If you are planning for your trip to Vietnam, and if you are reading this blog, I hope that I can make you plan to stay in Da Nang for few nights.
(One of major streets in the city. In Vietnam, streets are filled with motorbikes instead of cars)
I had opportunities to talk to my Australian friends, or random visitors during my travel journeys and asked whether they have been to Vietnam. Most of the responses were like “Vietnam is an amazing country, we absolutely love it!” or “I heard a lot about Vietnam and can’t wait to visit the country”. Quite often, my friends who have time constrain can only make it to Vietnam for up to 2 weeks. That means, they usually choose a tour to visit the whole country (from North to South or vice versa) within 9 to 10 days. With that, they can visit major tourist spots such as Ha Noi, Ha Long Bay, Sapa, Hue, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh City and Mekong Delta. These spots attract tourists because of their history or uniqueness of nature blessings. It makes sense to visit those places if you don’t have much time and you want to visit as much as possible
I also do know that a lot of backpackers stay in Vietnam. Or if you are just lucky to have more time to travel, I recommend you to stay at least few nights in Da Nang. Da Nang is an emerging city and diferent from Ho Chi Minh City and Ha Noi because it is less crowded and better urban planning. So you don’t ‘feel’ the dust, the pollution while wandering around the city. Da Nang has both mountain and world’s famous beaches (which Ho Chi Minh and Ha Noi don’t). The local food’s flavor is much tastier and spicier. Traveling to Da Nang is also super easy, only 1-hour flight from both Ha Noi and Ho Chi Minh. Therefore, if you are planning to visit Hoi An (it’s a must), usually you’ll take the flight to Da Nang International Airport. So why not staying here for few nights before heading to Hoi An?
On the dark side, Da Nang is quite empty at night. There is an issue of nightlife entertainment as tourists or even locals don’t know what else to do besides drinking, hanging out at coffee shops, or karaoke. But the government is working on it and hopefully it gets better in the near future. But, if you love food, there are certain snacks that can be eaten during day and night. Why not having a food tour around the city, and the best way to do it is through locals. :D. If you miss the atmosphere of the pub, there are some pubs mainly catering to expats and foreign visitors so you can come and have a chat with them. They’re all very open. The expat community is developing, and soon Da Nang becomes a place for international events which attract a lot of visitors.
(Finding your own paradise?)
(View from the 100 years old banian tree)
(Going around Son Tra peninsula)
(100 years old banian tree)
(City view from Son Tra peninsula)
(Thuan Phuoc Bridge and the city view)
(Overlooking at Linh Ung Temple)
(Going fishing on a nice Sunday afternoon. Why not?)
(A self and the ocean)
(Life of a fisherman)
(Fishermen. They seem having a story to tell)
(Everyone has their own story)
(Beaches for locals. By that I also mean, beaches for tourists at the nice resorts)
(Have you ever heard of ‘the boat people’? Long time ago, the refugees left the country on this kind of vehicles)
(Huyen Khong Cave – the Marble Mountains)
(Thuan Phuoc Bridge) One of the newest bridge crossing Han River. This bridge not only serves tourism purposes but also help to improve transportation to Tien Sa port.
(Han River Bridge – Considered as the city’s symbols)
(Bach Dang Street – Along Han River). Can be considered as one of the nicest streets in Vietnam
(Ba Na Hills – The cable is the world’s longest)
Enjoying 4 seasons in a day at BaNa Hill
(One of 2 main markets in Da Nang)
You can have a look at sparkling Da Nang at night in my post about its coming 2012 International Fireworks Performance (during 29th and 30th April) HERE
(To be continued…)