Hoi An is so unbelievably magical that every alleyway, every old building and every local that walks the streets are uniquely beautiful. You’ll want to photograph everything and everyone. Here are 10 spots that are undoubtedly going to add some unique colors to your Instagram feed.
Hoi An Ancient Town
Building, Market, Buddhist Temple
Tra Que Vegetable Village
Tra Que Vegetable Village is over 300 years old and is the first organic vegetable village in Vietnam. Here you can rent a bicycle and cycle around the neatly planted rows of herbs and veggies, and even take part in some farming activities such as preparing the soil, watering plants and even picking them. A fun activity is to do a cooking class
at the Tra Que Watering Wheel, which allows you to partake in all the activities mentioned above and more, and to top it all off, a water buffalo ride to end the day. You can get over a 100 Instagram-perfect pictures here.
An Bang Beach
The beach is only four miles (six kilometers) from the Ancient Town and is not very crowded. There are plenty of beach-side bars where you can claim a cabana to yourself, order some cocktails and relax the evening away. An Bang beach is also great for the early morning sunrise. Get the ideal beach shot here.
Phung Hung Ancient House
Established in 1780, the Phung Hung Ancient House is one of the most famous architectural buildings in Hoi An, blending Japanese, Chinese and Vietnamese architectural styles. Every intricate detail of this house is worth photographing.
Japanese Covered Bridge
This is one of Hoi An’s most iconic attractions dating back to the 18th century. It was built by the Japanese then residing in Hoi An as a means of getting to the Chinese quarter. It is especially photogenic at night with the reflection of the lights on the water surface.
Thanh Ha Pottery Village
Art Gallery, Shop
For over 400 years the artisans at this village have been specializing in making beautiful pottery pieces such as cups, pots, jars, bowls, and the like. You are able to visit the workshops of the residents, interact with them and even try your hand at making some pottery.
Kim Bong Carpentry Village
Similar to Thanh Ha Pottery Village, the craftsmen residing at the Kim Bong Carpentry Village specialize in making carpentry products for households across the country. Again, you are able to walk around, visit the individual workshops and learn about the local lives. You can even watch as artisans create wooden fishing vessels using traditional techniques. Plenty of unique cultural snapshot opportunities await.
Hoi An Central Market
Markets in Vietnam
are super colorful and lively. A wide variety of items are sold here, from clothes, handbags, shoes and jewelry to fresh veggies, fruit and packaged goods. You can try your hand at some bargaining and if your intention is not to buy anything, just get some colorful shots for your feed.
Reaching Out Teahouse
Cafe, Dessert, $$$
This is a unique cafe
run by the hearing and speech impaired. You order your food and drink by using blocks or a notepad and pencil. You are also encouraged to keep quiet here or whisper with your friends – on the wall is a sign that says “silence is golden.” It’s certainly a wonderful place to people-watch, and snap a few pics in silence.
Thu Bon River
The Thu Bon River runs through the Ancient Town. During the day, the beautiful blue sky is reflected on the surface and colorful boats are moored at the banks. River cruises are a popular activity or you can opt for a short boat ride with a local – there are plenty offering their services. Make sure you release a lantern too. The river will be full of little candle-light specks.