Playing musical chairs for a sunset in Hoi An, Vietnam, Southeast Asia

Playing musical chairs for a sunset in Hoi An, Vietnam, Southeast Asia

Playing musical chairs for a sunset in Hoi An, Vietnam, Southeast Asia


"There is nothing more musical than a sunset." - Claude Debussy

Hoi An is located on the coast of the South China Sea in central Vietnam. It was an important Vietnamese trading center in the 16th and 17th centuries and as a result it is has a mixture of Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese and French architecture. In 1999 the old town was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

One of the landmark images of the town is the 400 year old Japanese Covered Bridge. For two nights in a row I tried to photograph it at twilight. For some reason somebody decided not to light the bridge up and besides my table top tripod kept shaking like a California earthquake whenever pedestrians would walk on the wooden footbridge it was situated on.

On the second night I decided to switch over to the New Bridge (what the locals called it) that spanned the Thu Bon River, which thankfully was only a couple of footsteps away. I occasionally would walk over to see if they illuminated the Japanese Covered Bridge but to no avail.

So after playing some musical chairs I captured a glorious sunset in Hoi An, Vietnam.

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Read more about Old town

The beaches and corals may take centre stage on Ko Lanta, but to the east lies a minor player with no desire to make headlines.

Old Town, or Sang Kha Ou, is a remarkable community that has survived a tsunami and, so far, warded off overdevelopment. As the only real community on Ko Lanta's east coast, it almost revels in its isolation and couldn't be further removed from the beaches and resorts on the west coast.

A mix of Thais, Muslims, Chinese and sea gypsies, the old town has an old world feel thanks to rickety old wooden shops and homes built on stilts that sit out over the sea.

In 2004 the Asian tsunami tore the pier into two pieces, and some of the rubble can still be seen lying next to its replacement. The sea gypsies that lost their boats and therefore livelihoods are still here and now live in new orange bungalows provided by a Christian charity.

On Sundays a lively market is held in one corner of the town, where Muslim women sit and gossip while others sell ... Read our complete Old town travel guide

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