Hoi An

Hoi An For Kids: Part 1

This one’s for the kids…

 

Hoi An is a magical place. With its colorful boutiques, picturesque Old Town and range of fantastic restaurants, any adult could happily lose several days in this dreamland.

 

But what about those with a shorter attention span…like the kiddies, for instance?! They may agree that yes, the lanterns are pretty or sure, that building must be very old; but pretty soon they’re going to want some outside entertainment.

 

Luckily, your pals at Hoi An Now have created a 3-part guide of activities that you can do with your kids here – by land, by water and further afield. There’s an age recommendation attached to each so feel free to skip to whatever part’s relevant to you.

 

Enjoy!!

Part 1: Hoi An For Kids… By Land

 

1) Explore the rice fields

 

Recommended for: 12+ (individual cyclists)

 

Much of Hoi An’s charm lies in its outskirts – those seemingly endless rice fields that feel a world away from the Old Town. In fact, you can reach the middle of nowhere in just a 5-minute cycle, and it makes for a great (and cheap!) family day out.

 

A word of warning: We strongly advise against children under 12 cycling on the main roads to get there. Drivers here are fast and reckless – and it’s just not worth the risk. So if you’ve younger kids, save yourself the worry by renting a bike with seats on the back, joining a family bike tour or seeing the fields from an entirely new perspective – on a buffalo-pulling cart tour.

Cycling-Rice-Paddies

2) Potter through the village

 

Recommended for: All ages

 

Just 3km out of town, you’ll find Thanh Ha Terracotta Pottery Park – featuring waist-high models of monuments around the world. Your kids can show off their knowledge of history and geography while feeling like giants. Fun for all involved! Then it’s time to paint a traditional Vietnamese theater mask; a fantastic takeaway to hang up at home.

3) Get crafty with bamboo

 

Recommended for: 7+

 

Unleash your creativity at Taboo Bamboo, where owner Tan has created a bamboo wonderland including a two-story house, an electric car and even a telephone! Just visiting this storybook setting is a worthwhile experience but, for an activity that the whole family will love, why not book in for a workshop? It’s amazing value, considering the unique souvenirs – from toys to speakers – you’ll have to take home … and the fun you’ll have making them!

 

Price (VND): 250,000 – 300,000.

Add: Thanh Tam Dong, Cam Thanh

Hours: 7.30am – 5.30pm (Daily)

Tel: +84 (0)905 312 812

Facebook: Taboo Bamboo

Email: [email protected]

Taboo-Bamboo

4) Don’t mask your talents

 

Recommended for: All ages

 

The Timing Masks in Hoi An’s Old Town is a chance for your family to get creative, get competitive and get a slice of culture while you’re at it. We recommend the more informal ‘Folk Mask Painting Workshop’ if you have young kids. To see the masks in action, check out the cultural performance – a colorful mix of dance, folk and theater – held every evening at 5pm.

 

Price: 10 USD p.p. for a 2-hour workshop; cultural performance: 100,000 VND

Add:   66 Bach Dang Street

Tel:     (+84) 235 395 9159

Timing-Masks

5) Embrace your inner artiste

 

Recommended for: All ages

 

Alley Artist House (try saying that 3 times fast!) brings another creative treat for your kids. Held every month in different locations, these free classes are a great way to spend some quality, messy-paint time together. They’re rumored to be running classes for teens and adults soon, too – keep an eye on their Facebook page for details.

6) See a bunch of puppets

 

Recommended for: all ages
A world away from Kermit and his mates, Hoi An’s Water Puppet Show explores Vietnamese village life through colorful, hand-carved puppets. It’s funny, it’s fast…and it’s got fairies! Bonus. Plus, the open-air theater gives it the atmosphere of a kids’ birthday party. You’re in for a treat.

 

Price (VND): 80,000 (adults); 40,000 (kids)

Showtimes: Tues, Fri & Sat: 6.30pm – 7.15pm

To book: Pay at the booths around the Old Town or at the entrance to the theater.

Add: 548 Hai Ba Trung (from the corner of Ly Thuong Kiet and Hai Ba Trung, walk towards Nguyen Cong Tru and it’s on your left)

Tel: +84 (0)235 386 1327; +84 (0)941 378 979 (hotline)

Email: [email protected]

Hoi An Water Puppet Show, Hoi An, vietnam

 7) Ready, steady, cook!

 

Recommended for: 4+

 

Hoi An has many specialty foods – and now, as well as enjoying them, your family can learn how to make them! You’ll find a family-friendly cooking class at Tra Que Waterwheel. It’s got plenty to keep kids from 4+ happy – from the colorful and chaotic market tour to the cycling trip towards the vegetable gardens (where they can dress up in farmers’ clothes, ride a water buffalo and try their hand at harvesting!) to the class itself. There they’ll learn to make rice paper and all kinds of shapes from their collected vegetables – a skill they can later test at home for special occasions.

 

Price: Adults: 39 USD; Kids: half price.

Add: Tra Que Herb and Vegetable Village

Tel: +84 (0) 912 719 079

Email:[email protected]

Website: www.traquewaterwheel.com

 8) Let them play

 

Recommended for: under 10

 

Maybe it’s raining and you’re seeking an indoors activity. Or maybe you’re tuckered out after the countryside and want something close to home. Whatever the reason, Hoi An’s Play Zone for Kids is a chance for your young kids to run free (in a safe setting). From playhouses to plaster models, trains to trampolines, there’s plenty to keep them entertained. Meanwhile, you can enjoy a drink or bring your own banh mi (from a stand near cnr Cua Dai) and relax as your little ones burn off excess energy. (Phew)

 

Price (VND): 40,000

Address: Corner Cua Dai & Tran Nhan Tong

Hours: Monday – Saturday:  4pm – 9pm; Sundays & Public Holidays: 3.30pm – 9.30pm

 9) Get ready to rock

 

Recommended for: 5+

 

Thrillseekers will be glad to find an adrenalin fix in the center of town. At Rock Climbing Hoi An, you can scale a 15-meter wall like Spiderman (if he’d had a harness and an attendant to secure him), practise Batman-like descents into a safety net on the multi-level zipline and jump around the bouncy castle ’til your heart’s content. Then it might be time to give your kids a turn. 😉 Top off your exhilarating afternoon with an ice-cream at Café Sua – all the best superheroes do.

 

Note: Little English is spoken there so here’s a translation of their – very reasonable – prices in VND (thanks, Miss Ha!):

 

  1. Continuity house – 40,000/ticket
  2. Big Car – 30,000/ticket
  3. Small Car – 10,000ticket
  4. Electricity Car – 10,000ticket
  5. Jumping castle – 10,000/ticket
  6. Zipline/Highwire – 80,000/time
  7. Rock Climbing – 60,000–100,000

10) Eat, drink and be merry!

 

Recommended for: All ages

 

When you’re all activity-ed out and can’t physically manage another tour, fear not – we’ve got a great escape for you and your family. The Dingo Deli is a long-standing expat favorite in Hoi An. Not only are its breakfasts the only reason we surface on Sundays, it’s an ideal place for kids, too! In a leafy enclosure out back, they can play ’til their heart’s content on the trampoline, the swings and in the treehouse while you kick back with a delicious coffee. There’s an indoor games room too! Don’t worry if you end up losing a day there – the deli boasts a mini-market for you to pick up bits on your way home.

 

Hours: 7.30am – 9.30pm daily

Add: 277 Cua Dai

Tel: 0120 600 9300 (delivery and bookings)

Email: [email protected]

Web: www.dingodelihoian.com

Home delivery menu: see Delivery Menus

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11) Clown Around 

 

Recommended for: under 6

 

The newbie in town at a few weeks old, The Little Circus might just be your new haven. It’s got indoor and outdoor play areas with slides, ball pools and equipment for ‘playing house’ – always handy – plus a lovely café attached, with tables on a veranda so you can keep an eye on the kids. Down the line there’ll be a range of entertainment options for older kids (from yoga to movies) but right now a few board games will suffice. A very promising addition to Hoi An’s family scene. 

 

Price (VND): 50,000 per child

Hours: 9am – 4pm. Closed Mondays and Wednesdays.

Add: Thon Thanh Dong

Tel: +84 162 904 3439

Facebook: www.facebook.com/thelittlecircushoian

Sunrise-Kids-Club-(Stock-photo)

12) Get Pampered

 

Recommended for: 6 – 14

 

For a girlie day out, Hoi An leaves you spoilt for choice. With enough beauty salons and shops to make your head spin, we’ve come up with an ideal outing that your daughters – and maybe even your sons – will love!

 

  • Kick off with an energy-boosting breakfast by the Thu Bon River.
  • Treat yourselves to a mani-pedi in one of Hoi An’s great salons.
  • Browse the designer childrenswear within the fabulous Copenhagen Delights – for an outfit they’ll love to show off at home.
  • Unwind after a hard morning’s pampering with a cyclo ride across the bridge to An Hoi – to be greeted by 50+ flavours of ice-cream at Enjoy Ice-Cream Restaurant.

 

Perfect day? Pretty close.

Ice Cream

13) Catch Sunrise

 

Recommended for: All ages

 

You could drive to Marble Mountain in the middle of the night. Or you could experience an entirely more indulgent sunrise altogether – at Sunrise Resort on Cua Dai Beach.

 

They’ve got a brilliant kids’ club, with different activities every day. There’s a sandpit, a playground and plenty of toys to entertain younger kids while older ones can keep busy with the video games on offer.

 

In the meantime you can doze on the man-made beach, lounge by the luxurious pool and maybe even treat yourself to a cheeky Margarita – it’ll be one of the best in town so frankly, it’d be rude not to.

 

Price: $10 entry fee for adults; kids 6 – 12 half price; kids under 6 free.

Happy hour: 5pm – 6pm daily; 2-for-1 cocktails: 150,000 VND

Tel: 0235 393 7777

Web: www.sunrisehoian.vn

SUNRISE HOI AN BEACH RESORT1

All wrapped up

 

So, there you have it – 13 land-based family activities in Hoi An. You’re welcome.

 

Psst…For events like the Full Moon Lantern Festival and lots more family outings, keep an eye on our events calendar.

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