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Today, pictures from valued commenter Le Comte de Monte Cristo, fka Edmund Dantes.

This set of photos was taken in the vicinity of Hoi An, south of Da Nang and Hue. Hoi An is an old city situated on a river a few miles from the sea. It is known as a city of lanterns, and is loaded with bars and restaurants. At night, the place is magic as the lanterns are lit and boat tours are done. It is very walkable, and there is also a great street market.

River and Connecting Canal

Taken on 2018-01-10

Hoi An, Vietnam

This was the morning view from our room

3 in 1 Coffee Packet

Taken on 2018-01-10

Hoi An, Vietnam

The Vietnamese love their sweetened coffee (as is demonstrated by cà phê sữa đá). In the hotel rooms we stayed in, they didn’t have dedicated coffee makers in rooms – they had water boilers and packets of instant coffee. This product was fairly common – it had sugar and some powdered milk included, and was much better than expected. What I loved about it was the imagery on the packet – clearly if you drink it, you get a nice suit, a beautiful woman and a helicopter (either that, or you help the company honcho get a beautiful woman and a helicopter).

Seems so Communist, LOL.

Lanterns from a Cyclo

Taken on 2018-01-10

Hoi An, Vietnam

These were hanging everywhere

People Really Wear Them

Taken on 2018-01-10

Hoi An, Vietnam

The hats were very prevalent outside major cities. They are apparently very functional, as my experience with one later on in Laos will attest.

Japanese Bridge

Taken on 2018-01-10

Hoi An, Vietnam

This is a centuries old bridge. Flooding in the area is common during the rainy season, and the water very nearly reaches the rafters.

Sculpture in a Chinese Temple

Taken on 2018-01-10

Hoi An, Vietnam

This is a sculpture in an animist temple dedicated to a goddess of the sea.

One of Many Shrines

Taken on 2018-01-10

Hoi An, Vietnam

There were multiple shrines inside


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14 replies
  1. 1

    I’m getting a crick in my neck with the 3rd and 4th pics.

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    raven says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: It’s not a crick it’s a pond!

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    Betty Cracker says:

    My uncle was in Vietnam in 1968 or so (draftee, not tourist) and brought one of those hats back as a souvenir. It was part of the decor in my grandparents’ house for decades. I always wondered if the hats were like wooden shoes from the Netherlands, i.e., more of a symbol than something people actually wear. Now I know! Great photos — thanks!

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: lol

    @raven: lol

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    Le Comte de Monte Cristo, fka Edmund Dantes says:

    @Betty Cracker:

    Those hats are really functional – great sunshade, and they are seated via a woven crown, so they vent really well.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    @Le Comte de Monte Cristo, fka Edmund Dantes:
    In my part of south-east Asia we have dish-covers of very similar shape, which are sometimes sold as souvenirs to tourists — who then wear the things on their heads.

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    Le Comte de Monte Cristo, fka Edmund Dantes says:

    @Amir Khalid:

    That’s awesome😄.

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    Waratah says:

    Terrific photos Le Comte.

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    MomSense says:

    All wonderful, but I especially like the statue to the goddess of the sea. Animist art is so beautiful.

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    eclare says:

    Great photos!

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    Waratah says:

    For some reason balloon juice does not remember me so I am trying again. This is a test.
    My cookies are not turned off so I do not know what the problem is.

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    Tenar Arha says:

    @Le Comte de Monte Cristo, fka Edmund Dantes: I learned to love drinking coffee however locals preferred it when I lived in France, mostly because it always tasted better somehow.

    But I still fondly remember drinking the Greek version of iced coffee (also made with Nescafé) during the two and a half weeks I spent wandering around the Peloponnesus while visiting all the ruins, the beach, and Athens one summer. Sounds like the Vietnamese version would be delicious with or without helicopters and evening wear.

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    J R in WV says:

    Thank you so much Le Comte, wonderful pics, although a couple seem about 90 degrees off…heh.

    Keep up the good work!! We’re getting close to our big bucket list trip this year, at least the first one. I’ll keep you all posted!!

    Billin, we’ll be in LA on the end of the trip for some urban decompression!! We’re flying through LA to Baja California on March 1 back on the 10th.

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    Origuy says:

    I live in a part of San Jose that has a lot of Vietnamese people. I see the conical hats every once in a while, mostly on older people. I think you can buy them in Little Saigon.

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