About Danang, Vietnam
Da Nang (Đà Nẵng),Vietnam’s third largest city, is located on the Eastern Sea coast, midway between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Blessed by Mother Nature with the stretch of smooth sand, its fresh atmosphere and blue water, Da Nang beach has been voted one of the six most attractive beaches on the planet by American Business Magazine Forbes. In 2015, the city came in 43rd on the New York Times’ “52 places to go in 2015″ and “the 6th most improved city in the world to visit in 2015 “by THE RICHEST magazine.
“Da Nang is easy and friendly, maybe because everyone you meet has just finished an amazing meal. Culinary tours are a hugely popular way to experience literal local flavor. After you’ve stuffed yourself with savory street foods, walk it off by exploring the limestone caves and Buddhist grottos of the Marble Mountains” – Trip Advisor
Da Nang has a monsoon tropical climate and enjoys mild temperatures throughout the year. It is unlikely visitors will ever need to wear more than one layer of clothing any time of year. The average annual temperature is about 25.9 C, the highest average is 28 – 32 C mainly in June, July and August. The lowest average is 18 – 23 C mainly in December, January and February.
- Department stores and shopping centers generally operate seven days a week, from around 10:00 AM to 09:00 PM.
- Banks and post offices are open from 08:00 AM to 04:30PM, Monday to Friday ; from 08:00 AM to 11:30 AM, Saturday.
- Temples, museums and other tourist attractions are open from 09:00 AM – 09:00 PM
The official currency in Vietnam is Dong ( VND).You can use the website of Vietcombank to see the daily exchange rate. The U S dollar, preferably crisp clean bills, is widely accepted among major shops and restaurants in Vietnam. The downside to this is that the prices will be converted from Dong at the vendor’s chosen exchange rate, which may or may not be close to the official exchange rate.
– Notes and Coins
The largest denomination is currently 500,000 dong (approx. USD 24). Other paper notes are 1,000, 2,000, 5,000; 10,000, 20,000, 50,000, 100,000 and 200,000 Dong. Most Vietnamese people prefer notes to coins and occasionally may refuse to accept a coin. It is very common that ripped or torn notes are refused, but faded or discoloured notes are usually fine.
– Visa and Master card are becoming more accepted in many of the bigger hotels and restaurants, with usually a surcharge of 3%.
– Banking & ATM: There are a number of international banks operating in Đà Nẵng with 24hour cash withdrawal facilities. Most ATMs enables you to get cash from VISA, MASTER CARD, Plus and JCB – but be wary of high charges from your bank if you make a withdrawal on a credit card. Under Vietnamese law, ATM may only dispense cash in Vietnamese Dong. Most banks will only allow you to withdraw a maximum of 2,000,000 VND, or just over $100, but ANZ and HSBC machines will allow
you to withdraw up to 4,000,000 VND.
– Drinking Water: In Vietnam, avoid tap water as much as possible and only drink bottled water. Also, ice outside may not be safe because it may have been made with contaminated water.
– Food: One of the best things about Danang is street foods. If you really want to eat street food during your time here, reviews from a good source.
– Sun and Insects: make sure you bring plenty of sunscreen and mosquito repellent products. – Your personal kit must have solution to stomachache, headache and such. – Pharmacies can be found in almost every in town. Write down the name of the medicine you want to buy, or use body language to explain, as not many pharmacist can communicate in English. – Emergency contact number: Police (113) – Fire (114) – Ambulance (115) – List of Private Clinic and Hospital in Danang:
|Family Medical Practice Vietnam|
|50-52 Nguyen Van Linh Street|
|Nam Duong Ward|
|Hai Chau District|
|Tel: +84 511 3582 699|
|Fax: + 84 511 3583 049|
|Hoan My Danang Hospital|
|161 Nguyen Van Linh Street,|
|Thanh Khe District, Da Nang City|
|Phone: (+84) 511 3650 676|
|Danang General Hospital|
|124 Hai Phong, Thach Thang|
|Hotline: + 84 989077255|
Nearly every shops in Vietnam sell preactivated GSM SIM Card. For the best coverage, ensure that the SIM card you get is either on the Viettel, Mobifone or Vinafone networks. The normal SMS SIM Card costs around 80.000 VND and is valid for 2 month. After your first call you will see the actual expiration date, and a bonus of 50.000+50.000 VND for making calls. Topping up is usually by scratch card. At Arrival Terminal of Da Nang International Airport, You can buy sim card at: Agribank (Agriculture and Rural Development bank), Vietcombank, Eximbank booths.
– 3G and Wifi:
3G: The three top mobile companies also provide decent 3G service in Vietnam.
Wifi: A free Wifi system, which serve up to 20.000 connections at the same time has been introduced across the city of Danang and HoiAn since 2013.
|Types of Electrical Plugs Common in Vietnam|
|Type A (Common in older hotels)|
This fire-breathing dragon bridge is the symbol of the city.
China Beach (My Khe Beach)
Listed in Forbes Magazine as one of the ‘World’s Most Luxurious Beaches’, the stunning sands of China Beach offer surfers and sun seekers a gloriously unspoilt hideaway.
A cluster of five hills made from limestone and marble, Marble Mountains are a well-known pilgrimage site with peaks, caves, tunnels and temples all just waiting to be discovered.
The Museum of Cham Sculpture
The Kingdom of Champa governed Southern Vietnam from 192 A.D to 1697 and left behind a legacy of unique Cham motifs and Hindu-flavoured architecture defining this period. It is the only museum of its kind in the world dedicated to the Champa era and was founded during the colonial French rule in 1915.
Son Tra Peninsula
Only 13 km away from the center of the city center, this is a typical Vietnam tourism magnet along the coastline: fantastic, untouched natural scene with transparent sea, white sand, and mysterious primitive jungle with a vast diversity of plants and animals.
Bà Nà Hills – Bà Nà Hills Fantasy Park
A colonial French hill station established in 1919, Ba Na Hill is an immense mountain resort catering to local and foreign vacationers alike. Ascend the lush tropical forest from a non-stop cable car, the longest and highest of its kind in the world.
Hoi An Acient Town
Life in old town Hoi An looks like a postcard of a classic Vietnamese riverside town. In 1999, the town was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in an effort to preserve its core of historic architecture, a stunning mix of East- meets -West style. In 2014, Hoi An Acient town came in 15th on a list of the world’s top “20 unforgettable things to do at night on your travels.”
Quang Nam’s noodle (so-called “my Quang” in Vietnamese) is a special type of noodles that originated from Quang Nam Province, Vietnam. Nowadays, Quang Nam’s noodle has become a popular dish in many provinces of the Central Vietnam.
Bánh xèo are Vietnamese savoury pancakes made out of rice flour, water, turmeric powder, stuffed with slivers of fatty pork, shrimp and served with wrapped in mustard leaf, lettuce leaves, and stuffed with mint leaves, basil, fish leaf and/or other herbs, and dipped in a prepared fish sauce.
Bèo Cake is a variety of small steamed rice cake or rice pancake in white color and filled with chopped dried or fresh shrimp, scallions, mung bean paste, crispy fried shallots, fish sauce, rice vinegar, and oil.
Seafood, Visiting a coastal city is synonymous with having the opportunity to enjoy the best seafood with reasonable prices and Danang is not an exception.
HUE – HOI AN ANCIENT TOWN –DA NANG – BA NA HILL
1. Tour Marble Mountains – Hoi An:
- Visit Marble Mountain landscape with five mountains lying closed to the sea and named after five elements of the universe.
- Visit Hoi An ancient town.
A. Marble Mountains:
(Vietnamese: Ngu Hanh Son; “Five elements mountains”) is a cluster of five marble and limestone hills located in Ngu Hanh Son ward, south of Da Nang city in Vietnam. The five ‘mountains’ are named after the five elements; Kim (metal), Thuy (water), Moc (wood), Hoa (fire) and Tho (earth).
All of the mountains have cave entrances and numerous tunnels, and it is possible to climb to the summit of one of the peaks. Several buddhist sanctuaries can also be found within the mountains, making this a famous tourist destination. The area is also famous for stone sculpture making and stone-cutting crafts.
B. Hoi An Ancient Town:
Hoi An is a city in Vietnam, located on the coast of the South China Sea in the South Central Coast region, in the Quang Nam Province.
With approximately 120,000 inhabitants, Hoi An is recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Hoi An Ancient Town is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a South-East Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century. Its buildings and its street plan reflect the influences, both indigenous and foreign, that have combined to produce this unique heritage site.
Visit Ba Na Hills – King Mountain, also known as the second DaLat/ Sapa in Central of Vietnam by the modern.
2. Tour Ba Na Hills – Da Nang City:
- Visit Ba Na Hills – King Mountain, also known as the second DaLat/ Sapa in Central of Vietnam by the modern cable car system in South East Asia.
- Enjoy beautiful spots of Da Nang city
A. Ba Na Hills:
Ba Na Hill Station (or Ba Na Hills) is a hill station and resort located in the Truong Son Mountains west of the city of Da Nang, in central Vietnam. The station, advertised as “the Dalat of Danang province” by local tourism authorities, was founded in 1919 by French colonists. Linh Ung Pagoda is situated near the station, with a cable car nearby to carry tourists to and from the resort. The Ba Na Cable Car, opened on 29 March 2013, holds the world record forlongest non-stop single track cable car at 5801 metres in length.
B. Da Nang City:
3. Tour Hue city:
- Contemplate scenery Da Nang and Lang Co on Hai Van mountain pass
- Visit pearl farming village
- Visit Hue city with ancient imperial, temple…
With romantic and elegant grace, Hue seems to be one of must-visit destinations in Vietnam. Not being bustling and dynamic like other nearby places as Da Nang or Nha Trang, Hue keeps itself a profound and mysterious charm, arousing tourists’ curiosity. In Vietnam travel, Hue attracts travelers with not just majestic palaces, tombs or temples, but also serene streets’ corner, or sweet voice of local people and of course Hue cuisine (Such dishes as Bánh Bèo, Bánh Nậm, Bánh Ướt, Bánh Khoái, Bánh Bột Lọc, and many other sweet soups like lotus sweet soup, red bean sweet soup… make tourists never forget). All of them make tourists never forget once visiting here. Why do not come to Hue and feel the gentle and dreaming beauty of the century-old city with unforgettable imprints.
4. Tour Ba Na Hill – Hoi An – Hai Van mountain pass:
- Visit Ba Na Hill – King Mountain, also known as the second DaLat/ Sapa in Central of Vietnam by the modern cable car system in South East Asia.
- Visit Hoi An ancient town
- Enjoy beautiful spots of Da Nang city
- Contemplate scenery Da Nang and Lang Co on Hai Van mountain pass; visit Sanctuary My Son, Lang Co Bay.
A. Ba Na Hills:
Ba Na is located 1,487 meters above sea level in the Truong Son mountain range. Ba Na was formerly a 1920’s French resort and once boasted 200 villas, restaurants, and clubs. It is well known as the second Da Lat or Sa Pa in central Vietnam. Its temperate climate, unspoiled forest, and spectacular views over the South China Sea and the Lao mountain range made Ba Na a popular retreat for both the French and the wealthy Vietnamese. Today the area still attracts locals and tourists alike, although extra effort and a four-wheel drive are required to reach Ba Na as the roads are quite rough. Come to Ba Na Hill! Visit this exclusive hidden gem of Central Vietnam!
B. Hoi An Ancient Town
Hoi An old town with colorful lanterned nights, with cristinely old plain houses and special mysterious cultural elements, and with the etiquette & culturally hospitable and friendly people are warmly welcoming you. Since Hoi An is an old Town, its places of interest are of full historically classical meaning and image. Hoi An symbol, the most popular remnant is the Japanese Covered Bridge (Chua Cau or Lai Vien Kieu), on the west end of Tran Phu Street. The bridge was constructed in the early 1600’s by the Japanese community. Tourists should spend time on visiting Quan Cong Temple, Musium of Culture… Many ancient style – oriented architects come here to have a direct look into the ancient houses of the town, Today, Hoi An is also known as a shopping paradise that attracts tourists towards its wonderful souvenirs, handicrafts, antique pieces, silk materials and art paintings, and so on.
C. Da Nang City
D. Hai Van mountain pass
On a journey through the land, Hai Van is always an attractive landscape, full of perilous obstacles and is the last spur of the Truong Son Range reaching to the sea. On the top of the pass are the vestiges of long ago, a fortified gateway. The gate facing to Thua Thien-Hue Province is inscribed with the three words “Hai Van Quan” and the other gate looking down on Quang Nam province is engraved “the most grandiose gateway in the world”. The entrance to Hai Van Quan looks like the entrance to an old citadel with its stone structures. Time, war, and neglect has taken its toll on Hai Van Quan, as it sits today in near ruins. The old story is only a memory, old vestiges covered with green moss, among vast spaces vast of plants and trees, tourists are filled with the emotions of the past. The 21km that stretch over the Hai Van mountain pass may sound like a challenging journey, but after having done, it is certainly that you will find it is one worth taking.
5. TOUR MY SON – HOI AN
- My Son Holly land
- Champa musical performance
- Hoi An old town
6. Fabulous Hai Van Pass & Son Tra Mountain from the Sky
Depart from Nuoc Man Helibase, and enjoy the majestic beauty of:
- Hai Van Mountain Pass
- Panoramic Son Tra Mountain
- Magnificent Intercontinental Resort
- The highest Lady Buddha Statue in Vietnam
By a 30-minute flight in the most luxurious helicopter.
Helicopter Tour Services included:
- Helicopter ride and professional pilot crew
- Aviation insurance
- Travel insurance
- Mineral water
Travel & Visa
The Da Nang International Airport is the third busiest airport in Vietnam. It is an important transport hub in the central region. The airport is located 2 km from the city center. It is served by Vietnam Airlines, Vietjet, Silk Air and Jetstar, with regular flights to Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Nha Trang and International flights mostly from South East Asia and East Asia, like Seoul – Da Nang (Korean Air and Asiana Airlines), Guangzhou – Da Nang (China Southern Airlines) or Singapore – Da Nang (SilkAir).
Airport Taxi are currently the most convenient way to get from the airport to downtown area. You can flag one off as you exit the airport. Taxi rate is about $5 to hotels in downtown Danang and $8 to beach front resorts such as: Furama Resort Danang, Pullman Danang Beach Resort…
Law No. 47/2014/QH13 on 16 June 2014 on entry, exit, transit, and residence status of foreigners in Viet Nam.
Download visa guideline for conference/ seminar attendance