Hoi An: Part 2
As a novice blogger, I’ve quickly learned that writing from the road isn’t as easy as it seems, ESPECIALLY when you have a month jam-packed with non-stop travel and adventures. I’ve also learned that if ever Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs should be revamped, modified, made anew, it should be NOW! I mean, right now…at this very moment, and the first level of need should be Wi-fi this is not up for debate. For about a week and a half it was a pain in the arse luxury to be able to even check my email, let alone upload large-file photos. Nope! Wasn’t happening. Now, that I’m back to working Wi-fi, and have caught up on some rest, let me catch you up on the rest of my journey through Southeast Asia.
Ok, so, if you can’t already tell from Hoi An: Part 1 and Off the Beaten Path, I am slightly obsessed with Hoi An. I was there for a total of 4 nights and 5 days, which was the perfect amount of time to enjoy all the amazingness this charming town had to offer.
Each day I would get an early start. It’s rainy season in Vietnam and I knew the rain would be coming in the afternoons. Plus, I wanted the town to myself, void of swarms of other tourists. So every morning I was up and at ‘em and out the door before 7:30. There were never many tourists out at this time, but by local time standards, I was always late to the party. The town would already be bustling with shop and restaurant owners preparing for the day, and side walks lined local patrons feasting on their morning Caolau, sitting on tiny stools that look as though they might have stolen them from a Kindergarten classroom.
My second morning in Hoi An I opted to take a cyclo, and my wonderful driver, Dean, (I was so surprised when he told me his name, as it is also my family name. Though, I’m certain he doesn’t spell his this way) pedaled his way through town giving me a brief synopsis of different places along the way, and made some wonderful recommendations.
The remainder of my trip I spent my time between wandering aimlessly through Ancient Town, basking on the beach (when weather permitted), and eating.
Lots and lots and LOTS of eating. Vietnam has hands down become my favorite international food.
I met some wonderful people along the way. One of my favorites being a Vietnamese woman that goes by the name Flower. The name fit her perfectly. She was a spunky woman with a beaming personality. And to top it off, her grandmother lives in Atlanta. It truly is a small world!
Here are some more of my favorite photos from Hoi An. This place is totally a photographer’s paradise.
Despite, being somewhat overrun by tourist, Hoi An is truly a magical place. It makes my heart smile. I think it’s all the yellow…it’s such a happy color :). Wouldn’t you agree?
I absolutely loved Hoi An too, it’s so beautiful! I’ve loved revisiting through your photos. It also reminds me I really need to go through my photos from Hoi An. 🙂
I agree! It’s so beautiful and charming! I could walk around taking photos all day of that place.
Great post, beautiful pictures! I’ve been dying to go and this has definitely pushed me to plan a trip!
Yay! It won’t disappoint! And thanks so much! 🙂
Jennifer St Louis
Wonderful post. I love your photos! You really captured the beauty of Hoi An.
Thanks so much Jennifer!
Travel Pockets (Crystal)
Gorgeous pictures! I dream of taking pictures like this. Great post!
Aww…thanks so much! Hoi An really makes it easy for a photog. It has so much character.
Beautiful photos! Adding this place to my bucketlist ? looks amazing especially the beaches!
Yes! Please do lol. It is easily one of my top 5 places. It’s just so charming!
From one newbie to another – you are doing a great job!
Thanks so much Marie! 🙂
I can’t wait to visit Vietnam! These photos are spectacular. And I totally have the exact same scarf! I am wearing it right now, and I saw your photo and looked down and was like-wait, what? It’s one well-traveled scarf! 😛
Hahaa!! That’s so awesome! It is my favorite scarf! I use it for EVERYTHING (scarf, headwrap, cover up, and I may or may not have used it as a towel when I forgot my towel in the room at a hostel 🙂 ). Vietnam is amazing! I’m sure you’ll love it!
Love love love your pictures!
Thank you so much Perrisha!
Kimberly Erin @ Walkaboot.ca
That market looks amazing! so does the beach, the smiles of all the people and all the colours. looks awesome
The market was amazing. So full of color and life! It was seriously sensory overload!
I cannot WAIT to visit Hoi An! I’ve heard such wonderful things about it. I’m leaving next month to backpack SEA and will be looking forward to this city for sure! Thanks for sharing. Also, I love your style!
Thanks so much!! And that’s awesome! Hoi An was definitely one of my favorites in SEA. How long will you be backpacking?
Hoi An is definitely on my bucket list. Your pictures are beautiful, makes me want to get my DSLR out again! I take most of my pictures on my GoPro now 🙂
Thank you!!! I’ve been on the fence about GoPro for a while now. I’ve rented one a few times and liked it, but I don’t know if I love it enough to make the investment. I will say it’s definitely more lightweight and convenient than a DSLR…and I do love the wide angle shots.
These are really great pics of Hoi An. I’ve been to Hanoi and Saigon, but nothing in the middle of Vietnam so far. Definitely on the bucket list!
Yes! If you ever get the chance, definitely go! I loved Hoi An. It was my favorite of the 3.