The National Day (or Independence Day) is one of the most significant holidays in the Vietnamese calendar. This day September 2nd marks the day revolutionary leader Ho Chi Minh declared Vietnam’s independence from France. If this is for a regular year, across the country, Vietnamese commemorate this monumental occasion with flags, cheerful festivities and fireworks at night.
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.