Danang, Vietnam – The most livable city in Vietnam

[Vietnam Travel] With broad beaches, fantastic street food, the fabled Hải Vân Pass, and a growing collection of cafes, restaurants, and bars, it’s no wonder the residents of Đà Nẵng sport some of the broadest smiles in the country. The warm sands of Mỹ Khê Beach sweep south from the mountainous Sơn Trà Peninsula. Đà Nẵng hosts some of Vietnam’s top luxury resorts, but much of the beach still belongs to the people who make it their playground, gym, and source of livelihood.

Danang by night | Image: Camellia Dinh

In 2017, Danang was voted as the most livable city in Vietnam, and it is famous for being an un-usually clean and organized city for Vietnam. The best part is that it has all three features people often look for: mountains, beaches, and urbanization. Danang is one of the fastest developed cities in Vietnam.

Top things to do in Đà Nẵng

Enjoy the beach

Be sure to set the alarm clock early at least once on your stay. Along the shore, fishermen sell the day’s catch, football and volleyball matches spring up all around, and people jog, stroll or simply relax on the sand.

See the Sơn Trà Peninsula

The Sơn Trà Peninsula strikes out into the ocean, its densely forested hillsides are home to the endangered red-shanked douc langur — one of the world’s most striking primates. Grab some binoculars, hire a motorbike, and head out for a day of wildlife spotting.

Learn about Cham culture

The Cham people once ruled much of Central Vietnam, and ruins of their temples have been excavated around Da Nang. The superb Cham Museum of Sculpture houses the largest collection of Cham sculpture in the world.

Dine on street food

Da Nang is a dream destination for foodies, with scores of seafront eateries and street food stalls. Amongst the most noteworthy foods in Da Nang culinary scenario, the pork rice paper roll has a significant status, leaving the great impression to gourmets.

Danang’s signature pork rice paper roll | Image: Camellia Dinh

Explore Marble Mountains

Marble Mountains is a collection of five outcrops topped with atmospheric pagodas, only 15 minutes from the city. Set out in the early morning to take a serene walk up stone steps, explore hidden caves, and admire ancient shrines.

Ba Na Hills

As part of Sun World Amusement Park Group and over 20 km away from Danang downtown, Sun World ba Na Hills is the most significant resort and recreational complex of Vietnam. At the height of 1,487 m from the sea level, Sun World Ba Na Hills is coined the “heaven on earth” owing to its spectacular climate and otherworldly natural landscape. Just travel to Sun World Ba Na Hills and revel yourselves in the typical rotation of four seasons in a single day and numerous festivities, recreations and relaxation and cuisine (Source: Ba Na Hills).

French village in Danang, Ba Na Hills | Image: Quy Coc Tu
Da Nang Weather

Đà Nẵng is a great destination year-round. However, the best months to visit are from March to May and September to October, when the weather is warm. June to August sees little rain and the sea is clear and calm. The rainy season from November to February brings long rains and moody weather.

Da Nang Transport

The Đà Nẵng International Airport has several daily connections to major cities in Vietnam. There are also a growing number of international connecting flights. Trains and buses pass through Đà Nẵng, making it a convenient travel hub to explore the central region. In town, taxis are abundant, as well as ride-hailing apps. Popular trips from Đà Nẵng are easily arranged, whether heading to Marble Mountain, Sơn Trà Peninsula, Hội An, or Hải Vân Pass, motorbike or car tours are readily available.

Published by Australian Hospitality Alumni Network Vietnam (AHA Vietnam)

The Official Platform for Australian Hospitality & Tourism Alumni and Professionals in Vietnam.

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