Strolling around heritage quarters with a local guide is the activity that so many travelers love to do in Hoi An. It enriches their time in this lovely town. Firstly, they can learn about local history and cultures from a local who was born and grew up in the area. Not only from the books, their knowledge is from daily life, family members, neighbours and friends. What they say also are stories that travelers never have the chance to hear if don’t go with them. For example, about the Vietnam war. As a local expert, the guide explains things easy to understand and answers questions from his or her new friends, with details. Especially if seeing him/her on the first day in Hoi An, that’s so fantastic. Recommendations for where to eat, things to do, shopping advice, etc will be precious, reliable for visitors. Definitely, it’s possible to expect to know spots and ideas for nice pictures.
This article introduces guided walking tours in Hoi An to let travelers know all options they can have. Their theme is about sightseeing (to know the history), local cuisine (through trying foods) or cultural experiences.
Table of content
- 1 The Hoi An Old Town: The Best Area for Walking
- 2 The Best Times to Walk around Hoi An’s Old Town
- 3 Morning Hoi An Old Town Walking Tour
- 4 Evening Hoi An Walking Tour (Sightseeing, Lantern Boat & Street Food)
- 5 Evening Hoi An Walking Food Tour
- 6 Hoi An Vegetarian Walking Food Tour
- 7 The “Unique Hoi An” Walking Tour
- 8 Hoi An Ancient Town Walking Tour with Tam Le
- 9 Hoi An Photo Tours
- 10 Related Posts
- 11 Kim Bong Carpentry Village in Cam Kim Island
- 12 Thanh Ha Fish Market: The Nearest Fish Market of Hoi An
- 13 Da Nang International Airport: Terminals, Transfers, More
- 14 Da Nang International Fireworks Festival
- 15 Da Nang Night River Cruise on Han River
- 16 An Dinh Palace: The Residence of Vietnam’s Last King
- 17 The Best Time to Visit Hoi An
- 18 Hue Tourist Attractions: A List of What You Can See in Hue
- 19 Dong Khanh Tomb: The Lovely Imperial Tomb of Hue City
- 20 Dong Ba Market – Where to Shop and Eat in Hue City Vietnam
- 21 The Bamboo Circus Show (Teh Dar Show) at Hoi An Lune Center
- 22 Cycling in Hoi An: Rental, Where to Cycle and Tours
- 23 Getting from Hue to Hoi An: Which is the Best Way?
- 24 The Official Da Nang Travel Guide [MUST READ]
- 25 Cam Kim Island: The Peaceful Countryside of Hoi An
- 26 Cua Dai Beach: The Famous Beach of Hoi An
- 27 The Japanese Covered Bridge in Hoi An Old Town
- 28 My Lai Massacre Village (Son My Memorial Site) in Quang Ngai
- 29 Non Nuoc Beach: The Famous Beach of Da Nang
- 30 How to Get from Da Nang to My Son Sanctuary
- 31 Thieu Tri Tomb: The Peaceful Royal Tomb of Hue
- 32 Bach Ma National Park: Hiking, Trekking in Da Nang and Hoi An
- 33 Hoi An Wet Season: What to Do in Hoi An When It Rains?
- 34 Hue to Da Nang By Train: The Best Train Ride in Vietnam
- 35 Hue Royal Tombs: A Complete Guide and What is Best?
- 36 The Hue Abandoned Water Park (Thuy Tien Lake Waterpark)
- 37 Minh Mang Tomb Complete Visitor Guide
- 38 Tu Duc Tomb Complete Visitor Guide
- 39 Thanh Ha Terracotta Park
- 40 Vinwonders Nam Hoi An Theme Park (formerly Vinpearl Nam Hoi An)
- 41 Am Phu Cave Complete Travel Guide
- 42 Hoi An or Hue: Which is Better?
- 43 Asia Park and Sun Wheel in Da Nang (Sun World Da Nang Wonders)
- 44 The Official Hoi An Travel Guide (MUST READ)
- 45 The Hoi An Market (Hoi An Central Market) Complete Guide
- 46 Hoi An Memories Show: The Best of Hoi An Impression Theme Park
- 47 How to Get to Golden Bridge from Da Nang
- 48 Hoi An Bridge: Famous Bridges in Hoi An
- 49 Da Nang Food Specialties: What to Eat in Da Nang
- 50 How to Get From Hoi An to My Son Sanctuary
- 51 Hoi An’s Chinese Assembly Halls and Chinese Temples
- 52 Hoi An Walking Tours: Heritage, Foods, Photography & Locals
- 53 Hoi An Self Guided Walking Tour (Hoi An By Yourself)
- 54 How to Visit Golden Bridge Vietnam
- 55 Da Nang Shore Excursions: Guided Tours From Tien Sa Port
- 56 Unique Experiences in Hoi An and Why?
- 57 Han Market (Cho Han): Where to Shop in Da Nang?
- 58 An Bang Beach: A Guide to Hoi An’s Best Beach
- 59 Experiences in Hoi An: Get Insight Into Hoi An’s Local Culture
- 60 Da Nang Cathedral (Da Nang Pink Church)
- 61 Things to Do in Ba Na Hills Besides Golden Bridge
- 62 Hoi An Nightlife: What to Do in Hoi An At Night?
- 63 Hoi An Countryside: Villages, Rice Fields & Tours
- 64 How to Get to Golden Bridge From Hoi An
- 65 Hoi An Entrance Fee: Old Town, Golden Bridge, My Son, More
- 66 Hoi An Airport: Everything You Need to Know
- 67 Hoi An Lantern Boat Ride on Hoai River
- 68 Da Nang Half Day Tours
- 69 Hoi An Private Car and Driver
- 70 Da Nang Private Car and Driver
- 71 What to Do in Hoi An Ancient Town
- 72 Da Nang and Hoi An Itinerary for Visitors Staying Overnight in Hoi An
- 73 Hoi An 3 Day Itinerary: A Travel Plan for 3 Days in Hoi An
- 74 Hoi An Free Things to Do: Budget Travel in Hoi An Vietnam
- 75 Hoi An One Day Itinerary: A Travel Plan for One Day in Hoi An
- 76 Da Nang Things to Do: Guide to What to Do in Da Nang Vietnam
- 77 Da Nang Best Things to Do and Reasons
- 78 Hoi An Half-Day Tours: Guide to Half Day Trips From Hoi An
- 79 Hoi An Day Tours: A Guide to Best Day Trips From Hoi An
- 80 Hoi An Beach: A Guide to All Beaches in Hoi An Vietnam
- 81 Hoi An Food Specialties
- 82 How to Get From Hoi An to Da Nang
- 83 Hoi An Cheap Things to Do: All Solo Travelers Need to Know
- 84 Hoi An Best Things To Do: Recommendations from Local Experts
- 85 Hoi An Things to Do: All What Can You Do in Hoi An Vietnam
- 86 Hoi An Things Not to Miss: A Guide to Must Do in Hoi An
- 87 Hoi An or Da Nang: Which is Better?
- 88 Hoi An Pottery Village: A Guide to Thanh Ha Pottery Village
- 89 Hoi An Ancient Town Tour
- 90 Hoi An Old Town Ticket: Price, Sellers, Included Sites, More
- 91 My Son Sanctuary Tour
- 92 Hoi An Lanterns: Festival, Making Class, Where to Buy, More
- 93 Hoi An Best Area to Stay: Guide to Where to Stay in Hoi An
- 94 Hoi An Weather by Month: Guide to Hoi An Monthly Weather
- 95 Da Nang Best Area to Stay: Guide to Where to Stay in Da Nang
- 96 Da Nang Cave Tour: Best Underground Activities in Da Nang
- 97 Da Nang Best Time to Visit: Guide to Best Weather in Da Nang
- 98 Da Nang Weather by Month: Guide to Monthly Weather in Da Nang
- 99 What to Do in Da Nang At Night
- 100 Lang Co Vietnam Travel Guide
- 101 Hoi An River Cruise: Guide to The Best Boat Tour in Hoi An
- 102 What to Do in Da Nang for 3 Days
- 103 Hoi An Old Town Boats: Guide to Boat Rides in Hoi An Town
- 104 Hoi An 2 Day Itinerary: Traveler Guide to 2 Days in Hoi An
- 105 Cham Island Hoi An
- 106 Hoi An Basket Boat Ride
- 107 Hoi An Coconut Village: A Guide to Cam Thanh Coconut Village
- 108 My Khe Beach: A Complete Guide to Da Nang’s Best Beach
- 109 Thien Mu Pagoda: Guide to Hue’s Most Famous Buddhist Temple
- 110 Perfume River Cruise: Guide to Best Boat Tour in Hue Vietnam
- 111 Featured Tours and Experiences
- 111.0.1 Da Nang Day Trip from Hoi An with Local Food Lunch
- 111.0.2 Da Nang Night Tour from Hoi An with Local Food Dinner
- 111.0.3 Hue to Hoi An Private Car Transfer with Sightseeing (and Vice Versa)
- 111.0.4 Hue to Hoi An Motorbike Tour (and Vice Versa)
- 111.0.5 Hai Van Pass Motorbike Tour from Hoi An or Da Nang
- 111.0.6 Full Day My Lai Massacre Tour with Lunch
- 111.0.7 Golden Bridge and Ba Na Hills Night Tour
- 111.0.8 Golden Hands Bridge Tour In Sunrise or Sunset (1/2 Day)
- 111.0.9 Cam Kim Island Bicycle Tour From Hoi An
- 111.0.10 Cham Island Tour From Hoi An (Group Tour)
- 111.0.11 Cham Island Tour From Da Nang (Group Tour)
- 111.0.12 Hoi An Vegetarian Food Tour
- 111.0.13 Hoi An Evening Walking Food Tour Through Laneways
- 111.0.14 Private Hoi An Basket Boat Tour (Shuttle Bus, Bicycle, Bike)
- 111.0.15 Half-day Am Phu Cave Tour (Private)
- 111.0.16 Hoi An Countryside Tour (Bicycle, Car, Electric Shuttle)
- 111.0.17 Da Nang Tour Package From Singapore
- 111.0.18 Hoi An Evening Tour From Da Nang
- 111.0.19 Hoi An Walking Food Tour Through Laneways
- 111.0.20 My Son Sanctuary and Hoi An Old Town Tour with Thu Bon River Cruise
- 111.0.21 My Son Day Trip From Hoi An including Marble Mountains and Basket Boat
- 111.0.22 Half Day Hoi An City Tour With River Cruise
- 111.0.23 Son Tra Peninsula Tour with Marble Mountains (Private/Small Group)
- 111.0.24 Hue Day Trip From Hoi An with Hai Van Pass, River Cruise & Lunch
- 111.0.25 Hoi An Ancient Town and Countryside Tour (Bests of Hoi An Tour)
- 111.0.26 Hoi An Tour From Da Nang Airport (Private, Optional Lunch)
- 111.0.27 Hoi An Day Trip From Da Nang (Marble Mountains, Basket Boat, Old Town)
- 111.0.28 Da Nang City Tour From Airport (Private, Optional Lunch)
- 111.0.29 Hoi An City Tour with Lantern Class, Lantern Boat, Night Market & Local Food Sampling
- 111.0.30 Marble Mountains, Basket Boat Ride & Hoi An Old Town Walking Tour
- 111.0.31 Marble Mountains & Golden Bridge Day Tour with Buffet Lunch
- 111.0.32 Marble Mountains & Monkey Mountain Tour (Half-day, Private)
- 111.0.33 Private Golden Bridge Sunrise Tour (Half-day, Optional Lunch)
- 111.0.34 Hoi An Ancient Town & Golden Bridge Day Tour (Private/Small Group)
- 111.0.35 My Son Sanctuary & Golden Bridge Day Tour (Private/Small Group)
- 111.0.36 Private My Son Sanctuary Sunrise or Sunset Tour
- 111.0.37 Full Day Hoi An Ancient Town & Countryside Experience With Local
- 111.0.38 Full Day My Son Sanctuary & Hoi An Countryside Tour With Local
- 111.0.39 Full Day Hoi An Ancient Town & Coconut Village Experience
- 111.0.40 Son Tra Peninsula, Marble Mountains and Hoi An City Tour
The Hoi An Old Town: The Best Area for Walking
The Hoi An old town (or ancient town) is the oldest part of modern Hoi An city today. It was an international trading port town that flourished between 15th and 19th centuries. Merchants coming from the west, China and Japan with their sailing ships docked here to buy high-quality products, including spices, silk, ceramics, etc. Nowadays, it’s still a center of commerce but has been better known as a popular tourist destination in Vietnam. Tourism boom began when Hoi An was inscribed by Unesco as a world heritage site. Read Hoi An ancient town travel guide for further information.
Due to its richness of cultural heritages and charm, the Hoi An old town becomes perfect for those who love exploring by walking and taking photographs. At night, the beauty of lanterns, atmosphere and vibrancy can’t be missed. The time here is absolutely worth spending and memorable to save. In fact, if travelers don’t visit the town once on a trip, they will come back several times (somehow they also go to eat, drink and go shopping!).
Note: Tourists are required to purchase an entrance fee (120,000 VND per adult now) to enter Hoi An Unesco world heritage area and visit its cultural landmarks. See full details here.
The Best Times to Walk around Hoi An’s Old Town
The best times to roam about the Hoi An old town are the morning and late afternoon onwards. In the beginning of the daytime, the sun doesn’t rise high yet, and sure, it’s not too hot. Remembering that a walking tour in Hoi An is a kind of outdoor activity. In the morning (as early as possible), travelers have the chance to know the “real” town. People they see are all locals. For photography, besides ideal light conditions, this is great to catch beautiful moments of life. Travelers can sit on the street to have breakfast or try coffee like a local.
From late afternoon, the temperature decreases and that is a nice time to walk. At that time, it’s easier to feel that there are more tourists in the town than in the morning. Street food vendors open, giving the chance to try scrumptious dishes at a not expensive price. In the evening, Hoi An’s old town makes travelers fall in love because of its brilliant beauty. That is made by uncountable lantern lights, in the streets and on the river and of course, they are diverse in color, size and shape. Nobody misses this time of the day to see the town and have beautiful pictures. Its wonderful atmosphere is also one of the reasons.
The evening is a great time to have a drink and socialize too. In Hoi An, bars and pubs line the riverside roads, providing a variety of alcohol options with a pretty view. No doubt that the experience at night can continue with a ton of joy.
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Morning Hoi An Old Town Walking Tour
Main article: Morning Hoi An Old Town Walking Tour
For sure, morning is one of the best times to explore Hoi An old town. We recommend starting at 8 am. Because the tour doesn’t cover transports from the hotel, visitors need to leave there at least 15 minutes earlier.
Our Hoi An old town walking tour starts at the Hoi An post office (Buu dien Hoi An), 6 Tran Hung Dao St. After meeting and knowing about all members of the group, our local guide will show “Hoi An ancient town” heritage zone and its landmarks. The list of places include the Japanese bridge, Fujian assembly hall, Tan Ky house, Museum of trade ceramics, and Museum of Sa Huynh culture. In each place, he/she introduces historical buildings themselves by his/her in-depth knowledge to allow visitors to better understand local life and culture. Hoi An town is known for the diversity of cultures, from different nationalities, religions and backgrounds. This tour provides many photo opportunities.
With a focus on locals, visitors are taken to two markets. In the Food market, the guide tells stories about unique dishes/snacks that are only found in Hoi An and local culinary culture. Historically, foreign traders came here to buy spices, such as cinnamon, pepper, star anise, etc. Not far away, the Fabric market gives the chance to see skilled tailors and make customized clothings (at your own expense).
In the French quarter, the famous Rehann photographer’s gallery is the next place to visit. He captures amazing moments of life and Vietnam’s nature with his camera, and exhibits them in this beloved house. Most traditional costumes of the people living in the country are here too, making it 100% worth seeing.
Additionally, we also bring visitors to a street coffee store to try traditional Vietnamese coffee by the Japanese bridge. Here, the guide talks about the history of coffee in the country and how to drink like a local.
Lantern making workshops, coffee roasters, hidden fresh water wells and holy places, and more are awaiting to be known.
Evening Hoi An Walking Tour (Sightseeing, Lantern Boat & Street Food)
Main article: Hoi An Evening Tour
Besides the morning, the evening is another best time to discover Hoi An old town. We recommend starting at 4:30 pm, to have time enough for sightseeing main cultural landmarks and then enjoy the town’s charm at night.
The meeting place of our Hoi An evening walking tour is at the Hoi An post office, 6 Tran Hung Dao St. When all people show, the guide will introduce himself/herself and then, he or she makes the way to discover the town. Because of the closing hours of major landmarks, the beginning of the tour focuses on sightseeing. Visitors have the chance to learn about different cultures at the Chinese Fujian assembly hall, Japanese bridge, Vietnamese houses, and markets. In every place, history is shared, stories are told and questions are answered.
Late afternoon is also the most ideal time to hunt local street foods. We recommend trying banh beo (“water fern cakes”) and banh bot loc (clear dumplings). Vegetarians can have dumplings with green beans as filling. Other yummy snacks are introduced also, allowing visitors to understand better local culinary culture.
When the dark falls, Hoi An becomes such brilliant with thousands of colorful lantern lights. Back to history, the Chinese people brought the very first lanterns to the town, and today, it’s titled “the lantern town”. The best view is in the full moon. Sure, visitors have photo opportunities to take memorable pictures. By the river, locals travel by boats and release paper lanterns to pray and wish. Our tour includes this leisurely boat ride (shared boat).
After going back to land, the group goes to Nguyen Hoang night market, another paradise of foods and shopping in town. Lantern shops here are extremely perfect for photos. Prior to giving a free time for self exploration, the guide recommends good places to have delicious foods for dinner or to have a cold beer.
Evening Hoi An Walking Food Tour
Main article: Hoi An Evening Walking Food Tour
The nicest period to begin a food tour in Hoi An (and Vietnam in general) is from late afternoon. Our tour has the meeting time at 4 pm and the meeting place as the Hoi An post office.
Within a few hours, our local guide will take visitors to different places, including street stalls, market kiosks, hidden eateries and well-known restaurants. There, they can taste many dishes that define Hoi An’s unique culinary culture. And of course, they can learn from the guide everything about them. Additionally, the foods support interesting pictures and for social media posts.
The list of the food samples includes banh mi sandwich, banh xoai (“mango cake”), banh beo (“water fern cake”), banh bot loc (clear dumplings), cao lau noodle, the white rose dumplings, banh it (ramie leave cake), the husband and wife cake, tofu pudding as dessert and even trung vit lon (balut). Some of them are never seen anywhere else. As a melting pot, Hoi An boasts its cuisine thriving from the exchange of different cultures in the world.
Before visitors have their own time to discover the town, our guide will recommend activities and places to have a cold beer.
Hoi An Vegetarian Walking Food Tour
Main article: Hoi An Vegetarian Food Tour
Are you vegetarians? Hoi An is the town for you. This historic trading port has many vegetarian dishes to try (especially in the first and 15th days each lunar month).
Within a couple of hours, visitors have the chance to taste these vegetarian foods: banh mi sandwich, cao lau noodles, banh bot loc (clear dumplings), white rose dumplings, banh it la gai (ramie leave cake), banh phu the (“husband and wife cake”), banh khoai mon (taro cake), nuoc mot (iced herbal tea) and tofu pudding as dessert.
Not only to try delicious dishes, visitors also learn about them from the guide. He or she will tell the same, share why locals call it, its name and how to spell it in local dialect. Each dish has its own story. Then, explain the ingredients, how to make it, how its taste like and how to eat like a local. Furthermore, while eating, the history of the store (business) and the family are also introduced by him/her. Of course, visitors have the chance to see the food makers prepare the dish and take a picture with them.
The “Unique Hoi An” Walking Tour
Hoi An served as an international trading port until the late 19th century and then, the provincial city in the French colonial time. So, it’s the “peaceful meeting place” where different nationalities come to live and trade, making its culture really unique. Geography location of the town gives it a different climate, including natural disasters that people face yearly.
This walking tour focuses only on unique things of Hoi An. Our guide will show and explain architectural and decorative elements of major landmarks that are only seen in the town. For example, why houses have yellow walls or eyes above the door. List of the buildings include Chinese assembly halls, Tan Ky house, Japanese bridge, markets, and more. The lantern itself is a special reminder about Hoi An. So, that’s why, a lantern workshop is one of the stops in the tour. A short lantern making class with the artisans will be included if requested.
Hoi An’s local foods and beverages are also different from the rest of the country. We would like to introduce the most unique among them for visitors. There are cao lau noodles that are only found in Hoi An, banh mi sandwiches, white rose dumplings, banh dap (“smashed rice papers”), banh xoai (“mango cakes”), mot iced herbal tea and more. While sampling yummy snacks, visitors listen to stories about the store (business) and everything about the foods. Of course, explanation for why they’re unique.
Every single year, Hoi An is flooded frequently. This natural phenomena gives it the nickname “the Venice of Asia”. Our local guide will tell visitors how the floods are, how locals adapt to them and stories around them (including funny ones). If don’t go with locals, it’s really hard to know the details.
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Hoi An Ancient Town Walking Tour with Tam Le
Tam Le is the founder of the Central Vietnam Guide, an online guide book dedicated to providing travelers reliable and updated information. He is very passionate about local history, culture and heritage. He studied tourism management and has been working as a tour guide and travel blogger for years.
A walking tour around Hoi An ancient town with Tam Le allows visitors to know his in-depth knowledge about history and culture of all communities. He shows Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese remains and explains everything about them. At each place, visitors can ask him to deepen their understanding. Besides heritages, the tour includes traditional markets where most local products are for sale. Tam Le definitely let the group know what they are and how they are linked to local cultures (cooking, worship, etc). Some of them that you have never seen before. The museum of Sa Huynh culture, museum of trade ceramics and Rehann’s gallery are other highlights of this heritage walk.
Vietnam is a country famous for coffee. So, Tam Le also introduces a shop where local beans are roasted and used to brew coffee. There, he continues sharing what he knows about Hoi An town and the presence of Europeans in the history. Vietnamese coffee has its own story too.
Local foods are never missed. Visitors have the chance to taste some delicious dishes, including banh mi sandwiches at one of the most famous stores. Tucked away in a small laneway, Ba Le well is linked with the preparation of Cao lau noodles, the iconic food of Hoi An. After listening to stories about this well, visitors will try black sesame soup at a vendor’s family. Its fresh water is used to cook it.
Hoi An Photo Tours
Hoi An old town is the beloved place for professional photographers and those who love photography, for both locals and tourists. It has lovely and colorful quarters that are known for signature yellow houses, ornate temples, hanging lanterns, blooming bougainvillea flowers, vendors with a shoulder pole and vibrant trading activities. Its markets are home to a plenty of local vegetables, fruits, and fishes. In the sunrise, sunset, rainy or flood days, the town becomes more unique. Especially, in the evening, it’s absolutely spectacular. Millions of lantern lights make wonderful scenery and atmosphere that are world-famous. Nobody can’t miss this charm on their trip, including photography lovers. Unique moments of life will be catched.
Visitors can book a workshop run by professional photographers who live in Hoi An, to know everything to make the best pictures. It’s available for both smartphone and camera, for all levels and experiences.
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