Postcards from Hoi An, Vietnam

Hoi An’s main market flourishes early in the morning before the day’s heat intrudes. Boats arrive by river, bringing passengers with produce to sell, and their bicycles; to join the catch brought in by the fishing boats that have spent the night off the coast.

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In this UNESCO world heritage listed ancient town, a magnet for local and overseas tourists, the traditional Vietnamese conical hat – nón lá (leaf hat) -retains pride of place as preferred headgear..

Someone has to make the noodles to go with all this food. Just like using an Italian pasta maker.

Away from the busy market, boats lie waiting for their passengers to arrive later in the day.

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Meanwhile, some traders prefer the cool of the evening and a relaxed position.