HOI AN with KIDS, Vietnam

 HOI AN with Kids

Hoi An is the perfect blend of chill and activity, making it my favourite city in Vietnam.  There is a lot to do here and the city is not overcrowded or polluted.  When it gets too hot, there is a whole coastline of beach to cool down on.  I regret that we didn’t get to spend more time here and can’t wait to visit again!

Below are activities that you can easily manage with kids in Hoi An.  Please keep in mind that our family travel style does not revolve around kids parks and attractions.  Our kids enjoy all of the cultural activities and beautiful landscapes that we wish to see.  We just find ways to make it fun for them whilst we are there!

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My Son Sanctuary:

This technically isn’t in Hoi An, however it’s too amazing not to be mentioned.  You can access this UNESCO listed sanctuary either by tour or private driver from Hoi An.  Due to the fact that our kids are young, we hired a private driver for the morning.  Having a private driver sounds fancy, but its really cheap here and allows us to leave earlier in the morning and stop for snacks and toilets when required.

My Son Sanctuary is a cluster of fascinating Hindu temples from between the 4th and 13th century.  There is a shuttle bus from the entrance to the ‘starting point’ and from that point you have to walk.  The walking track, whilst not difficult, is mostly dirt so strollers are not useful here.  I used the Ergo Baby Carrier for little Miss nearly 1, and Mr 3.5 years took a ride on the Piggy Back Rider.  See my baby and toddler carriers for travelling section for more details.

Whilst you shouldn’t climb all over the ruins for obvious reasons, they are not roped off so you can walk right up to them and touch them!  I personally found this really exciting and loved that you don’t have to view them from behind a fence.

Hoi An Ancient Town:

This is another UNESCO world heritage site listed area. The architecture of the buildings are quite unique.  It’s small enough to walk around on foot and is not overcrowded. We were able to use a stroller here quite easily.  There is a bit of wheeling it up and down kerbs but it wasn’t a problem.  In fact, the kids think it’s fun going over bumps.

Taking a cyclo ride is a fun activity here when your feet get tired!.

Central Market:

This market is quite pleasant as far as bustling Asian markets go.  There is lots of fresh fruit, clothes and nic-nacs on offer.  With plenty of options around for eating, I also felt that the fresh food market was less confronting than other markets in South East Asia.

A Vietnamese lady selling fresh fruit out front of the Central Market in Hoi An

Custom Made Clothing:

There is an unusually large amount of talented tailors working in Hoi An.  If you wish to get some custom clothes or shoes made, the options are endless!

The Beach:

Hoi An and neighbouring Dalat, are well known for their beaches.  No holiday is complete without a visit, or ten, to the beach!  Popular beaches are Cua Dai Beach and An Bang Beach.  Cua Dai Beach was experiencing erosion when we visited and there was basically no sand left and a lot of machinery attempting to fix it.

Hoi An with Kids Hoi An with Kids

Other awesome activities:

  • Cooking classes
  • Pushbike hire (both riding through rice fields and the old quarter are of particular highlights)
  • Fishing from a bowl boat
  • Marble mounts in nearby Dalat
  • Japanese covered bridge
  • Assembly hall of the Fujian Chinese congregation

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