HOI AN WITH KIDS

If you’re in Hoi An with kids and wondering what’s available, how you’re going to keep them occupied and whether Hoi An was the best choice for your Vietnam family vacation – well rejoice.  This little town with its magical lanterns is one of the best places to be.

 

To start, Hoi An’s calm water beaches make it a perfect location for children and families but outside of the beach what else is there to do in Hoi An with kids?

 

Are you ready?  There are restaurants with pool tables, pubs with swimming pools, cafes with playgrounds and resorts with kids’ clubs. There are the basket boats (the round ones), snorkeling, cycling, side-car tours, mask painting, puppet shows, cooking classes, buffalo rides and theme parks.

 

And, if you’re looking for more theme parks, ice-skating, illusion museums, cinemas or a bridge on the top of a mountain called the Hands of God, venture a small distance out of Hoi An and they’re are all at your fingertips. So, whether you be in Danang with kids or Hoi An with kids or commuting between the two, there are so many things to do that you’ll need a holiday to recover!

 

But what about restaurants?  Where are the family-friendly restaurants?  Well, we have that covered too.  Hoi An offers a veritable oasis of restaurants for families. You’ll find eateries with outdoor playgrounds, beachside settings and indoor play areas too – you’ll even find kid-friendly vegan restaurants.

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ACTIVITIES - HOI AN WITH KIDS

VINPEARL LAND HOI AN

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Recommended for: all ages

 

While it’s no Los Angeles Disneyland, Vinpearl Land Nam Hoi An’s 62.4-hectare park still has plenty to offer and is a terrific day out for those in Hoi An with kids.  There are five basic attractions: WaterworldRiver Safari; the exotic Bird Park, Hoi An Cultural Land and the massive Adventure Land fun park (with Indoor Gaming Room). Some of these rides are seriously heart-stopping. Interspersed, you’ll find souvenir and clothes shops along with restaurants, an Indoor Playzone for little kids, a 4D Movie Castle, outdoor stage and shows and an amazing light and water display at 7.30pm that you just shouldn’t miss.

 

Vinpearl Land Nam Hoi An is highly recommended – and it’s not just the kids that will love it!

 

Entrance | 500,000vnd (adults) 200,000 – 400,000vnd (kids); Hours | 8.30am – 9pm; Add | Thanh Nien Street, Binh Duong, Thang Binh, 

 

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EXPLORE THE RICE FIELDS BY BICYCLE

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Recommended for: 12 years + (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.

 

Riding through Hoi An’s rice fields will delight both kids and adults. You’ll see Vietnamese farmers in their Non la hats ploughing fields with their water buffalo, ducks, chickens, dogs and puppies, kittens and ‘Shy Plants’.  These cute little plants that grow along the sides of roads and in bushes, shrivel up when you tickle them.  Kids love them.

 

Warning: We strongly advise against children under 12 cycling anywhere in Hoi An. Drivers here are fast and reckless – it is not worth the risk. Rent a bike with a kids seat or join a family bike tour.

THANH HA TERRACOTTA PARK
AND POTTERY VILLAGE

Thanh Ha Terracotta Park and Pottery Village

Recommended for: all ages

 

Want to do something cultural, educational and creative in Hoi An with kids? Then head out to Thanh Ha Terracotta Park and Pottery Village to paint your very own Vietnamese Theater Mask followed by a bit of pottery and a saunter through a museum that will blow your mind. Thanh Ha Terracotta Park is a visual and sensory feast. Start with the waist high model monuments of iconic buildings from all over the world. From the Taj Mahal, Stonehenge to Sydney Opera House, this a fun game of test your knowledge (or lack of knowledge!)  Our kids loved this outing.  Not only did they have a fun day, they got to take home their own pottery and painted mask souvenirs.

 

After Thanh Ha Terracotta Park saunter down to the Pottery Village for a walk back in time to how pottery was made a hundred years ago.

 

Entrance | 30,000vnd (adults) 15,000vnd (kids); Hours | 8am – 5.30pm | 7 days; Add | Pham Phan Street, Thanh Ha Ward, Hoi An

 

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ESCAPE IQ HOI AN

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Recommended for: 10 years +

 

Escape IQ is a great way to spend an hour plus with kids in Hoi An but a word of warning, if you scare easily or are under ten years old then look elsewhere for fun because this activity is quite gruesome! Upon entering you will find your self in a room called, ‘The House’. Inside The House is a young woman named Ellie who was backpacking through Vietnam when she was kidnapped.  Your  mission is to do everything you can to save her before her captor comes home.

 

OK, for those who don’t know how escape rooms work … you’re locked in a room until you’ve solved enough puzzles to unlock all the locks in the place and get out. In Escape IQ Hoi An’s ‘The House’ there’s plenty of them and it works best with 3-5 people. Even if you don’t get out in time you’ll get plenty out of the experience.

 

Entry | 270,000vnd per person; Hours | 12am – 8pm / 7days; Add | 16 Thoi Ngoc Hau; Tel | +84 (0) 332 965 567 / +84 (0) 932 430 933

GET PAMPERED

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Recommended for: 5 years +

 

Our girls like nothing more than getting their nails and toenails manicured and painted. Great. But as this wonderful activity only fills around 30 minutes of the day, what to do then? Luckily Hoi An has enough activities, beauty salons and shops to make your head spin, so we’ve put a few things together to come up with an ideal outing that your daughters – and maybe even your sons – will love!

 

Start with treating yourselves to a mani-pedi in one of Hoi An’s great salons. Follow this with a browse through  the designer children’s wear at the fabulous Copenhagen Delights – for an outfit they’ll love to show off at home.  After this, jump in a cyclo for a ride around Hoi An Old Town followed by an ice-cream for the kids (and a cocktail for the adults).

 

Top it all off by hiring in a sampan for a 30 minute boat ride on the Thu Bon and make all your dreams come true by setting free your very own wish candles.

CYCLO RIDE - HOI AN OLD TOWN

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Recommended for: all ages

 

There’s no better way to see Hoi An Old Town than by gliding through its streets in a canopied cyclo.  A 20-minute cyclo tour will cover all the main areas of Hoi An Old Town from the Japanese Bridge, Central Market to the river front.  It’s a great way to quickly see everything the Old Town has to offer.  While this snail-paced, sleepy ride may bore some teens and tweens to breaking point, for a couple of exhausted parents, there’s nothing like reclining in a carriage and smugly waving at heat exhausted pedestrians on the brink of fainting point.  (Get a cyclo, why didn’t they?!)  So, whether the kids want to do this or not, shove them in, push them in or even hurtle them in to the seat: this wonderfully relaxing ride is one the adults need and a little bit of give and take is what nurturing a whingeing child to adulthood is all about.  Pity cyclos don’t have portable Margarita bars!

 

Price |  200,000vnd (set price) x 20 minutes Old Town Tour
Pick up a cyclo driver at | Hoang Dieu & Phan Chau Trinh Sts, Dao Duy Tur & Duong Ca Hong Lanh & around the Japanese Bridge or simply wave one down

PLAYZONE FOR KIDS

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Recommended for: under 7 years

 

Got young, restless under 7s who need to work off some of that boundless energy in a safe setting?  Why not try the seriously cheap indoor Play Zone for Kids? With its colourful mini-sized driving cars, climbing apparatus, play balls, play-houses, trampolines and soft foam tiling, its similar to – and as good as – many play zones you’ll find in Western countries.  Open from mid-afternoon to 9 or 9.30pm, it’s hard to miss Play Zone for Kids. Just look for bright fluorescent green walls and a couple of giant crickets painted on the front. Thrown into your cheap as chips entry ticket is a free train ride and, for a little extra, your artistic progeny can create a Michelangelo masterpiece on one of the many plaster models on offer.  Play Zone for Kids is clean and modern with plenty of excitement but be mindful, it’s a Vietnamese haunt and still relatively unknown to most tourists.

 

Entry | 55,000vnd; Hours | Monday – Saturday, 4pm – 9pm | Sun & Public Holidays: 8.30am – 11am & 3.30pm – 9.30pm; Add | Corner Cua Dai & Tran Nhan Tong

HENNA ART HOI AN

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Recommended for: 5 years +  – great for rainy days

 

Kids love drawing on themselves so why not take it up a notch and get a professional at Henna Art Hoi An to do it for them?  Using brown ink over black, because it’s gentler on the skin, Henna Art Hoi An artist, Van, will create a custom-made temporary tattoo or let you choose a design from one of her in-house catalogues.  Working with a small plastic cone Van had our hyperactive 8 year-old mesmerized as she slowly painted an intricate mandala of dark muddish paste over her arm for the next 15 – 20 minutes. Later the paste dries and crumbles away, leaving an earthy brown tint on the flesh that can last up to a week.  Whether it be on your hands, arms, wrists, ankles or legs henna tattoos are a natural, elegant and beautiful skin adornment and best of all – they are temporary! This is also an activity the whole family can enjoy, so go get henna’d on!

 

Hours | 2 pm – 8 pm | 7 days; Add | 09 Nguyen Thai Hoc (2nd floor), Hoi An

 

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SUNRISE PREMIUM RESORT KIDS CLUB

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Recommended for: 3 – 12 years

 

The Sunrise Premium Resort Kids Club is the best kids club in town.  Staffed by wonderfully attentive Vietnamese attendants, this colorful environment is a fun place every kid will enjoy.  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. It also has organized daily activities from baking to lantern making, pottery painting and more.

 

Even better, if you feel like some rest and recreation and a bit of time out, just sign your kids in and leave your telephone number.  While your kids are being entertained or entertaining themselves you can doze on a nearby beach lounge by the luxurious pool and maybe even treat yourself to a cheeky Margarita – don’t you just love activities that make everybody happy?

 

 

Entry | 300,000vnd (adults), kids 6 – 12 half price, kids under 6 free; Hours | 7am – 10pm /7 days

DINGO DELI

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Recommended for: all ages

 

Dingo Deli is a long-standing expat favorite for families in Hoi An with kids. Not only are their coffee and all day breakfasts delicious, there’s a leafy enclosure out the back where kids can play to their heart’s content.  Here you’ll find swings, a treehouse and an indoor-games room with an abundance of toys and kids’ things!

 

Located half-way between the beach and the Old Town on Cua Dai, Dingo Deli offers capacious outdoor booths and a crisply air-conditioned interior of tables and lounges. The delectable Western menu proffers an excellent selection: from gourmet pies to pasta, from Mediterranean salads to baked dinners, from all-day breakfasts to Mexican treats. 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 Road

JACK'S CAT CAFE

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Recommended for: all ages

 

Must like cats and the odd cute dog … and vegetarian food … and places off the beaten path … and, well, cats … lots of them, ninety-one to be precise. Jack’s Cat Cafe offers quality vegetarian fare in a shaded, spacious oasis of trees, ponds and pagodas where the cats roam free and you can kick back, relax and enjoy a cold bevy or a bite. Be prepared to share your table and some love with more than a few active kittens whose curiosity will have them in your bag, on your head and if you’re not careful – in your food!

 

The only way this amazing cat rescue center continues to run, however, is through generous donations from compassionate people and volunteers who come to help run the cafe and rescue. 100,000 vnd, including a free drink, is a very reasonable entry fee. (Read up on the cat (and dog) meat trade in Vietnam to see just how much of a sanctuary Jack’s Cat Café really is.)

 

Entry | 100,000vnd; Hours | 11am – 3pm (Closed Sun & Mon); Add | Le Hong Phong Street; FB |  JacksCatCafe 

 

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CRAFT - HOI AN WITH KIDS

THE TIMING MASKS

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Recommended for: 5 years +

 

If you’re looking for an activity that’s educational, creative and rewarding that results in a painted mask souvenir, then consider doing one of The Timing Masks’ workshops in Hoi An’s Old Town.  This family run business headed by patriarch, Mr Phong Bui, aim’s to preserve one of Vietnam’s oldest cultural activities: the art of mask making.   Inside this amazing workshop filled with masks of all shapes and sizes, you can choose to simply paint a mask or do a full 2 hour mask making workshop.  We recommend the more informal ‘Mask Painting’ activity if you have young kids.  To see The Timing Masks in action, check out the cultural performance – a colorful mix of dance, folk and theater – held three times a day.

 

Price | Per person: 200,000vnd mask painting & 350,000vnd 2-hour workshop; cultural performance: 100,000vnd; Hours | 9am – 6pm ; Add | 66 Bach Dang Street

TABOO BAMBOO WORKSHOP

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Recommended for: 7 years +

 

Unleash your creativity at Taboo Bamboo Workshop, where owner Tan has created a bamboo wonderland including a two-story house, an electric car and even a telephone!  Deeply passionate that the traditional bamboo handicraft that’s been in his family for three generations is retained, Tan started the Taboo Bamboo Workshop.  In these workshops Tan will teach you about bamboo’s sustainability as a natural product, how resilient and strong it is and just what you can make with it (which seems to be everything!!!).   Just visiting this storybook setting is a worthwhile experience but, for an activity that the whole family will love and one that ensures old technologies are not forgotten, 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 | Per person: 700,000 VND (30 USD)  3 hour workshop;  Hours | 9am – 12am & 2pm – 5pm /closed Sun; Add | Thanh Tam Dong, Cam Thanh; Tel | +84 (0) 905 312 812

 

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TOURS - HOI AN WITH KIDS

HOI AN SIDE CAR TOUR

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Recommended for: all ages

 

This exhilarating one hour tour in a retro soviet-style sidecar is a fun-filled adventure through the highlights of Hoi An and perfect for families and photo opportunities. Beginning with a zippy ride through the crisscross paths of Hoi An’s rice paddies, you’ll be whizzing passed duck farms, dogs, cows, chickens and farmers in traditional Non hats and in to off the beaten track alleyways that few get to see.  A brief stop to ride on a buffalo – and you’re on the road again.  Through Tra que organic vegetable garden, traditional graveyards, markets and villages and finally this incredibly thrilling experience culminates in a beautifully scenic drive along the picturesque banks of the Thu Bon River.

 

Highly recommended, our children loved it…and – pssst, make sure you nab the sidecar!

 

Price | Per person 600,000vnd – 1,400,000 vnd depending on tour (30% discount kids under 12); Add | Nguyen Chi Thanh Street;
Website |  www.hoiansidecartours.com

 

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HOI AN MYSTERY TRAIL

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Recommended for: all ages

 

Got any budding detectives in the family?  Well don’t leave town without doing the Hoi An Mystery Trail.  Developed for tourists or those living in Hoi An with kids, the Hoi An Mystery trail is a great way to explore the Old Town, while unraveling and solving an exciting Murder Mystery. For the cost of  100,000 vnd you’ll be provided with a Mystery Trail clue sheet along with details of the fiendish crime. Your mission is to eliminate a number of prime suspects and weapons. Walk the streets, follow the numbered clues to solve the mystery. Go it alone or work in a team.

 

Set within the lantern-lit streets of Hoi An, this self-guided 2-hour tour, that can be done at any time of day, in one go or spread over 2 days (or more), is a great adventure for all the family.  So summon your inner Sherlock, follow the clues, eliminate the suspects and solve the crime!

 

Price | 100,000 vnd per Trail Map book (Trail Map books can be purchased at March Gallery, 42 Phan Boi Chau or Cosy Corner in An Bang);

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TRA QUE WATER WHEEL
COOKING CLASS

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Recommended for: 5 years +

 

Hoi An has many specialty foods – and now, as well as enjoying them, your family can learn how to make them at Tra Que Water Wheel Cooking Class! This family-friendly cooking class has plenty to keep kids from 5+ happy.

 

From the colorful and chaotic market tour to the cycling trip through Hoi An’s countryside towards Tra Que, this is one of the best cooking classes you can do in Hoi An with kids. On arrival at Tra Que village you and the kids get to dress up in farmers’ clothes, ride a water buffalo and try your hand at harvesting!  Then it’s time for the class itself. Here you’ll learn to make rice paper and all kinds of shapes from their collected vegetables – a skill you can later test at home for special occasions.

 

Highly recommended.  You even get a foot massage!

 

 

Price | Adults: 900,000vnd (approx), kids 5 – 10 yrs half price; Add |  Tra Que Herb and Vegetable Village; Tel | +84 (0) 912 719 079; For full range of tours: www.traquewaterwheel.com

HOI AN SILK VILLAGE

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Recommended for: 5 years +

 

What kid isn’t fascinated by a wriggling worm or two? If this is your family’s thing and you’ve got an hour or so to spare rock on over to Silk Village Hoi An and have a close encounter with hundreds of the wriggly things. Situated amongst lush tropical foliage and replica Ancient houses you’ll get a crash course on Hoi An’s silk trade. You’ll learn about the early Champa period where brocade was favoured over silk to Hoi An’s famous silk mistress. There’s Ancient looms, weavers at looms there’s even a lesson on how to pick real silk as opposed to that polyester rubbish the market ladies always try to pass off as the real deal. (Try and rip me off again with your fake silk why don’t you?). This is a cheap, one hour tour that’s more of a cosmetic history of Hoi An’s silk trade but still interesting especially if you’ve got a kid that goes crazily weird over creepy crawly things. Like ours does.

 

Price | Per person 100,000vnd, buy at the entrance; Hours | 8am – 4.30pm / 7 days; Add | 28 Nguyen Tat Thanh

LANTERN MAKING IN HOI AN

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Recommended for: 5 years +

 

Run by a local family in a delightful Ancient house, Pho Hoi Lantern Workshop Hoi An is one of the best value lantern making courses in town.  Led by the very personable Mr Hai, you will learn about the origins of lantern making in Hoi An, why lanterns became so popular and the changes in the way they were made.  With Hai’s careful guidance, you will learn each step of the lantern making process.  Starting with choosing your lantern style, material and colour you will move step by step through each bending, cutting and gluing stage to the final paint job where you get to personalise your lantern with your own design.

 

Highly recommended. Our daughters (14 and 8) loved it.

 

Price | Per person 160,000vnd; Hours | 8:30am – 5pm, all week; Address | 310 Nguyen Duy Hieu

 

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SHOWS - HOI AN WITH KIDS

HOI AN IMPRESSIONS SHOW
& THEME PARK

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Recommended for: all ages

 

From the moment you walk in to Hoi An Impressions Theme Park you will be enthralled. Costumed musicians, side street shows, lanterns, rainbow lit overpasses and a miniature Japanese Bridge are just some of the many delights you will encounter before the Big Event: Hoi An Memories Show. And let me tell you nothing compares to the big event!  Featuring a cast of hundreds, this visual extravaganza is nothing short of amazing. Depicting historical snapshots of Hoi An’s past to present, there’s humour, romance and emotional tragedy (the Vietnamese man next to me was sobbing – bless him!) Hoi An be proud! This sensory feast of world class music, drama, choreography, lighting and costume where actors fly through the night sky and gigantic elephants parade the stage, left our entire family open-mouthed and spellbound.

 

Price | Show: 600,000vnd (adults) & 350,000vnd (kids), Show and Theme Park 800,000vnd (adults) & 400,000vnd (kids); Theme Park Hours | 4.45pm – 12.00am, Memories Show Hours | 7.30pm – 8.45pm | Add: Cam Nam Island

 

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LUNE PRODUCTIONS

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Recommended for: 7 years +

 

Lune Show is a rumbustious thrilling experience that will appeal equally to kids and adults (think Cirque du Soleil on bamboo).  Trapeze artists fly through the sky, dancers twirl and jump in frenzied movement and humor and poignancy interlaces the drama at every turn.  As theater goes, this is world class stuff.  There are 4 Lune Productions, Palao, Teh DarAO Show and Lang Toi. Each reflects deep-rooted aspects of Vietnamese culture and folklore, often drawing on everyday activity that stretches back thousands of years.  The productions tell their stories through music and dance incorporating mesmerizing acrobatics and juggling that oscillates between gentle rolling rhythms to abrupt heart-stopping moments. Whilst this may not be for every kid, it kept both our 8 and 14 year old kids glued to the stage for the entire hour.  Both  thought this was one of the greatest shows they’d ever seen.

 

Price | adults 700,000 – 1,600,000 vnd (27 – 63 USD approx), kids 5 – 12 years 30% discount; Time | 6pm (70 minutes duration); Add | Dong Hiep Park, Nguyen Phuc Chu Street, An Hoi Islet

 

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HOI AN WATER PUPPETS SHOW

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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. Set under the stars in amphitheater-styled seating, this energetic and frequently humorous 45-minute show presents a series of Vietnamese fables and stories and whilst it’s not the best thing you will ever see it is certainly one of the sweetest. There are unicorns and fairies, the odd boat race and dragons amidst smoke and colourful lighting as tales of Vietnamese legends and village life are narrated through a series of vignettes. Whilst there’s an English translation, it’s minimal. However, the language of slapstick, where lazy farmers fight off big fish, is something everyone can relate to. With or without kids, Hoi An’s Water Puppet Show is highly recommended and for the best seating arrive around 15 – 20 minutes early.

 

Price | Adults 80,000 vnd (3.5 USD), kids  40,000 vnd (1.7 USD); Show starts | 6.30pm (45 minutes duration); Add | 548 Hai Ba Trung  Tickets can be booked in advance through Facebook or phone: +84 (0) 941 378 979   

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WATER ACTIVITIES - HOI AN WITH KIDS

HOI AN BEACHES

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Recommended for: all ages

 

There is nothing more enjoyable than a day at the beach and Hoi An ‘does’ beaches well.  There’s always plenty of places to recline and umbrellas aplenty for shade.  So ‘slip slop’ your water babies with sunscreen and make a beeline straight for the sea. And what a sea it is – the beautiful coastline of Hoi An provides ample opportunities to splash around.

 

There are two main beaches in Hoi An: An Bang and Cua Dai. Sadly, erosion has wreaked havoc on the once beautiful Cua Dai Beach.  Whilst it isn’t the expansive sandy stretch it once was it is still a good place to take kids, particularly little kids and babies.  This is due to myriad sandbags lining parts of the beach catching small pools of ocean water.  Whilst these are essentially there to stall further erosion, they make a wonderful (and safe) water playground for young children.

 

See Kid Friendly Restaurants for some specific beach suggestions, otherwise head straight to An Bang Beach (10 minutes taxi ride from Hoi An Old Town).

BASKET BOAT THROUGH CAM THANH NIPA PALMS

Hoi An Cocnut Palms

Recommended for: all ages

 

For a fun-fueled, high energy outing that the whole family will enjoy, do a basket boat tour through the Jurassic Park-like, Cam Thanh Nipa Palms.  Here you will find a spectacularly beautiful, bio-diverse ecological system that is home to a many unique marine species. Once there, float merrily among jungle-like groves of Nipa palms in a bowl-shaped bamboo boat whilst your ‘skipper’ makes you and the kids animal souvenirs from coconut fronds.  When you hit the open water, be prepared for a change of tempo.  This is where some of the tour guides like to put on a show.  With ghetto blasters up to 11 you’ll see them spinning their basket boat at hyper-sonic speed.   It can get pretty crowded but don’t let it worry you because this is one of the best things to do in Hoi An with kids.  (If you prefer not to do a tour it is easy to bicycle or taxi here instead.)

 

Price | Per person 30,000 vnd entrance & 100,000 vnd boat ride  (5.50 USD total approx); Hours |open 24 hours; Add: Tran Nhan Tong, Cam Thanh 

 

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SNORKLING AT CHAM ISLAND

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Recommended for: 4 years +

 

Dive into the underwater wonderland around the Cham Islands and marvel at the coral and creatures to be found in the turquoise waters 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. In these magnificent pristine waters you’ll find around 135 species of coral and over 200 species of tropical fish. Hoi An Diving Center runs a full-day snorkeling trip with a large BBQ lunch on the beach for 1,000,000 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!

 

Price | 1,200,000 vnd (USD 52); Hoi An Diving Center (Blue Coral Diving); Add| 33 Tran Hung Dao; Tel | +84 (0) 935 857 578

SeaTREK

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Recommended ages: 8 years +

 

Getting down with the fishes is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for kids and adults of all ages! Seatrek Vietnam involves wearing a deep sea diver’s-style helmet, walking along the ocean floor and feeding the local sea life, all under the safe watch of an experienced local scuba diver. Given that this is a monitored walking experience, kids – and adults – don’t even need to be able to swim!  The recommended age is 8+, but it’s worth checking with the company in advance depending on your child’s height. The helmets are lighter than they look, but may prove unwieldy for very little ones.  A Seatrek tour also includes a trip on a traditional sailing vessel, snorkelling off the coast of Cham Island, a big buffet lunch and beach time.  The beautiful beach at Cham Island has designated swimming spots and a gentle slope out to sea so it’s great for all ages.

 

If travelling with your family, mark this tour down as unforgettable!

 

Price | Adults 1,450,000 vnd (63 USD) & 8 – 12 years 1,150,000 vnd (50 USD)

 

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KAYAK THROUGH THE NIPA PALMS

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Recommended for: all ages

 

If you’re not into the ghetto blasting experience of a tour through Cam Nam Nipa Palms by basket boat, take the waterway less traveled and float through relatively unexplored territory with Hoi An Kayak Tours instead. It’s a more serene experience and offers quite a workout too, if that’s what you’re looking for. You’ll also visit a handicraft village.

 

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 beauty of nature with the whole family – no previous kayaking experience necessary. Kids under 5 go for free, too. Ahoy!

 

Price | Adults 736,000 vnd (32 USD), Kids 5 – 10 years 50% discount, Under 5’s free; Hours | 8.30am – 11.30am; Hoian Kayak Tours

BABY SHARK HOUSE

Hoi An With Kids, Baby Shark House Hoi An, kid running by a pool with lots of inflatable toys

Recommended for: Babies – 10 years

 

A simple backyard swimming pool is the backdrop to a kid’s wonderland filled with gigantic ducks and dolphin (and more) inflatables where kids can disappear into a world of imaginative play for hours and hours. The brain child of former Greenshoots’ International primary school teacher, Nga … this simple idea has become a favourite place for families in Hoi An. There’s baby pools for the two month up crowd, water guns for the under 10’s, sand pits, paint brushes, craft activities, dolls, doll houses, soft toys, games and more. I guess if you’ve been a primary school teacher for many years you kinda know what the littlies like.  So if you’re touring and had to leave most of your toys at home, come to Baby Shark House because they’ll probably have them.

 

Price | Per Person 30,000 vnd per hour (1.30 USD); Hours | See their FB Page; Add | 43 Phan Tinh, Cua Dai; Book | +84 (0) 903 557 881

PARASAILING

Hoi An with kids; parasailing in the sky

Recommended for: 12 years + 

 

See the sea from the sky with a thrilling parasailing experience. At the southern end of An Bang beach (next to Soul Beach Restaurant), you’ll find a range of operators that can take one or 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.  Be aware that ‘take-off’ can happen quickly so lest you get dragged along the sand, be ready!  Oh, and it can get cold up there whooshing through the sky, so maybe wear a rash vest.

 

Price | 1 person 600,000 vnd (26 USD) / 2 people  (shared parasail) 800,000 vnd (35 USD); Hours | 9.30am – 6pm; Add | next to Soul Beach @ An Bang Beach

BOAT ON THE THU BON (AT NIGHT)

Hoi An with Kids, boat at night on Thu Bon River

Recommended for: all ages

 

There is nothing like a little bit of magic to get children (or adults!) excited and seeing Hoi An Old Town at night from the water is probably one of the most magical experiences you’ll have in Hoi An.  Simply rock down to the river’s edge and hire a little sampan (150,000 vnd x 20 mins) from one of the many operators lining the banks. Jump in, sit back and immerse yourself in the beguiling view of Hoi An Old Town and let the magic begin. Under the light of the moon, you’re lantern lit chariot will sail passed an array of glimmering lanterns that blur into a riot of mesmerizing colour  as the Old Town slowly edges by.  On the river around you, a myriad of multi-coloured, lantern-lit boats will pass by aglow with glistening color. If that isn’t enough, you’ll get to make a special on a wish candle and set it afloat on the river.   Our 8 year-old daughter loved it.  She wasn’t the only one!

 

Price | 150,000 – 200,000 vnd (6.50 – 8.50 USD) per boat x 30 minutes; How to hire a boat | simply walk down to the river front on Bach Dang Street, Hoi An Old Town, and take your pick.

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JACK'S CAT CAFE

Jack's Cat Cafe, Hoi An. Sharon and cats. _opt (18)

Recommended for: all ages

 

Must like cats and the odd cute dog … and vegetarian food … and places off the beaten path … and, well, cats … lots of them, ninety-one to be precise. Jack’s Cat Cafe offers quality vegetarian fare in a shaded, spacious oasis of trees, ponds and pagodas where the cats roam free and you can kick back, relax and enjoy a cold bevy or a bite. Be prepared to share your table and some love with more than a few active kittens whose curiosity will have them in your bag, on your head and if you’re not careful – in your food! The only way this amazing cat rescue center continues to run, however, is through generous donations from compassionate people and volunteers who come to help run the cafe and rescue. 100,000 vnd, including a free drink, is a very reasonable entry fee. (Read up on the cat (and dog) meat trade in Vietnam to see just how much of a sanctuary Jack’s Cat Café really is.)

 

Entry | 100,000vnd; Hours | 11am – 3pm (Closed Sundays & Mondays); Add | Le Hong Phong Street; Facebook |  JacksCatCafe 

 

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SUNRISE PREMIUM RESORT KIDS CLUB

Summer Programme

Recommended for: 3 – 12 years

 

The Sunrise Premium Resort Kids Club is the best kids club in town.  Staffed by wonderfully attentive Vietnamese attendants, this colorful environment is a fun place every kid will enjoy.  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. It also has organized daily activities from baking to lantern making, pottery painting and more.  Even better, if you feel like some rest and recreation and a bit of time out, just sign your kids in and leave your telephone number.  While your kids are being entertained or entertaining themselves you can doze on a nearby beach lounge by the luxurious pool and maybe even treat yourself to a cheeky Margarita – don’t you just love activities that make everybody happy?

 

Entry | 300,000vnd (adults), kids 6 – 12 half price, kids under 6 free; Hours | 7am – 10pm /7 days; Tel | +84 (0) 235 393 7777 for scheduled games and activities

PLAYZONE FOR KIDS

Play Zone for Kids, indoor play centre, hoi an children amusements train climbing aparatus

Recommended for: under 7 years

 

Got young, restless under 7s who need to work off some of that boundless energy in a safe setting?  Why not try the seriously cheap indoor Play Zone for Kids? With its colorful mini-sized driving cars, climbing apparatus, play balls, play-houses, trampolines and soft foam tiling, its similar to – and as good as – many play zones you’ll find in Western countries.  Open from mid-afternoon to 9 or 9.30pm, it’s hard to miss Play Zone for Kids. Just look for bright fluorescent green walls and a couple of giant crickets painted on the front. Thrown into your cheap as chips entry ticket is a free train ride and, for a little extra, your artistic progeny can create a Michelangelo masterpiece on one of the many plaster models on offer.

 

Play Zone for Kids is clean and modern with plenty of excitement but be mindful, it’s a Vietnamese haunt and still relatively unknown to most tourists.

 

Entry | 55,000vnd; Hours | Monday – Saturday, 4pm – 9pm | Sun & Public Holidays: 8.30am – 11am & 3.30pm – 9.30pm; Add | Corner Cua Dai & Tran Nhan Tong

VINPEARL LAND HOI AN

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Recommended for: all ages

 

While it’s no Los Angeles Disneyland, Vinpearl Land Nam Hoi An’s 62.4-hectare park still has plenty to offer and is a terrific day out for those in Hoi An with kids.

 

There are five basic attractions: WaterworldRiver Safari; the exotic Bird Park, Hoi An Cultural Land and the massive Adventure Land fun park (with Indoor Gaming Room). Some of these rides are seriously heart-stopping. Interspersed, you’ll find souvenir and clothes shops along with restaurants, an Indoor Playzone for little kids, a 4D Movie Castle, outdoor stage and shows and an amazing light and water display at 7.30pm that you just shouldn’t miss.

 

Vinpearl Land Nam Hoi An is highly recommended – and it’s not just the kids that will love it!

 

Entrance | 500,000vnd (adults) 200,000 – 400,000vnd (kids); Hours | 8.30am – 9pm; Add | Thanh Nien Street, Binh Duong, Thang Binh, 

 

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HOI AN BEACHES

An Bang Beach Hoi An

Recommended for: all ages

 

There is nothing more enjoyable than a day at the beach and Hoi An ‘does’ beaches well.  There’s always plenty of places to recline and umbrellas aplenty for shade.  So ‘slip slop’ your water babies with sunscreen and make a beeline straight for the sea. And what a sea it is – the beautiful coastline of Hoi An provides ample opportunities to splash around.

 

There are two main beaches in Hoi An: An Bang and Cua Dai. Sadly, erosion has wreaked havoc on the once beautiful Cua Dai Beach.  Whilst it isn’t the expansive sandy stretch it once was it is still a good place to take kids, particularly little kids and babies.  This is due to myriad sandbags lining parts of the beach catching small pools of ocean water.  Whilst these are essentially there to stall further erosion, they make a wonderful (and safe) water playground for young children.

 

See Kid Friendly Restaurants for some specific beach suggestions, otherwise head straight to An Bang Beach (10 minutes taxi ride from Hoi An Old Town).

BABY SHARK HOUSE

Hoi An With Kids, Baby Shark House Hoi An, kid running by a pool with lots of inflatable toys

Recommended for: babies – 10 years

 

Baby Shark transforms a simple backyard swimming pool into a kid’s wonderland filled where giant animal inflatables enable kids to disappear into the world of their imagination for hours and hours. The brain child of former Greenshoots’ International primary school teacher, Nga … this simple idea has become a favorite place for families in Hoi An with kids. There’s baby pools for the two month up crowd, water guns for the under 10’s, sand pits, paint brushes, craft activities, dolls, doll houses, soft toys, games and more. I guess if you’ve been a primary school teacher for many years you kinda know what the littlies like.  So if you’re touring and had to leave most of your toys at home, come to Baby Shark House because they’ll probably have them.

 

Price | Per Person 30,000 vnd per hour (1.30 USD); Hours | See their FB Page; Add | 43 Phan Tinh, Cua Dai; Book | +84 (0) 903 557 881

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REVIEWS

DANANG FOR KIDS

Once you’ve exhausted your things to do for kids in Hoi An, jump in a car because just 30 or so minutes up the road you’ll find plenty more to do in Danang for kids. From theme parks on top...

KID FRIENDLY RESTAURANTS IN HOI AN

Kid Friendly Restaurants in Hoi An is a families ultimate guide to all the best places to eat in Hoi An with kids. From playground cafes to vegan restaurants, it’s all here.

LANTERN MAKING HOI AN, PHO HOI

Looking for a lantern making Hoi An workshop that’s great value and fun for all ages? Then do the family run, Pho Hoi Lantern Workshop Hoi An, and take home your very own custom-made, Hoi An lantern keepsake.

HOI AN MEMORIES SHOW REVIEW

Like a gateway to another world, Hoi An Memories Show is an unforgettable experience for all ages. Find everything you need to know about the show here!

THANH HA POTTERY VILLAGE

Want to do something cultural, educational and creative that all the family will enjoy? Check out our guide to Thanh Ha Terracotta Park and Pottery Village.

ART IN PARADISE DANANG

Ever wanted to come face to face with King Kong or fairies? Then head straight to Art in Paradise Danang 3D Museum – but don’t forget your camera!

VINPEARL LAND HOI AN

Vinpearl Land Nam Hoi An has brought Disneyland to Hoi An. There’s waterworlds, river safaris, amazing fun fair rides and more – this is not to be missed!

HOI AN MEMORIES SHOW PREVIEW AND IMPRESSION THEME PARK

Hoi An Memories Show, an open-air theatrical extravaganza involving a cast of 500 in an arena that can seat 3000, is the centerpiece of Hoi An Impression Theme Park. It’s comfortably the largest and most ambitious show anywhere in Vietnam and an enthralling experience that brings one closer to Vietnam’s unique spirit and time-honoured traditions. Both a must-see cultural spectacle and a mind-blowing entertainment.

THEATER SHOWS BY LUNE PRODUCTION – PREVIEW

Lune Production has created an amphitheater in Hoi An to stage Vietnamese shows, inspired by Cirque du Soleil. Don’t miss out during your stay in Hoi An!

WATER PUPPET SHOW HOI AN $

Set under the stars, Hoi An’s Water Puppet Show presents a series of fables on Vietnamese village life through colorfully hand carved puppets.

HOI AN KAYAK TOURS

Explore the primeval Coconut (Nipa) Palms by kayak. Hoi An Kayak Tours delivers an unforgettable experience through the mangroves and on the open river.

TIMING MASK WORKSHOP HOI AN $ – $$

Looking for a great activity suitable for kids & adults in Hoi An that will also result in a wonderful mask souvenir? Then visit the Timing Masks Workshop!

(1) as much fun for the kids as it is for you

(2) not only creative but educational

(3) results in a rather splendid Hoi An souvenir …

ESCAPE TO THE MYSTICAL COCONUT PALMS

To explore the peaceful escape of the Hoi An’s Coconut Palms (Nipa Palms) you first need to make your way through the quiet, scattered hamlets of Cam Thanh Island.

BA NA HILLS MOUNTAIN RESORT $$ – $$$

The awe-inspiring Ba Na Hills Resort has something for everyone, from lush garden labyrinths to roller-coasters. A must-see for all visitors in Hoi An.

CAPTIVATING CHAM ISLAND

Discover the unique Cham Island, allowing for swimming, snorkeling and diving over coral reefs, shopping, parasailing, motorbike rides and more!

DINGO DELI – KIDS

Dingo Deli is top of our list for kid-friendly places in Hoi An. 

PLAY ZONE FOR KIDS $

Got young, restless children who need to work off some of that boundless energy?

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