Snapshots of Hoi An: A Photo Series

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 via the links included below!

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Woman and child beside the Japanese Bridge in Hoi An

People chatting in the Ancient Town of Hoi An

Dog resting beneath a yellow bicycle in Hoi An

The busy Central Market in Hoi An, Vietnam

Women selling vegetables at the Central Market in Hoi An

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Yellow streets inside the Ancient Town of Hoi An

Colorful shops along the water in Hoi An, Vietnam

Bicycles propped up against a yellow building in Hoi An Bicycles filling an alley in Hoi An, Vietnam

Taking photos along the Thu Bon River in Hoi An, Vietnam

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Hilly scenery along the Thu Bon River in Hoi An

Raindrops clinging to green grass in Hoi An's rice fields

Relaxing on An Bang Beach in Hoi An, Vietnam

Two girls with umbrellas walk down An Bang Beach in Vietnam Woman in traditional Vietnamese dress walking down the street in Hoi An's Ancient Town

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Taking a bike ride through residential areas of Hoi An

Woman rowing a fishing boat in the Thu Bon River

Woman selling fans in the Ancient Town of Hoi An, Vietnam

Lanterns hanging in the Night Market in Hoi An

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A photo series featuring some of my favorite snapshots of Hoi An, a historic gem in Central Vietnam full of opportunities for photographers. A photo series featuring some of my favorite snapshots of Hoi An, a historic gem in Central Vietnam full of opportunities for photographers.

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  • Tammy Chrzan
    September 5, 2018 at 6:11 PM

    Hi Sarah,
    I have actually been thinking about you a lot lately and wondered how you were, and now that I have got some time, I am just sitting down to absorb some blog posts from you. I have to tell you first though–Even though you were the one that turned me on to places like Singapore, I have wanted to visit Vietnam for a very long time. I will make my way over to that side of our planet eventually. I’m just so glad that I have your posts and you as a friend to learn from when I do go. (My 22 year old told me he wants to go to Thailand, so I’m thinking a graduation present when he graduates from college!).
    These photos are extraordinary. I didn’t realize until recently that your hubby was a photographer as well, so there are two in the family!!
    OH and by the way… Where are the unpacking photos? :)
    Much love,

    • Sarah Shumate
      September 6, 2018 at 12:56 PM

      Haha, well, I don’t know if you’d call either of us photographers, but we do spend a lot of time with a camera in hand. :)

      A trip to Thailand sounds like the ultimate graduation present! You’re an awesome mom, Tammy! Will you be tagging along with him? Maybe take a side trip to Vietnam while you’re there? I mean, if you’re already on the opposite side of the globe, you might as well. :) I’m happy to help you plan when the time comes.

      Unpacking photos…you mean the ones of us surrounded in an endless sea of boxes looking haggard, sweaty, and exhausted? I’m not confident enough to keep those anywhere other than hidden on my hard drive. Ha!

  • Riana Ang-Canning
    September 2, 2018 at 2:05 AM

    These photos are gorgeous! And they make me so nostalgic for my trip to Vietnam in 2016. Hoi An was definitely was favourite stop and I love seeing it again!

    • Sarah Shumate
      September 2, 2018 at 12:23 PM

      Thank you!! I’m so glad you loved Hoi An as much as we did. It is such a beautiful place, I’d return again today if I could.