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Nature, it’s good for you.  #latergram #upperleftusa #northwestisbest #nature #pnw #getoutdoors

Nature, it’s good for you. #latergram #upperleftusa #northwestisbest #nature #pnw #getoutdoors

Happy #earthday! I’m grateful to live in a region with such beauty. #pnw #upperleftusa

Happy #earthday! I’m grateful to live in a region with such beauty. #pnw #upperleftusa

Enchanted.  #pnw #northwestisbest #treelove #waterfall #latergram

Enchanted. #pnw #northwestisbest #treelove #waterfall #latergram

Hoi An, Vietnam

Hoi An was one of those places where when I mentioned that I was going, people would say, “Oh, you’d love it.”  I can 100 percent see why people would say that.  The town is 100 times more charming than Hanoi. Lanterns hang from everywhere and they lit up the town at night.  Old ladies sell floating candles by the river and the architecture is preserved to give tourists that old trading town by the river feel.  It’s easy to get around Hoi An, especially in the Old Town area, where vehicles are prohibited.  To bike from the Old Town to the nearby beach only takes 30 minutes, and there, delicious seafood awaits.  

But the truth is, while I did many fun things in and around Hoi An, I did not love it.  I’ve come to realize that I like the extremes of bustling places like Bangkok or super scenic places filled with nature-y things.  Hoi An was not quite bustling enough or scenic enough. However, I did get a ton of pictures out of it (Check them out ).

WEIFEI ZHENG PHOTOGRAPHY: Vietnam &emdash; Lanterns, Hoi An

Lanterns everywhere.

WEIFEI ZHENG PHOTOGRAPHY: Vietnam &emdash; Hoi An, Vietnam

Enjoyed meandering through random museums and art galleries, some of the silk galleries were amazing.

WEIFEI ZHENG PHOTOGRAPHY: Vietnam &emdash; Hoi An, Vietnam

Assembly halls were places where the Chinese who migrated socialized.  This one was for people from the Fukien province. Given that I am from there, I had to pay a visit!

WEIFEI ZHENG PHOTOGRAPHY: Vietnam &emdash; Hoi An, Vietnam The best thing I did in Hoi An was to take a food tour with “The Original Taste of Hoi An.” Being introduced to delicious variety of food was fun for a food lover like me, but what made it special was the connection Neville, the retired Aussie tour guide, made with the locals and the care and kindness he expressed for the community, like this woman here. 

WEIFEI ZHENG PHOTOGRAPHY: Vietnam &emdash; Hoi An, Vietnam I biked to the beach with the mission of finding some delicious seafood. Mission was accomplished. Though it was so cold that I had to move away from my water view to warmer pastures.

WEIFEI ZHENG PHOTOGRAPHY: Vietnam &emdash; Hoi An, Vietnam

 Took a stroll through the market prior to taking a cooking class, where I learned to make papaya salad and spring rolls.  

WEIFEI ZHENG PHOTOGRAPHY: Vietnam &emdash; Hoi An, Vietnam

I did a motorbike tour to see the Hoi An countryside. Unfortunately for me, I do not know how to ride a motorbike and had to ride on the back of one. That was considerably less fun than getting to ride your own. 

Trees, they’re my fave. #pnw #northwestisbest #upperleftusa #treelove #latergram

Trees, they’re my fave. #pnw #northwestisbest #upperleftusa #treelove #latergram

#nature #tree #moss #northwestisbest #upperleftusa #green

#nature #tree #moss #northwestisbest #upperleftusa #green

Skookum falls. #soundofwater #northwestisbest #pnw #upperleftusa #waterfall

 Check out my gallery on bikes in Bejing here and my related blog post.
Believe it or not, this bike was used to carried a whole load of things…I love that it’s yellow and that the seat is falling off.

 Check out my gallery on bikes in Bejing here and my related blog post.

Believe it or not, this bike was used to carried a whole load of things…I love that it’s yellow and that the seat is falling off.

In the old quarters of Hanoi, a shop with old, used things.
Visit my gallery for the full set of my pictures from Vietnam.

In the old quarters of Hanoi, a shop with old, used things.

Visit my gallery for the full set of my pictures from Vietnam.