Wednesday Wanderlust: Hoi An
This is the last post of my Vietnam trip & I saved my favourite to last! I loved this little UNESCO town of Hoi An (formerly known as Faifo), situated in the centre of Vietnam. The colours & architecture of the historic tiny buildings were what attracted me to come here as they're just stunningly gorgeous. I took about a million photos & almost all of them were perfect & different, no editing required.
In the afternoons & evenings, the little streets are bustling with people checking out local shops for crafts, souvenirs, clothing & trying out the local cuisine from the street vendors or restaurants, there are plenty of them around. However, if you’re wanting to get some awesome shots of the streets & architecture, you have to get there super early. I got there around 6:30am & saw the town slowly waking up: shop vendors opening their stores, people going to the market by the harbour, sun rising, people going places. But before it got busy once again, I managed to get amazing snaps of everything in the empty streets of Hoi An. & most importantly, I chose Hoi An to shoot my 2017 collection lookbook of cushions (which I still have some available). I couldn’t wait to edit the images & work on the lookbook, as they came out so well, probably even better than I thought.
I mainly worked in front of the shops before they opened up. I got carried away a little & the owners of one of the shops turned up & saw me on their doorstep. Luckily, they were really nice & initiated a conversation & were interested in what I was doing. This allowed me to practice talking about my work & brand & what it represents.
Hoi An streets are full of gorgeous colourful lanterns & at night you can fully see the interesting shapes brightening up the streets. Definitely a sight to see.
I watched the sunset from the harbour & I thought it was a perfect location to do so. I also stumbled upon Faifo Coffee that has three floors & a rooftop terrace where you can see the town far out & the mountains in the distance. If you’d like to watch the sunset from here, I’d recommend to come early & secure a seat!
I stayed in a super beautiful hotel Cozy Villa which had a cute little pool, was in a nice location & like most hotels offered bikes to cycle around town & explore. I took my camera & cushions & went on my morning journey. I totally recommend hopping on one & venturing out to the rice fields & there’s a nice beach close by too.
I loved this place so much & really wish I stayed here longer, or maybe forever! If you’re planning a Vietnam trip, put Hoi An on the list of places to see.