Hoi An, Vietnam

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Hoi An, Vietnam

By |2018-07-15T09:23:28+00:00November 12th, 2011|Categories: Photography, Travel|Tags: |3 Comments

Camera: iPhone 4

I’m currently in Hoi An, Vietnam and have been in Vietnam for one week. So far I’ve traveled to Ho Chi Minh City, the Mekong Delta, Nha Trang and I have a few days left in Hoi An before heading up North. I still have about two weeks left, and so far I’ve gotten some great photos and had many unforgettable experiences.

When I told many of my photographer friends I was headed here, they all told me they were jealous … and now I know why. This place is a photographer’s paradise. So much activity, the people are gorgeous and friendly, and the scenery is amazing. I’ve actually been enjoying the “mostly cloudy” weather, with a bit of rain, and a few days of sunshine … my skin doesn’t like the bright sunlight, and it allows me to photograph in the middle of the day in areas that would normally be reserved for the softer morning or evening light.

I photographed the above scene off a street in Hoi An (this shot was with my iPhone). I got up very early, about 5:00 am, to walk down and see the hustle and bustle of the fish market. The nice thing about this time of day is that it wasn’t crowded with tourists (I only saw a few other “westerners”, and they both had cameras like me) and the streets away from the market were fairly empty and free of people in general. I doubt that this scene would have looked the same if I had waited a few hours to head out with my camera.

About the Author:

Nicole S. Young is a professional photographer and published author whose love of photography and teaching has grown into an online business where she creates training materials and resources for other photographers. Nicole is best known for her books on food photography, but is widely versed in a variety of photographic genres, including landscape, travel, lifestyle, and even underwater photography. You can learn more about Nicole's work on her website, nicolesy.com.


  1. Burt November 12, 2011 at 1:32 pm - Reply

    I was in Hoi An 2 weeks ago, and loved it. Unfortunately, I found North Vietnam a bit of a bummer. People there are dirtier, too much begging (none in the South) and generally less happy. I did a photo blog on my trip (Cambodia and Vietnam), which you can see at:


    I really recommend contacting Etienne Bossot while in Hoi An. A professional French photographer living in Hoi An, he can get you into the homes of people in the surrounding villages, where you will see his photos on their walls.


    (I tried to leave this on Google+, but it wouldn’t let me post there?)

  2. Chris Plante November 12, 2011 at 11:55 pm - Reply

    That’s awesome! I am on my way right now. Seriously. Wife and I have a red eye in a few hours. We’ll be in Vietnam and Cambodia for 4 weeks.

  3. Pepy @Indonesia Eats November 21, 2011 at 12:09 pm - Reply

    iPhone is an awesome gadget for photography too! I’d love to visit Vietnam one day

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