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Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Quảng Nam » Hoi An March 17th 2024

I reached Hoi An from Trang An, taking an overnight sleeper bus. The nearly 900KM journey took about 14 hours, but Vietnam has comfortable sleeper buses and I found the journey alright, even though tiring. Hoi An, meaning peaceful meeting place, used to be a trading port. Situated on the Thu Bon river, this town used to have easy access to a wide river which made it a port for trading. Today, the river is much smaller and hence the port has moved to Da Nang, changing the economic basis of Hoi An from trading to tourism (90%+ of the work force depends on tourism). I explored the town the first evening and was amazed by the number of tourists (very large) and the lanterns, lights and lit up boats. It was a kaleidoscope of colors ... read more
Hoi An colors
Hoi An Buildings
Streets of Hoi An

Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Quảng Nam » Hoi An January 14th 2020

We arrive in Hoi An after a gruelling 16hrs on an overnight train. This doesn't sound so bad in theory, 8hrs or so of that you're sleeping, then it's only an 8hr journey. The truth is, you're confined to an incredibly small bunk bed room with 3 other people and there's no where else you can hang out on the train, it starts to feel a bit like prison. We arrive into Hoi An about 3pm, go for a swim in the pool and then wonder around town. Hoi An's known as the Lantern City - there's lanterns scattered across all the streets and it's truly a lovely place to wonder around. Add to that, there's a heavy French influence (probably from the war), so the architecture looks very Riviera looking. Lots of old yellow building's ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Quảng Nam » Hoi An May 8th 2018

People photography...just started to look at my photos ...here is a quick sample... read more
Hoi An, Vietnam - Farmers by Ximena Olds
Hoi An, Vietnam - Farmers by Ximena Olds
Hoi An, Vietnam - Farmers by Ximena Olds

Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Quảng Nam » Hoi An May 8th 2018

Considered one of the most interesting and instantly recognizable creations of Vietnamese people, Basket Boats are known locally as “Thung Chai” or “Thuyen Thung”. They are very important to the local fishermen in the central coastal regions of Vietnam. Affectionately referred to as the “Right Arm” of the fisherman and the “Child” of the mother boats, “Thuyen Thung” is an inseparable part of a fisherman’s life. It is a multi-purpose vessel – used as a very effective lifeboat in case of emergency, a singular boat to catch fish close to shore and a small, lightweight means of carrying cargo and people to and from the larger boats anchored offshore. There is little official documentation about the origins of the Basket Boat. However, it is said that during the French Colonial Era, a variety ... read more
Hoi An, Vietnam: Basket Boats by Ximena Olds
Hoi An, Vietnam: Basket Boats by Ximena Olds
Hoi An, Vietnam: Basket Boats by Ximena Olds

Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Quảng Nam » Hoi An May 8th 2018

Just starting to catch up with photos from my most recent trip to Asia. Vietnam was amazingly rich in photography, colors, flavors. I loved it and will absolutely try to go back and spend more time and capture more of this amazing culture.... read more
Hoi An, Vietnam - Motorcycles by Ximena Olds
Hoi An, Vietnam - Motorcycles by Ximena Olds
Hoi An, Vietnam - Motorcycles by Ximena Olds

Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Quảng Nam » Hoi An May 8th 2018

The bicycle culture in Hoi An, Vietnam is fascinating. Just take a look...... read more
Hoi An, Vientnam Bicycles by Ximena Olds
Hoi An, Vientnam Bicycles by Ximena Olds
Hoi An, Vientnam Bicycles by Ximena Olds

Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Quảng Nam » Hoi An May 8th 2018

I absolutely love photographing people at food markets in different areas of the world. I guess it has something to do with my career as a yacht chef. These are all fantastic and I could not reduce the number down ...I hope you enjoy!... read more
Hoi An, Vietnam - Market By Ximena Olds
Hoi An, Vietnam - Market By Ximena Olds
Hoi An, Vietnam - Market By Ximena Olds

Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Quảng Nam » Hoi An December 20th 2017

Hue and Hoi An We departed from Hanoi around 7/8pm. We were all in the first class sleeper carriage with a 4 person sleeper and me, Bill, Andrea and my dad shared a cabin. The others gate crashed the girls’ cabin and started making gin and tonic mixers (thanks to Duc for buying it!) I swore it was a dry day but was coerced into having a G&T! So we talked, they drank (a lot- finished the Gin and cleaned the trolley lady out of beer). I went to bed at midnight (my crew were already asleep) and the others went to bed soon after. We arrived in Hue at about 9am, some worse for wear (and badly hungover luckily not me!) We checked into the hotel and had a light breakfast. The weather was drizzly ... read more
Fishpond at the imperial city Hue
Entrance to the Emporor's palace, Hue
Chinese temple, Hoi An

Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Quảng Nam » Hoi An December 2nd 2017

Today was a 75 km ride with the first 50 km starting at the Hue beachfront with the cycle path initially following the coast before passing through mainly fishing villages. Mostly flat but with a few challenging sections for loose sand & running water across the path following the recent typhoon and continual rain which somehow we have incredibly managed to avoid. The next 10 kms was up the Hai Van (Ocean Cloud) Pass on National Route 1A but now less traffic due to a new bypass tunnel. Misty clouds swirled around with rain threatening but still spectacular views along the way and at the top across the Bay of Denang made the effort of the 8% assent rewarding followed by an exhilarating 10 km decent to the tropical south and our two night stay at ... read more
Wealthy family memorials everywhere
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Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Quảng Nam » Hoi An July 22nd 2017

We arrived bright an early in Hoi An and were immediately relieved that the place was quiet and beautiful. Our homestay was perfect. Big room, balcony with ensuite, aircon and breakfast included! We sat outside having coffees and started chatting to a couple from Russia (Alex and Aluna) who were on a break from teaching English in China. After an hour of quizzing them in every aspect of their work we have now decided that we are also going to teach English in China! We set out towards the old town, only a 10 minute walk from our hotel, and we found the morning market was in full swing. There was bright coloured fruit every where you looked lined up against the river and whilst we wandered along the riverbank we found a spot where we ... read more




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