Hoi An Nightlife & Social Scene

Living in Hoi An | Daily Life in Vietnam

Hoi An’s expat community is growing rapidly and with it Hoi An’s nightlife & social scene is similarly exploding. From social nights, book clubs, trivia, women’s groups to nightlife and bars to morning activities on the beach, you will find meeting people in Hoi An easy.  So, if you are new to Hoi An or simply wishing to meet more people, here’s some of what Hoi An’s nightlife & social scene has to offer.

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What’s On

As seasonal and one off fairs and events spring up all over the place, keep your eyes on Hoi An Now’s Events page and calendar to stay fully up to date with what is happening in Hoi An.  

Clubs to Join

Women in Hoi An

Run by expat, Milly Hudson, Women of Hoi An meet at different venues each month to mingle, chew the fat and to make new friends.  Entry is around 200,000vnd which includes food and and the first drink.  Keep an eye on our Events’ page or the Women of Hoi An Facebook page.

The Hoi An Social Club

The Hoi An Social Club run events every two or three months.  They are a great way for expats, locals and those new in town to come together and meet up. Keep your eye out for their advertised events.

Hoi An Book Club

Run by Bridget March of March Gallery, the Hoi An Book Club meets every three weeks (however, check dates on their Facebook Page).  Choose to join the group for dinner or opt just for the discussion, the Hoi An Book Club is a great way to meet other book lovers.  Participants are encouraged to recommend a book.  Prior to meetings books (along with an in-depth synopsis) and meeting dates are posted on Facebook.   All books are available as e-books. For further details speak to Bridget March.

Hoi An Writers’ Group

A weekly writers group for the experienced, the not so experienced and those just wanting to see.  This is a very supportive group where everyone is welcome, no matter their writing skill.  Run by the wonderful, Kirsten Pilz, the Hoi An Writers Group is a great way to build your social scene and to get going on that writing career you always wanted. To join contact Hoi An Writers Group or contact Kirsten @ Write your Journey.

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Get creative!

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!

Contact:  janssen.pieter@gmail.com; +84 988705755. Click here to join and for announcements of events.

Co-Working Spaces

The Hub Hoi An

Nestled in the heart of An My village, facing lush green rice paddies, the Hub Hoi An is the first coworking space in Hoi An.  The center’s intention is to create a collaborative and thriving community of coworkers who believe in the independent movement of entrepreneurs, digital nomads,remote freelancers and those with a creative spirit.  From community lunches to evening talks, check out their Facebook page to see what’s coming up.

See our guide to recommended co-working spaces on our Digital Nomads’ page.

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

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.

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Mia Cafe

Mia Café

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’ at Mia Cafe.

Soul Kitchen

One of Hoi An’s most popular nightlife haunts is Soul Kitchen (afternoons are pretty good too!)  With live music on most nights of the week this beautiful beach venue is a great way to meet people and expand your social scene while listening to top class musicians and rolling waves. 

Soul Beach

A beach-side setting where you can lounge around by day and listen to music by night, Soul Beach is one of An Bang’s most popular places for tourists and expats alike. You’ll find a great selection of local food as well as burgers, beers, coffee and cocktails.

K’Noy Bar

K’Noy Bar on Cam Nam Island attracts tourists and expats alike. They run an open mic night on Sundays where all are welcome, so make sure to turn up with your voice in check! See their Facebook page for more details..

Nomad Yoga

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.  And if you prefer the outside, join Em at Morning Beachside Yoga.

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Find your neutral space

Salt Pub

Situated just before An Bang Beach, Salt Pub is slowly gathering a cult following among the expat community (as well as tourists).  The Aussie owner sure has taste and it emanates from all aspects of the venue.  Bask outside on the grassy ‘beer garden’ which overlooks the beach or sit inside and watch some footie or on the veranda restaurant area – whichever area you choose, we assure you that you’ll be glad you came.  A bonus is for families: outside there’s a great little playground for your kids to frolic on a myriad of play equipment. Check their Facebook page to see what’s on – because there’s always something on!

Pub Sport

Meet up with like-minded football and cricket fans at Hoi An Sports Bar or 3 Dragons for some sporting badinage.

The 3 Dragons Movie Night

Run by movie lover and 3 Dragons manager, Levi Kessler, the 3 Dragons movie night is a wonderful way to share your love of movies and to meet other ‘Hoianians’.  Movies are run every Tuesday evening in the upstairs cinema room. The 2nd Tuesday of the month is reserved for a Vietnamese/Asian movie, the rest of the month is a mix of new movies, classics and family movies. The schedule is posted weekly.

Pub Trivia

This is a very popular evening for tourists and expats alike.  50,000 vnd per person entry and winning group takes all!  It is a weekly event put on by the 3 Dragons Restaurant & Bar.  A pizza special (2 for 1) is offered to trivia participants.  Starting @ 7.30pm check out Wednesday Pub Trivia for details.

Recreation

Golf

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.

Diving

The Dive Bar in Hoi An also operates as a diving center, running snorkeling and scuba diving tours plus PADI courses for instructors.

Gyms

Hoi An has a huge number of gyms, from the basic to the luxurious. Check out our dedicated gyms’ page for more information.

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Diving in Hoi An

Facebook Groups & Notice Boards

Facebook Pages

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!

Go for it! Ask around for interest and take the plunge – you’re bound to find someone with the same passions as you!

Written By
Sharon Guest

Primarily a playwright, Sharon has written for magazines and newspapers in many parts of the world. The author of two books, she is also a co-founder of Hoi An Now.

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