Hoi An – An attractive place for families who aim to “leaving the city for the countryside”

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The trend of moving one’s whole family to live in a place that is close to nature, peaceful and suitable for a “slow” lifestyle is no longer a strange thing in this world. This new way of life in Vietnam is becoming more popular and Hoi An is one of the best destinations for families seeking to “escape the city to the countryside”.  During the COVID-19 pandemic, this trend has become even more vital as families in the city want to escape the confines of their living spaces and move to an open living space, where they and their children can grow vegetables, raise chickens and enjoy “real life”.
 
Until now, most young people and families tend to migrate to urban areas. However, in recent years, with the desire to find less bustling, crowded or polluted spaces to settle, many people have chosen to go against the urban immigration flow, to find places like Hoi An – a land that has all the necessary facilities, but where they can find quietness, cleanliness and friendliness and pursue a healthy lifestyle, which is also community-oriented. So, why choose Hoi An?
 

1. A healthy lifestyle, close to nature

Families gather in Hoi An mainly for the same reasons: to find a new lifestyle – green living, to be close to nature, to enjoy the fresh air with a comfortable, safe and pleasant living space, experience precious peaceful moments and to leave behind all the hustle and bustle of life in big cities.
 
 
Life in Hoi An is peaceful and fresh
Life in Hoi An is peaceful and fresh

Long stretches of white sand beaches, immense rice fields, the poetic Thu Bon River, fresh air and green roads – these all paint a picture of the peaceful life that everyone desires.

2. An ideal and safe environment for raising children 

Hoi An is also attractive to many parents as it is a great place to raise children. The beaches are always a favourite for most families here. In Hoi An, people also offer different activities for children, such as cooking classes, lantern-making workshops, surfing, etc. Public parks, amusement parks, family-friendly cafes and beach clubs and resorts have affordable prices. Many families shared that they left big cities and moved to Hoi An because they wanted their children to have a complete childhood.

Many families move to Hoi An because they want their children to have the best childhood
Many families move to Hoi An because they want their children to have the best childhood

Ms Huong moved her family from Hanoi to Hoi An more than three years ago, and she is delighted with her decision. “The joys my family have here are immeasurable,” she said. “My children have endless summer days. They have sleepovers at their friends’ houses and invite them to my house to cook and play. Since we live in a village, children are free to ride around, without the danger of heavy traffic. When they get to the beach, they love it. I’m a bit concerned that they have too much vitamin D. Their class at school is small, so they are close to their peers, and the parents know each other very well.”

Education is the primary concern of families when intending to move.  Hoi An offers exemplary education options, just as they do in big cities.

Ms Katy decided to move with her whole family to Hoi An from France three years ago, sharing: “The learning environment in Hoi An is great for my children. My family has been here many times before, and the kids love it. We moved to Hoi An because we wanted our children to be free to explore the outside world and at the same time to study and nurture their talents. Currently, all three children are studying at Hoi An International School , and I am satisfied with the quality of education that the school provides.

 
A Corner of Hoi An International School
 A Corner of Hoi An International School

3. Convenient social security and a suitable standard of living

Hoi An is a fun and friendly environment. Unlike big cities, the cost of living here is affordable, and transportation is also very convenient. For shopping, grocery stores, clean food stores, mini supermarkets and traditional markets meet your shopping needs for essential items. If necessary, families can shop at supermarkets and large shopping centres in Da Nang, only a half an hour’s drive away. Hospitals, medical facilities and administrative centres are all easily accessible within the city area.

 
Facilities in Hoi An are complete and convenient
 Facilities in Hoi An are complete and convenient
 

4. Diverse, rich cultural and social activities

Hoi An has so many activities for its residents and always makes them feel happy and satisfied. Walking around the Old Quarter gives people a feeling of peace, lightness and serenity. Community activities also take place very actively and regularly. On weekends, there are often markets to visit, like Tan Thanh Market or Hoi An Green Market, workshops on making recycled crafts and art, and culture exchange programs with cultures from around the world.

 
Cultural and artistic activities are focused on young people and organized regularly in Hoi An
Cultural and artistic activities are focused on young people and organized regularly in Hoi An
 

The wave of migration to Hoi An is increasing, making this place very different. Here exists different cultures, Vietnamese culture, featuring nostalgia and rural-living, balanced with vibrant and colourful cultures of international communities, brought in by families from different countries and continents. 

Looking at the changes of Hoi An in recent years, we can say that this is not only the most livable place in Vietnam but also, in the world. Settling in Hoi An promises to become a more and more popular trend.

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