Da Nang is the third largest city in Vietnam. I found the main attractions to be easily view-able on a day trip from Hoi An. Seeing as it is a city, it was much less interesting to me than the smaller, more culture filled areas such as Hoi An and Mui Ne.
What to do in Da Nang!
- In Hoi An, we hired scooters for a day (80,000 DONG next to Sunflower Hostel) so we could ride to the Marble Mountains at Da Nang. “Marble Mountains (“five elements mountains”) is a cluster of five marble and limestone hills located south of Da Nang city in Vietnam. All of the mountains have cave entrances and numerous tunnels, and it is possible to climb to the summit of Mt. Thuy. Several Buddhist sanctuaries can also be found within the mountains, making this a famous tourist destination.” – Click here to read more.
- “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.” – Click here to read more.
- The beach!
These destinations however are a part of the ride from Hoi An to Hue. Tune in to my next post to read about the trip from Hoi An to Hue! If you are not interested in riding yourself or riding pillion to Hue, then make sure you at least do a day trip to see the Marble Mountains in Da Nang because they are beautiful.
What to eat!
If you’re missing your western or fast food, stay at Da Nang for a few days of tourist recovery. I find cities can be an easy place to escape, if you feel like being a westerner again for a few days. It is also home to many Vietnamese specialty dishes such as Mi Quang, Bún chả cá (Fish ball noodle soup) and Mít trộn.
Where to stay!
If you do plan on staying in Da Nang, these are my top picks.
Hachi Hostel – I stayed here and had a great time. It serviced for my needs which was a decent hostel, close to the airport and very clean. The bathroom was like staying in a hotel again, a welcome break from badly planned and always wet hostel bathrooms! The beds are nice (no bunk beds, YAY!) and the rooms are not too big which is good.
1812 Boutique Hostel – I didn’t personally stay here, however I heard only good reviews from other people I have travelled with.
Travellers! Tell me your Da Nang highlights! 🙂
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The Virgin Backpacker xx
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