Hoi An – A Shoppers Paradise

We flew to Dan Nang this morning. It’s a short drive to the charming city of Hoi An.  This beautifully preserved little seaport village dating back to the 1500-1900s keeps its old world charm, banning cars and only allowing bicycles and bike-rickshaws on its streets.  Walking the streets is like stepping back in time. This location was prime in the first century because of its proximity to three rivers converging, with Chinese, Japanese, and Vietnamese all coming together here over its history. 

If you love shopping, this is the place to be!!  Over ten million people in Vietnam make their living in the handicrafts industry and you’ll find a lot of the items here. There are also lots of great restaurants in the district, and over 160 tailors in Hoi An.  You can come in, get measured, and get a suit, shirt, or silk dress custom made and delivered to your hotel the next day!!   I definitely should have packed less so I could buy more!  

At China Beach, on the way to Hoi An.
Hoi An …with one of the many tailor shops

Street Vendors
  
Gongs and lanterns…two popular handicrafts
  
The Chinese temple…a gathering place for the Chinese
  
Inside the Chinese temple …incense coils
  
At the Japanese Bridge
  
Bargaining for elephant pants. Apparently there is a big quality difference between the three dollar ones and the five dollar ones.
 
A vendor at the farmers’ market
 
More shops across the river.
  
Streets in Hoi An
 

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