Da Nang updated travel guide

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Introduction of Da Nang City in Vietnam. This is an article from Sapa Travel Vietnam

Da Nang is one of the cultural and educational centers of Vietnam, and it is also one of the biggest cities in Vietnam. Da Nang has a long coast with many beautiful beaches such as Non Nuoc, My Khe,… Coming to Da Nang, you will have opportunities to enjoy the beautiful scenery such as Ngu Hanh Son, Ba Na, Son Tra peninsula, Hai Van pass, beaches and many historical relics.

The city is located along Han River so that the French often called Da Nang as “Tourane”. Da Nang has an area of 1.200 km2 and its total population is about 800.000 people. It is not only convenient location but also easily accessible port. Situated on the path of national route 1A and the North-South railway, it is known as a hub for transportation. Da Nang city shares the border with Thua Thien Hue in the North, Quang Nam province in the South and The Eastern Sea. It is far 764 kilometers from Hanoi to the North, 964 kilometers from Ho Chi Minh City to the South and 108 kilometers from Hue ancient capital to the North-South.

Da Nang terrain has either coastal or mountains. The high and slope mountain is in the South and North-South, from here, many mountains lasts to the sea. The mountainous terrain accounts for large area with the high of 700-1.500 meters.

Da Nang is situated in the typical tropical monsoon area with the high temperature. Its temperature has combination between the Northern climate and Southern climate. Every year, there has 2 seasons: the rainy season lasts from August to December and the dry season lasts from January to July. The average temperature is about 25,90C and the highest temperature is in June, July, and August at 28-300C. The area of Ba Na has the temperature about 200C. The average rainfall is 2.504,57 mm and the highest rainfall is in October and November.

How to get there

By plane

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, Seoul-Incheon, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai-Pudong, Siem Reap, Singapore, Taipei and Tokyo-Narita. Aside from a money changer, airport amenities are rather minimal, although some upgrading was done to the airport in late 2007 and early 2008 making the airport one of country’s most modern. As of November 2006, international departure taxes should be included in the price of your ticket. Compared to larger Vietnamese airports, Da Nang is a little bit laid back; local travelers often arrive less than 30 minutes before their flights; there are also a couple of restaurants/coffee shops opposite the terminal, which offer more choice, if not lower prices, than inside the departure area.

By train

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, 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) and passes through some spectacular coastal scenery.

By car

There car two way to get in Danang by car: From Danang international airport: you can hire a car from some transfer service. It’s comfort, safety, speed and efficiency whether traveling for business or for pleasure. From Tien Sa or Chan May seaport: you can also hire a car to pick up you at the port.

By bus

Sinh Cafe, the popular bus-pass service, makes a stop in Hoi An, a short distance (about 30km) from the city. It is of a distance where a taxi is better than a motorbike.

At least two other bus-pass services make stops in Da Nang, and can be taken to either Hue or Hoi An or further in either direction. Fare to Hue is US$3 as of late 2007, trip takes about three hours with one refreshment stop on the way. The bus uses the tunnel so does not go over the spectacular pass between Da Nang and Hue.

By boat

Sustainable Tour operator & vegetarian restaurant “Karma Waters” 47 Cua Dai St, Hoi An tel. 0510 3927632 operates Danang – Hoi Boat tours & shuttle service.

What to see

Ba Na Hills

Ba Na – Chua Mountain tourist area belongs to Hoa Vang, Da Nang, it is far about 50 meters from the central city to the west. Located on the high of 1.487 meters above sea level, the temperature of this place is cool, the average temperature in the summer is about 180C, Ba Na – Chua Mountain is an ideal eco – tourism in the Central Vietnam

In order to step into Ba Na top, tourists should pass through 15 kilometers. This terrain is considered as small highland. Tourists not only enjoy fresh air but also contemplate the beautiful scenery. In addition, tourists can also enjoy the large space of Da Nang city, Vung Thung bay, Son Tra peninsula, My Khe beach, Ngu Hanh Son, Thu Bon River, Cham Island.

Ba Na has various flora and fauna. In the old-growth forest, there includes 256 species of fauna, 61 species of animal, 178 species of birds and 17 species of reptile. The flora includes 543 species. Besides, Ba Na has many rare animals such as: Crested Argus, Asian Black Bear, northern buffed-cheeked gibbon…

In 1986, Ba Na was recognized as natural reserve area, in which tropical forest and rare animals are protected. At the beginning of the 20th century, in order to serve the French’s vacation in the Central Vietnam, many hotels, villas were built along mountain side, Nui Mountain and Ba Na hill. After the war, this place was destroyed. Da Nang has recently restored and remodeled some ancient French villas, Buddhistical cultural area, hotels, bars…

Here, the Da Nang often holds fire camp night to propagate mountainous specialties and help tourists discover this place. From Vong Nguyet hill, tourists will be taken to central area. This system includes 16 cabinets, which serve about 320 guests per hour.

Annual year, Ba Na welcomes thousands of tourists in the whole nation and other countries. One night in Ba Na, tourists can hear the breath of mountain and wild animal. Ba Na is an attractive destination when you come to Da Nang city. Coming to Ba Na, tourists will be travelled by telpher. Ba Na telphers were built base on standard of Austria technology. With the total investment capital of 300 billion vietnam dong, Ba Na telpher has22 pillars, 94 cabinets and it can serve 1.5000 guests per hour and it just take about 15 minutes to go from the foot of Ba Na mountain to the Ba Na eco-tourism. According to the world telpher association, this Ba Na telpher system named in Guinness World Records. It is the world’s longest one-wire telpher network in the world (5,042.62m) and the telpher with the highest gap between the lowest and the highest stations (1,291.81m).

Ba Na telepher is an ideal destination. From here, tourists can enjoy the colorful picture as well as sparkling views. Sitting on the cabin, you will be contemplated the grandeur of mountain, rainfall, the old-growth forest… They will bring tourists the adventurous feeling as in the fairyland. Tourists will has wonderful experiences with four seasons within one day and has an abundant fauna and flora system.

Dien Hai citadel

Dien Hai citadel was built in 1813, near the Da Nang beach. In 1823, it was moved to mainland. In 1835, it was renamed into Dien Hai citadel. In 1847, Dien Hai citadel was expanded with Circumference of 556 meters, 5 meters height. It has 2 entrances, one faces to the South (the main entrance), and the other faces to the East. In the citadel, there has food, weapon and 30 big cannons. The citadel was built by bricks base one the Vauban design.

Currently, Dien Hai citadel relic is located at the Thach Thang Ward, Hai Chau. The Western and Eastern wall still retain intactness. Recently, Dien Hai citadel relic has been remodeled.

Dien Hai citadel marks the spirit of the Da Nang and people in whole nation against the French to protect independence, freedom of Vietnam. This place is important citadel that contributes to defeat the French in 1858-1860. Nguyen Tri Phuong general of army statue was built here to commemorate glorious historical period of the city. Dien Hai citadel was ranked into historical relic on November 16th 1988 and was given relic stele stone on August 25th 1998.

Today, there have some evidences of Dien Hai citadel on Ly Tu Trong Street and Thach Thang ward, Da Nang.

Han River Bridge

Da Nang is located on the west side of the Han River and the beaches are to the east. In the middle night, traffic is restricted to get from crossing the Han River Bridge and it swings on its axis to allow shipping traffic to pass along the river. The area around the bridge is beautifully paved into a riverside promenade and is the location of Da Nang’s cultural centre.

Han River Bridge is the first bridge that Vietnamese architects and workers designed. Han River Bridge was built by the people of Danang and holds a special place in their pride for their city. The bridge is the unique swing bridge to be built in Vietnam and it is also an important part of Danang’s cityscape.

The Han River Bridge is the symbol for new vitality and the developing desire of the city-was built with the contribution of the entire city’s people. It is not also facilitates transport and potential for tourism but also a cultural spot of Danang people today left behind for the future generations.

Marble Mountain

Marble Mountain belongs to Hoa Hai Ward, Ngu Hanh Son, is far about 7 kilometers from Da nang city to the Southeast. Ngu Hanh Son is located on the yellow sand – bank with 2 kilometers length, 800 meters width. The kind of stone in Ngu Hanh Son has various colors and it is the source of sculpture and arts.

Ngu Hanh Son includes 5 mountains: Kim Son (Metal Mountain), Thuy Son (Water Mountain), Moc Son (Wood Mountain), Hoa Son (Fire Mountain) and Tho Son (Earth Mountain). Number No.05 is the important number in orient and 5 mountains contain unique sense.

Metal Mountain (Kim Son) is located in the Southeast, on the bank of Co Co River. Travelling by boat, tourists can contemplate the beautiful scenery. Ben Ngu, the place, the Kings often stayed each time come to Ngu Hanh Son. Today, it did not exist; however, people can see one ironwood pillar near the Quan Am pagoda.

On the foot of Kim Son Mountain, there has a cave with 50 meters length, 10 meters width and 10-15 meters height. The entrance has natural stone steps, the stalagmite creates Guan Yin statue, which is beautiful and lively.

Wood Mountain (Moc Son)

Moc Son is located near the sea, Thuy Son Islet to the East. The East and South is sand cave, the North is fields and the West is villages. Although it has the name “Wood Mountain”, it has fewer trees. The top mountain is divided into cog-shape as cock spur, so that it also has the name “Mong Ga” Mountain (cock spur mountain).

On the mountain, there has no pagoda; it only has white marble stone as the shape of people. The local people often call “Co Mu” or Guan Yin. In addition, there has small cave named Ba Trung Mountain. In two wars in Vietnam, local people and revolutionary cadre often used this place as shelter.

Water Mountain (Thuy Son)

Water Mountain is located on the area of 15 hectares and it is the highest mountain in Ngu Hanh Son. The mount has 3 tops as three Tam Thai stars so that it is named Tam Thai Mountain. The highest mountain in the northwest is Thuong Thai mount, Trung Thai is in the South and Ha Thai mount is in the East. The pagodas and caves concentrated in Thuy Son. Thuong Thai mount has Vong Giang Dai, Pho  Dong tower, Tu Lam pagoda, Tam Tam padoda, Tham Thai padoda, Hanh Cung padoda, Hoa Nghiem cave, Huyen Khong cave, Linh Nam cave and Lang Hu cave. On Trung Hai Mount, there have two entrances: Thien Phuoc Dia, Van Can Nguyet and some caves such as: Van Thong cave, Thien Long Cave, Van Nguyet Grotto. Ha Thai mount has Vong Hai Dai, Linh Ung Pagoda, Ngu Coc cave, Tang Chan, Fairy well and Am phu Cave.

Fire Mountain (Hoa Son)

Hoa Son includes two mountains and one stone line combining them. The mountain near Kim Son to the West is Duong Hoa Son, located on the Co Co River. On the Western mountain side to the North, opposing to Kim Son, there has 3 words of Han script “Duong Hoa Son” which are sculptured into the mountainous wall. In the mountain, there has grottos and Pho Son Da pagoda.

Earth Mountain (Tho Son)

Tho Son is located on the Northern Kim Son islet and Southern Thuy Son islet. This is the longest mountain in Ngu Hanh Son. The Western Tho Son is Ba Cha River. In the mountain, there has entrance that faces to the South-West; its name is Coc grotto or Bo De grotto. During two wars in Vietnam, Bo De grotto was considered as natural shelter for local people and revolutionary cadre.

On the Northern Tho Son, to the Da Nang, there has Long Hoa pagoda. It was built in 1992. This terrain contributes to the beauty of whole picture of Non Nuoc- Ngu Hanh Son Mountain.

The museum of Cham sculpture

The museum of Cham sculpture is located at No.02, 2/9 Da Nang city. In 1892, Charle Lemire collected Champa sculpture artifacts which are in Tra Kieu, My Khuong…and then he displayed them at the city garden, which is situated on the hill near Long Thu Pagoda. Camile de Paris added some sculpture artifacts of the Cham in Phong Le, Bang An… Initiatively, this museum was only rectangle architecture completed in May 1916.

The ancient contour in the design of two French architects still retains until now. Coming to museum of Cham sculpture as stepping into ancient culture, it converges all kinds of Cham quintessential culture.

Currently, the museum displayed about 300 original sandstone works and terra-cotta. All works have the date from the 7th century to 15th century.

Museum of Cham sculpture is the creativeness which base on Champa ancient art. It is small architecture but unique. Some architects appreciated that it was one of the most beautiful architectural museums in Southeast Asia and the world.

The museum is the unique place in Vietnam as well as in the world research about Champa culture. Artifacts displayed in the museum including sculpture arts such as reliefs, animals, human statue… They represent the development stages of Champa sculpture from the first period to the final period. It helps tourists as well as researchers know the whole stages of Champa art.

Two displayed samples rooms: My Son and Dong Duong were opened. These are displayed specious artifacts of two places which are arranged with modern facilities and techniques in display, light… This arrangement offers tourists new insights with ancient antiques. Each antiquity has noted clearly the date and place, so that anyone can also know about something about the Cham culture.

Associated with traditional trade village such as: pottery, brocade…, the ancient museum creates special space for tourists. In addition, tourists can visit Long Thu pagoda relic.

Non Nuoc Beach

Non Nuoc beach belongs to Hoa Hai ward, Ngu Hanh Son, Da Nang city. It lasts 5 kilometers and it has arc shape along the foot of Ngu Hanh Son Mountain. The Nature blesses for Da Nang three the world natural heritage: Hue ancient capital, Hoi An old quarter and My Son. In addition, there have many beautiful beaches such as: Nam O, Xuan Thieu, Thanh Binh, Tien Sa, Son Tra, My Khe, Bac My An, Non Nuoc…

Somewhere in Da Nang beach has many coral, diversity of seafood. All beaches are very close to the central city, you can go by many ways. Non Nuoc beach has a combination between wave levels, climate, season… they are suitable for all kinds of water sports. Besides, tourists can visit Ngu Hanh Son, ancient pagoda, cave, village or floating on the Co Co River.

Non Nuoc Tourist Company includes 3 hotels with more than 100 guestrooms and swimming services such as: taking photographs, massage, restaurant, tennis, gym facilities… In addition, Da Nang city applies one kind of resort including hotels, restaurants, outdoor area, swimming pool… to serve tourists.

What to do

Overview Danang Festival

Festivals in Da Nang have many the same points among central Vietnam; however, it has some typical characteristics to create the special beauty of this place. During the festival days, you can enjoy the colorful area, traditional songs… Da Nang festivals formed from many years ago including Cau Ngu festival, Quan The Am festival (Guan Yin festival), Hoa My communal village festival, An Hai communal village festival…

Not only keep traditional festival but also the Da Nang creates new festival base on tradition: row-skiff racing. This festival holds on the National day September 2nd annual year on the Han River with dozens of local teams.

Cau Ngu Festival

Every year, after the Lunar New Year, people often hold the Whale festival. In Da nang, Cau Ngu festival is held in Man Thai, Tho Quang, Thanh Loc Dan, Xuan Ha, Hoa Hiep… Cau Ngu festival illustrates for aspiration about peace in their life, they always face with difficult things on the sea.

Guan Yin Festival

Guan Yin festival lasts 3 days and includes two parts: ceremony and festival. During Cau Ngu festival in Vietnam, the altar is decorated with colourful flags and other accessories for Cau Ngu festival in Vietnam. All family put the offerings on the altars. Fishmen decorate their boats with flowers and lanterns in Cau Ngu festival in Vietnam. The village chooses the group including the old, good men whose families do not have funeral to pray to heaven, god of the sea in Cau Ngu festival in Vietnam.

Because of the beauty of this place, the festival attracted many tourists come to Ngu Hanh Son. There has the Tug of war-one of the traditional games. With many cultural-sporty activities, Guan Yin festival contributes to respect and preserve the national character.

Hoa My Village Festival

Hoa My communal village festival holds during one and half day. The ceremony has many activities which have combination between traditional and modern. The festival is typical character of Da Nang culture.

An Hai Village Festival

In 2000, An Hai communal village festival was restored to remind people about the glorious past. An Hai communal village festival was held on August 10th lunar calendar. Having many activities in here, and people can enjoy the traditional songs.

What to eat

Quang Nam’s Noodles

Like Hue beef noodle soup and Hanoi beef noodle soup, Quang Nam’s noodle is made from noodle and broth too. However, noodles – the main ingredient of the dish have two types: white noodle is made of rice only and the yellow is made from rice and turmeric. The broth is cooked from pork bones for fatty flavor and high nutrition. The amount broth used is not as much as in Hue beef noodle soup and Hanoi beef noodle soup. That makes Quang Nam’s noodles differ from the other kinds of noodle in Vietnam.

Quang Nam’s noodle is served in a bowl that contains noodles, broth and variety of toppings. Toppings for Quang Nam’s noodles are very diverse: some slice of pork, beef, chicken, fish, shrimp or a half of boiled egg. Besides, roasted peanut, fresh vegetable and toasted Vietnamese sesame rice cracker are also added on the top of the bowl for authentic taste of Quang Nam’s noodles. That unique noodle can be offered as a fine dish for breakfast, lunch and dinner also.

Danang Beo Cake

The Da Nang likes the traditional cake on snack. “banh beo” is made simply: powdered rice soak into water for several minutes to have liquid. Then, mix with a little grease and pour into small cups. Enjoying “banh beo” properly is in each small cup, not in the bowl or plate as some restaurant, hotels.

The delicious “banh beo” is thanks to the shrimp, especially the sauce. Firstly, “nuoc mam” mixes with grease, sugar, garlic, chili and shrimp which create the unique flavor. When eating “banh beo”, people not use chopsticks but small bamboo stick. It is great when using it with spicy sauce. The sweetness of shrimp mixed with the flavor of garlic, chili… gives us unforgettable impressions.

Nam O Raw Fish Salad

Before scenting, the fish are pressed and people use it for sauce. Fish water is boiled and mixes with “nuoc mam Nam O”; we will have delicious sauce for Nam O raw fish salad.

Nam O raw fish salad can eat with vegetable. This is specious vegetable which only grows on the Hai Van Pass.

Each piece of fish mixed with sauce, chili, forest leaves … creates special flavor that you have never had before.

Jelly-Fish Salad

It is more difficult and more expensive to prepare tentacle jellyfish salad. The jellyfish are cut into small pieces, washed in cold boiled water, and then mixed with cooked chicken or thin slices of pork, boiled eggs, chili, unripe mango, ground peanuts and mints. Ear jellyfish salad must be prepared by skillful hands. They are put in a bowl in layers until dry. Then they are covered by ground peanuts, thin slices of plantain, unripe mangoes, chili, mint and savory leaves. Now we have a delicious jellyfish salad.

Jelly fish salad can use with rice of “banh trang gao”, ginger sauce and wine. Now, this dish has in the menu of some restaurant as specialty.

Where to eat

Chen Shabu Restaurant

The first impression is the large space. The tables are designed with special type; each table has coal stove which provides for roasted dishes. Stemming from the requirement of safe food, CHEN restaurant exports modern facilities in order to bring the fresh atmosphere for tourists.

If tourists want to enjoy “hot-pot – one people”, Chen restaurant will provide you require. Besides, restaurant has Sushi and Sashimi of Japan which will attract tourists. CHEN restaurant attracts many tourists to visit and enjoy dishes and also the restaurant is appreciated highly about the specialties and professional staffs.

Address: No.29 Pham Hong Thai, Hai Chau, Da Nang

Tel: (0511) 843888 – Fax: (0511) 843889

Website: www.chen-restaurant.com – Email: info@chen-restaurant.com

Phi Lu Restaurant

With the professional chefs, we assure to bring guests all kinds of traditional dishes, traditional specialties, Chinese dishes. Affordable price and high quality, we bring pleasure for each guest.

Payment: Cash/credit card (VISA CARD, MASTER CARD, AMES…)

Address: no.225 Nguyen Chi Thanh, Hai Chau, Da Nang

Tel:  (84-511) 3 823772 – 3 823574 – 3868868

Fax: (84-511) 3 823574

Apsara Restaurant

The restaurant serves seafood and Vietnamese dishes with the famous chefs from Song Ngu seafood restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City. In addition, this restaurant has traditional songs and traditional music of the Cham and Vietnamese.

Open: 10:00am- 02:00pm and 5:00pm- 10:00pm

Address: No.222 Tran Phu, Hai Chau, Da Nang, Vietnam

Tel: (84-0511) 561409. Fax: (84-0511) 562001

Blue Whale Restaurant

You just take a short drive to four UNESCO-listed World heritage sites: about 2 hours to the former imperial city of Hue, 30 minutes away to Hoi An ancient town, 90 minutes to the spiritual centre of the Champa civilization, My Son sanctuary and 3 hours to the Phong Nha Caves, considered by some an access to the inner earth!

Memory Lounge

With the capacity of 350 seats, Memory Lounge was built base on standard of 5 stars including restaurants, bar and 03 private rooms.

Memory lounge responds all demands of guests, businessmen with perfect menu. Professional services as well as experienced chefs, this is an ideal destination for tourists.

Hours of operation

Lunch: M – F, 11:00 – 2:30 pm

Dinner: M – Sat, 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Bar: M – Sat, 5:30 pm – until

Contact memory Lounge

7 Bach Dang St, Hai Chau Dist

Tel: (84-8) 511 357 5899

Fax: (84-8) 511 357 5898

Email: order@loungememory.com

Heaven Restaurant

Located in the heart of Da Nang, our customers will enjoy a perfect blend of Vietnamese charm and international standards in service and hygiene. Having made these goals our personal commitment, we have opened our kitchen to the public eye and made our premises fully accessible for the handicapped.

At Heaven Restaurant, visitors can expect the highest interpretation of traditional Vietnamese cuisine. All completed with permanent exhibitions from local artists. Our aim is to promote Da Nang and Vietnam art and culture to an international audience.

Discover a surprising, unexpected place, and take with you an unforgettable piece of Da Nang.

Address: No.119 Le Loi, Hai Chau, Da Nang

Tel: 0511 2240891

Ashima 7 Restaurant

With the specialties and luxurious space, Ashima restaurant is an ideal destination for tourists to hold private party. If you are looking for comfortable and convenient space, Ashima 7 Restaurant is the best choice for you. The various dishes and affordable price, we assure to bring you unforgettable time.

Tel: 03-6435-3600

Address: No.54, Hai Chau, Da Nang

Where to stay

Budget

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.

Nha Nghi 278, 278 Le Van Hien, ☎ 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.  edit 250,000 VND for a single room.

Hoa’s Guesthouse, China Beach. Hoa the owner will make you feel right at home. Very friendly atmosphere and the local social gathering place. Closed during TET. About US$8.

Phước Lộc, China Beach – 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.

Mid-range

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.

Golden Sea Hotel. Located in Pham Van Dong road.

Splurge

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 USD 175++ 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.

HAGL Plaza 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.

Shopping

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 is a new souvenir shop that specially designs souvenirs and gifts about Da Nang. You can buy typical souvenir products such as tshirt, teddy bear, key rings, magnet, etc. Add: No. 22, 2/9 St, Hai Chau District, Da Nang. If you’re new to the city and not sure how to find the direction, the office is within walking distance from Cham Museum.

How to get out

Frequent bus service to Hoi An in the day time (service stops at 6 pm). (15,000 dong – but foreigners may be refused passage at this price – you just insist until they accepting your 15,000 dongs. This is usually accomplished by handing the purser 15,000. The price is posted on the side of the bus, near the entrance), 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.
Danang train station is conveniently located close to the center of town.

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