with their prices. They were armed with the right products and what they figured were the right prices too. We braced ourselves for their sales pitch but found it softer than expected, especially after being manhandled in Hanoi. The items were overpriced and of little interest to us, obviously being typical Chinese knockoffs. We politely refused all the way back to the dock and gladly handed over our agreed upon fare. What was most surprising was their utter calm to our not making a purchase. In fact, they even said to come back again tomorrow. Okay, they probably just wanted another shot at us but it was offered up in such a friendly manner, we said we would think about it. (concluded below in Fondest Memory)

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    good for them, good for us

    by richiecdisc Written Jan 25, 2005

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    another boat awaits you

    Fondest memory: Once off the boat, I noticed our shoulders were a bit red from the sun. We had not had much sun since getting to Vietnam but it seemed now it would be a constant companion. We could get used to that, even our skin after some days with sun block. What we hoped to also get used to were more locals like these. We could deal with people trying to make a buck, that was human nature and more than understandable in a country wrought with poverty like Vietnam. But that they could be nice about it in spite of our not buying from them was a good thing all around. Good for us as it meant less stress. Good for them because we would tell our friends that it was not such a hassle here as we initially found it. And just maybe with this better treatment, we might buy something from them after all.

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    The Harbour

    by SirRichard Written Oct 1, 2003

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    Boats at the harbour

    Favorite thing: Hoi An is nowadays 5 kms away from the coast. The coastline has changed and the river became too shallow for navigation, so Danang is a much better harbour now.
    But you can still see little fishing boats arriving to the harbour every morning to deliver the daily captures and sell them at the local market.

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    Laundry

    by balhannah Written Mar 28, 2008

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    Favorite thing: If you stay at the Pho Hoi Riverside resort, take your laundry across the road. The couple are very pleasant, and only too happy to show you their washing machine, and clean washing, at 20000dong per kg, its a bargain. Very happy with the service.

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    ADMISSION TO HISTORICAL SIGHTS

    by balhannah Updated Jul 19, 2013

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    Favorite thing: ADMISSION..........
    Entry to all historical sites in Hoi An is via a coupon system.........
    COST IN 2013..... 120,000 dong
    gets you a ticket that can be used to enter 5 attractions
    * one museum..
    * one assembly hall...
    * the handicraft workshop or the traditional theatre..
    * Japanese Bridge or the Guangong Temple...

    Tickets are sold at various entry points into the old town.

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    4-sight tour ticket

    by galy Updated Apr 14, 2006

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    Japanese bridge

    Favorite thing: The standard way of seeing Hoi An's sights involves buying a 4-sight tour ticket ($5).
    This ticket allows you to enter four places, picking one place from each of: 3 museums, 3 assembly halls, 4 traditional houses and the Japanese Bridge.
    The Japanese Bridge is a public road and no ticket is necessary, but it's on the list anyway. It is possible to see a traditional house without the ticket by paying about 10,000D to the house owner, though some will charge more. To enter more than one place from each group, show the used ticket and pay an extra 10,000D

    Fondest memory: The assembly halls are beautifully decorated and worth a visit.

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    For the ladies - fancy a manicure?

    by betska Written Sep 6, 2008

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    Favorite thing: Kims haircut shop. Smack-bang in the middle of the markets!
    As well as haircuts, they do facials, manicure, pedicure, hair removal etc. But the worrying thing on their business card:
    "Cut skin foot your"

    Nevermind. For US$1 I had a lovely manicure & nail polish done!

    Tell Kim Betty send you!

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    Excuse me! This is Hoi An

    by muddybok Updated Dec 1, 2006

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    Hoi An

    Favorite thing: For those of you who have visited Melaka (Malaysia), you may be mistaken that houses at Hoi An to be of Melaka. In fact the only similarities are they are old & gone through the war torn period.

    If you're into architecture, some of the older structures will sure make you spending hour observing structural details of these building. Remember, this is a UNESCO Heritage site, there sure have reason why they are listed in the list.

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    Hoi An

    by call_me_rhia Updated Jul 19, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Hoi An is an ancient city in central Vietnam on the coast of the South China Sea now in the Unesco List of World Heritage Sites... which is both a blessing and a curse. A blessing because many of the old wooden buildings have been restored, and because the city council had to get rid of drugs and prostitution, a curse because it is now full of tourists and tourist-related shops, in particular taylors... you can have a dress made in one day or in one hour, but in any case the quality is very poor, this at least according to some ex-pats we met.

    Fondest memory: Hoi An's importance comes from the fact that it used to the largest harbour in South East Asia, as far back as when the town was called Lâm Ấp Phố (Champa City) in the first century. Plenty of people came to Hoi An, mostly Chinese, but there were Japanese, Dutch and Indians too. For this reason it's full of magnificent buildings to visit... it's a pleasant place to stroll about, traffic-free as some of the streets are closed to traffic. At night, along the river, it's very suggestive and romantic.

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    Take time to observe life on the river.

    by worldkiwi Written Jul 30, 2005

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    Life on the Thu Bon River.

    Favorite thing: Hoi An's riverfront position, on the north bank of the Thu Bon River, and the fact that the town's existence is tied closely to this river, mean that the waterway is (as it has always been) a thoroughfare of activity. You can easily imagine the scenes that would have been played out here in the 19th century when the riverfront merchants' houses would have been bustling. Now, tourism activities dominate, but take time to have a long look at this part of town.

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    Historical Sight Tickets

    by Blatherwick Written Mar 7, 2006

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    Hoi An Ticket Booth

    Favorite thing: Entry to all historical sights in Hoi An is via a coupon system, where US$5 gets you a ticket that can be used to enter five attractions: one museum, one family house, one Chinese meeting hall, the art performance theater and either the Japanese Covered Bridge or the Quan Kong Temple. Tickets are sold at various entry points into the Old Town, including Hai Ba Trung St.

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    Wandering the Streets of Heritage Town

    by sieffron Written Apr 20, 2006

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    Hoi An's Heritage Town

    Favorite thing: 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.

    Fondest memory: 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.

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