Hoi An enters tourist hibernation

 Hoi An has been quiet for months as Covid-19 kept tourists away, a blessing for preserving the old town, but a loss to locals who depend on tourism for a living.

A man stands alone at a seafood restaurant closed due to Covid restrictions at Duy Ha Beach to the south of Hoi An, Sept. 5, 2021.

The ‘Hidden beach’, between An Bang and Cua Dai, is empty at sunrise, Aug. 17, 2021.

A man sits in his souvenir shop at night, April 15, 2021.

An empty tailor shop in the old town, Aug. 28, 2021. Customers at local tailor shops are typically tourists.

A boat driver waits for customers to take a tour on the Thu Bon River, April 15, 2021.

An old woman sells paper lanterns by the Thu Bon River near Lantern Bridge, April 8, 2021.

An empty vending machine in the old town, April 20, 2021.

An abandoned construction project on Cua Dai Beach, July 27, 2021.

A few people drive along a usually crowded street in the old town, Aug. 8, 2021.

Kids play in the old town, Aug. 7, 2021. Without tourists and shops closed, local kids have the roads and sidewalks to themselves.

A dad and his son cycle towards the old town, Aug. 9, 2021.

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