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Guide to Hoi An for Families

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From wandering around the town and exploring the countryside — including rice fields, traditional fishing villages, and a beautiful sandy beach — to sporting activities and cooking tours; there's plenty to do in Hoi An to satisfy every member of the family.

Good for
  • Family
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Beach Goer
  • Like a Local

14 Places

4 City Tips

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14 Places

Hoi An Ancient Town

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Japanese Covered Bridge

Bridges, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Little Angel Cloth Shop

Gift & Speciality Shops

Hoi An Handicraft Workshop

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Madam Khanh - The Banh Mi Queen

Restaurants

STREETS Restaurant Cafe

Restaurants

Old House of Tan Ky

Historic Sites

The Old House of Phun Hung

Historic Sites

Tra Que Vegetable Village

Points of Interest & Landmarks, Farms, Scenic Walking Areas

Central Market

Flea & Street Markets

Cham Island (Cu Lao Cham)

Islands

Cua Dai Beach

Beaches

Hon Restaurant - Hoi An

Restaurants

Thuy P's City Tips

  • You should buy handmade shoes and clothes here, the tailoring service is very fast and reasonably priced.
  • You must see Hoi An during the Full Moon Festival (on 14th evening of every lunar month), when the whole town is lit up with lanterns.
  • You have to pay for a ticket to enter Hoi An ancient town, however the fee is small (children under 16 years are free) and you can use the ticket multiple times if you want to revisit.
  • From Hoi An, it is easy to visit other sights and destinations by either bus, taxi, or renting a scooter or bicycle.
  • Hoi An Ancient Town
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Thuy P Says:

    The pretty ancient town is a great place for the kids to explore and it makes a scenic backdrop for a family photo! I love wandering around the town, admiring the beauty of the Vietnamese-French architecture, enjoying the bustle of the tourists, or spending a peaceful evening by the river.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The whole family could take a cooking tour together here.
    • There are plenty of nice restaurants to choose from.
    • You can hire bicycles here — a great way to explore the ancient town together.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 83 things to do in Hoi An
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing and suggestive place 20/02/2019
    • Top Vietnam destination 19/02/2019
    • Hoi An Ancient Town
    Other:
  • Japanese Covered Bridge
    Bridges, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Thuy P Says:

    You can't miss this lovely bridge as it's in the most popular part of the ancient town. There's no need to spend too long here but it's definitely worth a walk through as it's very pretty — particularly in the evenings when it's lit up with lanterns.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The bridge is very busy so to avoid the crowds I recommend you take your family there early in the morning.
    • You don't have to pay a fee if you just walk straight across the bridge. However, if you stop to read about the history or take a photo, then you will be asked to pay a small amount.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #21 of 83 things to do in Hoi An
    • Ancient bridge 20/02/2019
    • Japanese Heritage 19/02/2019
    • Japanese Covered Bridge
    Address:
    Tran Phu Street
    At the West end of Tran Phu St.
    Hoi An 560000
    Vietnam
  • Little Angel Cloth Shop
    Gift & Speciality Shops
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    Thuy P Says:

    This little shop could provide a treat for the whole family. Head here to get all your family members beautiful new clothes in just 24 hours! (I could not be happier than when I visit here, as I can choose the best material for a new dress, and have it tailor-made and ready the next day.)

    Good for
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • You do not have to tip for the service, as the price covers it already.
    • There are plenty of tailors in Hoi An to choose from.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #68 of 462 Shopping in Hoi An
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Custom made Suit 01/01/2019
    • We are so happy with our clothes! 25/11/2018
    • Little Angel Cloth Shop
    Address:
    325 Nguyen Duy Hieu
    Hoi An Vietnam
    Vietnam
    Phone:
    +84 90 569 52 35
  • Hoi An Handicraft Workshop
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Thuy P Says:

    This is a great place to shop for souvenirs. Children will love looking at all the colorful silk lanterns and will be fascinated by the real silk worm production display. The whole family can learn how the lanterns are made, and even have a go at making one themselves to take home.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • A short traditional music and dance show is performed twice a day here — it's worth checking the times so you can catch a performance.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 83 things to do in Hoi An
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A great activity to do in Hoi An 16/01/2019
    • An unassuming quaint handicraft workshop 02/12/2018
    • Hoi An Handicraft Workshop
    Address:
    9 D Nguyen Thai Hoc
    Hoi An
    Vietnam
    Other:
  • Madam Khanh - The Banh Mi Queen
    Restaurants (Fast food, Asian, Vietnamese)
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    Thuy P Says:

    This small stall sells the best 'banh mi' (Vietnamese baguette) in Hoi An. You can have banh mi any time of the day here — it's a great-value snack if you've got lots of little mouths to feed!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • It's not that easy to find but it's worth the effort!
    • You must try the lemon juice here too.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #83 of 921 restaurants in Hoi An
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Come here for the banh mi not the service 19/02/2019
    • Tasty banh mi, poor service 17/02/2019
    • Madam Khanh - The Banh Mi Queen
    Address:
    115 Tran Cao Van Street
    Hoi An 065
    Vietnam
    Phone:
    +84 90 540 48 16
    Other:
  • STREETS Restaurant Cafe
    Restaurants (Asian, Vietnamese, International)
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    Thuy P Says:

    This is a cozy little restaurant, with friendly, helpful staff, and serves the best food! The restaurant offers training to street children so when you eat there you not only get the chance to taste the most delicious food around, but you're also supporting a great cause too.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • It gets busy so it is better to call to book in advance.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #60 of 921 restaurants in Hoi An
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Streets Head Of The Rest 19/02/2019
    • Excellent vegetarian Cau Lau, fantastic service 19/02/2019
    • STREETS Restaurant Cafe
    Address:
    17 Le Loi Street
    Hoi An
    Vietnam
    Phone:
    +84 510 3911 948
    Price range:
    US$2 - US$7
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 - 22:00
    Other:
  • Old House of Tan Ky
    Historic Sites
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    Thuy P Says:

    It is worth a quick visit to the oldest house in Hoi An, where six generations of the same family used to live. The house is well kept with beautiful ancient furniture, and it is interesting to learn about the merchant culture history of the area.

    Good for
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Vendors inside try to sell you things but you can politely decline and they will not bother you any further,
    • A late afternoon visit is a good idea to avoid the crowds.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #20 of 83 things to do in Hoi An
    • A good piece of history 07/02/2019
    • Ok if using tourist vouchers 28/01/2019
    • Old House of Tan Ky
    Address:
    101 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street
    Hoi An 100000
    Vietnam
    Phone:
    +84 97 499 89 68
  • The Old House of Phun Hung
    Historic Sites
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    Thuy P Says:

    Take a tour of this interesting historical family house, guided by a family member. The architecture of the 300 year-old house is unique with a beautiful little indoor courtyard, and dark wooden interior with intricate carvings — a great place for the kids to explore.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • It is very near to Japanese Covered Bridge, so it is easy to get to before or after a visit there.
    • The goods sold inside the house are a bit on the expensive side.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #23 of 83 things to do in Hoi An
    • One of lots of old buildings. 01/01/2019
    • Old house with marble base of 80 columns, now converted into a tourist shop selling embroidery 01/01/2019
    • The Old House of Phun Hung
    Address:
    4 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai St.
    Hoi An
    Vietnam
    Other:
  • Tra Que Vegetable Village
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, Farms, Scenic Walking Areas
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    Thuy P Says:

    Tra Que Vegetable Village is a great place for a family day out. There are activities to keep everyone entertained, from learning how to grow vegetables as a farmer to learning how to cook Vietnamese food. The village also offers picturesque scenery with rice fields, a river, and herb garden.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • The best way to travel to the village is by bicycle as it is not far from Hoi An town.
    • You should stop at the rice field and talk to the farmers. They are very friendly and helpful, willing to stop and show you what they are doing.
    • It's great fun to take a cooking class here, where you learn how to make some traditional Vietnamese food and then eat it!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 83 things to do in Hoi An
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fascinating experience 15/02/2019
    • Great day exploring the gardens, learning about the history, and the cooking lesson 11/02/2019
    • Tra Que Vegetable Village
    Address:
    Cam Ha Commune
    Hoi An 560000
    Vietnam
  • Central Market
    Flea & Street Markets
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    Thuy P Says:

    Discover a real foodie paradise at Central Market, offering up the best in fresh, cheap food. You can also buy souvenirs here, made and sold by local people, which makes them very special.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • You should try fresh tropical fruit here.
    • Everything is cheap here but you have to bargain to get the prices down.
    • The market can be very crowded, smelly, and noisy, but it's worth it!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 83 things to do in Hoi An
    • Must try Cau Lau at Lo E034!!!! 16/02/2019
    • Market was back to normal on the fourth day of Lunar New Year 12/02/2019
    • Central Market
    Address:
    Nguyen Hue and Tran Phu Streets
    Hoi An
    Vietnam
    Phone:
    +84 90 556 00 41
    Other:
  • Cham Island (Cu Lao Cham)
    Islands
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    Thuy P Says:

    Sea, sun, sandy beach, beautiful coral... Cham island has it all! Moreover it is not crowded with tourists so your family can relax and have some real quality time together.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Beach Goer
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Snorkeling is highly popular here as there is clear water, beautiful coral, and plenty of fish to explore.
    • The best way to get to the island is by speedboat.
    • Remember to bring sunglasses and sun cream.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #33 of 83 things to do in Hoi An
    • Peace of heaven 11/01/2019
    • Stunning 28/12/2018
    • Cham Island (Cu Lao Cham)
    Address:
    Cham Island Harbour
    Hoi An
    Vietnam
  • Cua Dai Beach
    Beaches
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    Thuy P Says:

    My favorite thing to do at Cua Dai Beach is to just sit on a deck chair; people-watching, drinking, and eating delicious food in the afternoon sun. Children can play happily on the sandy beach — it's a great place for everyone to chill out and relax.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Beach Goer
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Vendors may come and ask you to buy things but they are nice and friendly and shouldn't hassle you.
    • There are plenty of nice restaurants and bars along the beach for you to choose from.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #26 of 83 things to do in Hoi An
    • Nice but dirty 18/02/2019
    • Beach experiencing sadness 03/02/2019
    • Cua Dai Beach
    Address:
    Cam An Ward
    Hoi An - Quang Nam
    Hoi An
    Vietnam
  • Hon Restaurant - Hoi An
    Restaurants (Seafood, Asian, Vietnamese)
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    Thuy P Says:

    This is a great restaurant offering incredible seafood along with an incredible beach view! The location is great — under a line of beautiful palm trees — and the staff offer a friendly, helpful service.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Beach Goer
    Tips
    • You must try the crispy squid if you are a fan of seafood.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #278 of 921 restaurants in Hoi An
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great food and great price! 15/11/2018
    • great seafood 16/10/2018
    • Hon Restaurant - Hoi An
    Address:
    09 Lac Long Quan st
    Cua Dai
    Hoi An
    Vietnam
    Phone:
    +84 90 545 98 00
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 21:30
    Other:
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