Social Clubs and Where to Meet People
The expat community is growing rapidly and with that comes more and more social nights and activities. If you are new to Hoi An and wishing to meet people, here are some of them:
As seasonal and one off fairs and events spring up all over the place, keep your eyes on Hoi An Now’s ‘What’s On‘ calendar to stay fully up to date with what is happening in Hoi An.
March Gallery Movie Night
Run by March Gallery’s, Bridget March, the March Gallery Movie Night is fast becoming one of Hoi An’s most popular events. Movies are shown out of the Anantara Resort & Spa and normally take place once a month. Included in the 100,000 vnd ticket price is finger food and complementary wine/beer. It’s a lovely, laid back evening – literally – and if you want want to make sure you get one of those reclining beds – go early. Check for dates and details at March Gallery or hoiannow.com/events/.
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 What’s On Calendar or the Women of Hoi An Facebook page.
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 meet people and to get going on that writing career you always wanted. Classes take place in the Hub Workspace. Stay for the Hub Community lunch that follows and bask in the beautiful scenery of Hoi An’s rice fields. To join contact Hoi An Writers Group or contact Kirsten @ Write your Journey.
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 7.30pm – 9.30pm (see Hoi An Now’s What’s On / Events Calendar for address and details)
The Hoi An Social Club
Run by 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!
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.
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.
Situated just before An Bang Beach, this wonderful venue 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 verandah 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.
Meet up with like-minded football and cricket fans at Hoi An Sports Bar or 3 Dragons for some sporting badinage.
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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