Dazzling Da Nang 2014: 5 Must-Do Things In Da Nang


Da Nang is a beautiful place. I probably touched on that point in the first Da Nang post. See, Da Nang is a relatively unknown tourist spot due to the fact that before AirAsia, there was no direct flight into the city. What this means is that there are absolutely no signs that tourists have invaded (yet) and everything remains clean and tidy.

But what exactly can you do in Da Nang? Well you can try...

Note: Most of these pictures are taken by Eric and Caroline. Credit where credit's due.

#5 The Beaches
Recommended places: My Khe Beach, Bac My An Beach

The beaches of Da Nang are pristine. That’s probably the best way to describe them, really. The beaches are beautiful, often empty and even if you aren’t down for a soak in the sea or to bathe in the glorious rays of the sun, you can always take the most beautiful beach photos. Kinda, sorta like these.

#4 The Hills
Recommended places: BaNa Hills

If you’re not the beachside bum that most of us aspire to be, you might opt to go for something a little bit cooler. For this, BaNa Hills is THE place for you to be at. The tour guide told us that BaNa Hills was originally named BaNaNa Hills, but the locals decided that the extra syllable was unnecessary.

Take a cable car up, enjoy the beauty of the hills, and soak in the beautifully medieval architecture.

Remember to take a jacket up as well because it can get pretty chilly.

#3 The Countryside
Recommended places: Hoi An Ancient Town

Okay, technically, Hoi An is a town by itself. It’s recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is an example of a city unmoved by the tides of time.

Hoi An is approximately 30km away from Da Nang, a relatively short bus ride away, and has some of the most exquisitely ancient architecture you can find anywhere. In fact, the whole town seems content to stay that way; bustling roadside stalls selling pho and bahn mi (or baguettes) and cao lao (beef on noodles), vendors trying their best to attract tourists to buy their handmade items.

The highlight in Hoi An are their tailors, who can make any clothing your heart desires, within the span of a day.

#2 The Food
Recommended places: Any roadside stall you may come across

A word of advice: if you should eat, remember to always go for the roadside stalls selling pho. There’s just something about squatting down on stools at the side of the road and slurping down massive amounts of pho.

Also, the best Vietnamese coffee places are located out of visible site. We were directed to this hidden coffee place by a local tailor in Hoi An which served some of the best Vietnamese coffee, for only U$D1.

Da Nang is essentially a port town, so remember to try out their seafood as well. The fish literally flops around in your stomach after you eat it*

*Okay it doesn’t because ew. But that’s just to illustrate how fresh it is.

#1 The City
Recommended places: Marble Mountain, Monkey Mountain, Dragon Bridge

Da Nang is a fantastic city. For one, it's incredibly spacious. As the art director Chee Ching puts it, this is like a dream come true for the inner hipster. Da Nang city is exactly as you would find a city to be like. There's plenty to see, people to meet and malls to go, hotels to explore.

If you're into that sort of thing on your trip, then Da Nang city is a viable place for you to be at. But if you're looking for some excitement in the city, go no further than crossing the road. If that doesn't give you enough thrills to last your entire trip, you should be doing something else, like skydiving. 

Oh, did you know AirAsia is the only airline to operate 4x weekly direct flights connecting Kuala Lumpur to Da Nang? You do now. So book now and experience #DazzingDaNang for yourself!


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