Hoi An City Centre

Go on a shopping and cultural expedition to Hoi An's ancient old town and dine on local specialties in riverfront restaurants.

Embark on a tour of the city center, the ancient heart of Hoi An. Wander through the narrow streets to visit assembly halls and ancient houses, sample a variety of traditional foods and browse shops and museums.

The city center’s biggest draw is the ancient old town, a UNESCO World Heritage site that covers approximately 74 acres (30 hectares). Cross the Japanese Covered Bridge, a wooden structure with a pagoda roof that was originally built in the 16th century. Inside the bridge is a small temple to Tran Vo Bac De, a god who is said to control the weather. Stop by Quan Thang Ancient House, a property that's more than 150 years old and features beautifully carved wooden furniture and décor.

Admire the architecture of the old town's five assembly halls that were built for Chinese immigrants. Go to the Hoi An Folklore Museum to study objects that depict local customs and episodes of daily life. Examine ceramic artifacts from the 8th to the 18th century in the Museum of Trade Ceramics.

The city center is also a great place for shopping. Look through the shops for leather goods, clothing, traditional lanterns and other handcrafted souvenirs. Note that prices tend to be inflated for tourists in this area, so it is best to haggle. Take advantage of the many tailors in Hoi An and have a bespoke outfit made for you.

Stop by the riverfront area for its bars, restaurants and cafés. Try traditional breads, soups and noodle dishes. After dark, make the most of Hoi An’s nightlife, with its mixture of casual and upscale restaurants and nightclubs.

The city’s old town is close to Cham Island. Take a speedboat or ferry trip to explore its beaches, forest and fishing village.

The best way to see Hoi An’s city center is on foot. To make the area more pedestrian friendly, cars and motorbikes have been banned during certain hours of the day.

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