FEAST YOUR EYES ON HOI AN’S COLORFUL NATURAL BEAUTY
Hoi An Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a beautiful and fascinating place to visit at any time of the year. However, during the summer months it becomes even more picturesque as this is when the myriad of flowers and trees come into full bloom. Visitors at this time of year are in for an extra special treat.
The most eye-catching, abundant and popular of these floral displays is the Great Bougainvillea, or Hoa Giấy in Vietnamese, also known as the Paper Flower. The majority of balconies and terraces of the ancient town’s characteristic wooden buildings are covered in the distinctive cerise colored flowers, whilst some species also display orange or white flowers.
Another breathtaking sight is the Golden Shower Tree, or Muồng Hoàng Yến, to give it its Vietnamese name. The trees are a mass of bright yellow hanging flowers that greatly enhance the traditional sunshine yellow façades of the ancient buildings.
Yet another delight during the summer months is the Chinese Honeysuckle – Hoa Giun or Hoa Sử Quân Tử. The flowers are colored red and white and this honeysuckle is usually grown in-front of houses and restaurants, probably because everyone enjoys the wonderfully heady scent it gives off after dark.
The Peacock Flower Tree, Con Công in Vietnamese, bears yellow flowers which are shed quite liberally, making a beautiful golden carpet on the ground.
These floral displays combined with Hoi An’s iconic lanterns create a truly breathtaking vista throughout the town. So take a leisurely stroll through the streets, feast your eyes on the colorful beauty and make full use of your camera to capture the glories nature has on offer for you.