'Moving to Hoi An'
If you’re looking for a new place to settle down because of COVID-19 lockdowns, or just to escape the city, Hoi An is your choice! The current situation in big cities (i.e. Hanoi or HCM), or smaller, less developed areas, makes life hard to enjoy, but here in Hoi An, we have had minimal lockdowns, a beautiful and clean environment, great resources and quality education.
Hoi An is well-known for both its social and natural beauty. 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.
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.
In addition to Vietnamese public schools, Hoi An offers two unique international schools: Hoi An International School (HAIS) and Green Shoots International School, both of which offer the Cambridge curriculum widely accepted by universities and colleges in over 160 countries. HAIS provides broad and balanced study across a wide range of subjects, using learner-centred and inquiry-based approaches to learning, thus helping students build a solid foundation to prepare for their university life abroad. Hoi An offers students the opportunities to study international curriculum, experience student life and be exposed to an exceptionally well-preserved ancient town together with stunning tropical beaches, friendly people and diverse cultural backgrounds.
Over the years, Hoi An, known as a UNESCO Heritage site, has developed into a place that attracts many people worldwide. The community shows the different characteristics represented by the locals, people from other big cities in Viet Nam and people who moved to Vietnam and have resided here for many years. This dynamic community provides opportunities to experience many diverse social activities. People here respect the differences in other cultures and enjoy the cultural activities of many countries.
Like big cities, Hoi An offers a number of resources from quality produce to social activities. Unlike big cities, housing in Hoi An is extremely affordable, with three-bedroom homes available for as low as $400 USD per month. With its clean air, bicycle-friendly roads, local markets and numerous cafes it is easy to enjoy life in Hoi An without the financial burden of living in a big city.
An Ideal 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.
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Life in Hoi An is moderately safe. You can easily walk on the street without worrying about pickpocketing or robbing, both in daylight or during the night. The crime index of the town is only 6.62, according to Numbeo
In Hoi An, you can choose to go to the General Hoi An Hospital or Pacific Hospital – Hoi An. For more advanced medication and treatments, you can go to Vinmec Da Nang, a mere 40 minutes away.
There are many convenience stores around Hoi An, which offer a range of Western ingredients. If you don’t want to cook, there are many restaurants in Ancient Town or in An Bang beach.
Additionally, there are a number of restaurants offering international and fusion cuisine, such as Double Cat Bar, Good Morning Vietnam Italian Restaurant, 7 Bridges, Salt Pub & Restaurant and many more.
Please check relevant Facebook pages before placing an order or traveling to a restaurant. During times of COVID-19 outbreaks, operation times may be affected.
Hoi An is still a predominantly cash-based town. Credit cards are accepted in most larger restaurants and convenience stores, but you will still need to carry cash when shopping at the market or other local shops. There are a number of ATMs around the city, including Vietcombank, MB Bank, BIDV and more.
Hoi An has only two main seasons. The dry season runs approximately from March until September, followed by the rainy season, from around October until February. There is a high chance of storms and flooding in Hoi An from October to December. Hoi An’s riverside location makes it particularly vulnerable to flooding during the rainy season.