Hoi An: The Most Photogenic Place in Vietnam

Hi lovelies! It has been far too long since I last posted, so thank you if you have stuck with me! It was never my plan to leave writing up all of my travel posts until I arrived home. But I naively travelled equipped with just my iPad, thinking that that would be all I would need. Boy was I wrong! The process of uploading photos to my iPad, editing them, and then uploading them one by one to my blog, all on poor wifi was a total drag, and it was taking HOURS. And made blogging very unenjoyable, so I decided to leave it until I got home.

Of course, in true long haul flight style, I managed to pick up an awful flu on the journey home, which still hasn’t gone away. But I have sifted through and edited pictures in their thousands, and hopefully whittled them down to an acceptable number. I have also never before had the experience of recovering from 3 months in a different time zone. That really was a whole new world of jet lag!

Hoi An Ancient Town Bicycle

Hoi An Ancient Town Lanterns

Hoi An Ancient Town Building

Hoi An is truly one of the most breathtaking and beautiful places I have ever visited. I adored Vietnam as a whole. It was one of my favourite destinations we explored within our 3 months. But Hoi An has something special, standing in a league of it’s own.

I’d heard things about the beautiful lanterns adorning the streets. But never did I expect there to be so many. Lighting up the town in the colours of the rainbow. We arrived in Hoi An in the evening, and decided to take a walk into the Ancient Town Centre. I remember turning a corner, seeing a street filled with lanterns, and being so excited, thinking this is it, we’d found the magic! But we turned again, corner after corner and on it went. Every street glistened with hundreds of lanterns in every colour imaginable, I was in total awe. From that moment, I knew I was going to love Hoi An.

Vietnam is such a vast country, with so many places to visit, that are all so different. But if there’s one place that you must have on your list, it’s Hoi An. We spent our days going on bike rides, taking cooking classes, having clothes tailored and exploring the Ancient Town. And our nights enjoying the street entertainment and buzz of the Ancient Town Centre.

Whilst I adore Hoi An, it’s probably the most touristy place we visited in all of Vietnam. There are literally people filling the streets, everyone trying to get those perfect lantern shots. But somehow, through this it still manages to maintain it’s perfect quaintness and charm.

Thanks so much for reading, and for sticking with me! I hope you are enjoying my travel posts. Let me know if you have visited Hoi An and if you loved it as much as I did!

Hoi An Ancient Town Lanterns at Night

Hoi An Ancient Town Lanterns at Night

Hoi An Ancient Town Lanterns at Night

Hoi An Ancient Town Building

Hoi An Ancient Town Building

Hoi An Ancient Town Building

Hoi An Ancient Town Lanterns at Night

  • I love all of those lanterns hanging in the streets – so pretty!


  • Beautiful photos – and that romper looks so good on you!

    Teesh ♥ || Adventures of Cupcake Girl

  • Wow, stunning! These pictures are everything, it sounds like the trip of a lifetime xxx

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

    • Thanks Kiran! It was amazing! Few more travel posts to come 🙂 xx

  • Natalie

    I hope you feel better soon! I haven’t been to Hoi An (or anywhere in Vietnam for that matter..) but have heard good things!

    • Thankyou! <3 Just this cough that's hanging around now! It is amazing, such a different world than what we are used to ! xx

  • Hi Frances, so happy to read Vietnam was your favourite destination whilst you was travelling! Hoi An looks amazing, so vibrant and the lanterns look so pretty. I don’t like to blog on holiday, it’s too much faff hehe.

    • Thanks Hanh! Vietnam is incredible, so much to see and do there, I would love to go back one day! xx

  • Lisa Autumn

    This looks like such an amazing place!

    xx Lisa | lisaautumn.com

  • Oh wow Hoi An looks absolutely dreamy! I have heard amazing things about this place, especially the beaut lanterns. I totally get ya on blogging on the move. I thought I was gonna get them out with such ease but it was so difficult I did the same as you! Cannot wait to see more travel posts lovely lady 🙂 Immy x


    • I’d heard things too, but it’s just so much more beautiful than I ever imagined! Haha, it’s not easy!! I don’t know why I thought i’d be able to do it all on my iPad, but lesson learned! xx

  • I’ll be traveling to Vietnam this summer, and Hoi-An is in my itinerary! 🙂
    Mischa xxx

    • Oh my goodness, that is so exciting! I hope you love it as much as I did and have the best time!! Where else in Vietnam are you going? xxx

      • I know!! Its an incredibly affordable/cheap country from what I’ve heard. So far Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh and Hoi An! 🙂

        Mischa xxxx


        • It is! Everything is so inexpensive, you almost feel bad paying that low of a price for things! Great choices, I loved all of those three! We also visited Mui Ne and Nha Trang but I think if I had to pick 3 out of the 5 I would go for Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh and Hoi An 🙂 xx