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 charms of 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.
The regions surrounding Da Nang (My Son, Quang Nam) were founded by the Cham practicing Hindus most possibly 3000 years ago, serving as the capital city and centre of the Hindu Champa Dynasty.
Vietnamese invasion into the region in the 17th century significantly halted Cham development and during the Vietnam War, vast monuments and buildings were bombed.
Given Danang was the first point of colonial invasion, many vestiges of French architecture are present in the historic buildings.
The city has grown rapidly in recent years, and reached a population of over 1,000,000 people in 2014. Until recently, this growth was mostly outward and infill, but now there are high-rises going up. There are many remnants of the "American War" leftover in Da Nang. Each bridge has a different builder, whether they be French, American, or Vietnamese. 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.
The city is often overlooked by tourists but is one of the most friendly in all of Vietnam. My Khe Beach, otherwise known as China Beach for American G.I.'s, is now home to a small community of guest house owners, marble statue shops, and other various trades. Some of the most beautiful and isolated beaches in Vietnam are found here, among 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 several multi-story buildings as well as more beach resorts are under construction, and there are now at least three large supermarkets as well as a Metro wholesaler. This also involves redevelopment of areas near the city beaches across the river, with whole blocks of old housing being razed and new roads installed and hotels and luxurious villas constructed (Sep 2013).
The downside to the very laid back, less serious and frenetic, aspect of Da Nang is that even locals frequently complain that there is nothing to do except drink, which they do a lot. This is not really true -- there is a zoo, a soccer stadium, many tennis courts and pool halls, several large modern discos/night clubs, bars, etc., and of course the beaches and Son Tra peninsula. However, it is also true that coffee and beer drinking are the most common leisure activities of most local residents.
The hottest months of the year are June, July, and 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.
Da Nang is also ideally positioned between Hoi An for a day trip and Hue for day or short trip. Stop by and soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the unspoilt golden sandy beaches on the up and coming western part of Da Nang (Son Tra peninsula) before it becomes a busy tourist destination. Unfortunately, only the Furama and Pullman five star resorts are on the beach. All other hotels near the beach are just on the other side of a relatively busy road in the Son Tra peninsula, unless you go a little out of Da Nang. Deck chairs and sun loungers could be rented on the beach for VND 20 - 30,000 per two hours. They will try to charge tourists double that amount but if that were to happen, show them the price list displayed on the beach. 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, 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.
The airport is located within the city, just 3 km south-west of the center of Danang, a 10-minute trip at most. Many travelers now choose to stay in Da Nang as it is considered as a gateway to Central Vietnam World Heritages Sites: Hoi An (25-30 min, US$20) or Hue (2 hours, US$40-45 depending on car size, as of Feb 2012), My Son (1-1.5 hours). The hotels and resorts in Da Nang have their own travel desks which offer some half day or a day trip to those destinations. The fixed-price taxi coupon system has regrettably disappeared and now (despite signs everywhere indicating to the contrary) you have to haggle with the drivers outside, who ask silly prices but can be negotiated down to the amounts above; find a few other travelers to ease the pain. 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 (drivers may only be willing to accept pre-set fares during holiday times, such as Tet). If you arrive on a late night flight, you may encounter an unscrupulous taxi driver who has a fast meter, but usually there are lots of taxis and companies like Mai Linh, Taxi Xanh, or Song Han are reliable; avoid Airport Taxi, especially at night. Average metered fares to downtown should be around 70,000 dong. Going by the meter, the fare is only 40,000 dong, but no taxi driver would take your fare, especially when you have luggage. While 50,000 dong would appear to be reasonable expect some tricks such as unwillingness to accept USD, or that you have just a little over the reasonable limit luggage or simply there are 3 of you. More probable than not, you have to fork out around US$5 or the asking price of 300,000 dong can be haggled down to 150,000 dong or the minimum of 100,000 dong. Except and unless you are willing to walk a couple of hundred yards for a cruising taxi outside the airport zone to save a couple of dollars, might as well pay the extra dollars and be on your way. Your hotel receptionist does sincerely and truthfully get the taxi driver to agree to 50,000 dong for the trip back to the airport, however, you can bet your last dollar that the taxi driver has a way of parting a few dollars more from your worldly possession as you alight from his cab. Take the whole exercise in good stride. For what it is worth, it is only a few dollars more. Honestly, it's simply not worth spoiling the good feel you have about Danang, Hoi An and Hue. Not for a few bucks.
I arrived by plane in Da Nang on April 12th 2013, and there is now a controller outside the airport directing passengers to meter taxis. No haggling needed.
The Reunification Express makes a stop in Da Nang. Many motorbikes and taxis are available outside of the station if you arrive in daylight hours. Otherwise you may be at the mercy of whatever taxis are left outside in the night time. 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) and passes through some spectacular coastal scenery.
Train schedule from Da Nang Station to Hanoi (The Reunification Express)
Train Depart Danang Arrive Hanoi
SE2 12:06 PM day 1 4.02 AM day 2
,SE4 14:42 PM day 1 5.00 AM day 2
,SE6 10:34 AM day 1 4:45 AM day 2
,SE8 23:27 PM day 1 15:28 PM day 2
Train schedule from Da Nang Station to Hue (The Reunification Express)
Train Depart Danang Arrive Hue
SE2 12:06 PM day 1 14:43 PM day 1
,SE4 14:42 PM day 1 17:06 PM day 1
,SE6 10:34 AM day 1 13:21 PM day 1
,SE8 23:27 PM day 1 15:28 PM day 1
Train schedule from Da Nang station to Nha Trang (The Reunification Express)
Train Depart Danang Arrive Nha Trang
SE1 10:46 AM day 1 22:28 PM day 1
SE3 10:24 AM day 1 22:03 PM day 1
SE5 09:11 AM day 1 19:40 PM day 1
SE7 21:56 PM day 1 7:37 AM day 2
Train schedule from Da Nang station to Ho Chi Minh (The Reunification Express)
Train Depart Danang Arrive Ho Chi Minh
SE1 10:46 AM day 1 4.10 AM day 2
SE3 13:24 PM day 1 5.00 AM day 2
SE5 09:11 AM day 1 4:40 AM day 2
SE7 21:56 PM day 1 15:05 PM day 2
There are two ways to get in Danang by car:
From Danang 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 the cruise, you must pay more because of the gate fee - about 25$).
Da Nang, 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.
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 we'll almost certainly try to rip you off and charge around 50,000 VND.You can read the entry in the Hoi An wikitravel for more on this.
Beware of bus drivers putting your luggage at the front and sparing you the nicest front seat, likely they want you to pay 50,000 dong and threaten to kick you off (although they never will).
A good tip is to take photos of the fare chat 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 VDN 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! Finally if they are genuine and do not even try to overcharge you, consider giving them a small tip! It's not about the money, it's the principle.
Buses leave the station every 15-30min during the day and take about 45min to get from Hoi An to Da Nang.
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.
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 a few kilometers out of town 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).
- Buses leave Hanoi's Giap Bat station in the afternoon, charge 380,000d as of Oct 2012 and take around 14 to 16 hours.
- 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 69, 3 thang 2 Street, Thuan Phuoc Ward, Hai Chau District, Da Nang City, ☎ (+84) 05113 89 82 86; Mobile: (+84) 0902 277 679. 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. edit
Sustainable Tour operator & vegetarian restaurant "Karma Waters"  47 Cua Dai St, Hoi An tel. 0510 3927632 operates Danang - Hoi Boat tours & shuttle service. (Service not available anymore as of March 2013)
Getting around on foot is highly unadvisable if not impossible, as Da Nang spans many kilometers in all directions and is more spaced out than other cities such as Hanoi. 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.
Renting a motorbike costs about 80,000-150,000VND per day for most hotel and rental companies in Da Nang. The locals pay about 50,000-100,000, with a little bargaining and renting for a number of days you could bring down the price. 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.
Fare starts at 10,000 dong (Jan 2012). Anywhere within the city limits, the fare to and from the railway station appears to be $10 (Sep 2013). Lonely Planet says 50,000 dong ($2.50) which seems more likely for a 3km journey. Good luck with persuading a driver to use the meter when catching one from the station. You may be lucky if you were to hail one that is passing-by outside of the station (confirmation required) - in fact, this is the only way to get a meter taxi ride in many "hot spots". The guys hanging outside will NOT use the meter, don't even bother to ask!
Transport to Hoi An
- The distance from Da Nang Airport to Hoi An is 30 km. It takes about 30 mins for transfer from Da Nang Airport to get Hoi An. The price for transfer service is 17.00 USD.
- As of February 2011, backpackers at train station said that $10 was the standard rate for going to Hoi An. You can try and negotiate with a taxi driver at the train station, and agree on a fare of $10 (200,000d.) However, the Hoi An article lists 460,000d as of Jan 2012.
- Alternatively, you may walk out from the station either straight next big street (Le Duan Street, in front of #287, less than 5mn walk. Bus rides 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 11/2014). 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 run 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.
- 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. Watch out for the rapacious statue-sellers outside, though.
- 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 300.000 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 accomodations are shabby and terribly overpriced (80-150$ per night).
- Cham island (Cruising, sightseeing, swimming, snorkeling and enjoying seafood), ☎ 0510.8505605, . Pick up at hotel at 7AM, transfer to Cua Dai beach harbor by an air-conditioned bus. On board at 8AM, we cruise to Cham island by wooden boat for 1+1/4 hours or take a speed boat for 30 minutes. On arrival, we visit Hai Tang pagoda, the boat shelter, a local market at Bai Lang, then keep cruising to Bai Chong for swimming and snorkeling to see the coral reef before having lunch with seafood at a local restaurant on the island. Relax for a while after lunch and get ready for cruising back to Cua Dai beach harbor. Bid a farewell at 3PM and transfer you back to your hotels. For 2 days and 1 night trip, going fishing at night, seafood BBQ on the island, sleeping in a tent, dormitory or homestay experience are included in the program. edit
- 19 must-see sights in Da Nang (The best places of Da Nang city), . Discovering the most beautiful sight-seeings in the most liveable of Viet Nam. edit
- 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. edit
- 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 around 8:30 - 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. edit
- Son Tra Peninsula (The best places to visit in Son Tra Peninsula), . Discovering the beauty of Son Tra Peninsula edit
- Da Nang Food Tour The original Da Nang food tour. Check out the sights, smells and most importantly, the tastes of Da Nang. Small-group walking tours (4 people max) with a local, Vietnamese-speaking expat guide with 4+ years in Vietnam. Morning and evening tours available. $45/person
- Da Nang Local Food Tour If you are "foodie" travelers, you cannot miss. You will discover plenty of great stalls and really get a feel of the area and its food history. Do it on the first day in Hoi An so you will have chance to come back and enjoy yummy food. Most of foods are not available in restaurant.
- Da Nang Home Cooking Class If you are a foodie and love cooking, check Da Nang HOME cooking class out. You will have experience working as a farmer, cooking Vietnamese food in somebody's house and get a feel of a local. Experiencing locals' life with a cooking class is a good thing to do when visiting Da Nang.
- Hoian Dailytour, 77 Ba Trieu, ☎ +84914064446, . 4. Marble Mountains are located in Hoa Hai Ward, Ngu Hanh Son District, about 20 km from the centre of HoiAn old town in the northeast. Characteristic: The Marble Mountains, also referred to as Ngu Hanh Son or Mountains of the Five Elements, consist of five marble mountains: Thuy Son (water) which is the highest, Moc Son (wood), Kim Son (metal), Tho Son (soil), and Hoa Son (fire). $25. edit
- Urban Seafood Trip. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to join the tour to visit Fisherman Village and Son Tra peninsula. It's a free experience tour. You only need to pay for the seafood you like to eat and the cooking fee, which is so cheap that, it's equal or even cheaper than the food price. So at the end of the day you can taste the food picked by you and cooked by skillful chef. edit
- Da Nang Tours (Discovering the whole Da Nang city), . Discovering the most liveable city in Viet Nam in just 4-day-3-night tour. You can have a chance to pay your visit to Da Nang's beautiful places (such as Dragon Bridge, Ba Na Hills, Marble Mountains, Han River, Hoi An - the old town, Son Tra Island...) and enjoy the special dishes here. 50$ - 150$. edit
- Salem Spa Garden Salem Spa branch 2, 528, 2/9 Street, Hai Chau Dist (near Tuyen Son bridge, Asia park), ☎ +84 511 363 8888. 09:00-22:30. The construction area of Salem Spa Garden is 1000m2, with 45 beds which are designed according to a spa standard and ecological space with different types of room. USD 15-30.
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 many times above the average national wage.
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 specialises 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.
- 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 in Asia. This restaurant serves a very fine French cuisine in the style of an antique French mansion. You may experience the real French traditional culture of dining and a complimentary cocktail sessions at Buffalo Bar. If you are lucky enough, you may meet & dine with the legend Michel Roux. A must visit and try! edit
- Red Sky Bar and Restaurant, 248 Tran Phu Street, ☎ :. An expat run western restaurant with foreign owners and cooks. edit
- 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. edit
- 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, 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. edit
- Ocean Terrace restaurant, Furama Resort Danang, ☎ +84 5113847 333. Overlooking the white sands of China Beach, 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. edit
- 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$. edit
Vegan & Vegetarian
- 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 but 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/and 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 (and cheap!), 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. edit
- 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
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.
.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 at China Beach. 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
Bao Nam Tran- fine, 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. Wireless internet connection 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 wing, Alfredo seafood spaghetti and the special Peppercorn Steak! Reasonable prices( 2.0 - 4.0 USD/ dish). They also serve wines, cocktails and fresh fruits juice. 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.
150 Bach Dang , opened late 2009, open to street, view of Han River, modern international decor, bar on ground floor, good gathering place, comfortable seating, good selection of local & imported beer & large selection of wines by the glass or bottle. Good service. Full restaurant for lunch & dinner on 2nd level , balcony seating with great view of Han River, good ambiance, owned by expatriates open seven days.
a boutique style restaurant 122 Quang Trung, quiet location, good food wine selection, 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.
- 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 has opened its Club Tourane – the first 5-star night club in the central of Danang, Vietnam on 1 May 2008 The Club Tourane opens daily from 8pm until late (2 am) with a Filipino Band. Guests can enjoy live music and dance with the music from the 60s to the 90s. This is an authentic club with jovial charm, homey atmosphere and cheerful service. USD 2 to USD 5 per drink. edit
- 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 down 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 is the Bamboo 2's 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 Loung 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 an double 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 have 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.
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 most fun for a traveler to visit, bigger in size, and more eclectic in their clientele, and with better entertainment with live dancers accompanying DJ's. 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 DJ's 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 00.30. 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. edit
- 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. edit
As drinking coffee is a part of Vietnamese culture, it's a good idea if you spend your time on drinking coffee there. Coffee in Vietnam, especially coffee in the middle of Vietnam, 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 shop 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.
The Rock coffee shop where you can enjoy coffee and listen to rock music at the same time; you can ask them to play songs you like. 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.
Other kind of special coffee shop is 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. edit
- Tuy Anh Chinese Chess Coffee Shop, 79 Le Dinh Ly Street (on the corner of Do Quang and Le Dinh Ly).
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.
Don't be fooled by the guide books - Danang is a great place to visit and much cheaper than touristy Hoi An.
- 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 hanging out with friends
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.
- Sea Wonder Hotel, G55-56, An Cu 3, An Hai Bac, Son Tra, Da Nang, ☎ +84(0)5113945222. email="email@example.com" check-in="14:00", check-out="12:00". The owner and receptionists speak good English. PC with Internet in the lobby and free wi-fi on each floor. Cheap. Clean. Fun. Close to the My Khe beach. edit
- 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 edit
- 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 edit
- 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. edit
- 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
- 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. edit
- Huong Lan Hotel, 05 Pham Van Nghi, ☎ (0511) 3652269 (fax: 0511.3652694). * Ngoi's Guesthouse, China Beach. That is not the actual name of the house but ask a motorbike driver to take you to China Beach, 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.. edit About US$8.. edit
- 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.. edit
- 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. edit
- 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. edit
- 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. (16.0695017,108.2189807) edit
- 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.
- 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. edit
- 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. edit
- 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 China Beach, 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). edit
- 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. edit
- 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. edit
- 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. edit
- Diamond Sea Hotel Danang, 232 Vo Nguyen Giap St., Son Tra Dist. (5 minutes from Danang International Airport), ☎ +84 511 3939 777 (firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: +84 511 3939 789). Welcome to a place where you can have it all. Imagine a hotel where the most importance is you; a dream destination in which adults get their rewards, where a location only for people who know what they really want; a place for lovers of life. Discover a new universe where anything can happen. Discover a new world at the Diamond Sea Hotel located on the privileged beach of Da Nang city. The elements of nature blend on this beach to form one of the world’s unique natural paradises. In these heavenly surroundings, Diamond Sea Hotel offers all facilities and services proper to a hotel of its category. The cozy modern interior design combines the high quality room set up amenities and facilities will surely make the guest want to comeback for their next stay as our property guarantees our guest feel like home at their first stay. Take a breathtaking view from our rooftop pool, 20 storeys high. You will experience spectacular unblocked scenes over endless ocean while sipping our signature cocktails and taking in the light music all around. The hotel guarantees travelers the most comfortable room set up and facilities at the best money value. (16.0650626,108.2193494) edit
- Orange Hotel Danang, 29 Hoang Dieu St. (5 minutes from Danang International Airport), ☎ +84 5113 566 176 (email@example.com, 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. (16.0650626,108.2193494) edit
- Holiday Beach Danang Hotel & Resort, My Khe Beach, 300 Vo Nguyen Giap St., Ngu Hanh Son Dist., Danang, Vietnam, ☎ +84 511 396 7777 (firstname.lastname@example.org, 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. (16.0499114990234,108.248481750488) edit
- InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, Bai Bac, Son Tra Peninsula, Danang, Vietnam, ☎ +84 511 393 8888 (email@example.com), . 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. (16.120264,108.306527) edit
- 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. edit
- 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. edit
- 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. edit
- Vinpearl Luxury Da Nang, Truong Sa Street, Ngu Hanh Son District, . An international hotel 5 stars with 200 comfortable rooms and villas. Best rates. edit
- Grand Tourane Da Nang, 252 Vo Nguyen Giap Str, Son Tra Dist, . 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. edit
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . 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. edit
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.
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 69, 3 thang 2 Street, Thuan Phuoc Ward, Hai Chau District, Da Nang City; Tel: (+84) 05113 89 82 86; Mobile: (+84) 0902 277 679.
Very cheap pick-up services are available.