Photo: Hoi An's markets make for great photos.

Do-it-yourself photo tour

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Hoi An is as photogenic as it gets. To help you make the most of Hoi An's picture-perfect charms, here are some tips on getting an album full of great shots. Get those memory cards ready.

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The historic town is normally crawling with tourists and it’s hard to take a photo without someone else’s selfie stick in the way. But the town is blissfully quiet early in the morning, before 07:00. It’s the calm before the storm: tour groups have yet to arrive, streets are empty and shops are slowly awakening from their slumber. This is when you can take a picture of that canary yellow building blanketed in pink bougainvillea and bathed in gentle light. Get into those narrow side lanes, get out of the tourist centre and you’ll discover that working Hoi An has been going full throttle since dawn. Locals will be slurping up bowls of noodle soup, sipping Vietnamese coffee and delivering kids to school. Head out there and you'll capture some great street food and street scenes.

Get out of bed early for the best shots, sleepy head. Photo taken in or around Do-it-yourself photo tour, Hoi An, Vietnam by Cindy Fan.

Get out of bed early for the best shots, sleepy head. Photo: Cindy Fan

Markets always make for interesting sights, be it a colourful fruit and vegetable still life or a shot of bustling activity – don’t get in the way of the deliveries! Hoi An's main market is packed with seven-pigs-on-a-motorbike photo opportunities.

Taking photos of people takes some delicacy – how would you like it if you were going about your business and someone stuck a lens in your face? Or photographed your child? Developing a rapport with someone is important, not only so you know it’s okay to take a photograph, but also for the subject to warm up to you. The same applies to water buffalo -- sure, they are cute but they frighten easily. Leave the poor beasts alone unless the owner (whom they trust) is ... Travelfish members only (Around 700 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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