The ancient town of Hoi An was my favorite in Vietnam and this photo captures the magic I remembered. The buildings painted a golden yellow. And there are lanterns everywhere!
In the daytime it’s a treat to walk around the town – the Unesco heritage site has ensured the buildings from centuries gone by remain intact.

By day the Thu Bon River is still used by fishing boats, vendors transporting wares and tours. And by night the waterway provides a beautiful canvas to reflect the lights of the city along with lanterns and floating illuminated offerings.

I captured this photo on the opposite side of the river and intentionally captures several of the small boats with one in the center of the photo ferrying a woman holding her candle-lit offering. The watery reflections remind of what the impressionist painters must have seen that inspired their movement.