Photo Essay: Hoi An, Vietnam

Okay, I know I’m skipping ahead a bit here. You’re all reading my posts about Laos at the moment, but here we are in Hoi An, Vietnam and I’m ridiculously excited about some of the photos we’ve been taking. The colours here are stunning and even though the weather is less than desirable, at least the sun isn’t shining brightly into my lens.

In reviewing the photos I’ve realized I have a thing for bikes and doorways. Makes a slight change from Thailand and my love of lanterns, at least.

Which photo is your favourite? Please vote in the comments then David and I can share who took which picture. Secret competition, you see!

Photo A

Hoi An Temple

Photo B

Shutters Hoi An

Photo C

Alleyway Hoi An

Photo D

Blue Wall Hoi An

Photo E

Bikes Hoi An

Photo F

Red Shutters Hoi An

Photo G

Flower Bikes Hoi An

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15 Responses to Photo Essay: Hoi An, Vietnam

  1. Hamish December 6, 2014 at 10:33 am #

    At first glance I thought C but changed to F. F is brilliant – great composition and textures but they are all really very good. I would just like to reassure you that I am not jealous. No. Not at all. Never.


    All the best,


    • admin December 6, 2014 at 1:17 pm #

      Aw, thanks! F is pretty decent, hey? I can’t yet reveal who the photographer is… must wait until we have a weeks’ worth of votes. No need to be jealous – if it makes you feel better we’re the gullible people that keep getting ripped off, so there’s that.

  2. Alison December 6, 2014 at 12:18 pm #

    When I heard competition I assumed there were 2 photos so I flipped back and forth between A and B and finally picked B because I love the shutter colour. Then I realized there were more so have has to settle on C as a winner. Meanwhile my mind is screaming “Do you scrapbook??? ” because the layout possibilities are endless! My Scrapbooking room should be ready by the time you are home! Come for a day with the girls and make some pages

    • admin December 6, 2014 at 1:18 pm #

      So, I started scrapbooking online… which I know in your world will be a sin. I do the Mixbook or Photobook things so that I can get multiple copies printed. For Christmas last year I made the big Scott-Smith family recipe book which was half recipes/half family photos and did it through Mixbook. Worked well.

  3. Sharon smith December 6, 2014 at 1:22 pm #

    Great photos Would like to see Nan’s back lanes clear like in photo C.

  4. Trisha December 6, 2014 at 6:13 pm #

    I’m torn between B and E, i love them both equally!

    • admin December 6, 2014 at 11:42 pm #

      Ah… you’ve chosen one from each of us… but I can’t say whose is whose.

  5. diana December 6, 2014 at 9:39 pm #

    They’re all lovely, but my vote is for F.

  6. diana December 6, 2014 at 9:42 pm #

    Jude says the first three are her favourites but if she has to vote it’s for #3.

  7. diana December 6, 2014 at 9:43 pm #

    Which would be C!!!!! ;o)

  8. Victoria Smith December 18, 2014 at 9:08 am #

    Okay, so… you’ve left us with a tie-breaker. We had two votes for C and two for F, and a smattering of single votes for other photos too. I took photo C and David took photo F. It’s funny, because F was taken really quickly and unplanned, but it turned out to be gorgeous. Honestly, though, it’s hard to take a bad picture in Hoi An.

    • Hamish December 18, 2014 at 10:39 am #

      I have changed my mind back again – C is the winner! πŸ˜€

      They are all winners really – excellent photographs and great memory-joggers for when you get old and forgetful (50)

  9. dianacranstoun December 19, 2014 at 5:38 am #

    LOL. Just realised I voted for E!! Read the captions on the wrong photos!

  10. Lindsay Leef January 28, 2017 at 8:40 pm #

    I love all of these! Hoi An is on my bucket list- among other thibgs, I have heard it is thee best place to get clothes and shoes tailor-made. Beautiful snaps!! I can’t even name a fave!

    • Victoria Smith January 29, 2017 at 6:37 am #

      It’s funny, because we totally planned to get some clothes made in Hoi An, but we HATED how pushy everyone was about it. You could barely walk down a street without five people trying to convince you to get clothes made. At the end of the day we decided against it altogether and just enjoyed the Old Town area. That said, I know many travellers who had stunning clothes made, so maybe we’re just wimps with pushy salespeople!

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