Top 15 Fun Things to do with Kids in Hoi An
Charming Hoian ancient town is the Vietnam’s most beloved destination for tourists all over the worlds. The land is a combination of fascinating history, ancient architecture, authentic cuisines, beautiful beaches, kid – friendly resort and great hospitality. For that reason, Hoi An is also an ideal getaway for all families with lots of Fun Things to do with Kids in Hoi An. 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!
1.Hoi An Water Puppet Show – Top 15 Fun Things to do with Kids in Hoi An
Water puppet is a fun show to watch, especially when you travel with your kids. In addition Water puppetry is a unique folk art form which is associated with the long history of wet rice civilization of Vietnam. The shows are suitable for all ages.
Hội An water puppet show includes various pieces which are well arranged, performed by professional and experienced artists (English included)… It will bring audiences into an artistic space imbued with the culture of Vietnam and Quang Nam province. And the shows duration is reasonably short which is good for younger children. You can either buy tickets just outside the theater before the show starts, or beforehand at any of the tourist ticket booths in Hoi An old city.
Tip: Go early and sit in the front row. You will get the best view. The 2nd and 3rd rows are reserved for tour groups
Address: Hội An Theater, 548 Hai Bà Trưng st., Hội An city
Duration: 45 minutes
Ticket price: Adult: 80.000 VND. Children: 40.000 VND. Kid below 3 years old is free
Every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. Time: 6.30pm to 7.15pm
2. Learning how to make silk at Hoi An Silk Village – Top 15 Fun Things to do with Kids in Hoi An
Located only 1 km away from Hoi An ancient town, Hoi An Silk Village has a tradition of 300 years in making silk in Hoi An. Going to visit this village, you will have an opportunity to see how silk is produced from the silkworm and know more about the history of the village. You’ll learn about the entire production of silk from silkworm to dress also. You can visit all of the ancient houses, museum, and mulberry garden in 45 minutes at 100,000 VND. Moreover, you will see different types of silk here, and mixtures with cotton silk and polyester. The tour guide will demonstrate the difference between silk and silk mix or polyester fabric, which is essential information if you are lured by the tailoring options in Hoi An.
Photo by Thuyen Lu
Tips: Ask staff to call a taxi for you as it is quite hard to get taxi at that area
Hoi An Silk Village
Address: 28 Nguyen Tat Thanh Street, Hoi An
Ticket: 100,000 VND
3. Boat trip on Hoai River – Top 15 Fun Things to do with Kids in Hoi An
You can hide a boat and sail along the Thu Bon River, enjoy the peaceful scenery along the waterfront. There are all sorts of boats for hire but hire a little row boat for about $5 USD for a lovely 30-minute ride is a good deal. As you paddle along, the view of the town in the late afternoon light is something special.
During the full moon festival, riding a boat on Hoai River is a must do the activity. It’s absolutely stunning.
Tip: Best time is late afternoon to catch the sunset. Avoid the midday sun. You will get a lot of great photos
Photo by Stewart Cooke
Bach Dang Street
Price: 5 USD/ 1 trip
4. Outdoor playground at Hoai Square – Top 15 Fun Things to do with Kids in Hoi An
This is probably the latest outdoor playground in Hoi An located in the heart of old town. The location is perfect for parents who are tired after wandering old town but kids still have energy. And this playground is suitable for kids below 7 years old.
Kids can play train, trampoline castle, ride a cycle, coloring ….Price is very cheap. Each game costs around 5000 VND- 20,000 VND
Tip: Outdoor playground only open from 5.30 PM to 9.30 PM. Best time is 6.00 PM (less local)
Find them: Song Hoai Square (near An Hoi Bridge)
5. Visit Thanh Ha Pottery Village – Top 15 Fun Things to do with Kids in Hoi An
Photo by Minh Quân Trần
The Thanh Ha Pottery Village is 3 km to the West of the Hoi An ancient town. The village is very accessible, you can get there by bicycle. Narrow paths and roads around the village allow you to see daily life in a typical village
Visiting this village, your kids can play with mud and clays, explore how pottery is made and decorated and even make pottery by themselves. They can also wander around and figure out how pottery is made and decorated. S0 this can give them a deep insight in pottery history as well as and mankind history.
Don’t forget to check out Terracotta Village. This is a new attraction in Hoi An. The museum is well designed with games and workshops. They even have some cool classes for those interested in making their own terracotta figures. Entrance fee is 30,000 VND . You can paint a piece of pottery for 50,000 dong. This may be a good activity to kill an hour with the kids.
Tip: It’s best to visit earlier in the morning or late afternoon when it’s cooler
Find them: From Hoi An city center, go ahead to Hung Vuong Street, then keep going straight along the river bank. You will see the board showing “Thanh Ha pottery village”
6. Make white rose with Hoi An Food Tour – Top 15 Fun Things to do with Kids in Hoi An
Photo by Hoi An Food Tour
Your kid can learn how to make white rose during a tour. The tour guides can take you to the hidden lanes and streets in Hoi An which may surprise you by its amazing kinds of food including seafood, rice cake, sweet snack, noodles, etc. Let your whole family engaged in a food world full of color and flavor in oriental culture.
Your kids never get bored with the tour guide from Hoi An Food Tour.
Tip: Book the evening walking food tour to avoid hit and your kids will love it
Hoi An Food Tour
Add: 567 Hai Ba Trung, Hoi An
7. Wander around Hoi An Old Quarter – Top 15 Fun Things to do with Kids in Hoi An
Photo by Hope Menghermann
Being known as the ancient trading port of Vietnam in the 16th century and the UNESCO World Heritage, Hoi An Old Quarter is deserved to be mentioned first. You and your family can wander along the street and enjoy the unique architecture with old building painted in yellow and decorated with lights and colorful lanterns.
Especially, your children may immerse themselves in a beautiful magic world in of fairy tales when they put the light boats floating on the stunning river to admire all the lanterns lighting the night sky. It can be the most memorable moment to remember.
In the Old Quarter, you can go shopping as well, especially clothes for little kids. The kids can have a chance to choose the fabric and patterns by themselves and the clothes will be all ready for you in only 15 minutes by reputable tailors for you. There are is also a variety of traditional silk shops where the kids can discover how silk is made. It can be an adventure for them!
Tip: Hire a cycle (xich lo) for an hour turn around the town. You will usually find a willing cyclo driver sitting in the shade on the corner near the Japanese Bridge.
Hoi An old quarter walking area
Price: 6 USD/ 1 pax (entrance fee)
8. Explore Morning Fish Market – Top 15 Fun Things to do with Kids in Hoi An
Photo by COLIN PAUL07
One of the most fantastic things in Hoi An is Fish Market. It’s worthwhile to wake up early in the morning to discover fish market located along the bank of Thu Bon River. Every morning, fishermen and fishing boats gather here to sell and buy fish. It is so hustle and bustle and you may find It interesting to see the thousands of fresh fish shining under the sunlight which can bring a sense of peace to your soul.
One of the beautiful spots of the market is at the waterfront, where you can see all the busy activities of people buying and loading fish from the boats.
Don’t forget to bring mosquito spray with you.
The big fish market is in Cam Ha village, about 2.5 km from the town, the market is very busy from 5 to 7 a.m every day.
Fish market next to the Thu Bon river in Hoi An central market.
9. Cam Kim bike tour – Top 15 Fun Things to do with Kids in Hoi An
Photo by Vũ Đỗ
Cam Kim Bike tour is a great way for your family to explore Hoi An countryside. Cam Kim Island is just 10 minutes boat ride across the Thu Bon River from the town. It is very pleasant to ride around the village to have a glimpse of the peaceful village. You can stop to take photos with stunning rural scenes or have simple conversations with local people they meet. After that, they may make a visit to carpentry workshops to see how skilled craftsmen transform a simple piece of wood into high-quality wood products.
When you book Cam Kim Bike tour with the kid, please tell us your kid age so we can arrange best for your family trip.
Book in advance to avoid disappointment as their daily tours are always full.
Hoi An Fun Bike Tour
567 Hai Ba Trung, Hoi An
10. Enroll In Cooking Class – Top 15 Fun Things to do with Kids in Hoi An
If you have a great passion for Vietnamese foods and desire a happy family time together ayou want your children to know more about how to cook that dishes, so the cooking class is your best choice in some restaurants are definitely what you need. You can easily find some restaurants that have offered this service. And you just need to choose the foods from the menu and pay for that dishes with approximately 5$ per person, then you can get the lessons for free. Just imagine how amazing you feel when you have that you can try the great Vietnamese foods cooked by yourself, you can feel so amazing. Not only you, your kids can have the chance learn to cook and use their incredible creativity to decorate the dishes.
Photo by Kim An Hotel
Don’t forget to give them your specific diet requirements at booking time. Be sure about the itinerary.
11. Stroll Hoi An Night Market – Top 15 Fun Things to do with Kids in Hoi An
Located on the bank of the Hoai River, the night market on Nguyen Hoang street becomes very busy at night, but you can still find antique features of an old town, with thousands of lanterns lighting the area. Market traders line the street from sunset at around 5 pm to 11 pm. Along the 300-metre area are about 50 booths.
The night market is a great place to enjoy signature food of Hoi An and the Quang area such as cao lau (rice noodles with pork and veggies), banh bao (steamed rice dumplings with pork and mushrooms), banh vac (steamed rice dumplings with ground shrimp and veggies), banh dap (rice crackers with steamed rice pancakes and anchovy sauce), banh xoai (mango cake) or xi ma (black sesame pudding).
You can buy a candle to put in the river
Along the river, you will see many little kids dressed silk ensemble selling flower candle. Only 10,000 VND can buy 3 different color lights. After wishing, drop lights down the river with a belief the wish will come true. Maybe this is a unique experience and makes the beauty of the Hoai River at night
From Hoi An night market, cross the bridge and you will experience the game characterized Vietnam and Central culture. And the blindfolded beating pots games will make child enjoy
Tip: Bring your ticket to Hoi An if you already bought it on the first day.
Nguyen Hoang street, on An Hoi islet
12. Be a farmer at Tra Que vegetable – Top 15 Fun Things to do with Kids in Hoi An
In the afternoon, you can visit Tra Que village nearby. Kids can love running around the field. Come here, you can discover the art of cultivating and water plants, tasting and doing a cooking class with local dishes prepared by hosts. And you can see a wide variety of organic vegetables growing as well as flowers and other produce
Photo by Camelli DESCLAUX
If you book a bike tour with ………you can be taught how to make traditional Vietnamese foods at local people’s houses.
Bring a hat, sun cream with you. You’d better start early when traveling in summer (from April – August)
Go ahead on the way to An Bang beach, you will see the board showing “Tra Que village”
13. Relax at An Bang beach – Top 15 Fun Things to do with Kids in Hoi An
An Bang beach is easy to get to (about 4 km) from the ancient city in Hoi an, perfect place to grab a spot of lunch or dinner. The beaches here are incredible – long stretches of beautiful white sand with rows of palm tree situated along the shore. And there are so and many children-friendly resorts. In addition, The water was clean and warm and it seems very safe to swim.
Photo by Leo and Jen
There are many small bars with sun loungers on the beach that you can either pay for (maybe 50,000 vnd) each a day, or free if you eat (reasonable prices). At the beach, you should go a couple of minutes to the left or right until the beach gets less crowded.
You can go swim and your kids can play on the sand, build a sandcastle and pick up shelves. The wave is not too big so you can let your child play and run for few hours. And there are many nice restaurants along the beach specializing in fresh seafood.
Beside it South kitchen is a great spot for your family. They have live music at night on weekends.
Tip: From the entrance of An Bang Beach, you should go a couple of minutes to the left or right until the beach gets less crowded.
An Bang Beach
14. Go Farming and Fishing Tour – Top 15 Fun Things to do with Kids in Hoi An
A Farming & Fishing Tour is totally great fun and also a great educational- ideal tour for parents with little kids. You will meet the local families who will welcome you to learn teach you the secret of making the famous, colorful woven mats. And that serve as beds, make rice noodle and rice paper. In addition, you can learn the local old-aged traditional fishing techniques that have been used for many generations.
Besides, cycling through the paddy fields, learning to plant vegetables, riding a water buffalo. Beside it learning how to steer the round bamboo basket boats can be unforgettable moments with great experiences for your children.
Photo by Oliver Astrologo
16 . Cargo Club – Top 15 Fun Things to do with Kids in Hoi An
Cargo Club is one of the most famous restaurants in Hoi An. The restaurant is right on the riverfront, the perfect place to watch the sun sink behind the tiled roofs of the town. It has a balcony where you can have a sit there, taste some cakes and get the view of the whole Hoi An city also.
Don’t forget to order strawberry tarts, coconut tart, and chocolate cheesecakes. They will surely blow your mind!
These 15 things to do with kids in Hoi An above are not all but we hope that they will be useful for you when planning your trip in Hoi An with your family, especially with your kids. Leave a comment below to let us know what activity is your favorite during your trip here and if you have any other recommendations. Have fun!
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