Holidays to Danang are an eclectic and energetic mix of history, culture, scenery and seaside – take a stroll and you’ll see pretty colonial buildings, a historic French port and an eye-catching dragon-shaped bridge over the Han River which lights up at night. Browse the Han Market at the heart of the Tran Phu city centre for local clothes and shoes, and savour local street food including crab noodle soup, shrimps and savoy fried rice.
But there are more out-the-way spots, too; head to the Museum of Cham Sculpture in the quiet Hai Chau District to discover the world’s largest collection of indigenous Vietnamese and Cambodian ‘Champa’ artwork, from the fifth to the fifteenth Centuries. For a taste of Vietnam’s superb landscapes, make the short trip to the fascinating Marble Mountains, a collection of marble and limestone hills with incredible temples hidden inside and a pagoda on top.
The neighbouring and picturesque Son Tra Peninsula acts as a wind buffer for Danang, so you’ll be able to enjoy wonderfully calm sea here; go diving and snorkelling to explore beautiful coral reefs at long-time favourite My Khe Beach, head out kayaking on the emerald waters, try a spot of fishing or just kick back on Non Nuoc Beach and lap up views of endless blue over the South China Sea.
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Vietnamese. Some speak French and English.
A service charge is usually included in the bill in large hotels and restaurants. In small restaurants and bars, leave a tip for good service. You should also tip baggage porters, drivers and guides.
Tailor shops will make bespoke garments for you in no time. You'll find handicrafts such as bamboo items, lacquerware, ceramics, silk and jewellery. Antiques are available, but can be difficult to take back to the UK due to problems at customs. Be sure to haggle for the best price, except in state-run stores where prices are fixed.
Vietnamese cuisine is similar to Chinese, with lots of noodles and rice. Buy a breakfast soup called 'pho' from street stalls and don't miss the chance to try a delicious spring roll. On the coast you'll find lots of seafood and fish.