Friday, December 25, 2015


We have just finished spending six days in Danang, the biggest city in central Vietnam. It is a gateway to Hoi An and Hue, and these days is a popular beach area for tourists and Vietnamese alike. It was also my favourite city in Vietnam by a wide margin. It is less oppressively hot than Saigon, less crowded than Hanoi, and has a great mix of old and new Vietnam. The city of Danang is also just a relaxed place to be, a stark contrast to Saigon and Hanoi.

I decided to treat us to a real hotel in Danang, and it was well worth the money. A great view of the river and a 10 minute cab ride to the sea. Although it is not tourist season at all (central and northern Vietnam have a real winter) it is still spectacular.

The first day we arrived we checked in late. It was pouring so I ended up venturing out just far enough to find a mart that specialized in Korean and Japanese food. I loaded up on ramen and headed back. The next day we explored Danang a bit, but also booked tours to Hue and a hotel in Hoi An, and went to the beach.

Dragon bridge over the river


view from the mountains just north of Danang

beach promenade

large buddha in the distance

the beach

ah I get it......

Danang at night

Danang is a great city for a beach vacation and also a gateway to Hue and Hoi An. I don't really know what else to say about it, as it was a city to relax in and enjoy the food and views rather than a city to write a lot about. I'll save that for Hue. Still, it joins Busan and Taipei as one of my favourite Asian cities to be in and hang out in. A very cool place.

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