Heading to Hoi An with the kids? Hoi An is an ancient town located in the central province of Quang Nam and is known for its World Heritage Site status from UNESCO. It’s truly an example of a well-preserved example of a Southeast Asian trading port of the 15th and 19th centuries. Stroll the charming riverside Old Quarter to get a gander at the historic and colonial buildings, shop, and enjoy tasty local treats. Pick up a fresh coconut juice at the outdoor market, enjoy a cooking class with the kids, and bike through the rice paddies! Check out tips for everything you need for the best family-friendly trip to Hoi An!
There are some fabulous places for families big and small. If you are looking for glam, Four Seasons Resort, The Nam Hai (formally The Nam Hai) is one of the best in the region offering incredible villas and all the 5-star extras. For boutique fans, The Victoria Hoi An Beach Resort & Spa is ideally flanked on both sides by water, overlooking the sea to the front and backed by the picturesque Thu Bon River. It has a kids club too! For folks looking for a good deal on accommodation, Essence Hotel And Spa is a winner for families and their location can't be beat!
Four Seasons Resort, The Nam Hai (Formally The Nam Hai), Ha My Beach, Hoi An, Vietnam, +84 510 3 940 000, http://www.fourseasons.com/hoian/offers/?c=t&_s_icmp=mmenu. Click here for the Little Steps review.
Victoria Hoi An Beach Resort & Spa, Cua Dai Beach, Hoi An Town, Qu?ng Nam, Vietnam, +84 510 3927 040, https://www.victoriahotels.asia/en/
More family favorites:
Anantara Hoi-An, http://hoi-an.anantara.com/
Golden Sand, www.goldensandhoian.com/en/
You probably have heard that a food tour in Hoi An is a must! Little Steps searched for the most family-friendly of tours and discovered Taste Of Hoi An. Book your family's private tour and you will be taken around the city to the best eateries, market food stalls, and be tempted by all the local delicacies. Enjoy White Rose dumplings handmade by a family who also supplies the entire town with their dumplings, a secret noodle shop in the market, the best (and we mean best) Banh Mi, and wrap up the tour with a cup of Vietnamese Coffee at a local family's home. Kids will enjoy getting hands-on with a bit of cooking, dumpling prep, and of course...eating! Try the Balut Egg...if you dare.
Hoi An is a shoppers paradise! While you can wander the streets of Old Town easily in an afternoon, we have a few favorite shops that are great for shopping for and with kids. One of our favorite streets in the Old Town is Nguyen Thai Hoc which has Danish designed kidswear store, Copenhagen Delights, and a gorgeous collective of brands and products under one roof at The O Collective. We also love the nearby kids art and lifestyle product store, Tohe, which is a social enterprise as well. Purchase anything in this gorgeous store and they are giving back to families in need. Need a break? I Am Vietnam is a store and houses one of the best foot massage spots in town. It's eco-chic vibe is perfect for any tired shopper big or small. Lastly, a visit to Hoi An is not complete without visiting the tailor - bring your own clothing to get copied or take a photo in of what you like and they can sort you out -fast. Our recommendations are below.
Copenhagen Delights, 76 Nguyen Thai Hoc, Hoi An, Vietnam, 0510 3916 333, www.copenhagendelights.com
The O Collective, 85 Nguyen Thai Hoc, Hoi An, Vietnam, +84 0905 893740, www.the-o-collective.com
Tohe, 193 Cua Dai, Hoi An, www.tohe.vn
I Am Vietnam, 31 Tran Phu Street, Hoi An, www.iamvietn.am
For custom made dresses/suits/clothing:
A-Dong Silk, 40 Le Loi St., Hoi An, Vietnam, 84-510/863-170. *high-fashion copies/custom clothing
Hoi An is a great eating capital in the region and you will quickly learn why! A long-time favorite for families is Morning Glory in the Old Town. This haven of Vietnam's famous street food set in a nice environment not only teaches you about the food you are eating but serves up a glorious variety for kids to try. They also offer cooking classes - check in advance. For the best Banh Mi in the city, visit Anthony Bourdaine's favorite spot - Ba Phuong Bread. For a beautiful riverside favorite, visit Brother’s Cafe overlooking the Thu Bon River. It's fabulous at night. A kiddo favorite is Dingo Deli which has good food, delicious coffee, and a kids' adventure playground with a trampoline, swings, sand, and loads of toys.
Morning Glory, 106 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street, Hoi An, Vietnam, +84 (0510) 2241 555.
Ba Phuong Bread, 2B Phan Chau Trinh, Hoi An, Vietnam, More information
Brother's Cafe, 27-29-31 Phan Boi Hau Street, Hoi An, Vietnam, +84 (0510) 3914 150
Green Mango, 54 Nguy?n Thái H?c, Minh An, tp. H?i An, Qu?ng Nam, Vietnam, website
Dingo Deli, 277 Cua Dai Road, 1/2 way between the beach & Ancient Town, Hoi An, Vietnam, https://www.dingodelihoian.com/
For those looking for a really fun Vietnamese cooking class, check into Vy's Market! These family-focused classes are in English and start at 10am and run for 2.5 hours. Families will have a private teacher, tour the central Hoi An market, cook, and eat lunch. After, you will have a full overview of Vietnam's food from North to South! They also have a bicycle tour cooking class. Kids will love taking a boat on the Hoi An river (especially at night where they can also place lanterns into the water). Visiting the old town a night is also a must as it's truly a spectacle of lantern, music, and excitement.
Vy's Market, 3 Nguyen Hoang Street, An Hoi Islet, Hoi An, +84 (0510 911590, https://tastevietnam.asia/cooking-classes
Hoi An Free Tour, http://www.hoianfreetour.com/
Boat On The Hoi An River, show up and join in on one of the tours!
More family adventures:
An Bang Beach, Information
Hoi An Bike Tours, 37 Ba Trieu, Cam Pho, Hoi An
Cham Am Diving, http://www.chamislanddiving.com/
Coconut Tour (vegetable farming + cooking), Information
Thanh Ha Pottery Village, Information
Hoi An Motorbike Adventures, www.motorbiketours-hoian.com
More cooking classes for kids:
Green Bambo, http://www.greenbamboo-hoian.com/
Ba Le Well, Information