Walking tour in Hoian

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Hoian is a small city on the river, the best way to explore this city is to walk. Walking in this city, exploring the local life, and taking the best photos is something you should never miss when you are here

The bellow article is about a walking tour in Hoian. Hope that it is helpful for your trip to Vietnam.


Hoian is an ancient city with a lot of temples, museums, preserved houses…The city does not allow motorized vehicles to enter. Therefore, the best way to discover this city is to simply wander. Walking on foot in Hoian city, you can stop at many places at any time you want. It can be learning more about the history of a temple, buying some souvenirs, trying a new food… Everywhere in Hoian will attract you, and you will be lost in this city.

To be guided when exploring the city, you can sign up for a walking tour in Hoian. It can be a sightseeing tour which allows you to visit most of the historical and cultural places in Hoian with a tour guide. Alternatively, a walking food tour is another great choice. With the tour guide, you will explore, taste the best food in Hoian

Kinds of walking tours

Sightseeing walk tour

It is among the best tours to sign up when you are in Hoian. A half-day is enough to visit most of the historical and cultural sites in Hoian. During the tour, the tour guide will bring can bring you to some of the most visited places in Hoian like the Covered Bridge or Japanese Bridge, the Assembly Hall of the Cantonese Chinese Congregation, the Central market, or tailor shops.

1. Covered Bridge or Japanese Bridge

Covered Bridge or Japanese Bridge was built in 1593, and throughout the centuries the bridge became a sanctuary for the local people, and a symbol for Hoian. The bridge was built to link the Chinese & Japanese communities. We can see a lot of designs on this bridge are influenced by these two countries, as well as Vietnam. On the bridge you can find statues of both dogs and monkeys, symbolizing years of the Chinese Zodiac. A visit to this bridge is a great chance for you to learn more about Hoian history, and Hoian people

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Taking photos in front of Japanese bridge on walking tour in Hoian

2.Assembly Hall of the Cantonese Chinese Congregation

The Assembly Hall was built in the 18th century a place for the seafaring merchants to rest, have meetings, and worship. The main altar of this assembly hall is dedicated to one of the legendary Chinese military generals called Quan Cong. The Assembly Hall is a small but very impressive with a lovely courtyard and a beautiful statue of a dragon and a carp, many shrines, lion statues, and intricately carved bas-reliefs. It will be a pleasure to walk around and admire the architecture, here

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The Assembly Hall

3. Ancient Houses

There are a lot of ancient houses in Hoian. Diep Dong Nguyen ancient house, Duc An, Pung Hung, or Tan Ky houses are the most visited ancient houses in Hoian. It is great to see how Vietnamese people live in old times. Walking in these old houses, you will have an insight into the history and culture of Hoi An. In these ancient houses, there are some pictures, displays, and souvenir shops that may interest you.

4. Hoian Central Market

It is in Phan Boi Chau street. Visiting this market, you can find many things from fresh fruit, vegetables, fish, meat, but you can also make clothes like suits or dresses. You can even have your clothes made by the tailors here. It is also an ideal place to buy souvenirs for family and friends. It is a unique place where the tourist industry mixes with the traditional way of life.

Hoian centerl market

Hoian central market

Street food walking tour

On the street food walking tour, you will be brought to various places for the best food in town. Chau Trinh street is famous for its food on the street, you can see a lot of restaurants, food stall along this street. Along this street, you can find the best food in Hoian. For a longer distance, you can visit Hai Ba Trung, Thai Phien, or Le Loi. Below are some of the best stops for you on the food tour.

1. Com Ga Ba Nga

Some people say Com Ga Ba Nga is the best com ga in Hoian. The meat in Com Ga dish which is very carefully selected, and cooked, is the highlight of the dish. The chicken here is greasy, pieces of chickens are firm and torn into thick. The sauce in Mrs. Nga's rice dish is brown, tastes good, looks very attractive. Besides, chicken salad and herbs are added to make the dish even tastier. The restaurant is on famous street food in Hoian, 08 Phan Chau Trinh.

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Com ga ba Nga

2. Mi Quang Di Hat:

Not far way from Com Ga Ba Nga is Mi Quang di Hat which is on 04 Phan Chau Trinh. It is a small food stall but has an elegant space. Mi Quang includes rice noodles, shrimp (pork, chicken, fish, beef – depending on different people), herbs, and a small amount of broth. This food stall adds some has a secret recipe for this dish, making it one of the best spots in Hoian for Quang noodle.

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Enjoying Quang noodle during Hoian walking food tour

3. Banh Mi Phuong

Very close to Mi Quang di Hat is Banh Mi Phuong, 2B Phan Chu Trinh Street. It is the place you should not miss. The bread here is famous throughout Vietnam. Banh mi is something similar to a sandwich, but different from the sandwich in its crispy but ultra-soft baguette. Banh mi Phuong has yummy fillings and special accompaniments. The soul of ‘banh mi’ lies in the heart of the sandwich: the fillings and accompaniments. It gets international quality but at a reasonable price.

Queue in front of Banh Mi Phuong

Queue in front of Banh Mi Phuong

If you are more time wandering in Hoian, try other dishes like Cao Lau (Pork Rice Noodle), Hoanh Thanh Chien (Fried Wontons), Banh Bao Banh Vac (White Rose Dumpling).

Tips and Experiences

You can sign up for a free walking tour led by students. It is a non-profit organization. Joining the tour is the best way to learn a lot of new things in a short amount of time by visiting the most important spots in the city. The tour guide is an enthusiastic student wishing to practice their English skills. You only need to pay for the entrance tickets, so be generous when tipping them at the end of the tour

Free Hoian walking tour

Free Hoian walking tour

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