Some things to see in Hoi An
Maybe because of its world heritage status Hoi An is very organised for tourist. You can buy one ticket to cover the six main attractions in town all walkable from each other and its not expensive costing four whole British pounds!
I managed three of the six attractions starting with an old traditional Vietnamese house. It is quite small and you are only able to walk around some of the downstairs which is fair enough as I think it is actually someones home.
Next was the Assembly halls and temple. A very crowded visit as the heavens had opened and everyone in town was trying to find rainy day activities, including very large groups of Chinese tourists who wanted photos of themselves standing next to everything in there. Cultural differences are so interesting to observe. I don’t like my photo taken most of the time and frankly would consider an image of an ornate temple ruined if my face was in the middle of it where as the Chinese seem to not be very interested in a picture of anything without themselves in it! This made me sharpen my photography skills and learn extreme patience for that afternoon.
Something that amused me slightly (I hope that is not to irreverent) was the range of cakes that had been left as offerings…I think there might be a project in that somewhere.
Finally some floor patterns…by the way I am happy to see my feet in photos for some reason…I’m a little odd I know.
Finally on to the Japanese covered bridge from the early 17th century in the area that used to be the Japanese quarter. This too was incredibly crowded… The thing I liked the best here was some really old photographs showing the bridge in the past they were exquisite. And looking back at my photos now I see there isn’t actually one from outside I think it was because the rain was so very heavy at the time.