Business Bustle with Beach Breeze
The fun of Da Nang tours is always underestimated in favor of nearby Hue and Hoi An. But a Da Nang vacation is gonna be an emotional mixture, for you wouldn't help but soaking in its ocean breeze yet the cars are roaring nearby. While most Vietnam travel lovers neglect Da Nang, Vietnam's fourth-largest city, it still has considerable charm in its own right. Being the engineering power for the central Vietnam never means that commercial bustle ever takes over its seaside charm.
Back in the days of the American War, Da Nang held the reputation of 'Saigon of the North'. This is to be understood as both praise and condemnation, that is, just like Saigon (nowadays Ho Chi Minh City), Da Nang is noted for its booming economy, fancy restaurants, rush hours and glittering shops. Today, however, Da Nang gone far beyond this reputation. Though it is a booming seaport and commercial center, Da Nang itself offers little to captivate; the surrounding countryside, however, is a different story. The environs of Da Nang include mountaintop resorts with spectacular vistas, secluded beaches with fresh seafood restaurants, and rice paddies melting into jungle. All these centers and around one of Vietnam's fastest-growing cities, which boasts the nation's best Cham museum, a newly rebuilt waterfront, and friendly locals who speak English. With the help of foreign investment and resort-minded tourists, major swaths of Da Nang are under construction as the city gets back on its feet after liberation. Budget travel and Vietnam visa on arrival at airport also exists, though under the radar; streets are lined with food and beer stalls, and budget guesthouses are sprouting up next to pagodas. For any Vietnam travel fan, Da Nang is worth at least one day for your ideal Vietnam tours.
Da Nang marks the northern limits of Vietnam's tropical zone and boasts a pleasant climate all year round. It offers you quite an excellent complex of tourist fun: pagoda visiting, beach sunbathing, history seeking and more. In Da Nang, witnessing the business bustle with beach breeze, you can never get bored. To immerse in Da Nang, you may need IOT, the professional Da Nang tour operator, for an ideal tailor-made itinerary. Tell us what you need, and wait for the landing day for a fun Da Nang vacation!
My Khe Beach
My Khe Beach is in Phuoc My Ward, Son Tra District, Danang City; about 2km from the center city. With 900 meters long, My Khe beach is the most crowded of Danang beaches and popular to local people.
American soldiers occupied a part of the beach before 1975. They established some premises for their relaxation and recreations. And now it has some enabling conditions such as being near the city's center, large space, beautiful landscapes, and qualified services (hotels, restaurants, vehicles keeping site, fresh water bathing, sunshade and buoy lease, etc.). There are 50 well-equipped and comfortable bedrooms and lots of services in My Khe hotel. Many luxurious seaside villas with over 100 rooms are available for families, working staff. They can come here to play and rest at weekend.
Coastal specialties like shrimps, crabs, fish, cuttles, etc. in hundreds of small shops with are at reasonable price. Life - saving groups are at work all days to guarantee safety to visitors. Han River suspension bridge was completed, it links the east to the west area, making transportation possible. Consequently, My Khe beach becomes an attractive resort.
Along the low-lying stretch of land to the east of Da Nang and north of Marble Mountains are kilometers of deserted beach. The southernmost beach is the China Beach, famous for being the location of a US Marin landing in 1965. However, it's unlikely that it actually was. My Khe Beach, to the north, slightly more developed but still relatively deserted, is more likely the real landing place. Along the entire waterfront are a few crumbling resorts and stalls selling outstanding fresh seafood. As of now, development has been blessedly minimal, and the white-sand beaches remain white and clean. (20,000 VND motorbike ride from Da Nang or the Marble Mountains.) Though the beach makes for an easy daytrip, those who choose to overnight near the sandy shores can easily do so. Guesthouse line the thin forest near the water, while the beach's proximity to the Marble Mountains ensures a variety of tourist-oriented restaurants that provide decent meals.
Non Nuoc Beach
Da Nang has a coastline of 30 kilometres long, famous for many beautiful seashores stretching from the north to the south such as My Khe, Thanh Binh, Tien Sa, Son Tra and so on. Non Nuoc Beach also pertains to Da Nang Sea and has been voted as one of the most beautiful and attracting beaches of the planet, 2005, according to Forbes, the leading magazine of America. This beach has gentle slope, mild waves, and purely blue sea water during the four seasons. The unpolluted water source here has attracted a number of tourists coming to bathe, enjoy local special sea foods and take a rest for weekends. The beach Non Nước is also a place that exist precious and rare seaweeds such as gracilarias "yellow thread" and glacilaria "screw" that have high value of exporting.
With green water and white sand, Non Nuoc Beach stretches five kilometers along the shore of Hoa Hai Ward at the foot of Ngu Hanh Son (The Marble Mountains). The beach is famous for its seaweed, which reaches exportation standards. Many five-star hotels were built in Non Nuoc to accommodate the domestic and foreign tourists in the area. Together with its feature of wave degree, climate, weather and salinity, Non Nuoc Beach is suitable for water sports, especially surfing. In 1993, there took place an international champion with the participation of nearly 40 athletes from many countries around the world.
Along the beach, on the white sand is a forest of age-old casuarinas which is shady, green and is waving in the whistling wind. This is an ideal place for resting and camping. When the darkness falls and the moon rises, you can set yourself free on smooth benches along the beach to listen to melodious sounds of the waves and enjoy the occult space.
The beach is managed by the Non Nuoc Tourism Company that has three hotels with more than 100 rooms on the beach. They provide entertainment services including photographs for souvenir, handicraft shops, massage, restaurant, tennis and some gymnastics. A chain of tourism resorts is planned to cater for international tourists including seaside hotels and restaurants, especially an international standard golf court.
Besides convalescence and bathing, tourists to Non Nuoc Beach can also combine their journeys with traveling the relic Marble Mountains, which boast some ancient pagodas and sacred monumental caves, go around fine art stone handicraft villages right at the foot of the Mountains or go boating on Co Co River (Stork Neck River) to enjoy peacefulness of the Marble Mountains.
Nui Son Tra (Monkey Mountain)
Until recently, there was a military base on the back of Nui Son Tra but the armed forces have been gradually loosening their grip. A superb new road has been constructed that winds around the southern rim of the mountain and various resorts in Da Nang have been created mostly catering to Vietnamese tourists.
Located on the remote eastern side, the large Nui Son Tra Resort is a particularly foreigner-friendly establishment. The no-less isolated Bien Dong Resort presents several tidy bungalows scattered around the periphery of the jungle as well as two swimming pools, a restaurant and a bar. Appealing to backpackers, the Bai Rang provides thatched roof shacks, a ramshackle restaurant and a bar placed in a boat on poles, all set in a peaceful bay.
Classified as a national park, the Son Tra peninsula features outstanding beaches, charming rapids and dense primeval forests and is surrounded by over 20 pure streams. The alluvial plains are exceptionally scenic, while the beaches of Bai Nam and Bai But offer some delightful coral sites. The area is also home to a diversity of flora and fauna, including various species of monkeys and sea turtles, and has a high potential as an eco-tourism destination.
Nam O Beach
Developed in the early 1960s, Nam O Beach was originally frequented by local people alone. The stilt houses of today were built for tourist purposes and much of its historical charm has been lost. The small community used to support itself by producing firecrackers but since the government imposed a ban on these in 1995, the inventive locals have gone into preparing nuoc nam, a dipping fish sauce, instead. The city of Da Nang is situated 17kms south of Nam O Beach.
A highlight of a trip to Nam O Beach is taking a boat westward on the Cu De river. This ecological tour takes tourists to Hoa Bac in Hoa Vang district, a ward inhabited by roughly 9,000 minority people and dominated by the cultivation of tea and coffee. Nam O Beach is on its way to become an increasingly touristy spot since a large new hotel complex, the Red Beach Resort has been built. The beach is furthermore incorporated in a project to embellish landscapes and solve the problem of pollution. The construction of an 800-meter road that will connect the Nam O Bridge with the bathing resorts is also part of this concept.