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Hoi An is one of the most family friendly travel destinations we visited during our time away. Daisy and I fell in love with Vietnam and we’ve been recommending it to everybody. When speaking to family, friends and colleagues that would be travelling with their kids however, Vietnam doesn’t always sound like a good recommendation.

Family Friendly Hoi An

It’s in these conversations that Hoi An sounds most appealing. The crazy, hectic streets of Hanoi and 24 hour café culture of Ho Chi Minh City may not always suit a family vacation. Hoi An is different.

Hoi An has a kind of beauty and charm that can mesmerise all ages. There’s a beautiful combination of french colonial architecture and traditional temples and bridges. It’s a vibrant and unique destination! With glowing lanterns that hover above the streets, and tea lights that bob gently down the river, the imaginations of adults and children alike are sure to be fired.

Potting about

There’s more than just sights in Hoi An though – there’s plenty of opportunity to get stuck in and have a go!

The biggest crafts in Hoi An are textiles and ceramics, and there are small shops and workshops for both. We visited Thanh Ha Pottery Village, where it seems an entire section of the town has embraced pottery and it’s all out on display to see (and buy!). We cycled down to the museum, where we were able to park up and enjoy the pottery and art on display. There’s a even a cafe – a perfect opportunity to cool down with a drink! They host small workshops too, perfect for kids to get their hands messy and make some holiday memories.

Explore the Old Town

The first thing that strikes you about Hoi An is it’s beauty and atmosphere. The architectural style in the city is French Colonial, from it’s days as a major trading port. It’s no surprise that the city was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It feels safe, with more amenities, tons of charm, and offers many sights and activities within the small radius of the Old Town.

An entry ticket to the Old Town allows you 5 entries into various museums around town. There are all sorts on offer – we used our ticket to go into several temples and a few handicraft museums. Interesting for adults and children alike, there really is something for all!

There are plenty of shops to look for goodies to take home, sweets for classmates, souvenirs for bedrooms, bags and clothes to be showed off. Just exploring the streets gives you so many options for somewhere to stop and sit. If you’re looking for a bit of peace and quiet, there’s always the Reaching Out Teahouse.

Restaurants and Cooking Classes

Food is a huge part of any Vietnam trip, and it’s not to be missed here in Hoi An. There’s plenty of street food on offer if you’re feeling brave, but there are some great family friendly restaurants too. Vy’s Market Kitchen is almost like a hawker centre, busy and bustling, but perfect for taking the kids too. The menu is on an ipad! We watched a lady making rice noodles and were thrilled – we can only imagine the little ones would be too.

A cooking class is a great way to spend the day. We spent christmas eve on the Bay Mau Eco cooking class, making tasty Vietnamese dishes out by the river. There was a trip to the market, a boat ride, and a trip on a coracle boat. There was a family taking part in our class, and the kids especially enjoyed making fresh spring rolls. It’s a fun way for all the family to get involved. There’s even time for a spot of fishing!

Thanh Ha Pottery Village

Reaching Out Teahouse

Vy's Market Kitchen

An Bang Beach

  • Thanh Ha Pottery Village
  • Reaching Out Teahouse
  • Vy's Market Kitchen
  • An Bang Beach

Let’s go to the beach

There’s even a beach to visit! An Bang beach is a short cycle out of town or a taxi away, and provides some quality sea, sand, and sun time. It’s not the most picturesque place, but helps to break up the holiday! We cycled here and wandered the length of the beach, stopping for a drink at one of the bars. It was quite overcast and the sea rough in December, but nice nonetheless.

Consider Hoi An

Hopefully we’ve convinced you that Hoi An is the perfect family friendly destination. Okay, so it’s slightly more sanitised and not as ‘back and beyond’ as other parts of Vietnam, but there’s so much to do and see, and the charm is still there. Give it a go – you won’t regret it!