Visiting Vietnam always feels to me a bit like coming home. I can’t really explain why, as I’ve never done anything more than travel through the country’s different regions, but for whatever reason, I feel a comfortableness and familiarity here usually only reserved for the sort of places you spend years and years living in. It’s why we keep coming back time and time again. And it’s why, on our most recent trip to Hoi An, I found myself imagining a life in which I did call Vietnam home.
Like many other places we’ve visited over the years, I knew as soon as I saw those cheery yellow streets, festively decorated as if all 365 days of the year were something to celebrate, that Hoi An was somewhere I could see myself happily spending several years of my life in. Over the course of our trip, I designed quite a nice imaginary life for myself in which I spent every morning biking along the water or through the rice fields before slurping up hot noodles for breakfast in an outdoor cafe. I’d then work for a few hours before cutting out early to head to the beach. I’d learn to cook all the dishes I so passionately love to eat in this country, and maybe, just maybe, even learn to speak a bit of the language. (But probably not, because I spent like five years learning Spanish and still conjugate my verbs like it’s my first day.)
I’ve always been a fairly skilled daydreamer, but with as frequently and unexpectedly as we move around the globe, it’s not all that far-fetched to think we might up sticks and move to Vietnam at some point. In the meantime, though, I’ll have to make do with occasional trips (which are going to be a bit rarer now that we’re 9,000 miles away) and flipping through old photos.
Speaking of, I have the last installment in my Hoi An series for you today which, as usual, is a compilation of some of my favorite photos from the trip. Choosing which images to include in these posts is always hard, but it was especially challenging for this one since almost every photo I captured was a keeper. Trust me when I say that is not the norm for me.
The following are some of my favorite snapshots of Hoi An – mostly street scenes, but also a bit of natural scenery, of which there is no shortage in Hoi An. If the photos below pique your interest, you’ll find everything you need to know about planning your own trip to Hoi An at the link below!
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