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Hoi An-historic, prettied up Vietnamese trading post

The old town of Hoi An is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since it's an exceptionally well-preserved example of a Southeast Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century

The old town of Hoi An is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since it's an exceptionally well-preserved example of a Southeast Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century

To visit historic sights in the old town you have to buy a ticket for about $7 which allows you to visit 5 of the 22 tourist stops including old houses, museum, temples and assembly halls

To visit historic sights in the old town you have to buy a ticket for about $7 which allows you to visit 5 of the 22 tourist stops including old houses, museum, temples and assembly halls

This Japanese covered bridge is the symbol of Hoi An; first built in the 1590s, the bridge linked the Japanese and Chinese that lived in Hoi An

This Japanese covered bridge is the symbol of Hoi An; first built in the 1590s, the bridge linked the Japanese and Chinese that lived in Hoi An

The Phuc Kien Assembly Hall, founded in 1690, served the largest Chinese ethnic group in Hoi An which came from Fujian; they could meet up and socialize here while living or visiting Hoi An

The Phuc Kien Assembly Hall, founded in 1690, served the largest Chinese ethnic group in Hoi An which came from Fujian; they could meet up and socialize here while living or visiting Hoi An

Built in 1653, the Quan Cong Temple was built to honor a Chinese general who symbolized loyalty and integrity; it was amazing to see how inundated the city has been in its many floods

Built in 1653, the Quan Cong Temple was built to honor a Chinese general who symbolized loyalty and integrity; it was amazing to see how inundated the city has been in its many floods

This is the central market where locals come to buy everything; the shops in town were clean and organized but the items for sale were typically the same ones I'd seen throughout Vietnam

This is the central market where locals come to buy everything; the shops in town were clean and organized but the items for sale were typically the same ones I'd seen throughout Vietnam

Hoi An has a Disney-like feel to it and would be more enjoyable if motorcycles were banned and crowds reduced; the Japanese Bridge is the only must see attraction in town

Hoi An has a Disney-like feel to it and would be more enjoyable if motorcycles were banned and crowds reduced; the Japanese Bridge is the only must see attraction in town

One afternoon I took a short taxi to An Bang Beach; lots of hotels are being built here but the beach wasn't nearly as nice as those in the US

One afternoon I took a short taxi to An Bang Beach; lots of hotels are being built here but the beach wasn't nearly as nice as those in the US

The old town is quite a small area which is peaceful early in the morning but quickly becomes clogged with tourists, bicycles and motorcycles

The old town is quite a small area which is peaceful early in the morning but quickly becomes clogged with tourists, bicycles and motorcycles

There are dozens of tailor shops in town, so most members of my tour had suits or dresses custom-made for them; it's amazing that they can be made in just one day

There are dozens of tailor shops in town, so most members of my tour had suits or dresses custom-made for them; it's amazing that they can be made in just one day

In the old house of Quan Thang, built in the late 17th century, you can see the detailed woodwork and ventilation system typical of Hoi An merchant houses

In the old house of Quan Thang, built in the late 17th century, you can see the detailed woodwork and ventilation system typical of Hoi An merchant houses

The Vietnamese style is for a family to have a small storefront at their house while they live in the back (or upstairs if they are prosperous); there are no big box retailers here

The Vietnamese style is for a family to have a small storefront at their house while they live in the back (or upstairs if they are prosperous); there are no big box retailers here

I much preferred the atmosphere of Hoi An at night compared to the day; the colorful lanterns and absence of motorcycles made the old town much more enjoyable

I much preferred the atmosphere of Hoi An at night compared to the day; the colorful lanterns and absence of motorcycles made the old town much more enjoyable

The city rose to prominence as a powerful and exclusive trade conduit between Europe, China, India, and Japan, especially for the ceramic industry

The city rose to prominence as a powerful and exclusive trade conduit between Europe, China, India, and Japan, especially for the ceramic industry

The Minh Huong Ancestor Worship House, built in the late 19th century; ancestors are believed to continuously protect and assist their children so they are worshiped and remembered

The Minh Huong Ancestor Worship House, built in the late 19th century; ancestors are believed to continuously protect and assist their children so they are worshiped and remembered

The pollution here makes for some colorful sunsets; I had a very challenging time finding any decent processed food to eat here since there are no proper grocery stores

The pollution here makes for some colorful sunsets; I had a very challenging time finding any decent processed food to eat here since there are no proper grocery stores

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