Da Nang city is a coastal town in Central Vietnam and it is significantly changing over the past decade. Upon arrival at the international airport and en route to Hoi An, there were billboards all over the city displaying proudly that the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit 2017 will be hosted in the city of Da Nang this year end.
” Nowhere in Vietnam is changing as fast as Danang. Gleaming new modernist hotels, and apartments and restaurants are emerging along the Han riverfront. Spectacular new bridges now span the river, and the entire China Beach strip is booming with hotel and resort developments. – Lonely Planet ”
Whenever Vietnam comes to mind, most people typically set their eyes on Ho Chih Minh City, Hanoi, Halong Bay, Sapa … before actually consider visiting the central region. It does take a month to see a country thoroughly. Fortunately, there is a direct flight from Kuala Lumpur into Da Nang City via Air Asia and it is affordable. I spent 4 days in Hoi An ancient town before making my way back to Da Nang city for another 2 nights.
Hoi An ! Absolutely one of my favourite town in Vietnam! I love how chilled out this little ancient town is especially in the morning, where the crowd is significantly lesser. Last I visited this place was back in December 2015. I didn’t have the opportunity to explore much because it was a different agenda all together. In 2015, a bunch of friends and myself gathered in Hoi An for a 450 km loop motorbike tour to Hue and return. That tour was epic in its own league – and I should probably write about it if my memory still serves me right.
“Hoi An Ancient Town is an exceptionally well-preserved South-East Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century. It is located in Vietnam’s central Quang Nam Province, on the north bank near the mouth of the Thu Bon River. The town reflects a fusion of indigenous and foreign cultures, from Chinese to Japanese and later European influences, that combined to produce this unique survival. – UNESCO Heritage Centre “
I’ve always wanted to go back and it didn’t take me long to book a flight to Hoi An. I booked my flight about a week and a half prior to my travels and it costed about RM450 for a return ticket from Kuala Lumpur to Da Nang, Vietnam. This time, I spent 4 days 3 nights and stayed right in the centre of the ancient town, precisely the end of Le Loi Street. Everything was well within walking distances and just merely steps away from restaurants and cafes.