Hoi An with kids – Everything you need to know – Don’t hesitate to do a family trip in Hoi An, you will have unforgettable moments. This is a great place for families with a lot of things to see and do. Hoi An has a charming town, beautiful beaches, beautiful fields….and friendly people. You will easily find a hundred of reasons to visit Hoi An with kids on travel books or the internet… So, as a mom who has traveled to Hoi An for 2 weeks, I have some helpful tips and useful information to help you prepare before you visit Hoi An with kids
1. Kid friendly resorts in Hoi An – Hoi An with kids – Everything you need to know
The location of your accommodation can make or break your holiday. Staying at the Hoi An beach resorts is the best place for families, where kids can play and swim just a few steps from your room. Near An Bang beach, there are a lot of resorts, villas, homestay which have alternative choices with your budget. Some resorts have a private beach and kid clubs, good swimming pool as Victoria or Sunrise hotel, Palm garden resort.
Some homestay or villas near An Bang beach have a great playground that your kids can run around without any traffic. There are on-site staff catering and village activities also.
There are many homestays in village area which are quite, comfortable places. When you are at a homestay, you will feel like at home and your kids feel it, too because this is a kind of staying with local people. And who knows that there may be toddlers or kids who yours can play or share something of childhood with? Do you agree?
Between of beach and town location, Hoi An has many hotels near the river that you should consider too. You can take on-site fishing and a bundle of kid friendly family excursions such as riding buffalo carts through the paddy and river kayaking.
2. Things to do with kids in Hoi An – Hoi An with kids – Everything you need to know
Here are just a top 15 suggestions of things to do with kids in Hoi An to get you started Hoi An holiday trip. These sorts of things to do with kids allow you to maximize your family experience and minimize your stress, all you need to do is sitting back and enjoy!
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- Water puppet show at Hội An Theater, 548 Hai Bà Trưng st
- Boat trip on Hoai River
- Outdoor playground at Hoai Square
- Visit Thanh Ha Pottery Village
- Make white rose with Hoi An Food Tour
- Wander around Hoi An Old Quarter
- Explore Morning Fish Market
- Cam Kim bike tour
- Enroll In Cooking Class
- Stroll Hoi An Night Market
- Be a farmer at Tra Que vegetable
- Relax at An Bang beach
- Go Farming and Fishing Tour
- Ice Cream at Cargo Club
3. Food and Baby Stuffs in Hoi An – Hoi An with kids – Everything you need to know
Hoi An is the heaven of local food for us, but we should consider whether it’s suitable for kids or not. You should not worry. There are a lot of western food restaurants around the town which the child can have their favorite. For the baby, It is a good idea to take any packaged baby foods / formula and other favorite snacks, breakfast cereals, and food that your child likes to eat. It’s not really popular for imported baby food and formula in Hoi An. There is Lotte mart supermarket in Da Nang that you can find something good but it’s so inconvenient.
Fresh milk is not available almost everywhere. Most of minimart sell “có đường” (with sugar) milk. Please look for “không đường” (without sugar) milk if your kids don’t get used to it. You can check out brand: Vinamilk, TH true milk, or Da Lat milk.
Yogurt is available everywhere here and also milk products…. but watch for added sugar. Non-sweetened products are sometimes on the back shelves. Bich and Tuyet (24/24) on Ly Thuong Kiet stock them – although they do sell out quickly. Dingo Deli on Cua Dai Road who make their own cultured yogurt and always have it in stock.
Here is some good minimart in Hoi An
- Mister T. Open from 7.30am until 3am. Add: 639 Hai Ba Trung Street, Hoi An
- Bich Thuy Minimart. Add: 318 Ly ThuongKiet Street, Hoi An
- Hang Nga Minimart. Opposit Tiger market. Add: 81 Nguyen Dinh Chieu St, Hoi An
- Dingo Deli on Cua Dai St
- AP mart on 501 Hai Ba Trung St (near Ly Thuong Kiet St)
- A Mart. Add: 552 Hai Ba Trung Street, 681 Ha Ba Trung Street 27 Cua Dai Street & 681 Ha Ba Trung Street
4. Kid clothes in Hoi An – Hoi An with kids – Everything you need to know
Kids clothes are super-cheap. There are many brand clothes made in Vietnam like Pumpkin Patch, Baby Gap. You can pick up really cheap kids clothes in Hoi An central market.
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Clothes for kids can find at many kid shops in Hoi An as on Phan Chau Trinh st, Thai Phien st. At the Hoi An center market, the second floor, there are a lot of good clothes for kids. It’s cheap for local and as a traveler you should not forget to bargain.
Local laundries are also extremely cheap, cheaper than hotel laundry service. You can find these outside your hotel, signs will direct you where to go, if not ask a local. Prices are either by the piece or by the kilo. Usually, you drop your clothes one day and collect the next.
5. Kid friendly restaurants in Hoi An – Hoi An with kids – Everything you need to know
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- These restaurants do have kid menu or they are happy to adapt their menu for kids.
- Dingo Deli
- Bao Han: 17 Cua Dai St, Hoi An
- Aubergine 49 Restaurant: 49A Ly Thai To St, Hoi An
- Baby Mustard: Tra Que vegetable village
- Soul Kitchen: An Bang Beach
- Namaste Indian Restaurant: 441 Cua Dai St, Hoi An
- Nine Grains Bakery: 441 Hai Ba Trung St, Hoi An
- Cargo Club (great ice cream, patisserie/bakery as well)
- Kid Safety in Hoi An
Do not drink water with ice at local shops. Almost could be made from tap water. You should choose a water bottle and a cool drink in the fridge.
Hoi An has an international medical hospital, The Pacific Hospital, located on 6 Phan Dinh Phung st, Hoi An. Their phone number is +84 510 3921 656. Hotels also have doctors on call, for any emergency, you could ask any help from the hotel.
If you know the name of the medicine you want, just write it down and the pharmacist should be able to provide it or a generic equivalent. Hoi An pharmacies sell common over-the-country products such as Panadol Baby Tylenol and rehydration power.
6. Babysitter service in Hoi An – Hoi An with kids – Everything you need to know
Most of the hotels from 4 star standard in Hoi An have babysitter services. And you could allow time to spend with the babysitter before leaving her alone with your child(ren), so they get to know her and ensure you and your child feels comfortable before leaving them with any babysitter.
If you need to hire a private baby sister, you can contact Hoi An Free Tour team. They are young, good English speaking and love kids.
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I may not give much more sufficient details but I think these above tips somewhat can help families (especially with babies, toddlers or young children) to travel and they can be used as a helpful guide. Hope those who are planning their trip will have a great time without worrying about KIDS.
BEFORE YOUR TRIP
Before going on your holiday in, it is important to visit your doctor in advance to check if everything is okay for your kids or ask for advice about your and your kids’ health. Take some pills following the doctor’s prescription which can work for common cold or illnesses because the weather causing health problems may be different in other areas.
Hoi An has good hospitals of course but some taken medications in your bag are a great idea. If you or your children have any food allergies ensure you know some common ingredients of Vietnam food or some “Vietnamese phrase on dietary requirement”. The first you can use google translate then ask your hotel to help you write down it in Vietnamese. Please note that baby seat in the car is not really common in Vietnam, if you want, you should ask your car operator first.
Researching about the weather there and taking suitable clothes or essential things for a season is really important. You should not forget some warm clothes if you travel from November to January, as some swimming clothes for kids from March to September…
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