I didn’t get to spend nearly as much time in Vietnam as I would’ve liked. But the truth is, by the time I reached Hoi Chi Minn City, I was exhausted and my ankle was killing me, and one of my wounds looked infected. Thank God, I got to land in the air conditioned, washing machine-equipped apartment of my dear friends Jesse and Luisa. I ended up just literally chilling with them in their air conditioned apartment for almost a week. I didn’t take that many pictures around Ho Chi Minn, other than our epic engagement shoot, instead I did a lot of eating, hanging out, and knocking back BIG beers. We had a blast, and they were such caring hosts and friends. Love you guys!
Jesse and Luisa encouraged me to book a flight and see one of their favorite cities in Vietnam, Hoi An. Not only is it one of the most amazing little towns I’ve seen in all my travels, I also got to meet April and Zach, who have become long-term travel friends. I joined Zach and some other travelers in biking to a nearby beach, where we enjoyed a hot afternoon in the sun and sea. Heaven! I stayed at place called Lucky House, and across the street I met a crew of about a dozen Vietnamese men who took me in during my stay. Some ladies might be sketched out when a large group of shirtless foreign men start shouting and insisting she drink with them, but they didn’t have to ask me twice! I obliged, and I ended up hanging out with them every day. Thy sat outside drinking coffee and playing chess in the mornings, and sharing food and drinking (lots) of beer in the evenings. One of them even had me over to him and his wife’s house for lunch, which was DELICIOUS.
If you find yourself in Vietnam, you cannot skip Hoi An. It’s a little touristy, but for good reason, if you’re like me, you’ll find the locals and the town’s underbelly. Here are some of my favorite shots from Hoi An.
got a little turned around on a side road and chatted with this woman who sold me a cold drink
clothing shop, pajama party in the background
bought a couple bracelets from these nice ladies
i freaking love these guys
if you want to shop, hoi an is the place to go, custom made everything
i stumbled upon this woman singing karoke by herself, LOVE HER
the sandwich lady!! ate about 20 of these things
my friends who hosted me for lunch
one of the only shots i took in ho chi minh, the view from jesse and luisa’s apartment
Photography by New York City Photographer Erica Camille. Follow me on Facebook.