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Five Free Things to do in Da Nang

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Whether your passing through or staying for a while, there is always something going on in this epic city. We’re here to tell you about five free things to do in Da Nang.

No great introduction to any new destination has to start with a hefty price tag and Da Nang is no exception. In fact, Da Nang has the unique advantage of offering both beach and city activities.  That alone, makes it the perfect all-round vacation destination.

Five free things to do in Da Nang

Free Thing #1 – DA NANG FREE WALKING TOUR

Free walking tours are the best way to get a genuine introduction to this amazing city.

The guides are local university students who are are passionate about their city.  It’s also a chance for them to meet new people from all over and to practice their English.

For visitors, this is a chance to meet someone who can tell you more about the local food, entertainment and living side of Da Nang.

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Exploring Da Nang with an amazing free walking tour

The tour lasts about 2 hours and includes five planned stops. Between those, you get a ton of information on where to explore further on your own. It’s super easy to book too, just head to their Da Nang Free Walking Tour website.

Now, we listed this as a free thing to do in Da Nang as you don’t have to pay for the tour. There is an opportunity to give you guide a tip at the end IF you want to. More on that in the link below.

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Come with us as we explore our first Vietnam destination, Da Nang with an amazing free walking tour

Travel Tip!: Test your haggling skills at Han Market while you have an interpreter there with you. That way you can communicate with the seller and you can come back with a bit more confidence later to buy more.

Free Thing #2 – DA NANG BRIDGES

It’s true! Da Nang, is also known as the city of bridges and for good reason. It has 7 bridges and three of them are super stars with their own history. They are Han Bridge, Dragon Bridge and Than Thie Ly Bridge.

The most recognizable of the three is the famous Dragon Bridge. This one comes alive every Saturday and Sunday night at 9PM. Make sure to check it out as not only is watching the bridge fun, but watching the crowd is fascinating too.

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A real dragon that spits real fire! For real!!

Travel Tip!: Not fond of crowds? Then head down Tran Hung Dao street towards the Than Thie Ly bridge where you’ll find the street side vendors. They’ll prepare you a fresh coconut or sugar juice of your choice on request. All you have to do is grab a seat at one of their adorable tiny chairs and tables with the perfect view of the action. A fresh coconut should set you back about VND35,000 (~USD1.50 / ~AUD2.10) and the seat if free.

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Free Thing # 3 – DA NANG FRESCO VILLAGE

This was one of the neatest things we found in Da Nang and believe is part of a worldwide movement.

Local residents were looking for a way to get tourists and locals to interact more with each other. The idea of a fresco village came about and they set out inviting local artists to be part of the initiative.

Their aim was to transform their labyrinth of narrow alleys and high walls into an outdoor gallery where artists could show their talents and visitors could enjoy the artwork for free.  You just have to find the narrow entrance to let the magic begin.

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When street meets art gallery and you can experience it for free!

You can explore this spot in your own time, admiring the artworks and take as many pictures as you like. Each painting tells its own story and there are so many, you wouldn’t know what to look at first.

The Da Nang Fresco Village isn’t far from the city side of Dragon Bridge and absolutely worth the visit.

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Experience a personalized tour of the Da Nang Fresco Village

Travel Tip!: There is a small ‘outdoor food courtyard’ where you can buy a traditional Vietnamese herbal drink. There are other refreshments and light street food available too. It’s not expensive and the money goes back into the project for maintenance and expansion.

Free Thing #4 – MY KHE BEACH

One of Da Nang’s stand out features is without a doubt its spectacular beach called My Khe, (pronounced Mi KE beach).

One of the best things to do on it is to simply walk along it, no matter the time of day. From dawn till dusk it’s everyone from tourists to locals’ favorite playground. It’s a great place to meet locals to, especially in the mornings.

Along Vo Nguyen Giap road is plenty to do, eat and drink too but it will cost you. Not much, just not free.

Travel Tip!: Find a cheap beach cabana for the day. If you want to experience the most epic chill beach day of your life, then hire a lounger under a beach hut/cabana. It will cost you around VND40,000 (~USD1.70 / ~AUD2.40) but shop around, there are a few options. This way you get a comfy spot for the day and you don’t have to worry about getting fried. Also, where there’s a cabana, there’s usually refreshments too and loads of street food vendors that wander along the beach. Perfect, huh?

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Free Thing #5 – LINH UNG PAGODA (Son Tra)

If you’re sitting on your beach lounger chilling on My Khe beach then you will notice a gigantic white figure standing at the base of the Son Tra Peninsula. What is it you ask?

She is the famous Lady Buddha and she is an epic 72 meters tall. The Lady of Mercy isn’t the only amazing thing about this spot either. It’s perfect spot for sunrises and sunsets, not to mention great photos.

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Say hello to the magnificent 70 meter high guardian of My Khe beach

The complex sits on 20 hectares so there is a lot of room. It is super popular with tourist crowds ! If you want the place almost to yourself, then you need to get in and out, well before 8AM or after 5PM-ish.

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Come meet the mysterious tall lady of Son Tra in Da Nang

There is a small catch with this one. The complex is free to enter but you will need to get there which will either be by GRAB, taxi or a rental bike.

Neither of these options are expensive as it is a short ride out there and well worth a visit! If you do rent a bike/scooter than Son Tra Peninsula is another awesome free thing to go and check out!

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Da Nang Fresco Village – a painted paradise

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Looking for an artwork experience with a difference?

Then find out why the Da Nang Fresco Village is a must see on your Da Nang itinerary!

What makes the Da Nang Fresco Village so interesting and why should you go see it?

 That’s easy…

It’s a refreshingly different insight into,

  • Da Nang local culture
  • folklore, and
  • meeting talented local artists.

 

The Fresco Impact

In a city where growth is rampant, you have to give kudos to thinking minds. The face and spirit of Da Nang is rapidly changing with a big impact on local values and culture.

As little as six years ago it was a quiet seaside fishing town boasting simple living. Now there are hotels and resorts sprouting with lightning efficiency. Today there are more foreigners and out of towners than locals and that has a big impact.

 

Getting to know the community behind the project

The one thing I love most about travel is getting to know the inhabitants of the city I’m in. Beside being in a new destination, you also get to experience a genuine sense of culture, spirit and community. For a brief time you get to live life as someone else. You feel what they feel. You see the way they see and hear what they hear. Those experiences can leave lasting impressions.

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Da Nang is paying attention to these modern methods of introducing tourists to local culture. The city is finding clever ways to introduce the ever-increasing hordes of foreigners to her way of life. No easy feat for any city, let alone one experiencing this level of rapid change. The Da Nang Fresco village is one of these initiatives and it’s well worth the visit!

 

Introducing the Da Nang Fresco Village

By now you might be wondering what a fresco village is.  A fresco, in short, it’s a painting done in watercolor on wet plaster on a wall or ceiling. The ‘village’ part relates to the neighborhood that scarified the outer walls of their homes to the cause.

So, when I first read about the Da Nang Fresco Village I knew this was going to be something extraordinary. We hadn’t been to a fresco village before and I can see why it’s so popular.

It gives you the sense of an open-air gallery of sorts, almost like a refined form of street art. It has that intimate feel about it. The one where you feel like you’re the only person there. You’re not only seeing the art on the wall, but you’re also absorbing it in the environment around you.

This project was the brainchild of a forward-thinking local community. Some of these families have been here for many generations. While others are supporters who came here, proud and passionate about their new home.

They not only want to preserve their history and culture but they also want to showcase it.

How did they do it? They teamed up with some very talented local artists to create something special. They created Da Nang’s first fresco or mural village.

Where is the Da Nang Fresco Village?

Location: 75 Nguyễn Văn Linh, Phước Ninh, Hải Châu, Đà Nẵng

If you didn’t know exactly where on the map it is, you could easily walk past it and not know it. The small entrance sits off Nguyen Van Linh, not far from the Dragon Bridge.

As soon as you enter the small alley you’re transported to authentic Vietnam. Away from all the resort hustle and bustle.

Best time to visit

Unlike most attractions, this one doesn’t have hours.  The best time to visit is during the day to get the most out of your visit.

It’s neighborhood and you can visit it as long as you are being respectful to the residents.

How did the project come to be?

There is approximately 1,200 square meters of painted alleyways to feast your eyes on. The collaboration between artists and home owners provided a breathtaking labyrinth of murals.

Artists spent three months completing these frescoes. Each one telling its own story. Each depicting something about the area be it historic, cultural, scenic or legend. Every stroke drawing you deeper into the scene. 

It can be a constantly battle between wanting to stay longer or rush to the next one.

The community is proud of this project and eager to share it with anyone. They love listening to comments and eagerly inhale any feedback to continue its success.

An unexpected personal tour

In particular was one of the gentlemen we spoke to at the start of village, who told us about how the project came to be.

Nhan himself, a Ho Chi Minh City native, moved and ended up staying in Da Nang to be a part of this project.

His excitement was so contagious we couldn’t help but get excited with him.

After talking to Nhan for a few minutes, he volunteered to take us around and tell us more about the works. That was an absolute treat!

 

Hooray for amazing volunteers!

This is purely a community initiative with neighborhood people volunteering their time, services and products to the cause.

It’s not just about walking around and looking at pretty street art either.

The village also features an arts and crafts area for those wanting to explore their own creative side. You will have the choice of painting a nón lá (traditional Vietnamese leaf hat) or theater mask. Don’t want to get your hands dirty?  That’s fine too, you can simply pick a souvenir to take with you.

The food area showcases Da Nang food and those cooking are happy to chat and answer any questions while they cook your dish.  The dishes are simple, fresh and tasty with decent variety for everyone to enjoy.

What is great about the food area too is that the murals in the courtyard are courtesy of the neighborhood kids. Turns out they are just as talented as their adult mentors.At the moment, the alleys are functioning roads. There is a fair bit of scooter traffic zipping up and down so it pays to be vigilant.

Aiming for bigger and better

Nhan also told us that there will be other cultural additions to the project in time. Their hope is to expand the murals further. They want to make it bigger as well as add more cultural activities for visitors to enjoy.

There have been calls to make the area a pedestrian only zone but we haven’t hear much about that since.

 

These aren’t just pretty pictures

While the fresco’s are beautiful, each one has it’s own tale to tell.  The pink wings for instance. It tells of a mythical creature with a love of earthly things.  On one particular visit she is tricked, causing her to lose her wings, leaving her stranded on earth.

We won’t give it all away, but make sure you ask about them as they include folklore and poetry too.

 

Something special

Special mention should definitely go to the owner of little refreshment station.

Half way through the village we came across a small seating area offering a drink. There was a sign pointing to a colorful tray displaying all the ingredients.  It was very clever and visually appealing.

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We enjoyed a traditional Vietnamese drink called nuoc mia. Traditionally it’s made from sugar juice, blended with ginger and lemongrass. This brew had a few other herbs and spices added to it and that’s the beauty of it, it too can be creative. A refreshing treat at a small cost and well worth supporting!

Support the Da Nang Fresco Village!

We had a fantastic time here and learnt more about Vietnam, her beautiful culture and rich history. We also met some passionate locals who are happy to make a new friend or two, just like us.

If you would like to learn more about this project, please go to their Facebook page. A massive thanks to all those involved in this initiative, you’ve done a great job!

There is a lot to learn from a local. In fact, we’re excited to see what the future holds for this project. If you do too, please support them, it’s worth it!

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Follow us as Nhan takes us through the village and explains how it came to be and what it means to the local community

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Free walking tour intro to Da Nang

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Da Nang's Free Walking tour and why it's the best way to get to know the city!

One of our favorite things to do when we land in a new city is to go on a free walking tour. It’s the best way to get the lay of the land if you are short on time or you just want a quick intro into your destination. The best part is the guide is usually a passionate local, with an astonishing network. They can tell you where to find all the other goodies too like good food, coffee and attractions to mention a few.

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The free walking tour platform is used worldwide with great effect. Each city has it’s own unique way of delivering a stellar experience. Each experience giving you something completely different . We’ve also introduced a few of our travel Tribe to these tours and we can all agree that we are totally hooked.

While you don’t pay to go on a free walking tour, you have the option of giving a tip. If you feel the guide has delivered a good service or you’ve had a satisfactory experience, it’s the right thing to do. But again, not compulsory.

In saying that though, we’ve never come across a free walking tour we didn’t tip for. In fact, we’ve had amazing experiences and met some amazing individuals on all our walking tours so far.

How to find the Da Nang Free walking tour

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We were pleasantly surprised to find a free walking tour in our new home of Da Nang. See, on our previous trip to Vietnam, we knew nothing of Da Nang other than it was the best way to get to Hoi An. Like everybody else, we flew into Da Nang, drove straight to Hoi An and we were back three days later only to leave again.

We spent one day and night in Da Nang and it was a pleasant surprise. But it did make us question why we hadn’t heard much about this city and why there wasn’t much to find. Had we found more, we probably would have stayed longer.

See, even as little as two years ago, this city was pretty quiet. It was only known for a handful of resorts and a small number of attractions. Not enough to make you look at it twice. The city however, has changed a lot since then and this free walking tour is one of many initiatives to put Da Nang on the travel map.

This quiet city with humble fishing origins, has bloomed into a top southeast Asia holiday destination. More and more people are flocking to her shores to enjoy her spectacular offerings. It’s easier to find the abundance in choices of international-class resorts and hotels. Not to mention attractions. All in all, she is becoming a destination superstar.

But what do we really know about Da Nang? As it turns out, not much. But Mai and Vy from Da Nang Free Walking Tours changed all that.

What does the free walking tour cover?

The girls met us at the Da Nang Visitors Center at 9AM sharp and we set off not long after that. This tour covered five stops, three of which we hadn’t been to before. (Anybody that has traveled with us will know we go almost EVERYWHERE by foot. It’s one of the best ways to experience a place on a whole different level, plus it’s easier on the planet and pocket.)

 

Stop 1 – HAN MARKET

Our first stop was Han Market. This market sits on the main road next to, you guessed it, the Han River. Established in 1902 and it was only accessible to the wealthy at the time. This could explain its small size, but you will still find a lot of great stuff crammed into this tiny space. (Han has a bigger brother called the Con Market which is almost quadruple the size but you need a ton of patience to traverse that beauty.)

Today it is a bustling market for all to enjoy. Here you can find anything from fresh fish, veg and fruit to dried goods. And if you in the market for clothing or shoes, then this is your spot. The second floor is jam-packed with clothing and shoe stalls as well as fabric stalls. Girls, you can even have a traditional Vietnamese long dress made here and for VD500,000 (~USD22.00 / ~AUD30.00). Not bad for a tailor made outfit.

Update: Since writing this post I had a dress made here and it ended up being more than I expected to spend because of the language barrier.  In all fairness though, it was a nice dress and I do love wearing it.

Also, after our last visit to Da Nang in January (2019) I spotted plenty of places on the beach side of the city that offer to make the long dress for much cheaper than the price mentioned above.  Definitely shop around before you hand over cash!

Travel Tip!: If you do buy something here, be prepared to be a bullet proof haggle master. Never accept the price they give you. We were told to half the original price and haggle from there. Best advice we can give you is work out what you are prepared to pay for that item in your own currency first. Then convert it to Vietnamese Dong and go from there. Also, it is their livelihood, so please be respectful. If you stick to a realistic price, then everybody wins. Also, wear closed in shoes. There is a lot of water on the floor in the fresh section  of Han Market and it gets slippery.

Stop 2 – DA NANG CATHEDRAL

The next stop was the Chicken Church. Silly name I know, I’ll get to that in a minute.

I was so excited about this one. As the appointed photographer of our little team, I’m constantly looking to improve my skills. One of the best ways to do that is to look at other photographers work and learn from them. One of the subjects that always pops up in photos of Vietnam is this gorgeous pink cathedral. When I found out  it was in Da Nang and on this tour, I did a little happy dance. This was finally my chance to see it in person!

The Da Nang Cathedral is the largest place of worship in the city. Construction started in 1923 and completed in 1924 and it is still in use today.

Nobody can tell us why it’s painted pink. We think it has something to do with the original French influence but feel free to comment if you know the answer. We do however, know why it’s called the chicken church lol.

After construction was completed, the builders added a wind vane to the tip of the bell tower. At the time weather vanes with a rooster on top were all the rage in Europe but not so much here in Vietnam. The locals, gave it one look and dubbed it Con Ga Church (or Chicken church).

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Stop 3 – THE CHAM MUSEUM

This one was more of a walk-by due to the admission price. The Cham museum we hear is a fascinating look at the Cham people and their influences on Vietnamese history. We understand that the Cham kingdom use to stretch from central Vietnam as far down as the Mekong Delta.  They eventually became part of Vietnam and why you can see so much of their ancient relics in this area.

Stop 3 – DRAGON BRIDGE

We didn’t have to go far to get to our next stop. The famous Dragon Bridge, one of the four most famous bridges in the city. This large, bright yellow scaled creature stretches across the Han River and is hard to miss.

The girls asked us if we knew what shape the eyes of the dragon was. (Bit of a trick question on their part because we were standing at the tail end, lol). We knew the eyes were the shape of a heart, but we couldn’t tell them why.

Turns out the head purposely faces the beach rather than the city (the latter made more sense to us). This position is intentional so the head can welcome visitors into the city of Da Nang. The heart shaped eyes, make it look friendly and welcoming. Upon closer inspection, we realized the creator had hidden hearts all along the body of the beast. 

We also learnt that in Eastern mythology, dragons are good omens. Whereas everybody else tends to see them as scary or a threat. This was the other reason the eyes are the shape of hearts. They represent love and friendship.

That’s not the only cool thing about this dragon. It comes alive too! Yup you read that right. Every Saturday and Sunday night at 9PM, it spits fire for two minutes, then water for three minutes. It’s so much fun to watch.

Stop 4 – HAN BRIDGE

Our last stop was the Han Bridge. The first of the famous four built in Da Nang. Construction started in 1997 and finished in 1998. While it doesn’t look like much in comparison to the others, it does have its own cool factor.

Every Friday through to Sunday night between 11PM and 12AM this bridge does a dance. She swings on her axis to allow vessels to sail from the ocean into the Han River and vice versa.

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Come for walk with us and see what you've been reading about!

After an hour and a half we were sad to say goodbye to the girls. We had such a great time getting to know them and their beautiful city better.

All the guides are uni students who are passionate about the city they life in. They enthusiastically share that passion far and wide. It’s also an opportunity for them to practice their English skills, so don’t be shy. If you take part in this free walking tour, get into it, talk to them, engage them. You will not regret it.

We had a great time and great conversations with the girls! (I have to admit too that there were three other girls, but I don’t have their names unfortunately. I suffer from goldfish memory a lot lol)

Travel Tip!: Take plenty of drinking water if you go. We had our trusty 1lt bottles with us and we sucked it dry in no time. 

Tipping Guide

While you don’t pay to participate in the tour, you are welcome to give your guides a tip and we encourage people to consider doing this. Why do we do this?

First off, they don’t get paid to do the tour, they volunteer their time so as to meet new people and hopefully get to practice their English skills.  Our guides certainly didn’t give us the impression that a tip or any compensation was expected.  That made us relax a bit more and we enjoyed the experience more as a result.

We made an effort to speak to them as much as possible, which we knew they appreciated.  (Update: we actually caught up with one of our guides on a social get together months later and we had a blast hanging out with them.  They really are amazing people!)

At the end of the tour we weren’t ready for it to end. We were having too much fun and enjoying the company tremendously.  We walked away just as passionate about Da Nang as our guides and we couldn’t wait to explore it more.  Plus, we were armed with locations for good local food and coffee to fuel our future explorations. Bonus!

We were more than happy to give the girls VND100,000 (~USD 4.30 / ~AUD6.00) each as we felt they delivered beyond expectation.  And really for that price you couldn’t get a tour that great at that price if you tried!

One thing to note, the guides work in pairs for safety reason, hence why we tipped twice.  Both were instrumental in delivering a top notch experience and we had no qualms about tipping them both.

This was a great way to get know the city and give a little back to those who are passionate about it. 

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Da Nang – the must see city of Vietnam

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What was so special about Vietnam that we moved here? Da Nang of coarse...

This unassuming city hosted us for one day and night in 2016, on a backpacking trip travelling from Hoi An to Hue. At the time we knew nothing about Da Nang, hence the short stay, but boy did she surprise us!

So, that’s why in 2018 we went out on a limb, selling everything bar a few precious keepsakes to move here. To start our new epic twelve-month journey to discover Vietnam and all she has to offer. And the adventure started in Da Nang.

You’re doing what? LOL that is the first reaction we got from all our close friends and family. The exception was those who had already experienced this country to some degree. What we have in common with the latter is that we all want to come back! There is so much to see and do!

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Why Da Nang?

For starters, it’s pretty much in the middle of the country. Getting anywhere from here depends on your choice of comfort, whether it be flying or driving. And your travels are not limited to domestic destinations either. Da Nang sports an international airport too. But you don’t have to come here and leave for somewhere else.

Da Nang is becoming a world class destination. There are several activities and attractions already in place with more to come. We’ve seen significant changes in the two years since our last visit and impressed with what they have achieved in this time.

We also chose Da Nang because there was so much we missed the last time we were here. Now that we have more time, we can devour it and delight you with our tales.

Well then, where to start?! We were looking for a destination that offered affordable living. This included plenty of activities, food, transport and last but not least, accommodation. We found plenty here to keep us busy for at least our first three months. So here we go…

One of the world's most famous beaches

On our backpacking trip, one of the first things we learnt about was My Khe beach.

The driver looked a bit miffed that we didn’t recognize the importance of its name. So, he went on to explain that during the war, the American troops dubbed it ‘China Beach’. He got his desired reaction then. But, he went on to explain that the Vietnamese people aren’t very fond of this moniker and it would best not to call it that. Which was fair we thought, and why would you when it already has a beautiful name.

This impressive pale sand and blue water stretch of beach melts your senses. From its lazy waves, thatched beach shelters and comfy chairs, to palm trees dancing in the breeze. The best part is, there is 20-odd miles of it. While Lady Buddha watches over it all from her northern vantage point.

 

Surf to City

If sand and water between your toes isn’t quite to your liking there is an actual city to explore as well. Da Nang is central Vietnam’s largest city, boasting a population of 1.347 million (as at 2016). The city sits across from another well-known landmark, the Han river. She is accessible by four famous bridges known as Dragon Bridget, Thua Phuoc Bridge, Tran Thi Ly Bridge and Han River Bridge. Each is famous in its own right, but more on that in another post.

The city itself has plenty on offer to explore. We didn’t get the chance to burrow into its curious depths last time. But we will share our experiences with you as we delve deeper into this adventure.

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Food, glorious food

The city itself has plenty on offer to explore. We didn’t get the chance to burrow into its curious depths last time. But we will share our experiences with you as we delve deeper into this adventure.

While the beach may be the main attraction, the much adored Vietnamese cuisine is hot on its heels! There are absolute endless options, no matter what direction you go. Venturing a block or so in from the beach, you’ll find all the options aimed at the tourist market. Including the usual suspects plus some western options. If you’re brave enough to venture into uncharted territory you could be richly rewarded too. Consider yourself warned though, you’ll be Googling your fingers raw. English is scarce but you’ll stumble across some photos which does make it easier. Being patient could be key. If you don’t mind doing research on the fly, then you might find some hidden local gems to fall in love with.

We’d been here for little over a week and we already had a couple of local eateries locked down as favourites. Both offer delicious meals, great service and super affordable prices. Making it easy for those like us on a fixed budget lol. And there are plenty others around we want to explore more too.

The city also caters to all sorts of food buffs. Its pride-and-joy feature is its seafood and there are endless options as far as the eye can see. But fear not! There are plenty of options available for pork, beef and chicken lovers too. And if that is not your thing either, then you’re covered too. More vegan options are starting to pop up as popularity increases. Delivering some spectacular spots to get your eat on.

Dayum! How good is the coffee?!

And what about the coffee you ask? Well fear not, here you can find any caffeinated drink you can imagine and if you can’t find it, they will make it for you. Coffee is a huge deal here and they take immense pride in their craft. Which makes it an absolute pleasure being a ‘taste-tester’. Again, it wasn’t hard to find a great spot near our new abode. We are looking forward to finding loads of amazing new options on future foot patrols.

Ridiculously easy to get around!

Getting around is pretty easy too. There are a multitude of options from taxis to ride shares to the most popular which is renting a scooter.

We used taxis, share rides, rental scooters and eventually bought our own.  You can read . We tend to prefer foot patrol as we get to experience new areas in more detail this way, hence the lack of info at present.

(As I was writing this post, I was waiting for DHL to deliver my renewed driver’s license. I needed it to get my Vietnamese license. Did we need VN licences? It depends on what your insurance covers. Our policy would only cover us if we have the correct license for the vehicle operated. Our licenses had to be valid in our respective native country as well as the country we are traveling in. For this trip, we completed extensive motorcycle training to gain proper motorcycle licenses. We did this before we left and something we recommend you look into. What we learnt from our three-day course was invaluable from a skill and safety aspect. We like to do things the right way, it makes things easier in the long run. But do your homework and see what suits your travel and insurance needs best.)

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Accommodation in Da Nang

Last but not least is accommodation and there is no shortage on that front.

Airbnb leads the charge with hotels and private rentals in hot pursuit.

All you need to decide on is when, where, your desired comfort level, location and the city is your oyster.

We chose the Mai Boutique Villas in Son Tra for our first seven day. This was in the area we were thinking of looking for apartments and figured it would make a good base to work from. It was an affordable option and offered comfy clean rooms, great staff and plenty of areas to get some work done. The included daily breakfast was praise worthy. We miss our daily breakfasts 🙁

UPDATE: The Mai Boutique Villas no longer exists (we have a feeling it was because of the karaoke joint that moved  in next door LOL), but the link below will give you plenty of options to look at.

Planning on staying long term and want something more private? Then Facebook is your friend. We found our apartment via the expat pages and a local property agency. They helped us overcome the language barrier and made the whole sign up process easier.

Looking and choosing took longer than the sign up did. You have to know exactly what you want or it could take a whole lot longer. We did a fair bit of research before we left. We worked out that we wanted from an apartment and where we would like it to be. These specifics made finding options easy and we signed a lease four days after arriving in Da Nang. Easy peasy!

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