Da Nang – Hoi An are the two main tourist attractions in Central Vietnam, possessing many unique wonders and heritages. You will have a chance to visit Da Nang and Hoi An, admire the most beautiful beaches in Da Nang, hundred-year-old streets in Hoi An, and other fascinating features only existing in the two destinations. In this post, we are going to talk about Da Nang – Hoi An travel guide.
- 1 The Best Time to Visit Da Nang – Hoi An
- 2 How to Move to Da Nang – Hoi An
- 3 Where to Go in Da Nang – Hoi An
- 3.1 Must-Visit Destinations in Da Nang
- 3.2 Must-Visit Destinations in Hoi An
- 3.2.1 Inside the Ancient Town
- 3.2.2 Outside the Ancient Town
- 4 What to Eat in Da Nang – Hoi An
The Best Time to Visit Da Nang – Hoi An
The best time to visit them is in the dry season, from January to July, especially between February and May. The weather is quite pleasant with less rain and more cozy sunlight, favorable for moving and discovering. You should track the weather forecast regularly to plan the most appropriate schedule.
How to Move to Da Nang – Hoi An
As there are no direct flights to Hoi An, the best way is to fly to the Da Nang International Airport, then move to Hoi An by bus, taxi, or motorbike.
The bus is the best choice to save money. From Da Nang Coach Station, there are buses from the station to Hoi An every 20 minutes. Besides, you can catch a double-decker bus called Coco Bus, which takes you to various destinations in Da Nang.
The taxi is convenient for time and place, but the cost is quite expensive. If you want to save more time for sightseeing, taxi is the best choice.
If you want to explore Hoi An within a day and have a different experience, hire a motorbike to move to Da Nang to Hoi An. The shortest route is from the city center, passing the bridge crossing Han River and going straight ahead to Hoi An town. Moving by motorcycle in Hoi An is quite favorable since most roads here are narrow. However, you will need a map and make sure you follow the traffic rules.
Where to Go in Da Nang – Hoi An
Must-Visit Destinations in Da Nang
My Khe Beach
About three kilometers from the center, from a high distance, My Khe appears as an immense blue stripe, and the beauty only becomes vivid when you approach it.
The beach attracts many visitors due to the natural pulchritude, white sand, and gentle waves in a fresh and cooling atmosphere. You should be an early bird to see the sun gradually going up, painting the cloud orange and covering the waves a silver layer. Also, don’t forget to play with the water and build some sandcastles.
Son Tra Peninsula
Possessing the only natural forest ecosystem attached to the sea in Vietnam, the peninsula has three sides bordering the sea. The climate is entirely pure, resembling a green lung of Da Nang. According to scientists, every day, the forests here produce enough oxygen for four million people. It is also the home of countless animals with more than 20 rare species in the Red List, including 300 to 400 individuals of Primate.
The Marble Mountains
The landmark is a cluster consisting of five limestone mountains on a sandy beach near the sea. Besides, it is famous for the Non Nuoc stone carving village, which uses marble to manufacture handicrafts.
The historical relics here tell that before the Vietnamese lived here, Cham people had worshipped their gods in caves and shrines. The immigration of the Vietnamese to the land has brought cultures and Buddhist beliefs. Furthermore, they have built a lot of temples and shrines, making the destination diverse but harmonious.
With a high terrain, about 1.487 meters above the sea level, the hill owns a comfortable climate and beautiful natural landscapes, suitable for leisure travel. Inside the area, you can see numerous entertaining sections. Although the road condition is quite good, due to the length and bends, you should be careful when traveling by motorbike. You can also catch a bus to the place at 136.000 VND per round-trip ticket.
Sun Wheel on Han River
Not only is it a symbol, but the sun wheel is also the pride of local dwellers. When the night comes, the colorful bridge sparkles on the silent river. Annually, the location holds an international cultural event called the Danang International Fireworks Festival on 29th and 30th April. It is an exceptional occasion for Danang tourism to welcome numerous domestic and foreign tourists to explore the appealing city and enjoy the exclusive firework. During that time, Da Nang is very busy and vivid.
Although it is not as renowned as Ba Na Hills, the Marble Mountains, and Han River Bridge, Dragon Bridge is considered as one-of-a-kind bridge in the city. It is the most weighed bridge in Vietnam with a solid dome, five steel pipes on the body to design dragon scales. The bridge is meticulously decorated with 15.000 LED lights.
The most attractive part of the bridge is that the dragon can spit both water and fire. However, it only performs at weekends and special occasions within the year. The animal will spit fire nine times with two minutes each time, beginning at 9 pm. Then, it will spit water three times; each time lasts for over three minutes.
Inspired by the famous bridge of love in France and other European countries, the bridge attracts many young couples to come and lock their love lock on the deck, hoping that their love will last forever.
The arc-shaped bridge is 70 meters long and six meters wide. People can admire the beauty of the Han River when standing on the deck. In the evening, hundreds of heart-shaped red lanterns are lit, making the destination sparkling and fanciful.
Located on the 36th floor of a house in No.36, the Skybar lies on the highest level of Novotel Hotel. From the spot, you can see the panorama of the city with the river, hills, and neon lights at night. It is a must-visit place in Da Nang.
Must-Visit Destinations in Hoi An
Inside the Ancient Town
The pagoda is a pearl in the heart of Hoi An. It was built in the late 16th century with the name of Japanese Bridge. In the middle of the bridge, there is a small shrine dedicated to God Xuanwu. The bridge has a unique canopy, while the structure and decoration is a perfect combination of Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese, and Western architectures.
Fujian Assembly Hall
Based on a legend, the assembly hall was a small shrine worshipping a Chinese sea goddess called Mazu, who fished out on the coast of Hoi An in 1697. Though several times of restoration, with the Chinese fund in Fujian Province, the hall has become more colorful, contributing to Hoi An ancient architecture’s modernity.
Chaozhou Assembly Hall
The hall was built in 1845 to worship Mayuan by the Chinese in Chaozhou. He was a courtesy under the Han dynasty, who was able to control sea to help fishers in their work. Chaozhou assembly hall has a particular value of architectural structure with a sophisticated wooden frame, ornament, and altars, as well as beautiful porcelain reliefs.
Guangdong Assembly Hall
The assembly hall was constructed in 1885 to worship Mazu and Confucius. Then, in 1911, it prayed Guan Yu and people who were pioneers to establish the village. The reasonable usage of wood and stone in the self-supporting structure has brought the destination a fashionable and gorgeous appearance.
Tran Family Temple
A mandarin of Tran family (a large Chinese family came to Hoi An in the 1700s) erected the pagoda in 1802. Standing on a large area of 1.500 square meters, the ancient temple is typical for a family temple from a long time ago.
Hoi An Museum of History and Culture
Established in 1989, the museum displays 212 original artifacts and documents made from porcelain, bronze, iron, paper, and wood. It reflects different developing stages in the urban seaport city of Hoi An from the time of Sa Huynh culture to the period of Cham culture, and Dai Viet, Dai Nam cultures.
Tan Ky Old House
Having existed for nearly 200 years, the house has the standard structure of Hoi An house, with several rooms in different functions. The open façade is used for trading, while the behind side connected with the riverbank to import goods.
Outside the Ancient Town
Cua Dai Beach
The attractive beach owns smooth white sand, emerald water, little waves, and small eateries serving fresh seafood at affordable prices. Visiting Cua Dai Beach at night is excellent, as you can witness the immense sea sparkling under oil lamps.
Thu Bon River
An exciting way to explore the river is to take part in a boat tour on Thu Bon River. The boat will drive you along the flow to contemplate beautiful dunes, green fields, and picturesque mountains. Notably, the sunset on the river promises to touch your heart.
An Bang Beach
The beach offers you a fresh atmosphere when strolling along the beach, watching the sunrise and the sea in the early morning.
Thanh Ha Pottery Village
In the 16th and 17th centuries, the prosperous village was famous for producing and trading porcelain goods in Central Vietnam. The pottery occupation originates from Thanh Hoa province. After local people became professional in making pottery, they formed a pottery village, and it remains until now. It manufactures mainly daily essentials, such as bowl, cup, jar, vase, and pot in many shapes and colors, notably lighter than other porcelain products of different regions.
The highlight of the island is diverse ecology with natural forests, beautiful beaches, coral reefs, and valuable seafood. You may want to hire a tent and pay for the overnight cost to stay on the island. As a side note, when swimming, you should be careful not to touch jellyfish to avoid allergy.
What to Eat in Da Nang – Hoi An
Worth-Trying Food in Da Nang
Nam O Raw Fish Salad
The special dish is only available in Nam O Village of Da Nang Province. The food is made from fish already caught on the sea, so the sweet and fresh meat is carefully processed to bring unique but not fishy taste. The best salad is made from herrings.
Rice Noodles with Grilled Fish
You can easily try this dish at many places in Vietnam, but the authentic taste only exists in Da Nang. The aromatic scent with meaty broth, spicy chili, and colorful vegetables makes a delicious bowl of rice noodles.
Boiled Pork Wrapped in Rice Paper
Foreigners love Vietnam rolls because it is weird but healthy and oil-free. Boiled pork wrapped in rice paper is a favorite dish in Da Nang due to the tasty and spicy dipping sauce.
Worth-Trying Food in Hoi An
Hoi An Chicken Rice
The skillful and meticulous characteristics of the chefs in Hoi An have created a platable dish called Hoi An chicken rice. It is served with onion, pickles, raw vegetables, and a bowl of soup containing chicken’s sliced heart, liver, and kidney.
Cao Lau Noodle
People living in Hoi An for years have said that the noodle appeared in Hoi An from the 17th century. Perhaps it is the reason why the food has similarities with Chinese cuisine and Udon noodle of Japanese. However, it still keeps exclusive features so that you can only taste the real taste of Cao Lau noodle in Hoi An.
Corn Sweet Gruel
The rustic dessert has become popular since the main ingredient is corn grown in Cam Nam village in Hoi An – a famous village of planting high-quality corn. The dessert is sweet, aromatic, and fresh. The harvesting season of corn in Cam Nam is from March to September, so the sweet gruel at that time is also the best.
Quang Style Noodle
Quang style noodle has the same look as Cao Lau noodle, but as soon as you try a bite, you will feel the difference. Quang style noodle is often served with shrimp, meat, and quail egg. Don’t forget to eat with rice sesame rice crackers and vegetables.
Vietnamese Crepe (Banh Xeo)
Vietnamese crepe is the authentic specialty of Hoi An. The main ingredients to make the food consist of rice, prawn, and ground meat. Banh Xeo has become so accessible to foreigners that it is a must-try when they visit Vietnam.
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