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Da Nang Travel Guide

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Da Nang sits along the coast of Vietnam, snuggled between Hoi An and Hue. New buildings and hotels have been sprouting up all over Da Nang, speaking volumes of the coastal city growing as a popular tourist destination. The fourth largest city in Vietnam is best known for its beaches, with the famous ones being My Khe Beach, Non Nuoc Beach and Bac My An Beach. Food (yes, this includes seafood) is uber-cheap in Da Nang. So if you’re a seafood lover on a budget, this is the place to be. Also, Da Nang is an incredible Instagrammable destination. Just Google “Dragon Bridge”, “Marble Mountain” and “Ba Na Hills” and you’ll know why.

Local Custom & Slang

Say ‘Hello’ in Vietnamese!

  • Xin Chào (pronounced as “sin-chao”) means 'Hello' in Vietnamese.

Say “Thank you” in Vietnamese!

  • Cảm ơn (pronounced as “kam-oohn”) means 'Thank you' in Vietnamese.

Wearing hats in Vietnam

  • If you’re travelling during the summer, wearing a hat is a fashion essential. As a sign of respect, remember to remove your hats when entering a sacred place and when speaking or meeting with the elderly, especially monks.

Body Language

  • It may be common in your country, but try not to stand with your arms crossed or hands on hips as these body postures come off as disrespectful in Vietnam.

Unsure of how to address the waiter, salesperson, cashier or any Vietnamese person? Read on!

  • Anh (ah-n): to address an older man
  • Chi (chee): to address an older woman
  • Em (ehm): to address anyone younger than you

Trip Essentials

  • Weather
  • Currency
  • Visa
  • Electricity
  • The best months to visit Da Nang are during February to May. Travelling during this period will help you avoid the heat of summer as well as the gloominess of the rain and cold temperatures.

  • The dry season in Da Nang stretches from April to August.

  • The rainy season, also known as winter season in Da Nang, usually lasts from September to January.

Transportation

By Motorbike

  • Swerve in between lanes and skip the traffic by riding motorbikes in Da Nang. A more thrilling option to the usual public transportation, motorbike rental costs about an average of 130,000 VND per day.

  • For more information on Da Nang motorbike rental shops, visit this website.

By Taxi

  • Popular local taxis in Da Nang can be identified by its bright green or yellow colours. Taxis are everywhere in Da Nang, so flagging a taxi shouldn’t be a hassle.

  • Local taxi operators in Da Nang charge by metres with a reliable metre system. However, there may be a language barrier, so it is recommended that you have all your addresses saved in your phone in Vietnamese. Starting metre fares in Da Nang are between 12,000 VND and 15,000 VND.

  • Local Operator: Mai Linh (green) and Tien Sa (yellow)

  • Other Operators: Grab

By Bus

  • Travelling around Da Nang by bus is the cheapest option (other than by foot, of course).

  • Bus services begin early at 5:30am, but they also stop operations early at 4:00pm. Bus tickets can be purchased from the bus captain, with each ticket priced at 5,000 VND.

  • For more information on the bus routes, visit the DanaBus website.

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