Sitting in a small garden sipping tea in Hoi An, a small town in the Central of Vietnam, the concept of silence represents itself as all things do. This embodied its own tranquility into the landscapes: the hundred years old houses, the lanterns, the streets and the people.
You can ride your bicycle passing by small alleys, have a walk through temples and old houses, take a motorcycle to pass by the fresh market; or have a hair cut in a barber shop by an old man who has lived there all his life; as slow as life here is.
The guiding lights of the whole town are lanterns. This iconic sign adds another photogenic detail to light up Hoi An. A town’s full of lanterns.
Next to the old town are beaches. An Bang Beach is 15 minutes drive from the central market, is one of the best beach in the area. You can stay by the deckhouse either in the early morning or sunset. Time stands still here.
My Son Sanctuary, 40km away from the old town inside the forest, lays the remains of an old kingdom dated back from the 4th century. The stray dogs here will lead you from ruined temples to temples, which were built to worship God Shiva.
Then we go back to town by boat. It slowly drifts through Thu Bon River, blends into the quietness of life as it is floating on the surface of the water. In Hoi An, silence does not mean the absence of noise, but the representation of stillness.
Video by hoangkylan. Music by Aphex Twin.