The last morning in your vacation you wake up in the ancient town of Hoi An and realize you have already visited the whole town. What to do in the very last day? Instead of wandering around, doing something you did the previous day, why don’t you travel to Danang? Da Nang is just 30km away, and discover a former small trading port that has evolved to be an incredible city that
Vietnamese often regard as the most worth living place in their country. Though it is often skipped by tourists or taken for granted as a transit spot, Danang is worth visiting, especially when you are so close to it. Da Nang 1 day from Hoi An is great choice
What to do in Danang in 1 day
Ngu Hanh Son
The first destination not to be missed is Marble Mountains or Ngu Hanh Son (Five Elements Mountains), just 7km from the downtown. It includes a series of limestone hills which house a lot of caves, tunnels and Buddhist and Hindu grottoes. Climbing to the summit of a peak will offer a panoramic view of the whole area that you will not regret trying.
Son Tra Peninsula
Besides, you should spend time for Son Tra Peninsula, a 4000ha forestry areas reaching out to the sea from the city. It’s great to hire a motorbike and wandering around, enjoying the untouched nature and diverse wildlife of a peninsula relatively close to a bustling city.
It must be a mistake to visit a coastal city without spending time on its beaches. Non Nuoc and My Khe beaches are two among several beaches you can visit. Fresh local seafood, tranquil sea water, refreshing coastal air, and white sand of a sunny beach can quickly discard all your tiredness while beach sports and swimming bring about both joy and relaxation.
City life and food
On a tight one day trip, planning is absolutely important. In order to make the most of your time, you don’t need to spend some hours exploring the city’s culinary delights. Instead, do it during your meals. For example, have Quang noodle, Danang’s most famous dish, for breakfast before starting your trip. It’s best to hire a motorbike to get to Ngu Hanh Son and Son Tra Peninsula in the morning and go to the beach around noon, eat seafood for lunch and spend the afternoon playing beach sports or swimming before going back to the downtown for a dinner with banh trang cuon thit heo or banh xeo, two other popular dishes of Danang. After the dinner, you can walk around to discover the nightlife in the hustle and bustle of the city, admiring the Dragon Bridge crossing Han River, which breathes fire on weekend nigh, and enjoy the cool of summer night, which is definitely the best ending for your dashing trip.
Best way to explore Da Nang from Hoi An
|4 seat||7 seat||16 seat|
|Hoi An- Da Nang center||15$||17$||24$|
|Da Nang city tour full day (from Hoi An or Da Nang center)||65$||75$||90$|
In a distance of just around 30km, you can easily and conveniently reach Danang in under an hour by taxi, bus or motorbike with reasonable price.
Taxi fare varies from 400,000 VND ($15-20)/ 1 way
A motorbike taxi, or xe-om as locals call it, costs from 150,000 to 250,000 VND. You can also hire a motorbike to travel to and in Danang if you are confident with your riding techniques.
By local bus
For budget travelers, bus is a good choice. You can use the local bus which is around $1, service of Sinh Café or check with your hotel. Many hotels in Hoi An provide minivan for transporting between Hoi An and Danang with fare varying around 3-5$.
Be noted that your trip is really tight and brief as one day is not enough to explore a city of so many tourist attractions. You had better start very early in the morning, hire a motorbike if you can to secure the time flexibility as well as closely stick to the plan and try not to be indulged in a place for too long. It maybe a little bit challenging but after all, it is fun and better to have new adventure rather than wasting your day.
Danang will send you a touch of its interesting culture and lifestyle.