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8 Days Backpacking in Da Nang, Vietnam

Updated: Jul 18, 2020

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When it comes to Backpacking, I am a bit particular I would never go back to a country where I already have been to. In Da Nang, Vietnam, I visited twice and I've never been fascinated to any ASEAN countries maybe because I am an Asian and I feel like things to see and to do in ASEAN countries (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam) are just normal for me, as I can just travel or explore more of my own country, the Philippines it would be the same, beach, mountains, people, etc. But obviously that stereotype is wrong; in Da Nang, Vietnam - it felt different. I fell in love with the Da Nang Town itself - the hospitality of people, delicious food, relaxing place, amazing beach, stunning mountains, perfect weather, peaceful nature, and it's super cheap. I didn't backpack alone, I've traveled with a Danish friend; it was one of the most amazing backpacking I had so far.

So let's start with Da Nang is a coastal city in central Vietnam known for its sandy beaches and history as a French colonial port. It's a popular base for visiting the inland Ba Na hills to the west of the city.

Backpacking Vietnam is the best choice for backpackers as its super cheap cost of living and the plentiful adventures; Hotels, food, motorbike rent, tours, etc. So Here's my itinerary or 13 things to do in Da Nang, Vietnam

1. Visit Bana Hills

  • Is a hill station located in the Truong Son Mountains west of the city of Da Nang, in central Vietnam. It's one of the newest and most exciting projects in Vietnam.

  • Things to do in Bana Hills: Ride the cable cars, Stroll through the French Village, Visit Tulip Festival, etc.

  • The best time to visit Da Nang, Vietnam is during December through February when temperatures are milder and rain is minimal. We visited around February and the weather was perfect.

  • We booked the Golden Bridge & Ba Na Hills Full Day Tour Package for 1,200,000 Vietnam Dong per pax from our hotel.

  • The Bana Hills is Open - 07:30 AM - 09:30 PM

What's Included:

Hotel Pickup

Buffet Lunch

Bottled water

English Professional local Guide

  • The bus and a tour guide picked us up at your hotel lobby of our Hotels at around 8:00 AM. The tour finished around 4 PM and the bus sent us back to our own hotels. The travel from our hotel to Bana Hills takes 45 mins.

2. Visit Golden Bridge Hands

  • A bridge near Da Nang in Vietnam is a big charm to visitors with its beautiful view and elegant design - being held by two giant stone hands. also called as the Golden Bridge, stands 1400m above sea level above the Ba Na hills.

3. Sunbathe on My Khe Beach.

  • My Khe is an ideal beach for sightseeing, sunbathing, swimming, and taking photos.

  • A great place to enjoy the beauty of nature, go for a run as the beach at sunrise and sunset.

  • The beach is 10 mins walk from the hotel.

4. Climb the Marble Mountains

  • is composed of five marble and limestone hills located in Ngu Hang Son, south of Da Nang city in Vietnam.

  • its 30 mins drive via motorbike from the hotel.

The Marble Mountains is open: Sun - Sat 7:00 AM - 5:30 PM

5. Watch the Fire-breathing Dragon Bridge

  • Fire-Breathing Dragon Bridge in Da Nang, Vietnam: This bridge has a giant steel dragon that breathes fire from its mouth.

  • Its 30 mins motorbike ride from the hotel.

6. Drive around Hai Van Pass by scooter

  • The Hai Van Pass is a 20-kilometer strip of road that joins the city of Da Nang and Lang Co in Hue Province. At 500 meters above sea level.

  • A motorcycle trip between Da Nang and Hue through Hai Van Pass takes between 3 to 5 hours.

  • Motorbike Rent for 3 days is 300,000 VD

7. Drink Vietnamese Iced Coffee - 40,000 VD

  • Vietnamese iced coffee, also known Asca phe da orcafeda its literally means ice coffee in Vietnamese.A popular way to drink Vietnamese coffee with sweetened condensed milk.

8. Eat Vietnamese Local Food

Famous Vietnamese Dishes

PHO - 44,000 VD

Bahn Mi - 45,000 VD

Banh Xeo (Crispy Pancake) - 80,000 VD

Vietnamese fried spring rolls - 80, 000 VD for 2

Other Vietnamese Dishes - 150,000 VD for 2

9. Visit the Son Tra Night Market

  • is located at Ly Nam De crossing Mai Hac De, An Hai Tay Ward, Son Tra, Danang. It is right at an excellent location, close to Dragon Bridge and Love Bridge so it is a great spot for shopping when visiting Danang.

  • Visitors can shop, eat and drink at food stalls, buy souvenirs, handicrafts, etc conveniently.

10. Ride scooter to Hoi An

  • Riding a bike is the best way to explore Hoi An and its surroundings. We ensure this. You will be free to go anytime anywhere you want. You don’t need to wait for a taxi or will not be tired of the bike as for because I wasn't the one driving haha. Almost all attractions in and around Hoi An are easy to access by bike.

  • For riding around town and the surrounding countryside, an automatic bike is perfect. Also from Da Nang to Hoi An, it will take a 1-hour ride.

11. Visit Hoi An Ancient Town

  • Hoi An is a city on Vietnam’s central coast known for its well-preserved Ancient Town, cut through with canals.

  • The town has wooden Chinese shop houses, temples to colorful French colonial buildings, Vietnamese tube houses, and the iconic Japanese Covered Bridge.

12. Visit Japanese covered bridge in Hoi An

  • Landmark 18th-century wooden bridge featuring carvings & a pedestrian passageway.

13. Visit Rehahn Gallery in Hoi An

  • located in 26 Phan Boi Chau, Hoi An Opening time: 8 am – 8 pm

Vietnam is split into two regions, the north and south. If you only have less than 1 week to backpack just like us, you can focus on one region. Another way to backpack Vietnam is to combine a trip with a neighboring country like Cambodia. I would love to go back to Vietnam and try this.

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A Filipina, working in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia; who works in a 9 hr corporate IT job. So, I don't travel for work. I can only travel when I have available holidays. I am a single mom, I have a wonderful son who doesn't live with me but with my mom in the Philippines.

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