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On the banks of the Thu Bon River, 30 km south of Da Nang, lies the ancient town of Hoi An. Occupied by early western traders, Hoi An was one of the major trading centers of Southeast Asia in the 16th century. Hoi An has a distinct Chinese atmosphere with low, tile-roofed houses and narrow streets. The original structure of some of these streets still remains almost intact. Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO Hoi An ancient town is exceptionally well preserved.

Cars are forbidden in Hoi An and motorbikes are banned from entering historic streets most of the day. What a reflief for anybody coming from Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City! Bicycles own the streets as it was the case many years ago all over Vietnam.

Following suggestions from Sabyasachi (sabyasachi1212), David (banyanman) and Grazyna (ninaL), I post in a workshop an enhanced version of the picture with less blue and a different crop.

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Additional Photos by JM Hullot (vincz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2604 W: 77 N: 5252] (19113)
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