Nowhere in Vietnam is changing as fast as Danang. For decades it had a reputation as a provincial backwater, but big changes are ongoing. Stroll along the Han riverfront and you'll find gleaming new hotels, and restaurants are emerging. Spectacular new bridges now span the Han river. Oh, and for good measure, a revamped international airport opened in 2012. Hence this being our first stop in Vietnam, as it was a good jumping off point to Hoi An, as well.
That said, the city itself still has few conventional sightseeing spots, so for most travelers, a day or two off the tourist trail enjoying the city’s restaurants and nightlife is probably enough.
This is what we heard, and we barely lasted 12 hours.
After a late night flight from Cambodia, we landed late into crazy Da Nang. As the taxi weaved in and out of cars and motorbikes, driving on the opposite side of the road to dodge traffic, I knew we were no longer in sleepy Cambodia. We arrived at our pre-booked hotel and instantly crashed.
We woke up the next morning to the sea and sunshine. Having not really prepared for much in Da Nang, our hotel offered us bikes to go explore the city. We basically lasted along the boardwalk and instantly realized this city was not for us. It was dirty, and really lacked any noteworthy Vietnamese sites. We decided to hightail it out of there ASAP, to head to the more majestically described area of Hoi An. So after approximately 3 waking hours, we were off to our next city.