Just another day in Hội An

Last week my best friend from college was in town for a vacation. We hadn’t seen each other for more than two years, so it was so much fun to hang out with her in Hoi An. Actually the first time I visited Hoi An was with her back in summer 2008. We had just graduated from college and took a South-bound trip across Vietnam together. Hoi An has changed so much since then, and so have we. That summer night in 2008 we went out and ate Hoi An chicken rice and drank their bitter rice-based alcohol. Afterwards we walked back to our hotel at 10 pm, and along the way we got a bit scared and lost among the many dark, quiet, narrow back alleys of the old town. But of course nothing happened other than in our imaginations.

And we helped take a million pictures for each other. It seems like nowadays we don’t like being in front of the camera anymore. We’re a lot more interested in photographing other people and scenes. So this time we just walked the old streets that are so much more bustling than they were eight years ago, talked and took pictures along the way, stopped for a coffee here and there, and then walked some more. It was so relaxing to just do simple things with her. After all, it doesn’t matter where you are and what you do; it’s really the company that matters.

Here are some photos I snapped during the walk with my friend that day. I hope you like them.

Pre-wedding photoshoot in front of a fabric store. HoiAn is one of the most popular destinations for pre-wedding photoshoot in Vietnam.

In front of a ceramic store


A copper gong paradise. These are from a copper village nearby.
A peaceful river that runs along the old town


My friend in a back alley


She was looking at some wooden bird game where people throw a wooden bird high up and it actually flew for a short while, making funny noises.

4 thoughts on “Just another day in Hội An

  1. Judy Ford says:

    I love this: the buildings, the kites, your beautiful friend, the lanterns, the moss, all of your pictures. Would love to see and hear the wooden birds in flight.

    1. Linh says:

      Thank you Judy! If only you and Jean could come here!

  2. Nadia says:

    A beautiful and evocative blog post, Linh. Love reading your thoughtful words and seeing your photos. What a lovely time you must have had with your friend. Nx

    1. Linh says:

      Thank you Nadia! You’re so sweet, as always!

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