Part 2: Hoi An By Water
Still got some energy after all the activities for kids! Well, you’re in luck – because we ain’t finished yet!
Here are a few water-based activities that’ll mean happy families all round.
1) Take a basket boat
Recommended for: All ages
For a special family outing, head to Cam Thanh Island, from which you can rent a bowl-shaped bamboo boat and float merrily among groves of coconut (Nipa) palms. Travel back to a simpler time and glide through the cool foliage, watching your children’s expression of wonderment as they become explorers in this new watery world. They’ll bring home the gift of a grasshopper fashioned out of palm fronds and of course, great memories of their adventurous afternoon.
Cost (VND): 100,000
Approx. Add: Tran Nhan Tong, Cam Thanh (most likely a guide will find you before you find them).
2) Paddle your own canoe
Recommended for: 6+
Or kayak, rather. Take the waterway less traveled and float through relatively unexplored territory with Hoi An Kayak Tours. It’s a more serene experience than the (often boisterous) bamboo boat and offers quite a workout too, if that’s what you’re looking for. In addition to kayaking, they have paddle-boarding and trips on motorized long-tail boats, either for rental or as part of a more structured tour. This is a real chance to soak up the peace and quiet of nature with the whole family, at whatever level of expertise you’re ready for. Kids under 5 go for free, too. Ahoy!
Hours: Easy Paddle: 4am – 4pm; Coco Palm to Ancient Town: 8.30am (morning tour); 1.30pm (afternoon tour)
Price: Easy Paddle: $US27; Coco Palm to Ancient Town: $US32
Add: They’ll pick you up from your hotel. Bonus.
Tel: +84 (0) 979 437 338; +84(0)916 645 858
Email: [email protected]
3) Go Deeper
Recommended for: 10+
Dive into the underwater wonderland around the Cham Islands and marvel at the coral and creatures to be found in the turquoise waters there just off Hoi An. Drink in the beauty of life under the sea (not literally, of course) with a snorkeling trip or you can choose to do a cultural tour on land, visiting pagodas, museums and markets – but most likely, your kids will want to spend the day in the water. And rightly so – the reefs around this pretty island are worth taking a longer look. Hoi An Diving Center runs a full-day snorkeling trip with a large BBQ lunch on the beach for 950,000 VND. Or for a truly local experience, why not overnight in a homestay? Either way, snorkeling around Cham Island is a great holiday from your holiday!
Bai Huong Homestay
T: +84(0)120 237 8530
4) Sail into a new perspective
Recommended for: 12+
See the sea from the sky with a thrilling parasailing experience. At the southern end of An Bang beach, you’ll find a range of operators that can take two people out for a ten-minute flight. Although not the cheapest way to entertain your kids (and maybe not the calmest, as they’re bound to be hyped up on adrenalin after), it does make for a fun and different way to see Hoi An – from above. When you’re back on the firm(ish) ground of the beach again, unwind in one of the many family-friendly restaurants lining the shore.
5) Become a beach bum
Recommended for: All ages
Ok, so technically the beach is a land-based activity but we all know that your water babies aren’t going to stay on the sand for long – they’ll make a beeline straight for the sea. And what a sea it is – the beautiful coastline just outside Hoi An provides ample opportunities to splash around.
Unfortunately, erosion has wrecked havoc on the beach that was Cua Dai and, bar a few lonely resorts, there’s not a lot going on. Fortunately, An Bang Beach is just a 20-minute cycle from Hoi An – although time your trip wisely as it does get H.O.T.!! Reward yourself after a hard day’s relaxation with a meal and a drink at Soul Kitchen. The chilled-out vibe is enhanced by live music most evenings; see our events calendar for updates.
6) Get Active
Recommended for: -14
For an energizing start to your Sunday, bring the kids along to Little Nippers where your kids can learn to swim the beach safely and have a great time as well competing in a variety of events. Everyone in the family can get involved in channeling their inner lifeguard, and develop a greater understanding of the ocean and its dangers. Definite edutainment and an opportunity to meet other families. Starts at 8am.
All wrapped up
Now you’ve got 6 watery activities to keep you occupied, don’t forget to come up for air at some point!
And tune in next week for the last part of our kids’ guide. We’re excited too. 😉