Danang is a great place to visit and ideally located to form part of your Vietnam tours itinerary. Situated as it is, on the East coast of the country, midway between the capital, Hanoi and the largest Ho Chi Minh city, it really couldn’t be better placed. The town is pleasant enough but it is probably its location close to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Hué and Hoi An that make it so popular. That is not to say that the town has little to offer on its own merits. The city is one of the most friendly backpacker towns in the country. My Khe Beach is the largest, most popular and certainly the most well known of all the beaches here.
It gained notoriety due to the American TV show of the same name. This is not the only beach by any means, there are many more from popular to isolated, providing anything that the sun seeker desires. The locals tend to hover around the many beer and coffee bars around the city. Though for tourists there are plenty of opportunities to entertain themselves. There is a decent zoo here, plenty of other sports facilities and more than a few pool halls. Danang is a very pleasant, laid back city with a small town feel to it. Ideal for a few days at the beach whilst exploring all the attractions that the area has to offer.
How to Get There?
Danang International Airport is a busy airport, serving as it does the whole area surrounding the city. There are very many flights to Hanoi and Saigon Daily. From Vietnam Airlines and Jetstar Pacific. The airport is just 2 miles south of the city, whilst Hoi An is 45 minutes away. Internal flights are available to most other airports in the country. Vietnam Airlines customer service: +84 (0) 20 3263 2062 Vietjet customer service: +84 (0) 1900 1886 Jetstar Call Centre: +84 (0) 1900 1550. Danang is one of the main stops on the Reunification Express line between Saigon and Hanoi. Whilst departure and arrival times are somewhat loosely interpreted, the service is good. Local trains take passengers to Hue, Nha Trang and Hoi An. The journeys from here have the added incentive of providing some of the most spectacular scenery in the country. Da Nang bus station is popular and serves several cities, including some in Laos. There is a daily bus service to Savannakhet, Tha Khek and Vian Tieng leaving before lunchtime. Situated a couple of miles out of town, it is serviced by a few local buses into the town centre. There are regular services to Hoi An. There are regular buses to Hanoi and Saigon.
The best way to get round the city center is on foot. The center is small and easily accessed. The roads are certainly not as busy as Nahoi or Saigon, but travellers still have to take care. Taxis are cheap and readily available, but drivers do not tend to use the meter. A short journey (two miles) should not be more than about VND50,000. Renting a motor bike is as always a great way to give yourself the freedom that you need to explore the whole city and beyond. Do not be surprised at people waving and saying hello all the time. They love to see tourists here.