The old town of Hoi An really comes alive after dark.  After the heat of the day has subsided, the evening is the time for the locals to come out to play, chat with neighbours or eat dinner with friends. 


These days, the streets are crowded with tourists who come to soak up the atmosphere, marvel at all the brightly lit lanterns, wander in and out of the colourful shops and enjoy the local food.  The river is thronged with little wooden boats offering trips up and down the river and lantern sellers offer floating candles for you to wish upon and send your thoughts, prayers and hopes gliding down the silken waters to the sea.


I love the glow of dim lights in dark courtyards, the lure of a narrow alley lit only by one old bulb or light spilling from a restaurant. Sticking to the alley-ways is a good way to avoid the meandering crowds as well.


Acrylic on canvas - 45 x50cm

Spirit of the night by Bridget March