Đà Nẵng & Hoi An, Vietnam
Downtown Đà Nẵng is a modern cosmopolitan city, with an impressive skyline, major shopping options, parks, walking malls, and a beautiful beach. The Han River runs through the center of the city, and is crossed by four bridges. The bridges offer an incredible light display of rainbow colors at night. Lining both banks of the river are parks and walking trails.
Where Your Ship Docks
Most large cruise ships in Da Nang dock at Tien Sa port. Bus travel from the port to Danang City is around 30 min. At the port’s entrance (approx 500 m / 1650 ft from the cruise pier) there is a taxi rank. Smaller cruise ships often dock at the city’s Han River Port (on the river’s western bank) near downtown. There are no public facilities near the dock.
Taxis are inexpensive and available everywhere in Da Nang, particularly near tourist attractions, and shopping areas. The most popular taxi companies are Mai Linh, Taxi Xanh, and Vinasun. All taxis use meters, with the starting price at US$0.65 and after that less than US$1.00 per mile. Most drivers also have a fairly good command of English, and there’s also a helpline number listed on the passenger door.
Danang Private Taxi is a private taxi service with English speaking drivers that specializes in arranging tours along with airport service. Visit them online at https://danangprivatetaxi.com/.
GoJek – Uber stopped operations in 2018 in Vietnam but a fast growing Asia ride share service is taking its place. The operation is GoJek with their Vietnam service affiliate being Go-Viet. Download the GoJek app to access the Go-Viet services that include GoRide (which can include a motorbike ride) and GoCar (if your nervous about the GoRide option) but also provides a public transportation finder, payment service and food delivery. Apps are available from Apple and Google.
1,000 Vietnamese Dong = less than 3.5¢ US and the American Dollar is gladly accepted. Major credit cards are usually welcome at most businesses. There have been cautions regarding ATM usage.
Da Nang is Vietnam’s fastest growing and most progressive city. Going downtown and walking along the Han River is an experience in itself. The area boasts incredible beaches and there are a number of nearby picturesque and historical towns within easy reach.
Marble Mountains is a cluster of five marble and limestone hills located in Ngũ Hành Sơn District, south of Da Nang city in Vietnam. If you’re shopping for gifts there are a number of marble carving locations with retail outlets.
Bà Nà Hill Station is a resort area located in the Trường Sơn Mountains west of the city and features the longest cable car in the world along with a number of interesting attractions including:
The Golden Bridge a unique 450 foot pedestrian bridge. Located above 4,000 feet above sea level, it has views of the Sea and the surrounding mountains.
Danang Cathedral, Da Nang – Built in 1924 when Vietnam was under French control, the pink Gothic church stands above the city. In 1963, the church was officially recognized as Danang Cathedral. Behind the church is a grotto, fashioned after the Lourdes grotto in France.
Đà Nẵng is also famous for its beautiful beaches with their upscale resort atmosphere and a number of notable seafood restaurants. If you’re considering a couple of day visit the are a number of great hotel options along the beach.
The Ancient Town of Hoi An
Hoi An is referred to as the Ancient Town and is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a South-East Asian trading port dating from the 15th century. Its buildings and streets demonstrate the influences, both Vietnamese and foreign, that produced this unique World Heritage Site.
Shopping opportunities are famous in Hoi An including a local stitched art form, a number of fashion boutiques as well as traditional arts and crafts shops.
Modern, historic and fascinating port of call Đà Nẵng is the the fastest growing most progressive city in Vietnam. Surrounded by historic towns and great beaches.