Life in Hoi An
Much like our host city, Hoi An, whose buildings and street plans reflect the indigenous and foreign influences that have combined to produce this unique heritage site, a HAIS student is a well-rounded individual filled with a plethora of culture and diversity as they engage daily with over 20 different nationalities. The name Hoi An meaning “peaceful gathering place” rings true to life in Hoi An as it offers a more relaxed, family-friendly environment to its inhabitants. Hoi An, once a major port, is considered one of Vietnam’s most atmospheric towns. Graceful in its appearance, historic Hoi An is complemented by its grand architecture and an enchanted setting in keeping with its heritage.
Hoi An lays claim to some of the country’s best beaches, a vibrant nightlife and dining scene with internationally-renowned cuisine, a stunning natural environment, and famous historic sites, including the Ancient Town.
Historically, Hoi An has been one of Southeast Asia’s chief trading ports; a stop on the Silk route where Indian, Spanish, Portuguese and Japanese traders came for trading from the 15th century onwards. As such, it was and remains a place where people and cultures converge.
Conveniently located just a 30 minute drive from Danang City, Hoi An offers a plethora of historical buildings to explore, as well as a multitude of Vietnamese and Western restaurants which will tempt everyone’s taste buds. From bicycle rides through the rice paddy fields to swimming in the clean, clear water of An Bang Beach, there is plenty to keep the family active in Hoi An. Whether you’re into the great outdoors, fitness, or culture, there is no end to the adventures you can enjoy. There are different activities happening every week outside of school, organised by parents and other expats.
The weather in Hoi An does have variances but not as extreme as Hanoi. Temperatures in Hoi An can go down to around the 20 degree mark, but we usually enjoy a constant 30 degree temperature. Like much of Vietnam, in the southern areas, Hoi An is usually hot and wet or hot and dry. So a heavy jacket is not a necessity.
Social media is one of the best sources for information about life here, with several Facebook pages set up to provide information for expats living in both Hoi An and Da Nang. Additionally, the website Hoi An Now has a lot of useful information for newly arriving families and is worth checking out.