Family Life in Hoi An

Hoi An is a relaxed metropolis for the expat families living here, with many of them taking advantage of the beautiful environment surrounding them.

From bicycle rides through the rice paddy fields to swimming in the clean and clear water of An Bang Beach, there is plenty to keep the family active in Hoi An. Activities abound throughout the area and there are plenty of establishments that are appropriate for family and friends to gather at.

Some of the most popular places to frequent, according to the locals, include Dingo Deli where sumptuous food is served all day, Salt Pub, which has direct access to the water and is a very popular swimming spot for families, as well as La Plage at An Bang Beach. Mums and Dads, please watch your children in the water.

There are different activities happening every week, outside of school, organised by parents and other expats: every Sunday morning there is the Hoi An Nippers (Junior Surf Life Saving) on An Bang Beach (in front of Salt Pub), dance classes are offered by the Vietnam Academy of Performing Arts and soccer lessons for all ages are great fun with Roots 4 Sports.

Danang is a short 25 minute drive from Hoi An and it is quite a contrasting city, if you compare it to Hoi An. All residents and tourists are encouraged to explore Danang to see what it can offer you and your children.

Social media is alive and kicking in Hoi An and the surrounding areas and I encourage everyone to search on sites such as Hoi An Expats for links to other websites that will inform you of an array of activities and outings, that are great value for the entire family, or just for Mum and Dad.

The website Hoi An Now has a lot of useful information for newly arriving families and is worth checking out.

Living in Hoi An offers a slower paced lifestyle than that of the major cities of Vietnam such as Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. The traffic is lighter, the noise is softer and generally life goes on at a subdued pace. The weather in Hoi An does have variances but not as extreme as Hanoi. Temperatures in Hoi An can get down to around the 20 degree mark, but usually we all enjoy a constant temperature in the low 30’s. Like much of Vietnam, in the southern areas, Hoi An is usually hot and wet or hot and dry. Whatever way you look at it, the beach in the morning and a relaxing afternoon with friends after work, are penciled are common moments in people’s diaries and fond memories.

All of us at HAIS welcome you to Hoi An and hope your stay whether it will be brief or long-term is an enjoyable and happy one.

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