Social Clubs and Where to Meet People
There aren’t a lot of clubs and social groups in Hoi An yet … but it is changing. The expat community is growing rapidly and with that comes new ideas and innovations. At this stage, if you are new to Hoi An and wishing to meet people, here are some options:
The book club meets at a different venue once a month and is a great way to meet people. Members take it in turns to propose books and nominate venues. Locally printed books are just $3-4.
Contact: [email protected] if you are interested.
Hoi An Lawn Bowls
The lawn bowls is run by Garry Davis. Even if you are not into lawn bowls and think it is only for nearly dead people – still come a long. This is an evening full of drinks and laughs.
Every Thursday 7pm – 9pm (see Hoi An Now’s What’s On / Events Calendar for address and details)
The Hoi An Social Club
Run by three Hoi An Expats, The Hoi An Social Club runs monthly gatherings for people to catch up and to meet new people. The aim is to bring people from different cultures together, to connect, socialise and make each other feel at home.
Hoi An Hash House Harriers
Join the local ‘hashers’ who are self-described as ‘drinkers who have a running problem’. If you want to work up a sweat and join in the revelry that follows then Hoi An’s Hash House Harriers is for you. There is no membership, when you show up for a run, you’re in. The trail consists of dots of flour, leading through paddies, an occasional hill, hidden alleys, smelly neighborhoods and picturesque quarters. It’s fun!
There are two championship standard golf clubs alongside each other on the coastal road between Hoi An and Da Nang. Membership is quite expensive but if that’s not an issue check out Montgomerie Links
Expat Meeting Places
Several places around town act as hubs for expats and you are sure to quickly get to know people by frequenting them:
Dingo Deli often has something on, if it’s not kids art classes then it’s a pizza night or the like. Run by Michelle and Gordon, drop in and make contact. Michelle is usually around. She is very personable and goes out of her way to help any newcomer and put them in contact with the Hoi An community.
This is a favourite coffee place for many Hoi An expats. Drop in around 10.30am and you’ll always find a group or two of ‘regulars’.
This is a fairly new coffee shop but it’s gaining a buzz among the expat community.
Every expat in town has been to Soul Kitchen at some point or other. Sunday afternoons/evenings used to be the buzz night to go. However, these days – with music on most nights of the week – expat interest is more evenly spread. Families with children often congregate on Sundays.
Do a yoga class or two at Nomad Yoga. Run by Natalie and husband Julien, two of Hoi An’s most established expats, this is a sure way for you to bump into many Hoi An locals.
Meet up with like-minded football and cricket fans at Paddys Irish Pub, Hoi An Sports Bar or 3 Dragons for some sporting badinage.
Greenshoots Parent Committee
If you have children at Greenshoots a great way to meet other parents is by volunteering to be on the parent committee.
Join as many Hoi An/Da Nang Facebook groups that you can. Events are frequently advertised and are great ways to meet people. Some sites that often list events are:
Dingo Deli Noticeboard
Keep your eyes out for anything listed on the noticeboard. Sometimes people are seeking tennis partners or trying to start up a club.
Start your own club
This is an option.
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