Da Nang (Vietnamese: Đà Nẵng, [ɗâː nǎˀŋ] (About this soundlisten)) is the fifth largest city in Vietnam after Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Hanoi, Can Tho and Haiphong in terms of urbanization and economy. Located on the coast of the South China Sea at the mouth of the Han River, it is one of Vietnam’s most important port cities. As one of the country’s five direct-controlled municipalities, it is under the direct administration of the central government.
Da Nang is the commercial and educational centre of Central Vietnam, as well as being the largest city in the region. In addition to its well-sheltered, easily accessible port, Da Nang’s location on the path of National Route 1A and the North–South Railway makes it a hub for transportation. It is located within 100 km (62 mi) of several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the Imperial City of Hue, the Old Town of Hoi An, and the My Son ruins. The city was previously known as Cửa Hàn during early Đại Việt settlement, and as Tourane (or Turon) during French colonial rule. Before 1997, the city was part of Quang Nam-Da Nang Province.
Da Nang marks the halfway point between the capital in the north, Hanoi, and Ho Chi Minh City in the south. It’s the fourth largest city in Vietnam. Apart from some shopping highlights and historical sights, the main reason for most travellers staying here is its proximity to the well-known My Khe Beach, Lang Co Beach, Hoi An and My Son.
- On 1 January 1997, Da Nang was separated from Quảng Nam Province to become one of four independent (centrally controlled) municipalities in Vietnam. Da Nang is listed as a first class city, and has a higher urbanization ratio than any of Vietnam’s other provinces or centrally governed cities.
- Da Nang (Đà Nẵng) is Vietnam’s third largest city, and is located on the Eastern Sea coast, midway between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City and the largest city of Central Vietnam.
- The city itself has neither the atmosphere of Hanoi nor the hustle-bustle of Ho Chi Minh City, but has its share of sights and is close to the ancient cities of charming Hoi An and the imperial capital of Hue, making it a popular vacationing spot for those looking to explore the attractions of central Vietnam or soak up some rays while hanging out on the city’s beaches.
- Lang Co Beach is lined with palm trees, the water of the nearby ocean crystal-clear and enticing, lapping onto white sand. It is a peninsula with a sparkling lagoon on one side, and the beach on the other. The area is fairly under-developed, although recent years have seen many new hotels opening.
- My Khe Beach is more developed, since it was a popular spot for American soldiers seeking R&R during the Vietnam-US War. Water sport activities here are in abundance, and it can get very crowded over weekends and holidays.
- The tourism sector is a vital component of Da Nang’s economy. Its status as a transportation hub for central Vietnam and its proximity to several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the Imperial City of Hue, the Old Town of Hoi An, and the My Son ruins fuels much of its tourist activity.
- Mỹ Sơn is an archaeological site dating back more than a thousand years, in Quang Nam. Located in a remote forested valley some 70 km west of Da Nang, this former capital and religious center of the Champa kingdom once contained in excess of 70 style temples and stupas. Although badly damaged by bombing raids in the 1960s, the site still has more than 20 structures and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999. Many statues, sculptures and reliefs recovered from Mỹ Sơn are kept in the Museum of Cham Sculpture, near the Hàn River in the heart of Da Nang. Dating from the fourth to the 14th centuries, the sensual artwork on these works depicts daily activities as well as Hindu and Buddhist religious themes.
- The Marble Mountains are rocky limestone outcrops jutting out of the beach just south of Da Nang. Paths lead to the top of the forested cliffs, providing views of Non Nuoc Beach and the South China Sea. The caves in the cliffs were originally inhabited by the Cham people. Later, the Nguyen Dynasty built numerous pagodas among the caves. The Marble Mountains are home to various artisans producing sculpture and artwork at its base at Non Nuoc Village.
- Non Nuoc Beach is a white sandy beach on the outskirts of Đà Nẵng is renowned for both its history as an R&R destination for American troops during the Vietnam War. Today, the beach, along with Mỹ Khê beach to the north, are home to expensive resorts, surfing and entertainment facilities. Ba Na Hills is a mountain resort with a 5 km-long cable car system which carries guests up to Ba Na’s peak at 1487m above sea level. Son Tra Mountain, just some miles away from the city centre with some wild streams and resorts along the seaside.
- The central coastal city of Da Nang saw a significant growth in international tourist arrivals in 2017, according to the city’s Department of Tourism. In 2017, about 6.6 million visitors came to Da Nang, up 19% over the previous year and 4.8% higher than its yearly target. The figure included 4.3 million domestic tourists, up 11.3% year-on-year.
- The central city earned over VND19.4 trillion (US$853.96 million) in revenue, an increase of 20.6% from 2016. Statistics also show that the city witnessed an impressive increase in the number of visitors by air which stood at over 1.58 million, up 74.4% while by-car visitors via Thailand and Laos was estimated at 14,120
The city has grown rapidly in recent years and reached a population of over 1,000,000 people in 2014. There are many remnants of the “American War” leftover in Da Nang. On the way to the popular tourist spot; South Vietnam Sea, the ruins of a military base remain in the form of helicopter hangars, although these are now more easily spotted at the airport, which serves both civil and military flights.
Da Nang is often overlooked by tourists but is one of the most friendly in all of Vietnam. The famous My Khe Beach is monthly sprouting new high-rise hotels. Some of the most beautiful beaches in Vietnam are found here, and some of the friendliest people.
Until relatively recently, Da Nang was somewhat hostile to foreigners, a consequence of the attitudes of those who then controlled the provincial government. In the early 90s, however, this changed, and since the late 90s the provincial [actually autonomous city] government has been enthusiastically pursuing foreign investment and developing infrastructure. Da Nang has some of the best roads in the country — the coast road is at least four lanes from northern provincial boundary to southern provincial boundary. Compared to either Hanoi or HCMC, traffic in Da Nang is always relatively light, although huge trucks blare along every now and again and there are brief ‘rush hours.’ Development is visible and rapid; the city has expanded tremendously in the last ten years, and the skyline bristles with construction cranes. There are now at least three large supermarkets as well as a Metro wholesaler.
The hottest months of the year are May through August, when the temperature can get to as high as 40 degrees Celsius, and it is generally very dry. There are usually tropical storms in October and November.
There are three main beaches in Danang. (A fourth one faces north into the bay and is not a place where expats usually go.) The beaches on the eastern side of the city are beautiful and developed for expat-friendly tourism. In the north is Pham Van Dong beach and Temple Resort. Temple Resort has a beautiful infinity pool under the palm trees with a view of the ocean and beach (90,000 VND). The My Kye Beach is at the eastern end of the Dragon Bridge road. And at Holiday Beach in the south is where you can walk into the cafe-rich An Thuong area and rent a surf board–Holiday Beach always has bigger waves than other parts of the beach.
Da Nang is also ideally positioned between Hoi An (40 minutes south) and Hue (2 hours north). Stop by and soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the unspoilt golden sandy beaches on the up and coming eastern part of Da Nang (Son Tra peninsula). Deck chairs and sun loungers can be rented on the beach for VND 20 – 30,000 per two hours. Do not forget to take your towel, etc. A handful of showers exists near where the deck chairs are.
Da Nang International Airport (IATA: DAD) is the smallest of Vietnam’s three international airports. There are frequent flights to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City on both Vietnam and Jetstar Pacific, as well as domestic service between Buon Ma Thuot, Da Lat, Hai Phong, Nha Trang and Pleiku and internationally Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Seoul-Incheon, Shanghai-Pudong, Siem Reap, Singapore, Taipei and Tokyo-Narita. Upgrading was done to the airport in late 2007 and early 2008 making the airport one of country’s most modern.
The airport is located within the city, just 3 km west of the center of Danang, a 10-minute trip at most. If going to a destination within or close to the city, ignore offers to set a price in advance and insist on use of the meter. Meters are ubiquitous here, and taxis enjoy a good reputation among the local expat community. There is a 15,000 VND toll that taxis pay on their way into the airport. Usually they will charge this in addition to the meter, both to the person they are bringing to a departure and to the person they pick up at arrivals. Sneaky? Maybe, but just know that’s what’s going on when he asks for an extra 15- beyond what’s showing on the meter. It’s appropriate to pay it. [Why? If one is coming FROM the airport, it`s obviously a scam and shouldn`t be paid.
Save yourself the extra fees and scams, and ask to be dropped off in front of the airport, same with leaving, walk 2 minutes to the main road, and you dont have to deal with scams. Book an Uber or Grab taxi or bike and you’ll know your exact price.
The Reunification Express makes a stop in Da Nang. Many motorbikes and taxis are available outside of the station. Scheduled arrival and departure times are loosely followed. If you just want to get to Hue, in addition to taking the non-stop train to Hanoi (about two hours), you can also take the ‘local’ train which is slow (about four to four and a half hours from Da Nang to Hue, with several stops along the way; a car or taxi does it in two), but incredibly cheap (25,000 dong including a meal).
- Train schedule from Da Nang Station to Hanoi (The Reunification Express)
- Train Depart Da Nang Arrive Hanoi SE2 12:46 PM day 1 4.50 AM day 2 ,SE4 14:13 PM day 1 5.30 AM day 2 ,SE6 03:02 AM day 1 19:58 AM day 2 ,SE8 22:59 PM day 1 15:33 PM day 2 ,SE20 18:40 PM day 1 12:33 PM day 2
- Train schedule from Da Nang Station to Hue (The Reunification Express)
- Train Depart Da Nang Arrive Hue SE2 12:46 PM day 1 15:23 PM day 1 ,SE4 14:13 PM day 1 16:39 PM day 1 ,SE6 03:02 AM day 1 05:31 PM day 1 ,SE8 22:59 PM day 1 01:28 PM day 2
- Train schedule from Da Nang station to Nha Trang (The Reunification Express)
- Train Depart Da Nang Arrive Nha Trang SE1 11:41 AM day 1 21.14 AM day 1 SE3 13:15 PM day 1 22.04 AM day 1 SE5 01:43 AM day 1 11:36 AM day 1 SE7 22:47 PM day 1 08:27 PM day 2
- Train schedule from Da Nang station to Ho Chi Minh (The Reunification Express) Train Depart Da Nang Arrive Ho Chi Minh SE1 11:41 AM day 1 04.39 AM day 2 SE3 13:15 PM day 1 05.20 AM day 2 SE5 01:43 AM day 1 20:03 AM day 1 SE7 22:47 PM day 1 16:05 PM day 2
- There are many ways to get in Danang by car: From Da Nang International airport: you can hire a car from some transfer service.
- From Tien Sa or Chan May seaport: you can also hire a car to pick up you at the port ( notice: the car often wait for you at front of the gate, if you want to pick up at directly from the cruise, you must pay more for the gate fee – about 25$). Da Nang Airport Pick up
- From Hoi An, you can take the local bus to Da Nang. It is a yellow bus that has Hoi An – Da Nang along the front window. We departed from the station on Nguyen Tat Thanh (about a 10min walk west from Hai Ba Trung). The correct fare is 20,000 VND (March 2016) however the ticket collectors on the bus may try to charge around 50,000 VND. You can read the entry in the Hoi An wikitravel for more on this.
- A good tip is to take photos of the fare chart on the outside of the bus before you get on. Once on the bus keep your bags close to you. When the fare collector comes around start video recording the transaction and make it obvious that you a recording them – a video is hard evidence and if reported they could lose their job. Politely offer a 20,000 VND note and ignore any further requests for money. It does not cost any additional to have your bag on board, despite what they say (an obvious exception to this world be if you have large bags that are taking up seats etc).
- Again they will eventually budge and accept 20,000 vdn in order to save face, even after playing a whole host of games. Do not get angry at them – stay calm and collected so that you don’t lose face!
- Buses leave the Hoi An station every 15-30min during the day and take about 45min to get from Hoi An to Da Nang.
Da Nang bus station serves transport to several cities, including a few locations in Laos (daily bus to Savannakhet, Tha Khek and Vian Tieng in the morning). It’s 5 kilometers west of the center of Da Nang but is serviced by local buses such as #2 which goes to the town centre and #1 to Hoi An. Frequent buses go between Da Nang and Hue (around 50,000 VND), however these go through the tunnel, not over the spectacular Hai Van Pass.
- Buses leave Hanoi’s Giap Bat station in the afternoon, charge 380,000d as of Oct 2012 and take around 14 to 16 hours.
- Tickets to Ho Chi Minh City are around 400,000d, depending on the bus company.
- There are several buses to Pleiku, from where you can go on to Laos and Cambodia. Sleeper buses leave Da Nang around 20 to 20:45 and charge 220,000d to 230,000d (as of Oct 2012).
- There are also direct buses to Quy Nhon (around 200,000d), Nha Trang (around 250,000d) and Da Lat (around 300,000d), Laos (around 800,000d) (2015).
- By sleeper buses From Da Nang to Ha Noi, Ha Long, Hue, Dong Hoi, Mui Ne, Nha Trang, Da Lat, Mui Ne, Sai Gon, … Laos
You may book tickets at the Da Nang Intercity Bus Station, travel agencies, and possibly your hotel. Buying tickets at the station is the complicated option (taxi fare from city center to station almost 100.000 vnd (1 way) and you have to come there to buy a ticket in advance to make sure they still have available tickets), so paying a premium at your hotel or come directly to Sleeper Bus Booking Office can save much time, money and worry.
- Sleeper Bus Booking Office – Da Nang’s Backpackers, No 63, Huynh Ly Street, Thuan Phuoc Ward, Hai Chau District, Da Nang City, ☎ (+84) 02363 89 82 86; Mobile: (+84) 0902 277 679 (email@example.com). Buses depart from the Booking Office, very cheap pick-up services are available, very convenient. It is wise to reserve your seat for travel on weekends and during festivals at least one day in advance.
- Getting around on foot is highly unadvisable if not impossible, as Da Nang spans many kilometers in all directions. Unlike a city such as Hanoi, the tourist destinations are not concentrated into a single district. Instead, many of the destinations of note for foreigners are far from one another and require motorized transportation.
- On the bright side, Da Nang’s generously spacious roadways, bridges, and walkways may be a welcome change to those who want a change from crowded urban living.
- There are 5 local [www.danabus.vn bus lines]. Buses are new and all of them are air-conditioned. Ticket price is 5000VND per ride.
- Renting a motorbike costs about 80,000-150,000VND per day for most hotel and rental companies in Da Nang. This would be the most convenient way to travel if you want to keep costs low and have high flexibility in where you travel, which can be a very big advantage in a city as large as Da Nang.
- Please be aware of all the associated legal and physical risks of renting a motorbike though. In short, it’s not really legal unless you have a Vietnam license, but this is a point commonly ignored by tourists and motorbike rental agencies.
- It’s up to you whether you’re comfortable with this, but to be pragmatic, this point only becomes salient if you do something illegal enough to have to engage with the police (like get into an accident).
- The required motorbike skill level is moderate; traffic in Da Nang is not as complex to navigate as more concentrated cities such as Hanoi as roadways are incredibly spacious and the concentration of vehicles is much less.
- However, Da Nang is also not a place to learn how to ride a motorbike either as traffic does follow the spirit of the rest of Vietnam, where traffic flow is governed by peripheral awareness rather than street traffic signals.
- There are multiple motorbike shops. You may want to check out the 5 star rated Da Nang Bikes which is the only shop offering new motorcycles and scooters for hire.
- Fare starts at 8,000 to 15,000 VND, depending on size. All taxis are equipped with meters. Sometimes people used to report that taxis waiting at the rail or bus station would refuse to use their meter, preferring to negotiate a price, but this is not the norm.
- If you call for a taxi (the numbers are printed on all the taxis–worth taking note of some), all of the taxi services have someone at their answering desk who can answer you in English.
Transport to Hoi An
- The distance from Da Nang Airport to Hoi An is 30 km. It takes about 40 mins for transfer from Da Nang Airport to Hoi An. The price for transfer service is 13.00 USD (Contact: Mr Ly – firstname.lastname@example.org – hotline: 0914064446)
- Taxi to Hoi An from Da Nang would be around 400,000 by meter, but usually a taxi would be willing to negotiate to 350,000 for one-way or 500 round trip (with 4 hours of wait-time).
- Yellow Bus: Walk out from the station straight ahead (south) to the next big street (Le Duan Street #287, less than 5min walk. Bus to Hoi An is going eastwards, to the left). You should be able to see bus stop for a yellow-coloured bus #1 – Da Nang – Hoi An on opposite side of road. The fare is 20,000d (as of 2016).
- They will most likely ask for more but keep smiling and continue offering the 20,000 – don’t let your frustration show and never ever raise your voice and eventually they should give in. This same bus also passes by Marble Mountain (Vietnamese: Non Nước or Ngũ Hành Sơn). Note that #1 only runs between 0530 and 1730.
Bus #4 (destination Tam Ky) leaves at the same location (Le Duan #287) and goes to Hoi An as well but stops at a more central in Hoi An. Taxi drivers may park in front of the bus stop and tell you that the bus is not running, trying to get your business.
- Rent a motorbike to travel to Hoi An. The distance is approximately 28 km and take about 45-60 minutes. The route is fairly simple and straight forward and takes you along the coastline of Da Nang allowing you a extraordinary experience and view along the beaches to Hoi An.
- The traffic is light and make sure you bring along a windbreaker or sweater as during the Autumn and Spring Period the temperature along the coastline can be a little cold.
- My Son Sanctuary alt=My-Son-Sanctuary address=”My Son” directions=”” phone=”” url=”” hours=”5″ price=”15″ lat=”” long=”50km”>Learn about the rise and fall of the once formidable Champa Kingdom.
- Cham Museum (Bảo Tàng Chăm), Trung Nu Vuong and Bach Dang Sts. Founded in 1915 by the École Française d’Extrême Orient, it houses a collection of stone sculptures from the Hindu-practicing Cham civilization, which occupied much of central Vietnam in the first millennium AD through about the 14th century. Entrance is 30,000VND, and the museum can be toured in about an hour. The sculptures are nearly all made of sandstone, and some have weathered badly over the centuries, but you can still appreciate the delightful artistic quality of the figures, which include Shiva, garudas, nagas, lions, monkeys, and elephants. The collection also includes striking examples of the ancient Hindu icons of fertility — lingam altars decorated around the sides with rows of breasts. The sculptures were mostly removed from the facades or interiors of Cham ruins (which would have been looted otherwise.) The ruins themselves, such as nearby My Son, now tend to be crumbling piles of bricks and somewhat disappointing, giving little sense of the spectacular artwork produced by the Cham civilization. Any visit to My Son should be paired with the Cham Museum. The collection is also interesting to compare with Balinese sculpture and the early, Hindu phase of Angkor Wat in Cambodia.
- Marble Mountains (Ngu Hanh Son; admission 15,000 dong, tel. 511.961114)] are 9 km south of downtown and across the street from many of the larger beach side resorts. In other words, despite being mountains, they are within the city limits and very accessible (15-30 minutes from your hotel depending on your location). The group includes Kim Son (Mountain of Metal), Moc Son (Mountain of Wood), Thuy Son (Mountain of Water), Hoa Son (Mountain of Fire), and Tho Son (Mountain of Earth). Several Buddhist temples have been built into the caves and grottoes, and it’s a popular pilgrimage site. The real fun, though, is at the Am Phu cave, where you can make the steep climb up toward the light and a view from the top of the mountain, surrounded by approving sacred images…or head in the opposite direction, physically and spiritually, down to the crude Hieronymous Bosch-esque statues of sinners getting their due in the caverns below, with appropriately eerie lighting. Either way, bring walking or climbing shoes. Please note that exploring all five mountains might be ambitious for a single day’s touring and would probably require quite a few hours. For those who would rather just visit one because of limitations on time or energy, go to Thuy Son which is the largest of all of the mountains with the most features to explore (including the aforementioned Am Phu cave). Open-tour buses will stop here, but you’ll be rushed along; any moto driver in Da Nang or Hoi An will be happy to take you and let you set the schedule. Guides are available.
- Ba Na Hill Station 45 minutes drive from Danang or around 40 km (25 mi) west of Danang, Ba Na is located 1,487 meters above sea level in the Truong Son mountain range. Ba Na was formerly a 1920’s French resort and once boasted 200 villas, restaurants, and clubs. It is well known as the second Da Lat or Sa Pa in central Vietnam. Its temperate climate, unspoiled forest, and spectacular views over the South China Sea and the Lao mountain range made Ba Na a popular retreat for both the French and the wealthy Vietnamese. Today the area still attracts locals and tourists alike thanks to a new cable system that was officially opened on 25th March 2009 and set two Guinness World Records for its height and length. You need to get a taxi to Suoi Mo station (25$ one-way from Danang) then pay 650.000 VND per adult (250.000 VND for children between 1m and 1,3m tall, free admission for children under 1m tall) for the ticket to the cable car and the Fantasy Park which is still under construction. Great view from the top but it’s really useless to stay overnight since the accommodations are shabby and terribly overpriced (80-150$ per night).
- Cham island.
- Linh Ung Buddhist Temple, Bai But, Son Tra Peninsula – features a stunning view of the sea, the sky and a 67-meter tall statue of “Quan The Am” facing the ocean. The pagoda was built in 2010. Since this temple is located on the southern face of the Son Tra mountain, a visit to this can be doubled with a motorized ride through the paved roads of Son Tra mountains, including a stop at the mountaintop vantage point called Ban Co, which overlooks the entirety of Da Nang.
- Bach Ma National Park (Bach Ma National Park), Bach Ma National Park, ☎+84 54 3871330. until 5:00 pm. 40.000 vnd.
- Dragon Bridge. Near the giant ferris wheel on the Han River, there is a bridge with a giant metal dragon built into it. At night it changes colors, and on Saturday and Sunday nights at 9pm it blows fire and water. Large crowds so get there a little early for good photo ops. Looking out on both sides of the bridge is very colorful and scenic at night.
- Son Tra Peninsula.
- Eat and Drink. The “An Thuong” area of streets just west of Holiday Beach Hotel is the expat place-to-be. Great cafes there, and lots of information about planning the rest of your time.
- Visit a spa (200-400,000 VND): Even though there are “happy ending” massage places around, you can feel pretty confident that if your massage therapist is dressed in pants and a company-logo shirt, you’re going to receive a professional massage. If you’ve chosen a place where your therapist is wearing high heels and a miniskirt, I guess you must know what you’re doing.
- Interact with local college students: There are several English-Speaking cafes in town where college-aged and young professionals hang out to practice their English. They’ll invite you to join them at the beach for night volleyball, drive out to Marble Mountain, or go sample local foods. Near Holiday Beach the Vision Cafe runs an evening program from 7-9 every day but Sundays: Vision Cafe
- Bach Dang at night. The northbound street between Dragon Bridge and Han Bridge, on the city-center side of the river, comes alive with lights and cafes at night. Toward the Dragon Bridge is a row of shops where they’ll sell you a chilled coconut for a dollar or two, and you can sit and people-watch with the locals.
- Monkey Mountain. If you’ve rented a motorbike or befriended a student at a coffeeshop who will take you on his/her motorbike, you can go explore the mountainous northern tip of Son Tra. It’s cooler up at the top!
It is difficult to learn Vietnamese in Da Nang as the ex-pat community is quite small and the demand for the language learning is not great. You will be able to find many people who are willing to do language exchange with you and there are a number of qualified Vietnamese teachers. The current rate is about US$5/hour. You can also contact some volunteers to speak Vietnamese to them. It is absolutely free.
Be aware that the Da Nang dialect of Vietnamese is distinct from both Hanoi and HCMC versions, although closer to HCMC than to Hanoi. If you learnt your Vietnamese in Hanoi, many ordinary people in Da Nang will have some difficulty understanding you until they realize you are trying to talk like the presenters they see on TV. Even trained teachers will tend to teach you to speak like a Da Nang person unless you emphasize that you want to learn Hanoi dialect, which is understood [eventually] throughout the country as it is the ‘official’ version and that used on TV.
If you spend a fair amount of time in Da Nang, either employed or as a volunteer, it is fairly easy to find recent English graduates, or current students studying English, from the College of Foreign Languages of the University of Danang who will happily work through a Vietnamese textbook with you for a lot less than $5/hour, and this is probably as good a way as any to acquire some Vietnamese; there are lots of books that are Vietnamese courses for foreigners;
Teach Yourself Vietnamese [Huong Dan Tu Hoc Tieng Viet, a Complete Course for Beginners] by Dana Healy is one of the best; Jake Catlett and Huong Nguyen’s Vietnamese for Beginners is easier and less comprehensive; Academy English Center; Nguyen Anh Que’s Vietnamese for Foreigners is good and has a lot of material and vocabulary.
There are a number of schools (ILA, Apollo, ACADEMY English Center and the University of Da Nang) where qualified teachers can teach English. The salaries are below what you would be paid in Saigon or Hanoi. English teachers at larger English centers (ILA / Apollo) can expect to make around $15 / hour. At smaller, less well-known centers, expect to be paid anywhere from $10 – 12 / hour.
There are several local shopping markets scattered around the city and a few shopping centres. Hung Vuong, Hoang Dieu, Phan Chu Trinh and surrounding streets offers a wealth of quality goods; clothes, shoes, homewares, dvds etc..
Danang Souvenirs specializes in tourism souvenirs and gifts about Da Nang city. They exclusive design their own products to hope promote the city’s brand image to the world. There is a wide range of products to choose from. You can buy typical souvenir products such as tshirt, teddy bear, key rings, magnet, etc. The main shop (Danang Souvenirs & Cafe) opens in April, 2014. The address is 34 Bach Dang Street (or next to Novotel Danang). Website: http://danangsouvenirs.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DanangSouvenirs
Vanda Tailors is a menswear tailor in Central Vietnam not to be missed. They primarily supply tailor made clothing to many foreign countries and have a retail store in Hoi An.
There are many places in which you can have a good meal in Danang city. Because of its position, in the middle of Vietnam, you can find many sorts of food come from the other parts of the country. Besides the local food, there are also international cuisines such as the first Michelin star restaurant in Asia; La Maison 1988 by Michel Roux.
If you prefer the fresh air and fresh seafood, it’s a great idea to have a walk along the street named Pham Van Dong. There are lots of seafood restaurants and seafood bars there. Get into a named restaurant, not the ones on the street side, to have safe and good quality seafood.
There are several seafood restaurants along the My Khe beach, the other side of Cau Song Han — the big lit-up suspension swing bridge. It is a couple of kilometers straight from the bridge to the My Khe beach, then if you turn right there are seven upscale restaurants on the beach side of the road, and many local restaurants on the land side, with beach side seating a bit further along from the upscale ones. Further South on the beach road are two nice seafood restaurants next to My Khe Beach Hotel [My Khe is the oldest], and the Czech microbrewery restaurant across the street from the new My Khe 3 Hotel. Highly recommended to try are grilled cuttlefish, grilled oysters and clams [you will find the latter two are different at every restaurant], and everywhere you can find ‘hotpot’ or lau, the Vietnamese hot fish soups. The seafood restaurant Trieu Chau is one block closer to the beach and one long block in to the right from the Golden Sea Hotel that serves a wonderful Lau Thai Lan.(Spicy Thailand style fish soup)
If you prefer a cheap meal with safe and quite good quality food, the small bars are the best choice. There are many kinds of small bar in Danang, but they seem to be the same in the food they sell, quite good but not the best. Best if you go with a local person who can order for you.
There are also many specialty restaurants, such as the goat restaurant on Tran Hung Dao [across the Han River from downtown], or the smaller Czech brewery restaurant near the airport that specializes in turtle [although many other places serve turtle; don’t worry, they are farmed, mostly for export to China. Farmed crocodile is also available many places.
- Davinci Pizza, 41 An Thuong 2, My An, Ngu Hanh Son District, Da Nang, Vietnam (50 meters from Avatar Hotel), ☎ +84 126 369 3609. 11:00 am – 10:00 pm. Davinci make their pizza, pasta and salads fresh daily without preservatives or MSG and you can really taste the difference. It’s owned and run by a local Vietnamese family who were taught their craft from Italian and French master chefs, they make traditional artisan style European pizza with a thin crusty base using fresh & quality imported ingredients from France and Europe. Kill two birds with one stone, satisfy your pizza cravings and support a local business. They also deliver to the nearby An Thuong area. US$ 3 – 6.
- Pho Viet Kieu, 201 Le Quang Dao, My An, Ngu Hanh Son, ☎ +84 162 945 6309. 11:00 am – 2:00 pm & 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. This restaurant is located in An Thuong area. They serve Vietnamese food with prices a bit higher than other local restaurants but the portions are bigger, the place is cleaner and they don’t use MSG. US$ 4 – 6.
- Monsieur crêpes, ☎ +84 127 844 0095. The most affordable French Restaurant, Monsieur crêpes is a restaurant located in An Thuong area.You can eat french crêpes and/or drink wine, fresh juice. They have home-made caramel salted butter. The restaurant music and decoration are all dedicated to Paris and France where the owner comes from. Start at 29 000 VND.
- La Maison 1988, InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, Bai Bac, Son Tra Peninsula, Danang, Vietnam, ☎ +84 511 393 8888, . 6.30 pm – 10.30 pm. La Maison 1988 is the first and the only restaurant of renowned three-star Michelin chef Michel Roux to open in Asia. This restaurant serves very fine French cuisine in the atmosphere of an antique French mansion. You can also experience the real French traditional culture of dining and a complimentary cocktail session at the hotel’s Buffalo Bar. If you are lucky enough, you may meet and dine with Roux. A must visit and try!
- Pizza Hug, 74Tran Phu Street, ☎ +84 511 6559 379, . 10:00 am – 10:00 pm. Nice and clean. The menu is varied with Mexican/Tex-Mex tacos, burritos, nachos, enchiladas, quesadillas as well as burgers, pizzas and pasta. 120.000-170.000.
- Red Sky Bar and Restaurant, 248 Tran Phu Street, ☎ :. An expat run western restaurant with foreign owners and cooks.
- Cafe Indochine, Furama Resort Danang (My Khe Beach), ☎ +84 5113847 333. This is the Furama’s signature restaurant, an Asian-style brassiere recalling the nostalgia of the French colonial period with its rattan furniture, ceiling fans, French windows and old photographs and memorabilia on the walls. The restaurant, furthermore, features Champa architect highlighting with Lady Po Nagar statue, high-low space divided by warm color partition. By day, it is a bright, cheerful place for light snacks, while at night it turns more romantic. Guests can savor a wide range of international and pan-Asian cuisines served by waitresses in traditional ao dai outfits. There is an exotic menu of Vietnamese, Malay, Thai, Indian and Indonesian, European, and international favorites prepared in the open show kitchens or over the barbecue. Breakfast buffet costs from VND 380.000++/adult and Seafood dinner buffet starts from approximately VND 740.000++/adult. Capacity: 140-seat restaurant. Daily 6:30AM-10PM.
- Sa Sa Gelato is a good place to satisfy that sweet-tooth craving. Although it is tricky to find — it’s on Green Island, across the street to the east of Bia Tulip, on to the Nguyen Van Troi Bridge, turn right into what looks like a parking lot, with some restaurants , go right past the restaurants, go over another small bridge, turn right, it’s past the tennis courts. Each scoop of Gelato is about 15,000 VND; chose from many local fruit flavors & the regulars, like chocolate. Sa Sa also serves sundae’s and other treats to enjoy. Take home available. The staff has basic English.
- Bread of Life Western Bakery and Eatery, 04 Dong Da, ☎ 0511 3565185, . 7AM-9:30PM. Closed Sundays. Take out delivery for orders over 70,000VND. Bread of Life is run by an American couple who use the business as means of providing training for young Vietnamese deaf. All baking, cooking and serving is done by the deaf and profits go into school for teaching deaf Vietnamese the Vietnamese sign language and English. They serve breakfasts, lunch & dinner, Burritos, Pizza, Pasta, Hamburgers and many excellent western dishes. Very good coffee. Fresh baked pastries everyday.The quality is high and you will enjoy interacting with the deaf. Orders are accepted in person or by phone for a variety of breads a day ahead then you can pick them up in the restaurant. very reasonable.
- Ocean Terrace restaurant, Furama Resort Danang, ☎ +84 5113847 333. Overlooking the white sands, this casual restaurant provides a peaceful, poolside setting for al fresco dining. A Mediterranean-inspired menu offers garden fresh salads, Italian appetizers, delicious pastas, and crisp pizzas and Italian breads baked in wood-fired ovens. A fine selection of Italian wine and Grappa is available. Nowadays they have week-end BBQ with a boat of seafood and another boat of Australian beef, chicken wing, pork chops, a huge selection of fresh vegetables and different dressings. 6:30AM-11PM.
- Hoshigami Japanese Restaurant, 118 Mai Am, Hai Chau, Danang, ☎ +84 905 067 118, . 11:00AM – 10:00PM. This place certainly is a hidden gem! It’s behind Dong Da Market. It’s a hard-to-find place but once in there it’s creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Waiters were coming to cab, holding the doors. Average 5$. edit
- My Casa (My Casa Da Nang), 52 Võ Nghîa, Son Tra, Danang, ☎ +84 126 990 8603, . 11:00AM – 2:00PM / 5:00PM – 11:00PM. Run by a lovely couple from Italy and Spain, this restaurant will definitely bring you back home in the heart of Vietnam. Their Fusion home concept included some delicious Spanish tapas, homemade pasta, Malaysian food and delicious cocktails. The place, is their own house, which they decorated to detail. You can’t miss this oasis of you visit Da Nang. Average 7$.
- Little Tokyo in Danang, 372 – 376 Vo Nguyen Giap, Ngu Hanh Son, ☎ 0236 3566 232. 10:00 am – 10:00 pm. Little Tokyo in Da Nang is located in the South of Da Nang, near to Pullman Resort and Furama Resort, this is the place where you may experience modern Japanese cuisine also culture with the glamorous decoration! edit
Vegan & Vegetarian
- The Joi Factory, Block 1, Tra Que Village (it’s located inside Christina’s Hoi An), on the way to An Bang Beach. 09.00-22:00. This is located a little ways away in Tra Que Vegetable Village of Hoi An but is totally worth the trip as you can enjoy the magical alleyways of the lantern-lit town afterwards. The owners of the Joi Factory are vegetarians and therefore made sure that most dishes have a vegetarian version. You can enjoy your meal by the serene riverside and then explore Tra Que Vegetable village, which is where all the herbs and veggies found in most dishes served in Hoi An are grown. Definitely make a day out of it – cycle around, pick your own veggies, take a cooking class etc. $5-$10. edit
- Karma Waters, 113/10 Nguyen Chi Thanh (Once you find the intersection of Le Duan st. and Nguyen Chi Thanh st. take a right onto Nguyen Chi Thanh (it’s a one way, so go with the flow). Stay on your right hand side of the street and you will come to an ally street with a hat shop on the corner (#113) turn right into the ally and the restaurant will be on your right.), ☎ +84 511 3 849 790. 10.00 – 21.00. This is the only vegan Western friendly restaurant in Da Nang. It’s owned by a charming Viet/Kiwi couple (Paul and Duyen) and it is a family place. The food is really quite good, and if you are looking for a place that avoids white sugar/MSG/gluten this is your best option in town. The cafe is clean and right in the city center, although a bit overpriced. The menus are in English, the staff is also very friendly and good with English. You don’t have to be a vegetarian or vegan to have a really great meal here, it’s a sure bet, and with a sister restaurant in Hoi an you can count on at least two good meals on your travels. 5-10 USD.
- Pullman Danang Beach Resort Restaurant Epice and Infinity Bar were the first establishment in Da Nang to introduce dedicated Vegan and Vegetarian menus. The chef has a focus on using fresh local seasonal produce and avoids convenience foods, processed foods and GM foods. Famous for liquid nitrogen ice cream, made in front of the guest with all natural ingredients, no artificial additives, emulsifiers, etc. The chefs can make Vegetarian, Vegan, lactose-free, sugar free, gluten free ice creams as required. Google the chef-a-gogo.com article & recipe about “Somy’s Vegan Pho” and they do a great Thai vegan green curry with freshly smashed curry paste
- “Six, 6/6 Che Lan Vien, My An, Ngu Hanh Son, . 8:00am – 5:00pm. SIX ON SIX is a hidden away cafe with excellent western food (especially breakfast) and specialty coffee. It is extremely popular with foreigners and digital nomads. US$ 4-6
- Ha Noi Xua. If you want to eat traditional dishes from Ha Noi, try this restaurant. The owner used to live in Czech republic and Germany before moving back to Vietnam. In the morning you can have a tasty bowl of Pho and for lunch Bun Cha or Bun Nem. Open til selling out the food (about 1PM). You can find it at 95A Nguyen Chi Thanh.
- Quán Huế Ngon Slatted wooden tables and chairs tumble out of this little restaurant on to the pavement and are filled with locals on an evening. A variety of traditional Vietnamese hot-pot and barbecue are available, cooked at the table. Friendly and helpful staff speak Vietnamese, while the manager speaks some English. A picture menu is available with descriptions in English. Very good value – 150-200.000 Dong gets you a nice meal for 2 including drinks. 65 Trần Quốc Toản Street.
- The Amazing Taco, Delivery only, ☎ 093 511 05 23, . 11am-02am. Sent to the principal’s office? Don’t want to leave the beach? Can’t get away from work? Pool party? Sometimes, delivery is the answer and The Amazing Taco does it well. Burritos, Chimichangas, Tacos, Enchiladas and finger foods like nachos and quesadillas. Salsas with enough kick and not all sugary. A healthy epicurean solution for those on the go and those on the not-go. edit
- Tams Pub and Surf Shop. A great place to rent surfboards even though the waves don’t get really big till the winter swells pick up and even then they do not get all that big. GIs during the Vietnam war used to surf here and in this restaurant you can see the stories unfold with pictures on the wall. The pub and surf shop is ran by Tam and her family who boast the best burgers in Vietnam. I would go as far to say the best burgers in all of Asia but I have not been to all of Asia.
- Hoa’s Guesthouse. The gathering spot for backpackers in the evenings, as Hoa hosts “family dinners.” For about US$1.50 you get treated to an all-you-can-eat buffet, courtesy of Hoa’s wife. Picnic tables are full of travellers inside this tiny cafe, starting at around 7PM. Closed during Tet. No longer a guesthouse, but still a restaurant. edit There is a food court on the 3rd floor of Indochina Riverside Towers, 74 Bach Dang. There are about 10 stalls to choose your meals and drinks, Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese, and Chinese. Great river view and free toilet too. It’s the same building with HSBC on the eastern side of river Han.
- Bánh My (Quán Bánh Mì Bà Con), 214 Nguyễn Hoàng, Thanh Khê, Đà Nẵng (Just off Nguyen Van Linh), ☎ 0905408570. Please update. Super tasty Banh My. The beefsteak is a great brunch option. Super cheap but lovely staff who speak a tiny amount of English. Arguably one of the best Banh My’s in Da Nang 30,000 dong each. edit
- Street Food on Phan Tu Street There are many street food “restaurants” set up in the evening on Phan Tu street, around the intersection of Phan Tu and An Thuong 14. A bowl of Banh Canh with baguette can be had for 11,000 Dong (48 cents USD).
Bao Nam Tran is a private and popular place for coffee, business dealings, meals and light Vietnamese pastries, drinks and desserts. The restaurant/coffee house’s ancient Vietnamese architecture, incorporating heavy dark ornate wooden panels and furniture mixed with modern amenities (escalator), is a must-see. WiFi and a selection of reading material is available. The restaurant has a lovely ambience at night. Come here for breakfast, lunch or dinner. 27 Nguyen Chi Thanh St.
- Ocean Blue Bar & Grill, 21 Xuan Dieu St. (near the corner of 3 Thang 2 Street, look for the 7 stories high building). An elegant yet relaxed, ocean-view setting overlooking the city skyline, the Hans River, Mount SonTra and the newly built Thuan-Phuoc suspension bridge. Try the Ocean Blue chicken wings, Alfredo seafood spaghetti and the special Peppercorn Steak! Reasonable prices(2-4 USD/dish). They also serve wines, cocktails and fresh fruit juices. Smooth jazz and soft easy listening is the house music. The staff are professional and friendly. Has a live band with Vietnamese and English music.
- Apsara, 222 Tran Phu Street. A reasonably good, somewhat expensive place with a huge, mostly seafood-oriented menu and performances of traditional music on some evenings. Food style is Vietnamese with some Chinese influences, and some western dishes thrown in. Caters to overseas tour groups; tour buses are often seen parked outside. One of their specialties is mantis shrimp, a delicious creature that looks half-way between a shrimp and lobster.
- Waterfront, 150 Bach Dang, opened in late 2009. The restaurant is open to street, with a nice view of Han River. Modern international decor, a bar on ground floor, comfortable seating, good selection of local and imported beer, and a large selection of wines by the glass or bottle make this a good gathering place. Good service. Full restaurant for lunch and dinner on the 2nd level, with balcony seating. Owned by expatriates. Open seven days.
- Bambino, 122 Quang Trung, is a boutique style restaurant in a quiet location, with a good food and wine selection, including Australian steak grilled to order, international, French and local foods. Run by a nice French couple. A good place for a quiet meal with friends.
- Chupitos, Nightmarket An Thuong4 (An Thuong area close to my khe beach). from 5:30 pm to 11:30pm. Best shot bar in town. Amazing 10-shot challenge. Alone or with friends, always a good atmosphere. A small booth in a cute night market. start at USD 1.
- Club Tourane, Furama Resort Danang, 68 Ho Xuan Huong (eastward of Danang city), ☎845113847333. from 8 pm to late night. The award-winning Furama Resort Danang opened its Club Tourane – the first 5-star night club in town – in 2008. The club is open daily from 8pm until late (2am) with a Filipino Band. Guests can enjoy live music and dance to music from the 60s to the 90s. This is an authentic club, with jovial charm, homey atmosphere and cheerful service.USD 2 to 5 per drink.
- Infinity Bar at Pullman Danang Beach Resort. Wine by the bottle or glass, Vietnam’s only liquid nitrogen cocktails, and alcohol-laced “very adult hot chocolate”. Great ocean views over the infinity pond, and fast broadband wifi. Food offerings include classic nachos, sourdough thin crust pizza, Aussie meat pies, classic fish and chips and a fusion finger food menu. @PullmanDanang has daily twitter specials with discounts of up to 30%, often on drinks or food.
- Bamboo Bar 2 is another popular haunt for local ex pats. The owner speaks excellent English, there are always foreigners there, and it is easy to find at the corner of Bach Dang and Thai Phien.
- Golden Pine is a popular bar opposite Memory Lounge on the river side. Open till 4am or last customer, they play music on request from customers. Lots of regulars here and a casual vibe.
- Cong Ca Phe bar that has a doubly ironic communist theme. You can drink in the interrogation room. Drinks 25,000 to 35,000, coffee and beers. Happy hour is 1 free with every 2 beers between 5pm – 8pm. 96 – 98 Bạch Đằng,Quận Hải Châu, Đà Nẵng
The discos all stay open until 12.30 or later. Many street side beer places stay open until the last customers leave, but most operators speak no English.
Avoid the infamous Coolspot, which has developed quite a reputation for overpricing and sub-standard quality. It’s in all the guide books, so you know it’s truly a place to be avoided.
There are literally thousands of drinking places where beer is cheap as chips and the food is superb and cheap. Head down to the beach for excellent seafood meals. Try some of the “shacks” that line the road along the beach.
Avoid the infamous Coolspot, which has developed quite a reputation for overpricing and sub-standard quality. It’s in all the guide books, so you know it’s truly a place to be avoided.
There are literally thousands of drinking places where beer is cheap as chips and the food is superb and cheap. Head down to the beach for excellent seafood meals. Try some of the “shacks” that line the road along the beach.
If you are really not in the mood for a bar environment, there are some fantastic cafes in Danang. Try Wonder Cafe or New Life Cafe on Le Loi Street. Or just wander down Nguyen Chi Thanh Street, where there are quite a few good quality cafes.
- For lovers of Micro Brewery Beverages try: The Czech beer place on Nguyen Tri Phuong Street and Tulip Danang in 2 Thang 9 Street. There are also some restaurants, New World Cafe on Tran Phu Street, and No.1 Disco.
This refers to the restaurants on the service road along the road leading to the twin bridges over the river from the roundabout. To get to Green Island, cross the small bridge past the New World Cafe, to Sa Sa Gelato, [ gelato, an Italian specialty], the Gelato is expensive, but excellent, and the staff speaks English.
No 1. Disco, the most upscale disco in town, is quite small.
New Phuong Dong is the most well-known disco. It is located at 20 Dong Da and probably the most fun for a traveler to visit, bigger in size, and more eclectic in their clientele, and with better entertainment with live dancers accompanying DJs. For example, New Phuong Dong has a resident Ghanaian DJ and many visiting singers from Sai Gon and Ha Noi.
TV Club is also a disco that is well frequented by locals and has a fresh rotation of DJs every week.
F3 is a disco venue smaller than New Phuong Dong, but just as upscale in its ambiance, and plays similar music. It draws a smaller crowd because of its smaller size.
Festival, on the second corner going up river from Cau Song Han on Tran Hung Dao, is the newest disco and the only one on the My Khe beach side of the river. It’s part of a complex with a restaurant and karaoke rooms. If you buy the staff a drink here [a normal thing to do in this kind of disco-night club] they can be very aggressive about drinking it fast and running up a big bill for you.
And finally for a real late night place, hit “Red Hot” Bar on Nguyen Van Linh Street.
‘Late night’ is more flexible in Da Nang than in Ha Noi; most of the time the discos and places like Red Hot [an approximation of a Thai girlie-bar] close at 1 a.m. or 1.30, but if the police decide to say the national rules should not be flouted quite so blatantly, they may unexpectedly close at midnight or 12.30. However, roadside open-air establishments will continue to serve beer long after that, if they still have customers; and there are some places along the main roads that cater to truck drivers and the like that appear to be open all night.
- Beach House at Hyatt Regency Danang, Truong Sa, Ngu Hanh Son, Hoa Hai, ☎ +845113981234, . 18:30-23:30. he Beach House is idyllically located right on the beach with uninterrupted views over the sea to the Son Tra Peninsula. With its open design and rich décor, it’s the perfect place to sample the best seafood Vietnam has to offer. Couple this with Western offerings from the grill and the perfect evening awaits. The Beach House Bar is the place to meet for pre-dinner drink. Enjoy a refreshing gin & tonic or select from the vast wine list.
- Vertigo Bar & Sports Lounge (Vertigo Bar Danang), 48 An Thuong 1, My An Ward Ngu Hanh Son, Danang, ☎ +84 93 53 23 231. 2pm – 2am. Vertigo is one of those friendly bars where you can relax and enjoy your drink. The Bar is quite easy to become your second home with a nice mixed public and friendly staff. mid range.
- Hoàng Quân Hotel Lô 51 Hoàng Kế Viêm. Cheap beer can be had in Da Nang (and throughout Vietnam) at locations that that have a sign adverstising “Bia tươi” (“fresh beer”), distributed by a local brewery. While most of these locations are of the “plastic chair” variety, Hoang Quan is a mid-range hotel with an pleasant outdoor seating area with couches, sun umbrellas and potted plants. The friendly staff at the outdoor bar provide table service. A glass of “Bia tươi” costs 5,000 VND ($0.22 USD). A good spot for an afternoon/early evening drink.
Drinking coffee is a part of Vietnamese culture. Coffee in Vietnam, especially mid-country, is very strong and has a very wonderful smell. In Danang, people spend a lot of time drinking coffee and chatting with friends and family in coffee shops. There are several kinds of coffee shops in Danang: luxurious coffee shops, mid-class coffee shops and special coffee shops.
Luxurious coffee shops can be found on many streets of the city. They are quite nice, and of course the prices quite high. Many can be found along Along Phan Chau Trinh Street.
Mid-class coffee shops are found everywhere; the drinks are quite cheap, and it’s a place for a rest or meeting friends.
Special coffee shops are the most interesting, where you not only drink coffee or many kinds of drinks, but also have some special types of entertainment.
At the Rock coffee shop, you can enjoy coffee and listen to rock music at the same time; they take requests. Usually they play ballads and soft rock in the daytime, and hard rock and metal in the evening(very loudly).
- Hai Quynh Cafe, 468 Hoang Dieu Street.
- Scorpions, 140 Yen Bai Street.
- CheRo, 79 Le Dinh Ly Street.
Another kind of special coffee shop is the Chess Coffee Shop where you can drink soft drinks, fruit juices and play chess with other people. You can easily find a person to play with you. The drinks there are quite cheap and everyone is very polite when playing chess. This kind of coffee is a part of Vietnamese coffee drinking culture and it’s a wonderful idea to try it.
One kind of special coffee shop is chatting coffee shop. There you can drink coffee on the street side and chat with you friend while you enjoy you drink. It’s very cheap.
Famous coffee shops in Danang city:
- Baguette at Hyatt Regency Danang Resort and Spa, Truong Sa, Hoa Hai, Ngu Hanh Son, ☎ +845113981234. 06:00 – 18:00. Baguette is conveniently located within the retail area of the resort. This European-style eatery is perfect for a quick breakfast or a light lunch; dine in or takeaway. Baguette also functions as a local convenience store and a bakery coffee shop for villas and residences owners, stocking traditional Vietnamese grocery products, plus hard-to-find Western items for expats and tourists. Here you can find freshly baked bread, home made cheese and ice-creams and the most delicious pastries and cakes.
- Tuy Anh Chinese Chess Coffee Shop, 79 Le Dinh Ly Street (on the corner of Do Quang and Le Dinh Ly).
- The Joi Factory, 7 Nguyen Thai Hoc, Hai Chau District Da Nang, Vietnam. 09.00-22:30. Located in the same building as Christina’s Da Nang – Seahorse Hostel & Bar, The Joi Factory is a fun café to chill out. It’s great for chit-chat with friends or even if you’re alone with your laptop or a good book. Their menu has a variety of delicious drinks such as banana milk coffee and coconut caramel coffee, and also snacks made from healthy and organic ingredients sourced locally. Nice modern and clean concept. $2-$5.
The most famous couple of chatting coffee shops are Long Coffee shop and An Coffee shop located on the corner of Le Loi Street and Quang Trung Street.
- Hai Van lounge at the 5-star Furama Resort Danang. Cocktails and light snacks, relaxed setting decorated with cane chairs and carved Vietnamese furniture. A pianist followed by a resident Filipino band in the evenings. Free WiFi. Happy Hour – buy 1 get 1 free – from 6 pm to 7 pm. Open daily 10:00AM-02:00AM. Drinks from VND 150.000++.
- Long Coffee, 123 Le Loi Street (on the corner of Quang Trung and Le Loi). The oldest coffee shop in Da Nang, local people usually go here to enjoy the coffee and hang out with friends.
- Why Roastery coffee, 64 Ung Van Khiem, Ngu Hanh Son, Da Nang ( Can find whit Why Roastery Coffee in Google Maps, ☎+84906680767. “Let’s go for coffee” is never only about drinking coffee. At Why Roastery, friendly corners and well-crafted drinks beckon, and are about nurturing deeper connections where friends can enjoy a great time together
There are many small hotels along the east side of the river (Tran Hung Dao street), which generally start at 300,000 VND for a single room and have wifi, hot water, and a/c. Pham Phu Thu is a good street with many budget hotels in the center on the west side of the river. There is also 1 hostel.
- Roll hostel n pub, 485/1 Tran Hung Dao street, ☎ +84962286799 (email@example.com). Roll hostel is in the first floor where is a quiet and vintage space . The space is arranged to throw back the scenes of the old generation of vietnamese combine with the cinematic colours. You will see some furnitures, equipments involve in the cine and music those are two main inspirations for being Roll. The ground-floor space is for jazz cafe. Each room is connected to the out-space by windows, bacony. The wind always blows. Trees and greens are around the house. The mixed room has an own bacony and common space inside the room. On the terrace is super large where has a stunning view, especially to the dragon bridge and Han river bridge in night. That sounds a great place to have BBQ outsite. Complimentary to tea and coffee. Price from $7 per bed
- Rom Casa, 26 An Thượng 4, Bắc Mỹ An, Ngũ Hành Sơn, Đà Nẵng, ☎ (+84) 90294 5077. Rom Casa is awesome! The rooms are actually old containers that have been furnished with beds and other amenities, and decorated in such a cozy way. This really is the most unique and fun place to stay in Da Nang, and it’s so great that the beach is only a two-minute walk away. The place is really social too, with a bar, café, library, pool and rooftop with hammocks! The bar hosts live music events and game nights. It’s the perfect mix between a comfortable hotel and social hostel. From US$7.
- Hachi Hostel, 100/2 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, ☎ 0905379163 (firstname.lastname@example.org). Cosy and nice hostel. In the middle of the city, nice decoration, Huge locker. Hosts are nice and helpful and speaks good English. Breakfast come in big portion. There are occasional homecooked family dinner for $4 . Coffee, tea and water are provided free. price from $5.5 per bed
- Pedersen Hostel, 01 An Cu 6, Da Nang, Vietnam 550000, ☎ (+84) 90294 5077. Not only are the rooms clean and comfortable, but the location is also fantastic, making it a great base from which to explore Da Nang. The beach is only 500 meters away and there are so many other conveniences around, especially food spots. Dorms and private studios available, and the managing team, Christina’s has accommodation all around Vietnam! From US$20. Website: https://www.christinas.vn/
- Funtastic Hostel, 115 Hai Phong, ☎ 0903561777 (email@example.com). Fantastic hostel, new as of Feb 2014. This place is filled with character, with both the staff and the location filled with hidden jokes and lots of great ideas (like curtains around the beds and lights and plugs next to your head in each bunk!) They also have a tv room with a 32 inch telly, beanbags and 100’s of movies! Perfect for backpackers! About 0.5km east of the train station. Comfy beds, big lockers, good wifi, friendly English speaking staff, breakfast included. dorms=7usd
- Nha nghi 278, 278 Le Van Hien, Hai Chau District, ☎ 0511.3844877. Cheap but nice guesthouse with wifi, hot water, a/c. Located east of the river.
- Da Nang Trade Union Hotel, 50 Pasteur Street, Hai Chau District, ☎ (84-511) 825458. Located very close to the train station, has fast wifi, a/c, hot water, English speaking staff 250,000 VND for a single room.
- Phước Lộc – Lô 19 B2. 1 Đường sơn Trà, ☎ 84 511 3847609. It’s in the main beach street, just opposite to the steet going to Hoa’s place. The hotel is new and an ok deal for the facilities that they offer (AC, wifi, hot shower sometimes, TV). They are 2 min walk to the beach. The staff don’t speak good english but they are very polite. Beware as the beds are thick but stiff as boards and the pillows are so thick they hurt your neck and make sleeping difficult. The hotel is located 20km southwest of town, and cost 300K VND by taxi from the city center!!!! US$10-12.
- Huong Lan Hotel, 05 Pham Van Nghi, ☎ (0511) 3652269 (fax: 0511.3652694).
- Ngoi’s Guesthouse. That is not the actual name of the house but ask a motorbike driver to take you to here, and they’ll probably take you to Hoa’s. Hoa will be more than willing to direct you to Ngoi’s. You get to sit and chat with Ngoi over a few beers in the evening. His wife will make you delicious food. Air-con. About US$8..
- Thien Duc Motel, 187 Dong Da, ☎ (0511) 3825232. checkin: 27/12/12; checkout: 11/01/13. An OK option which allows savings of a few dollars a night, though services are far from superior. 8 USD per night..
- Dang Viet Hotel, 11-12 Ho Nghinh (one minute to the beach), (firstname.lastname@example.org),. A new hotel with air-con, comfortable beds, fast wi-fi, hot showers, refrigerator and international cable TV. Staff speak English. (Beware Google maps directing you to the wrong direction from the roundabout next to the beach. For some reason, arriving from Da Nang city it directs to the left, when in fact you need to go to right.) From 300,000 dong.
- Faifo Hotel, 200 Hai Phong (Right next to Ga Da Nang (Train Station)), ☎ +84 511 3827 901. Located right next to Da Nang Train Station (turn left upon exit), it’s façade would put some travellers off, as it looks relatively run-down, but for the price and location, it’s worth a second look. It’s about 4km from the beach, but Mai Linh taxis and motorcycle taxis are readily available at the train station. Backpackers travelling in at least a pair would do well to check it out. USD20 will get one 2 beds meant for 3 pax (i.e. 1 single, 1 queen-sized), with an en-suite bathroom with hot water. Interior is well-maintained and room facilities function well. Staff speak some English, but are willing to help. On Google maps it’s located at the south-western tip of Hai Phong st, but it’s actually further east.
- Danang Backpackers Hostel, 106 Nguyen Chi Thanh St, ☎ +84 5113 898926 (email@example.com). checkin: 14:00; checkout: 12:00. Cheap, clean and spacious hostel. Breakfast included, free playing billiards, free beer every night, fast Wi-Fi. Comfy beds, a/c, hot shower. English speaking staff 24/7.
- Alternatively you can look along the beach, there are many budget hotels that cost around 250,000VND – 500,000VND a night for a single room. Most of the small hotels are comfortable and clean with the prices on display at the counter and some are used by both locals and foreigners, e.g. Manago hotel at Anh thruong street and Olena. Remember the cheaper hotel are usually found 2 or 3 streets from the main beach area.
- Christina’s Da Nang, 197 Le Quang Dao, Ngu Hanh Son District, Da Nang City, ☎ (+84) 90294 5077 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . Christina’s Da Nang is a comfortable home with 10 separate studios/1-Br apartments and is located in a lively neighborhood just a mere two blocks away from the beach. All rooms come equipped with everything you need for a pleasant stay, including en-suite bathrooms and the larger rooms have their own balconies. Christina’s embraces the social concept of hospitality as is evident in the personal interactions between hosts and guests as well as the communal space in all properties. From US$30.
- Sao Minh Business Hotel, 137 Nguyen Du St. Danang City Vietnam, ☎ (84-0511) 3530555. Spacious and cozy rooms, all equipped with Air-conditioning, TV with cable channels and Mini-bar. Facilities and services are Business center, Restaurant and bar. From USD 25.00.
- Red Beach Resort and Spa, Nguyen Tat Thanh Street, Hoa Hiep Nam Ward, Lien Chieu District, ☎ (+84) 511 3842 767. All rooms are equipped and included with LCD TV with cable channels, Balcony/lanai/terrace, Air-conditioning, Complimentary breakfast, Private toilet and bath. Some of its facilities and services are Restaurant, Spa, Swimming pool, Pearl Island tour and Water sports facilities. From USD 72.00.
- Daia Hote, a one star hotel, address 51, Yen Bai Street, Hai Chau District, Danang.Tel: 84511-827532, web site: www.daiahotel.com. A friendly old hotel, the owner is involved with charity. You can visit ” The Northwindbroom workshop” and “Bo Mung Orphanage”. Rooms range from US$17 to suites of US$30 per night. The hotel is near to Catholic Church nearby.
- My Khe Beach Hotel 1 and 2. These two hotels, both under the same [Army] management, are both comfortable and very reasonably priced especially given that they are just the other side of the beach road from My Khe Beach, but still only a five minute or less moto ride from downtown. My Khe 1 is older, smaller rooms but the electricity does not go off in the room when you leave; My Khe 2 has very large rooms, caters more to groups of Saigon tourists [My Khe gets lots of Vietnamese business and government travellers, plus some tourists and some Lao visitors, business or government]. Staff at both places are friendly and pleasant, adequate English if you don’t speak Vietnamese. Only downside for price is no in-room internet access. Opening in mid-2008 will be My Khe 3, which is bigger and better (?maybe) than the other two — no information on prices there yet. It is opposite the turnoff from the beach road where the tour buses stop to tell people [misleadingly] that this is here, with the tank farm behind it but the microbrewery restaurant across the street. From $18/night, breakfast included, air-con room with refrigerator and private bath (My Khe 1) or shower (My Khe 2).
- Sea Wonder Hotel, at My Khe Beach, ☎ 05113506143, 0983238256. The hotel is at the end of Pham Van Dong road straight to the My Khe beach. US$20+ pp.
- Trendy Hotel, B2-B3 Tran Hung Dao (close to Han River bridge), ☎ +845113943888. Features a nice view of Han River’s bridge (river view is available for Deluxe Room). Has a motorbike rental service for VND30000/hour or VND150,000/day. USD $30-$50.
- D&C Hotel, 1, Mai Hac De St. Danang, Vietnam, ☎ (84-511) 626 5555,. In Q. So’n Tra District so 10 – 15 min taxi journey from airport & station. May be a 40 min walk from the station. Possibly built in 2012. Large and very clean rooms with good bathroom and marble floor. Rooms are equipped with Air-conditioning, Sony TV with good quality English channels and Mini-bar. Has a roof-top bar / restaurant with good local breakfast plus baguette, butter and jam but no cereals. From USD 30.00.
- Diamond Sea Hotel Danang, 232 Vo Nguyen Giap St., Son Tra Dist. (5 minutes from Danang International Airport), ☎ +84 511 3939 777 (email@example.com, fax: +84 511 3939 789),
- Orange Hotel Danang, 29 Hoang Dieu St. (5 minutes from Danang International Airport), ☎ +84 5113 566 176 (firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: +84 5113 566 180) . checkin: 14:00; checkout: 12:00. Orange hotel is located at a heart of Danang city and easy to access to the Airport or train station, Han river, local markets, Cham museum, and Dragon bridge. It has 44 rooms including standard, superior, deluxe, and the suite room with a private balcony. Our goal is to ensure the guests satisfying and enjoying the service and friendly atmosphere during their stay at Orange hotel.
- Holiday Beach Danang Hotel & Resort, My Khe Beach, 300 Vo Nguyen Giap St., Ngu Hanh Son Dist., Danang, Vietnam, ☎ +84 511 396 7777 (email@example.com, fax: +84 511 396 7555). checkin: 14.00; checkout: 12.00. The first 4-star international standard hotel with inclusive spa in room rate and luxurious facilities such as Lamborghini Mattress and Inada Massage Chair. It has 94 rooms, suites and president; other facilities are 2 restaurant, 2 bars, 2 swimming pool – one on roof-top, 1 Beach Club on the My Khe Beach, Muong Spa and complimentary Wi-Fi for in-house guests. The Holiday – Beach Club is an open place for international and local visitors who would like to enjoy the sea breeze while relaxing on its upscale services with very reasonable prices.
- InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, Bai Bac, Son Tra Peninsula, Danang, Vietnam, ☎ +84 511 393 8888 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . checkin: 14.00; checkout: 12.00. One of the finest & most luxurious resorts in the world, InterContinental Danang features a traditional Vietnamese design meets the modern architectural. It has 197-luxury rooms, suites, penthouses and villas, it is also houses 5 dining outlets which one of them is La Maison 1988, a Michelin Chef Michael Roux signature restaurant. Other facilities such as pools, private beach, Harnn heritage spa, indoor & outdoor activities and much more. Wi-Fi is a complimentary for in-house guests.
- Fansipan Hotel Da Nang, Truong Sa Street, My Khe Beach, Ngu Hanh Son District, ☎ 05113.913.555 – 3913.455. All rooms have air conditioning, work desk, bathroom, IDD telephone, cable/satellite television, mini bar, wireless high-speed internet and hair dryer. Some of its facilities and services are souvenir shop, meeting room, restaurant & bar, elevator, banquet, front desk, housekeeping, security, bellman service, room service, tour desk and laundry service.
- Hyatt Regency Danang Resort & Spa, Truong Sa Street, Hoa Hai Ward, Ngu Hanh Son District, ☎ +845113981234. checkin: 14:00; checkout: 12:00. Hyatt Regency Danang Resort & Spa comprises 200 hotel rooms, 182 residences from one to three bedroom and 27 ocean view villas. The resort features contemporary design, using Vietnamese craftsmanship and decor, setting a new standard in Asian hospitality and style.
- Furama Resort Danang has 198 rooms and suites resort 15 minutes from Danang International Airport. The resort has its own Diving Center, spa and health centre. Room rate is from VND 5.700.000++ per room per night.
- Lifestyle Resort Da Nang is a new five star hotel right on the beach, next door to Furama. 186 rooms and villas from $135 per night including airport transfers, breakfast and free wifi throughout the resort. Facilities include spa, Sea doo jetkis and towable tube, butterfly farm, a kids club and complimentary daily shuttle to Hoi An.
- One Opera Danang, 01 Nguyen Van Linh street, ☎ 84 511 2 22 33 44. It offers 206 air-conditioned rooms, all of which have cable television, Internet connection, mini-bar, and shower with bathtub. Some of its amenities include spa and swimming pool, fitness room/gym, and restaurant, bar, and café. Best rates on official website start at US$96.
- Vinpearl Luxury Da Nang, Truong Sa Street, Ngu Hanh Son District. An international hotel 5 stars with 200 comfortable rooms and villas. Best rates.
- Grand Tourane Hotel Da Nang, 252 Vo Nguyen Giap Str, Son Tra Dist,http://grandtouranehotel.com. The hotel includes 189 rooms with 22 floors. It offers 02 conference rooms, restaurant with Asia and Western food. Its facilities include spa and swimming pool, fitness room/gym, bar, and café. Best rates start at US$100.
“Anh Thu Salon & Laundry ” This salon offers laundry service for 12,000 Dong (0.53 cents USD) per kilo. Located at the North-East corner of An Thuong 23 and Chau Thi Vinh Te.
It is a comparatively safe city but be sure to lock up your belongings at night (as everyone does) which includes not leaving your bike out on the street. Everyone generally brings them into their houses. Beware of the Taxi scam. When going to Bana Hills or Hue, some taxi driver will stop and agree at a very low price for a return journey and once you reach you destination, he will triple or quadruple the price knowing you don’t have an option to return.
When you do return to your hotel (he will park the car slightly away from the main entrance of your hotel), he might lock the central locking and demand the price first before letting you go. To avoid this, use only MAI LINH Taxis and agree a price with them. They are generally honest.
A better way is to take your driver to the Hotel reception to confirm the price again and leave the Taxi details (like the number on the plate) with the Hotel reception. Also be extremely wary of my khe beach hotels and apartments. There are some extremely dodgy hosts in the area. DO NOT book any apartment or hotel before asking around and finding out about the owner’s reputation. There is a lot of talk around town of severe scamming. Watch out for a business called Mahalo.
Da Nang is more friendly than other Vietnamese cities on the city side. But be extremely careful about establishments on the beach side. There is a lot of corruption. Personally speak to sources, so you do not get shafted.
However, most locals are quite friendly and almost always willing to help (even when they do not speak English). They are also generally more easygoing and less motivated by scamming foreigners than you will experience in other cities such as Hanoi or HCM, and this can be a welcome surprise and gives Da Nang more of its own charm as well.
- Tam Tri Da Nang General Hospital, TMMC Healthcare (Tam Tri Da Nang General Hospital, TMMC Healthcare), 64 Cach Mang Thang 8 Street, Khue Trung, Cam Le Ward, Da Nang City, ☎+84 511 367 9555 (email@example.com). Mon-Sun 7:00-19:00. . General hospital, excellent in General Surgery, Internal Medicine, Colon & Rectum, Vaccine Orthopedic and Emergency Medicine. Consultation fee is affordable, international/ domestic private insurance coverage. Accept Credit Card. English speaking staff US$10.
Frequent bus service to Hoi An in the day time (service stops at 6 pm). (17,000 dong – but foreigners may be refused passage at this price – you just insist until they accepting your 17,000 dongs. This is usually accomplished by handing the purser 17,000.
The price is posted on the side of the bus, near the entrance; they do not return change from 20,000 even to the locals), as well as other destinations throughout Vietnam is available at the intercity bus station.
Try eventually to get on the bus along Dien Bien Phu, busstops are signed, the first being just after the roundabout at the west of the railway wich you cross 1 Km east of the busstation. Very near Danang is the village of Lang Co.
- Taxi from Danang airport to Hoi An town costs about 250,000 dong as standard (July 2016). Insist the price and don’t pay more as some hotel might charge you 400,000 dong or more.
Danang train station is conveniently located close to the center of town. Please refer to the Vietnam page for general details on train travel in Vietnam.
- As of Sep 2013, trains depart for Hanoi at 11:55 (arriving at 03:51); 14:04 (04:30); 0236 (19:26); 23:16 (15:07), 07:40 (03:01); 16:08 (09:55).
- For Ho Chi Minh City at 10:36 (arriving at 03:45); 13:09 (04:30); 01:33 (18:37); 07:39 (03:05) and 09:37 (05:08).
- Mai Linh provides a bus service to Ho Chi Minh City at 5PM, arriving at Dinh Bo Linh Street, HCMC at 3PM. Ticket delivery to hotel & collection from hotel are available if in central. Fares (as of Sep 2013) are VND 380,000 or VND 430,000 including dinner and breakfast. Tel: 0511 379 2929 / ticket line: 0169 640 0418.
- Phuong Trang Bus company provides a bus service, departing Da Nang at 3PM and arriving in HCMC at nopn (1200). The fare is VND 385,000. Ticket could be purchased from their offices at 16 Tran Phu Street.
Sleeper Bus Booking Office – Da Nang’s Backpackers – Booking Office Representative of some prestigious Sleeper Bus Companies (Cuc Tung, Thuan Thao, Sinh cafe, Hanh cafe, Camel, Trekking, Nam Phuong, …), their sleeper buses depart from Da Nang to:
- The North of Vietnam (at 8:30 and 14:30): Hue, Quang Tri, Quang Binh, Phong Nha, Ninh Binh , Ha Long Bay, Ha Noi ... - The South of Vietnam (at 16:30 and 19:00): Quy Nhon, Da Lat, Nha Trang, Phan Thiet, Vung Tau, Mui Ne, Sai Gon... - Laos (at 6:00): Pakse, Vientiane, Champasak, Savanakhet. - Hoi An (at 11h30 and 16:30)
You can buy a one-way ticket, return ticket or open ticket, you should book at least one day in advance to be sure that they still have available tickets, they deliver tickets to you at your hotel or you collect from office at No 63, Huynh Ly Street, Thuan Phuoc Ward, Hai Chau District, Da Nang City; Tel: (+84) 02363 89 82 86; Mobile: (+84) 0902 277 679. Very cheap pick-up services are available