Pictures from the Old Quarter in Hội An

The best time to take pictures of the Old Quarter in Hội An on a Gray day? The late late afternoon and evening. Stroll with me through the small streets of Hội An.

Interesting Can Fence
Interesting Can Fence

Offerings
Offerings on a wall in Hoi An

Temple in Hoi An
A random temple. In this temples you do not have to remove your shoes. Makes it more easy to visit them.

Detail inside a Temple in Hoi An
Detail inside a Temple in Hoi An

You have to pass the souvenir table before you can enter the temple
You have to pass the sales table before you can enter the temple

Temple in Hoi An
This temple is one of the places you can only visit with a visitors pass. That pass is 120.000 Dong and good for 5 of the 18 highlights of the Old Quarter if you are a foreigner. For locals it is cheaper but they can only visit 4 of the highlights. It is good for up to 18 days or 10 days or as long as you visit Hội An – nobody knows for sure. You will find more information on the pass on the the official web site

Shop on wheels
Shop on wheels

How much fun we had taking a tour of Hoi An in a bicycle rikscha
How much fun we had taking a tour of Hoi An in a bicycle rikscha

How much fun we had taking a tour of Hoi An in a bicycle rikscha
Because they did take my phone away and now I am bored like shit!

Tour boat on the river
Tour boat on the river

Selfie Time
Selfie Time

Selfie Time

Waiting for the boat trip
Waiting for the boat trip

Waiting for the right price
Waiting for the right price

All that waiting makes one tired
All that waiting makes one tired

Fisherman prepares the nets for the catch
Fisherman prepares the nets for the catch

Workshop
Workshop

Preparing for customers
Preparing for customers

Doing dishes
Doing dishes

Restaurants along the water line
Restaurants along the water line

On the other side of the river they expand the shopping and dining of the Old Quarter
On the other side of the river they expand the shopping and dining of the Old Quarter

The Bridge to the other side
The Bridge to the other side

Yes you did see right - there is a Panda on the bridge!
Yes you did see right – there is a Panda on the bridge!

Another restaurant - same same but different
Another restaurant – same same but different

A few years ago nobody would do that but now most of the people use the phone and some even the tablet
A few years ago nobody would do that but now most of the people use the phone and some even the tablet

Candles Candles? Boat Boat!
Candles Candles? Boat Boat!

So romantic - you get some candles from the girls that sell them and a boat for a few minutes to take a few pictures. And than back to shopping or not shopping again!
So romantic – you get some candles from the girls that sell them and a boat for a few minutes to take a few pictures. And than back to shopping or not shopping again!

A more professional set up - a bit too much light if you ask me - would have done it with the candles only...
A more professional set up – a bit to much light if you ask me – would have done it with the candles only…



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The bored Shopkeepers of Hội An

The Old Quarter is not the same Old Quarter any more. They did open shops and restaurants in almost all the buildings. And most of them sell the same. No wonder they do not have to many customers. So if you are the shopkeeper or work in one of the shops you do one thing for most of the day: waiting! Waiting for customers and waiting for your shift to end or waiting to close the shop in the evening.
I wonder what they did before the smart phone or tablet??

Waiting for customers
Waiting for customers

Another bored shopkeeper

Bored Shopkeepers in Hoi An

Bored Shopkeepers in Hoi An

Bored Shopkeepers in Hoi An

Bored Shopkeepers in Hoi An

Bored Shopkeepers in Hoi An

Bored Shopkeepers in Hoi An

Bored Shopkeepers in Hoi An

Bored Shopkeepers in Hoi An

Bored Shopkeepers in Hoi An

Bored Shopkeepers in Hoi An

Bored Shopkeepers in Hoi An

Bored Shopkeepers in Hoi An

Bored Shopkeepers in Hoi An

Bored Shopkeepers in Hoi An

Bored Shopkeepers in Hoi An

Waiting

Waiting for customers

 
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The Wet Market in the Old Quarter of Hội An

The best time of the day to visit the Old Quarter is late afternoon. Make sure to pass by the wet market and look for a spot to sit for a while. Selling and shopping is still done like 20 years ago. On the floor or at stalls along the road or under the tin roof of a simple hall. You come with your bicycle or motorbike to shop and you will not park it to do that. You simply drive along the goods and choose what you need.
Shopping Asia Style!

Hoi An Wet Market
It looks like a street with a lot of traffic but they are all here to do their shopping – not to get from A to B

Hoi An Wet Market
Mostly fruits and vegetables are sold but you will find meat and seafood as well

Hoi An Wet Market
They have a speaker with music playing so everybody knows that they are coming. A lot of the woman’s that sell here at the market did get something from the man. Nice to see that they do support each other.

Hoi An Wet Market
Just behind the hall is the river where the boats stop and unload the fish

Hoi An Wet Market
Almost all of the old market hall is converted to small food places for the tourists now. At the back are a few shops that sell souvenirs and a few that sell dry goods.

Hoi An Wet Market

Hoi An Wet Market

Hoi An Wet Market

Hoi An Wet Market
Shopping is not easy if you have to take the baby with you

Hoi An Wet Market
This is an interesting construction – the Vietnamese bike baby seat – but it works somehow!

Hoi An Wet Market

Hoi An Wet Market

Hoi An Wet Market

 
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