After months of planning, a 12-hour-long journey, we had arrived in Da Nang, Vietnam brimming with excitement. We picked up prepaid SIM cards, converted currency and collected our baggage before leaving the airport premise. As many blogs suggested we prepared in advance by downloading the Grab App as many airport WIFI may block the app creating some difficulty. Soon after booking the cab, we were greeted by a courteous driver who within minutes of the ride dropped us off at our hotel.
A couple of warm and hospitable staff helped us through the check-in process and led us into our sea-view suite which was much prettier than we expected. Boasting an unobstructed view of the ocean, the balcony made the room even more special. The Santori Hotel, Da Nang Bay came highly rated within a reasonable budget which fit our requirement beyond well.
After all the formalities of landing and settling in were over with, we freshened up and headed out to a café for lunch in Da Nang city. Ka Cong, a famous café made our first meal so special and got us all excited about the food adventures we were about to have in the rest of our trip. The quaint café was everything we needed. From excellent beverages to authentic Vietnamese food all within the comfort of an air-conditioned and pretty premise. Highly recommend you to begin your trip with one of the many cafes in Da Nang to sip some coffee, have a bite and relax before jumping right into the travelling.
Post relaxing for a bit, we walked towards the My Khe Beach which was just about 200m away. You will find many local carts selling everything from fruits, juices to even sausages along the way. You could pick up one of these treats to enjoy at the beach. This stretch of beach is a spot where locals come to relax and unwind. From youth playing games to just relaxing, this beach had many people flocking towards it but still the vast sea and soft sand makes it worth the visit!
The next thing on our agenda was to visit the Marble Mountains and we made it just in the nick of time as the site closes at 5:30 PM. The Marble Mountains is essentially a cluster of five marble and limestone hills with each mountain named after five elements: Kim, Thuy, Moc, Hoa, and Tho. Upon entering we paid a fee of about 40,000 VND/ adult while there is an additional fee of 15,000 VND/ person one way to take the elevator. These mountains both a testament to religion and time are marvelous, to say the least. And the walk-up hill is worth every effort because of the vast view of the city. You can see everything right from the sea to the concrete jungle.
For dinner, we headed out to My Khe beach and found ourselves seated at one of the many seaside feasts along the beach. These seafood restaurants have an array of fresh fishes and crustaceans which you can pick and get cooked or barbequed to perfection as per your preference. You could even choose to barbeque it yourself. They are served with some local beer among other beverages. We ended the day with a stroll along the beach making for the perfect first day in Da Nang.
We woke up early to head straight to Ba Na Hills for a half-day trip. An hour and a half away from the coastal city, this amusement center has something for everyone is worth the visit. For all the details, you can check out this article! We booked a round trip cab from our hotel at a reasonable price which helped us keep our Ba Na Hills trip flexible.
Once we returned in the evening, we headed straight to a Golem Café for their famous dirty coffee. We sipped on the tea and coffee to unwind and recover from the long hours of walking and soaking in all the detailed beauty in Ba Na Hills. We also had a Banh Mi from right outside the café which everything nice from a crispy bread, rich filling, and fresh herbs. We walked down the street which was brimming with small boutique, parlors, and cafes before heading back to the hotel.
We got back and went straight ahead to soak in the sunset from the rooftop pool. Many hotels in Da Nang have some amazing rooftop pools viewing the entire ocean and we picked this hotel especially for theirs!
For our last night in Da Nang, we visited one of the many famous beachside bars called Apocalypse Beach Club which had everything you’d want from the perfect bar. Great food, classic drinks, excellent music and not to forget the scintillating view! To top it all off, they also had live entertainment in the form of fire dance which made the last night all the more special. This fairy-lit place is perfect to just end your day relaxing and sipping on some well-made cocktails.
Da Nang had so many varying experiences to offer and all in two days, we were left overwhelmed. From walking in a European style village to breathtaking views and even some unforgettable food, Da Nang had us gripped right from the start till the very end.