There are so many things to see, do, eat and sleep in Hoi An Old Town, so the visitors often are confused while planning and exploring. Starting the research from the maps makes everything become easier and the stress may be down. In this article, helpful maps are provided in order to allow you to keep relaxed. Save them online in your computer or smartphone, and use them later.
One of the maps showcases the boundaries that Unesco designated to protect the best-preserved Asian trading town. If would like to walk in, visitors need to pay an entrance ticket and by it, five sightseeing places and a performance house open the door. Ticketed venues are the highlight, and have the most incredible things to show. To eat, there are so many restaurants, eateries and street food stands available throughout the day, to choose from. To unwind or wake up yourself, coffee shops in the town serve the best cups, with beans imported from the Central Highlands. While roaming around, don’t forget to check out instagrammable spots for social media or souvenir shops to buy some to bring home. If expecting a kool experience, a boat ride on the Thu Bon River is definitely the choice. Map for where to stay in Hoi An Old Town is also attached below.
Table of content
- 1 Travel Guide to Hoi An Old Town
- 2 First Map: Hoi An Old Town Map – Unesco Designated Areas
- 3 2nd Map: Hoi An Old Town Ticket – Counters & Included Sites
- 4 3rd Map: Hoi An Old Town Accommodation
- 5 4th Map: Hoi An Old Town Restaurants
- 6 5th Map: Hoi An Old Town Food – Street Foods
- 7 6th Map: Hoi An Old Town Boats – Piers and Popular Routes
- 8 7th Map: Instagrammable Spots in Hoi An Old Town
- 9 8th Map: Hoi An Old Town Souvenir – Places to Buy
- 10 9th Map: Tailors in Hoi An
- 11 10th Map: Coffee Shops in Hoi An Old Town
- 12 11st Map: Spas in Hoi An Old Town
- 13 12nd Map: Hoi An Temples and Pagodas
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- 19 The Bamboo Circus Show (Teh Dar Show) at Hoi An Lune Center
- 20 Cycling in Hoi An: Rental, Where to Cycle and Tours
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- 24 Cua Dai Beach: The Famous Beach of Hoi An
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- 28 Hoi An Wet Season: What to Do in Hoi An When It Rains?
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- 31 Am Phu Cave Complete Travel Guide
- 32 Hoi An or Hue: Which is Better?
- 33 The Official Hoi An Travel Guide (MUST READ)
- 34 The Hoi An Market (Hoi An Central Market) Complete Guide
- 35 Hoi An Memories Show: The Best of Hoi An Impression Theme Park
- 36 Hoi An Bridge: Famous Bridges in Hoi An
- 37 How to Get From Hoi An to My Son Sanctuary
- 38 Hoi An’s Chinese Assembly Halls and Chinese Temples
- 39 Hoi An Walking Tours: Heritage, Foods, Photography & Locals
- 40 Hoi An Self Guided Walking Tour (Hoi An By Yourself)
- 41 How to Visit Golden Bridge Vietnam
- 42 Unique Experiences in Hoi An and Why?
- 43 An Bang Beach: A Guide to Hoi An’s Best Beach
- 44 Experiences in Hoi An: Get Insight Into Hoi An’s Local Culture
- 45 Things to Do in Ba Na Hills Besides Golden Bridge
- 46 Hoi An Nightlife: What to Do in Hoi An At Night?
- 47 Hoi An Countryside: Villages, Rice Fields & Tours
- 48 How to Get to Golden Bridge From Hoi An
- 49 Hoi An Entrance Fee: Old Town, Golden Bridge, My Son, More
- 50 Hoi An Airport: Everything You Need to Know
- 51 Hoi An Lantern Boat Ride on Hoai River
- 52 Hoi An Private Car and Driver
- 53 What to Do in Hoi An Ancient Town
- 54 Da Nang and Hoi An Itinerary for Visitors Staying Overnight in Hoi An
- 55 Hoi An 3 Day Itinerary: A Travel Plan for 3 Days in Hoi An
- 56 Hoi An Free Things to Do: Budget Travel in Hoi An Vietnam
- 57 Hoi An One Day Itinerary: A Travel Plan for One Day in Hoi An
- 58 Hoi An Half-Day Tours: Guide to Half Day Trips From Hoi An
- 59 Hoi An Day Tours: A Guide to Best Day Trips From Hoi An
- 60 Hoi An Beach: A Guide to All Beaches in Hoi An Vietnam
- 61 Hoi An Food Specialties
- 62 How to Get From Hoi An to Da Nang
- 63 Hoi An Cheap Things to Do: All Solo Travelers Need to Know
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- 66 Hoi An Things Not to Miss: A Guide to Must Do in Hoi An
- 67 Hoi An or Da Nang: Which is Better?
- 68 Hoi An Pottery Village: A Guide to Thanh Ha Pottery Village
- 69 Hoi An Ancient Town Tour
- 70 Hoi An Old Town Ticket: Price, Sellers, Included Sites, More
- 71 My Son Sanctuary Tour
- 72 Hoi An Lanterns: Festival, Making Class, Where to Buy, More
- 73 Hoi An Best Area to Stay: Guide to Where to Stay in Hoi An
- 74 Hoi An Weather by Month: Guide to Hoi An Monthly Weather
- 75 Hoi An River Cruise: Guide to The Best Boat Tour in Hoi An
- 76 Hoi An Old Town Boats: Guide to Boat Rides in Hoi An Town
- 77 Hoi An 2 Day Itinerary: Traveler Guide to 2 Days in Hoi An
- 78 Cham Island Hoi An
- 79 Hoi An Basket Boat Ride
- 80 Hoi An Coconut Village: A Guide to Cam Thanh Coconut Village
- 81 Hoi An Cham Temples: My Son Sanctuary & Quang Nam Temples
- 82 How to Get from Da Nang Airport to Hoi An
- 83 Da Nang to Hoi An: Best Da Nang Airport Transfer and More
- 84 Hoi An Tour Guide: How to Find a Private Tour Guide in Hoi An
- 85 Featured Tours and Experiences
- 85.0.1 Da Nang Day Trip from Hoi An with Local Food Lunch
- 85.0.2 Da Nang Night Tour from Hoi An with Local Food Dinner
- 85.0.3 Hue to Hoi An Private Car Transfer with Sightseeing (and Vice Versa)
- 85.0.4 Hue to Hoi An Motorbike Tour (and Vice Versa)
- 85.0.5 Hai Van Pass Motorbike Tour from Hoi An or Da Nang
- 85.0.6 Full Day My Lai Massacre Tour with Lunch
- 85.0.7 Golden Bridge and Ba Na Hills Night Tour
- 85.0.8 Golden Hands Bridge Tour In Sunrise or Sunset (1/2 Day)
- 85.0.9 Cam Kim Island Bicycle Tour From Hoi An
- 85.0.10 Cham Island Tour From Hoi An (Group Tour)
- 85.0.11 Cham Island Tour From Da Nang (Group Tour)
- 85.0.12 Hoi An Vegetarian Food Tour
- 85.0.13 Hoi An Evening Walking Food Tour Through Laneways
- 85.0.14 Private Hoi An Basket Boat Tour (Shuttle Bus, Bicycle, Bike)
- 85.0.15 Half-day Am Phu Cave Tour (Private)
- 85.0.16 Hoi An Countryside Tour (Bicycle, Car, Electric Shuttle)
- 85.0.17 Da Nang Tour Package From Singapore
- 85.0.18 Hoi An Evening Tour From Da Nang
- 85.0.19 Hoi An Walking Food Tour Through Laneways
- 85.0.20 My Son Sanctuary and Hoi An Old Town Tour with Thu Bon River Cruise
- 85.0.21 My Son Day Trip From Hoi An including Marble Mountains and Basket Boat
- 85.0.22 Half Day Hoi An City Tour With River Cruise
- 85.0.23 Son Tra Peninsula Tour with Marble Mountains (Private/Small Group)
- 85.0.24 Hue Day Trip From Hoi An with Hai Van Pass, River Cruise & Lunch
- 85.0.25 Hoi An Ancient Town and Countryside Tour (Bests of Hoi An Tour)
- 85.0.26 Hoi An Tour From Da Nang Airport (Private, Optional Lunch)
- 85.0.27 Hoi An Day Trip From Da Nang (Marble Mountains, Basket Boat, Old Town)
- 85.0.28 Da Nang City Tour From Airport (Private, Optional Lunch)
- 85.0.29 Hoi An City Tour with Lantern Class, Lantern Boat, Night Market & Local Food Sampling
- 85.0.30 Marble Mountains, Basket Boat Ride & Hoi An Old Town Walking Tour
- 85.0.31 Marble Mountains & Golden Bridge Day Tour with Buffet Lunch
- 85.0.32 Marble Mountains & Monkey Mountain Tour (Half-day, Private)
- 85.0.33 Private Golden Bridge Sunrise Tour (Half-day, Optional Lunch)
- 85.0.34 Hoi An Ancient Town & Golden Bridge Day Tour (Private/Small Group)
- 85.0.35 My Son Sanctuary & Golden Bridge Day Tour (Private/Small Group)
- 85.0.36 Private My Son Sanctuary Sunrise or Sunset Tour
- 85.0.37 Full Day Hoi An Ancient Town & Countryside Experience With Local
- 85.0.38 Full Day My Son Sanctuary & Hoi An Countryside Tour With Local
- 85.0.39 Full Day Hoi An Ancient Town & Coconut Village Experience
- 85.0.40 Son Tra Peninsula, Marble Mountains and Hoi An City Tour
- 85.0.41 Half-day Marble Mountains Tour from Da Nang or Hoi An
- 85.0.42 Da Nang Cave Tour (Half Day Underground Tour in Da Nang)
- 85.0.43 Hoi An Old Town & Lantern Making Class (Morning Tour, Half-day)
- 85.0.44 Full Day Bests of Da Nang & Hoi An Old Town Walking Tour
- 85.0.45 Full Day My Son Tour From Da Nang with Da Nang City Tour
- 85.0.46 My Son Sanctuary Tour From Hoi An or Da Nang With Local Guide
- 85.0.47 Hue Day Trip from Da Nang or Hoi An via Hai Van Pass with Lunch
- 85.0.48 Full Day Golden Bridge & Ba Na Hills Tour With Buffet Lunch
- 85.0.49 Full Day My Son Sanctuary Tour & Hoi An Old Town With Local
- 85.0.50 Half Day Da Nang Museums and Bridges
Travel Guide to Hoi An Old Town
The Old Town is the best attraction in Hoi An city and one of the best loved ones in the country. It boasts of plentiful colorful buildings arranged side-by-side in tight, lining lantern-lit streets by night. There are more than 1,100 timber houses preserved in this survival over centuries. Not just to sightsee ancient remains, visitors have many things to do around it, such as tailoring, learning how to cook local foods or handicrafts, getting on lantern boat rides, and so on.
In the full moon every month, the Lantern festival is held, and during it, the town becomes a magical, mesmerizing world. Shimmering lights from the lanterns are everywhere. Food is absolutely one of the highlights here, so no visitors should miss it. More and more interests about Hoi An Ancient Town, to find out all, browse our ultimate travel guide to it via centralvietnamguide.com/hoi-an-old-town.
First Map: Hoi An Old Town Map – Unesco Designated Areas
Hoi An Ancient Town became a Unesco world heritage site in 1999. It met two universal outstanding values according to the United Nations organization. Shortly, it’s the best-preserved Asian trading town where different cultures are encountered. As a thriving hub of commerce from 15th to 19th centuries, this drew merchants from China, Japan, Fortugal, Netherland, and more. High-quality silk and spices are what they like to exchange most here. After 19th century, the role of the town gradually losts and neighbor Da Nang replaced it.
The map below shows boundaries designated by Unesco, to protect universal outstanding values of Hoi An Old Town. Within the core zone, all historical buildings and quarters are included, besides natural features like river, canal or islands. The market where merchants come to buy goods and take fresh water is still active. The quay where the boats dock to load and off-load things, is still visible today (Bach Dang St). Shop houses, bridges, temples, communal houses and family chapels are still in the grid-plan quarters of the town. Two buffer zones are to control developments in the surrounding core zone.
Read also: Complete Travel Guide to Hoi An Old Town
2nd Map: Hoi An Old Town Ticket – Counters & Included Sites
To enter and sightsee around Hoi An Old Town, the visitors need to buy a ticket. The counters are arranged in the crossroads along the Unesco’s designated boundaries. See where they are in the map below. Validating until when the holders leave, this entrance fee covers 5 chances to visit places or a cultural show in the Hoi An Traditional Art Performance House. We advise you to read our article about Hoi An ancient town’s attractions to fully understand each sight, to choose for yourself. In addition, stunning places and activities without a charge are also shown in the map, to help to plan the itinerary easier.
Read also: Complete Travel Guide to Hoi An Old Town
3rd Map: Hoi An Old Town Accommodation
In the oldest part of Hoi An Old Town, there are a couple of heritage hotels to spend a few nights. Those provide the closest look to how an ancient house is and shortest distance to all attractions. Off the lantern streets, visitors have more selections of accommodation to choose from. All types can be seen, from resorts, luxury hotels, boutique hotels, mid-ranged hostels, villas, homestays to guesthouses. If staying over, the guests can travel on foot or get a very short taxi ride if needed. Two islands An Hoi and Cam Nam are good areas, to avoid tourist crowds. Up the north, sunny beaches and breezy rice paddies are closer. Lounging on the fine sands or riding across the fields are easy things to do in the outside of the town.
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4th Map: Hoi An Old Town Restaurants
Restaurants in Hoi An Old Town are plenty, including local, Vietnamese, fusion and western styles. Visitors can find venues that serve a menu with local dishes and food specialties only. For those who travel to Vietnam for the first time, it’s not difficult to look for a place where delicacies from the different parts of the country are available. Cuisines from Asia, Europe to Americans, are around the town to visit and have delicious meals.
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5th Map: Hoi An Old Town Food – Street Foods
Street foods are a featured part of Hoi An’s local culinary culture. Because of their variety, yummy taste and reasonable price, visitors are recommended to try if visiting the Old Town. More than any time of the day, street food options are more than in the late afternoon and evening. Bowl and cup dishes are often sold in eateries with seatings, while the foodies have to stand and taste if buying in others. Best spots and areas are featured in the map below.
Read also: Hoi An Street Food
6th Map: Hoi An Old Town Boats – Piers and Popular Routes
The water near the Old Town has many small and large boats. In the daytime, visitors can take one to enjoy the Thu Bon riverfront scenery, cool winds and explore two famous handicraft villages. In the late afternoon, it’s nice to be on board for a sunset watching. During the evening, an experience on the lantern boats definitely can’t be excluded in visitor’s lists of must-do. Where to get boats and popular routes are seen in the map below.
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7th Map: Instagrammable Spots in Hoi An Old Town
Nowhere else in the city, spots in the attention of instagrammers are many like in Hoi An Old Town. All of the best-known ones are shown in the map below. There, a nice post in social media is not hard to take.
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8th Map: Hoi An Old Town Souvenir – Places to Buy
Hoi An Old Town is a paradise for shoppers who are looking for things to buy and bring home. Many visitors make a custom-made suit because of the diversity of choice, good quality and quick service. For cheaper objects, day and night markets, shophouses and craft centers are popular places to seek the favourites. As a wonderful reminder about Hoi An, lanterns become a must-have souvenir before leaving the town. Conical hats, pottery products, carpentry items, readymade pattern cloths, leather pieces and more, may be for sale at every corner. The map below shows the highlights.
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9th Map: Tailors in Hoi An
Tailoring in Hoi An has a long history, at least from 15th century when the town was an international trading port. Now, hundreds of tailors are working to make fashionable suits and dresses, for both local people and tourists. The bests are indicated in the map below, to help to find out the one nearest to your location. All provide professional and quick service, and a variety of fabric, style and price.
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10th Map: Coffee Shops in Hoi An Old Town
Coffee shops are nice spots to unwind while wandering around the Old Town. Most of them cater both Vietnamese traditional and western style coffees, and from Robusta, Arabica to specialty beans. It’s possible to look for a place where the lantern street and house roofs can be seen from above, vintage décor or gardeny space. The map below shows the best shops.
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11st Map: Spas in Hoi An Old Town
A fully relaxing massage with an experienced masseur, may be the perfect option after a long walk around the Old Town. Spas are many to select, from cheap to expensive prices, and from independent, locally-run to within a hotel. The map below points out the best spas in town, one of which may be suitable to your requirements.
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12nd Map: Hoi An Temples and Pagodas
Hoi An has many temples and pagodas which are dedicated to worship of gods from different faiths. There are Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, folk religions of Vietnamese and Chinese, and Caodaism. Visitors can see most of the Old Town and its surroundings, but further north, some of the oldest Buddhist temples can be found. The map below also includes family chapels and communal houses, other places to worship of the Vietnamese communities.
See also: Hoi An’s Temples and Pagodas