The beautiful yellow walls of Hội An are enough to keep anyone busy taking pictures for hours, wandering through the streets and alleys that glow with lanterns at night. There are many places to take pictures, but if you want to find the best places for photos look no further. Here are the ten best Instagram spots in Hội An Old Town.
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- 1. Japanese Covered Bridge
- 2. Yellow Walls of Hội An
- 3. An Hội Island — Looking back at Old Town Hội An
- 4. Faifo Coffee
- 5. “Hoi An Vibes Only” sign
- 6. Hội An Alleys
- 7. An Hoi Bridge
- 8. Hội An Market
- 9. Hoi An Lanterns
- 10. Temples in Old Town Hoi An
- Pro Tip
- Hoi An Photo Tours & Workshops — Hoi An 360
- Gallery of Hoi An Photography
1. Japanese Covered Bridge
The Japanese Covered Bridge is an iconic symbol that defines Old Town Hội An. This beautiful arched bridge was built in the 1590s to connect the Japanese quarter to the Chinese quarter, back during a time when Hội An was a bustling international port town. Take a look inside at the monkey and dog protectors on either end of the Japanese Covered Bridge for some close-up pictures, as well as the temple inside the bridge.
Pro tip: get there early in the morning to take pictures without lots of people (7 am). At this time you can also cross the bridge without paying a fee.
2. Yellow Walls of Hội An
The old yellow-walled buildings are everywhere in the ancient city and the photo opportunities are limitless. No Hội An trip is complete without wandering the narrow streets of old town for hours, discovering the many ancient buildings. Each building is different and there are even one or two blue buildings as well as some blue shutters and doors which make for some compelling compositions and vibrant Instagram photos.
3. An Hội Island — Looking back at Old Town Hội An
One of the best views of the yellow buildings in Hội An is from An Hoi island just across the Thu Bồn River looking back at old town. You can take pictures here any time of the day but the morning and evening will have the best light.
As the sun sets, the Thu Bồn River fills with boats and floating candle lanterns providing more opportunities for photography, looking across or down into the river.
Getting to An Hoi Island:
The An Hoi Bridge connects Old Town Hoi An to the Island. It’s a few minutes walk from the Japanese Covered Bridge.
Pro Tip: bring a tripod for some interesting pictures of moving boats as the sun goes down.
4. Faifo Coffee
Faifo Coffee shop has a rooftop terrace overlooking Hội An Old Town. It is one of the best views you can easily get, overlooking the terracotta roofs. The drinks aren’t cheap (38,000 VND for an Americano) but its got a great atmosphere and is well worth a stop if you want to get a view over Hoi An with an Instagram perfect cup of coffee and ancient roofs. Perhaps the best place in Hoi An to take pictures of the roofs.
5. “Hoi An Vibes Only” sign
Not quite as iconic as the yellow walls or Japanese bridge but any search for Hoi An on Instagram will probably bring up pictures of someone in front of the “Hoi An Vibes Only” sign. It’s at the back of the “Sunday in Hoi An” store which sells all kinds of home accessories and nick nacks.
Sunday in Hoi An — 76 Tran Phu Street
Hours: Mon-Sun 9:00 am — 9:00 pm
Google maps has the location of the “Sunday in Hoi An” store a bit wrong but just pay attention to the address and you’ll find it. In front of the store, there is a wooden sign that says “From Hoi An with love!” Another often photographed sign.
6. Hội An Alleys
In addition to exploring all the beautiful storefronts in the ancient city don’t forget to walk down the narrow alleys. Some of the alleys in Hội An have yellow walls some don’t but there are many opportunities to take pictures with converging lines.
7. An Hoi Bridge
The bridge that connects Old Town Hoi An to An Hội island is an often photographed spot. Take pictures of your or your friend in front of the “Hoi An” sign gazing out over the Thu Bồn River. This is also a good place to take pictures of the boats paddling people around on the river. A good spot for photographing the sunset.
8. Hội An Market
The market on the East end of Old Town is surprisingly traditional. Though there might be a bit of tourists later in the day, if you get there early in the morning it is a hectic mix of locals buying and selling all kinds of colorful fruits and vegetables. Lots of photo opportunities, guaranteed to add a splash of color to your Instagram feed.
Bach Dang street runs along the riverfront. Follow it East until you hit the market.
9. Hoi An Lanterns
Another symbol of Hoi An is the lanterns at night. Walk through Old Town Hoi An at sunset as the lanterns begin to turn on. They are strung between buildings and in front of shops. To see the most lanterns for great colorful Instagram pictures, head across the bridge to An Hội island where the night market is full of vendors selling lanterns, food, clothes and various souvenirs.
10. Temples in Old Town Hoi An
Many Chinese temples are scattered about Hội An ancient town with lots of photography options. Old ornate entrance gates, dragons and so much of color! Some temples require a Hoi An Old Town ticket to enter but plenty don’t. If you see something interesting try to enter the temple, if you aren’t allowed as you don’t have a ticket just keep walking, you’ll soon find one that’s free. And they usually aren’t too busy.
Take pictures of reflections! Early in the morning, the water on the Thu Bon River is a good place to photograph reflections of old town Hoi An. After a good rainstorm, you can also find some interesting reflections. Get down low with your camera and discover a new perspective.
If you are in Hoi An and are looking for a photo tour you’re in luck! I am now offering Hoi An Photo Tours and Workshops via Hoi An 360. Join us in the morning in Old Town Hoi An or in the afternoon on our Countryside and Culture Photo Tour. For more information check out the Hoi An 360 website here.
Gallery of Hoi An Photography
Did you find the article helpful? Any places I’ve missed. Let me know how your visit to Hoi An went in the comments.