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Hoi An, Vietnam (2008)

Hoi An is a very interesting historic town along the coast of central Vietnam, just south of Danang. It was once an important trading center, with much influence from resident Japanese and Chinese merchants during the 16th-18th centuries. Fortunately, Hoi An suffered little from the bombing during the 'American war' that heavily damaged nearby areas.

Today, fishing in the Thu Bon River and nearby ocean remains an important economic activity. Like Hanoi, Hoi An shows the vibrant optimism of Vietnam's expanding capitalist! economy. Hoi An was the only part of our trip where we experienced the truly enervating heat that is possible in the tropics -- it was about 95-100 degrees every day with high humidity so we did most of our exploring, and photography, between 5:00 and 8:00 am or late in the day after 5:00 pm.
Early morning in Hoi An Clothing shop in Hoi An Marketing vegetables in Hoi An Hoi An market The Tin Man
Mother and masked child The iceman Evening rush hour on Cam Nam bridge Little emperor #1
Little emperor #2 Vietnamese tourists photo op at Phuc Kien Assembly Hall. This is the guide taking a group photo. Evening  on Cam Nam bridge Watching the fishing boats The majority of Hoi An 'fishermen' are actually women
Unloading fish at the market
These families live on their fishing boats, here anchored under the Cam Nam bridge. Net fishing Net fishing under the bridge As with all of SE Asia,  the entrepreneurial energy of women has been important in Vietnam's economic resurgence
Maneuvering her boat toward the dock Coming home after a night of fishing
Cell phones as part of the fishing business Early morning preparations Who has the right of way? Unloading the night's catch at the market Waiting to unload the night's catch
Tourist boat Weighing, recording, off-loading the fish at the market (and also a chance to check your text messages)