On the Dragon’s Back
of Hoi An
There is no other place in Vietnam like the historic
town of Hoi An. Designated A World Heritage Site by Unesco the town attracts
a steady flow of local and foreign visitors. Yet this is no museum but an active,
bustling place with narrow streets, old merchant houses, temples, a lively market,
friendly people and great food.
This book takes you wandering through the streets,
where you encounter a captivating cast of characters, discover temples and old
courtyard houses and try out some of the local food.
A fascinating and worthy
tribute to this charming Vietnamese town.
About the author:
Dutch photographer Hans Kemp has
spent most of his adult live photographing all corners of Asia. His images and
stories have appeared in numerous magazines across all continents.
resides in Vietnam from where he continues traveling and photographing the region,
looking for those little known, unique aspects of everyday life.
For more info: www.hanskemp.com
On my first visit to Hoi
An in 1991, I, like any other foreigner, was not allowed to stay overnight because
the only accommodation available was deemed by the local authorities to be well
below the standard foreigners were accustomed to.
As of today there are more than
2,000 beds available to visitors of Hoi An. I feel that I have been lucky
to capture the town at the right moment and can only hope that being a World
Heritage Site will guarantee its preservation as a living, breathing monument.