Colors of Hoi An I — The Story
Colors of Hoi An
This photo is part of “Colors of Hoi An” — a photography project to highlight the bold colors of Hoi An, Vietnam, juxtaposed with the daily life of the locals. Click here to learn more about “Colors of Hoi An”.
Thuý, 53, rides through the UNESCO Heritage site, Hoi An Ancient Town. Located along the banks of the Thu Bon river in Central Vietnam, Hoi An is a small town that boomed for hundreds of years as an international trading port.
Every morning at 7 AM Thuý cooks ốc lễ (sea snails) and rides around Hoi An, selling them to locals from the red bucket on her bicycle. Traveling street food vendors are a common sight across Vietnam, selling a smorgasbord of delicious foods. All from what I like to call, their “self-contained mobile restaurants”. It’s something I’d never seen before coming to Vietnam. A charming part of Vietnamese culture.
For most of her life, Thuý has been a street food vendor In Hoi An. “Selling sea snails has been my job for more than 2 decades. In the past, in addition to selling snails, I sold clams and corn too.”
She has witnessed the transformation of Hoi An since it became a tourist destination. “Since there has been more tourist in the Old Town, people decorate it so it is more beautiful now.” Decorations that aim to enhance the charm of the well-preserved heritage site.
The unique old town charm lives on in Hoi An’s buildings and people. A small capsule of a time long since gone.
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