Aside from the modern buildings which are continually inaugurated, Da Nang also makes tourists “alluring” by friendly services, close Quang (Quảng) people, and simple things – all of those impressing deeply those people who come to this worth living city.
It is said that every tourist coming to Da Nang always wants to “check in”. So, what is the reason behind that and why is Da Nang called a worth living city?
New York Times magazine polls Da Nang one of the ideal destinations in the world in 2015 because this place possesses the stretch of gorgeous sandy beaches. Besides, this city also clings to tourists’ feet by the modern and civilized image, and always offers something new.
Visiting Da Nang, you will be able to enjoy the most charming beach on the planet, aside from mountains and passes, and luxurious resorts, but you will still not feel like being in a popular tourist destination which is crowded, triggering the fear of being “rip off” at anytime and anywhere. It is easily understood because local people in Da Nang do not consider this city as a place for “pick pocketing” tourists. For them, this is simply a beloved city – the pride of every person, and they love it dearly to such an extent that they always want to keep the best image about Da Nang in the heart of everyone who ever sets their feet here.
This article will list down 14 reasons why Da Nang is called a “worth living city”. Take a look.
1. The City of New Interesting Buildings
Da Nang always possesses something that can create a certain “fever”. This is about new interesting projects appearing continually but still making people remembering. It is about Bana Hills – the modern tourist resort with balmy climate, about the monumental Dragon Bridge which can breathe fire and water, about Sun Wheel (in Sun World Da Nang Wonder) or simply about the modern service oriented at A La Cart Hotel (near Pham Van Dong Beach).
Besides, people can enjoy the image of statue of Carp Becoming A Dragon (in DHC Marina) weighing nearly 200 tons which has been installed on the eastern bank of Han River, located between the Dragon Bridge and Han River Bridge.
This image does not only have the meaning in terms of aesthetic but also become the symbol of bold art and folk belief with the image of the carp overcoming all difficulties to turn into the dragon.
After the statue of “Carp Becoming A Dragon” was inaugurated, a Love Bridge was also built in the Han River’s bank. The bridge with cute locks on the banister becomes an interesting and romantic place for couples. The bridge of love is not too strange abroad but this is the first time this unique work appears in Viet Nam.
2. Locates between the hottest axis of the Central area: Hue – Da Nang – Hoi An
Visiting Da Nang, you do not have to spend much effort or time to visit the nearby famous tourists attractions. You can ride the bike to head to Hoi An, or can take the bus to go to Lang Co for sightseeing, or go straight ahead to Hue to enjoy the taste of an ancient capital. The distance from Da Nang to My Son Sanctuary is not far that allows you to depart almost right instantly. For those tourists who love the feelings of adventure, driving the motorbike on the Hai Van Pass will surely be an ecstatic experience because the spectacular, majestic of Viet Nam will appear to the fullest when you drive across this pass.
If Hue and Hoi An always make you reminiscent because of the image of an ancient capital, Da Nang, on the other hand, triggers the feeling of wanting coming back because of the civilization and modernity and “transformation” after each visit.
The stunning coastal paths also make you extremely excited. The resorts are in close proximity to one another, creating very gorgeous but poetic scenery. You should rent a motorbike to go if they want to enjoy all the sea breeze, just as liberal as the vitality of the Central area of Viet Nam.
3. Dragon Bridge
Being one of the most impressive bridges in the world, Dragon Bridge of Da Nang, Viet Nam, hornored by the modern beauty and the impressive ability of breathing fire, sprinkling.
Opened to traffic in 2013, Dragon Bridge is the 7th bridge spanning the famous Han River of Da Nang. With the unique architecture and the interesting performance offered, this bridge has been appreciated by many world famous entertainment websites.
This is the first time a project of Viet Nam, made by a Vietnamese lighting designer, receiving the award of IALD in the history of 31 years of the oldest award in the industry, which is considered equivalent to an Oscar in cinematography or Pritzker in the architecture field.
4. Bana Hills
Many people compare Bana Hills as “Da Lat” of the Central. Just about 25 km from Da Nang, the weather in Bana mountain is cold all year round, even on the cloudy day, the whole Bana mountain is covered with a white color like the fog. Here, strolling beside the clouds becomes a very normal thing.
5. The Place That No One Likes To “Rip Off” Tourists
The thing that makes people love this land of sun and wind is obviously people here. When arriving in Da Nang, local people will give you the first gift – the smile. No matter where foreigners come from, what foreigner’s job is, local people are still attentive and enthusiastic when they want to ask for directions, hotel address, and even some drivers, cycle riders will design the tour for first time tourists.
They will also enthusiastically advise visitors the addresses of the restaurants which are cheap and delicious, what means foreigners should use to travel a certain tourist attraction, the amount of time travelers have to spend to get a specific place… In general, coming to Da Nang, you will never be afraid of opening their mouth to ask and will be responded with as much as possible enthusiasm of local people. Even, travelers will want to talk more and more with them, because their voice and talking way are very interesting.
When it comes to Da Nang, they could ramble all day long about the idyllic culture here, with the affectionate voice of the Central people. Even, local people will tell about Da Nang city until visitors get annoyed, because you know that then you still have to leave this wonderful place after a short trip.
6. Glamor My Khe Beach
Being granted by the nature for the uninterrupted picturesque beaches, My Khe Beach was praised as one of the six most attractive beaches on the planet by the US economic magazine Forbes.
My Khe Beach has a length of about 900 meters, and is famous for its white sandy beach, peaceful ocean waves, warm blue water all year round and dreamy coconut trees surrounding the beach. This is a beach which is even as peaceful, picturesque and romantic as those of paradises in Barbados or Hawaii.
7. Non Profit Humanitarian Cancer Hospital
Many poor people from Da Nang or other central provinces have had the chance to receive free medical treatment at this extremely modern and spacious hospital. In terms of appearance, the hospital looks like a standard 5 start hotel rather than a hospital for the poor.
Aside from the modern, luxury design with full of amenities like parks, boarding houses for the patients, clean canter…in 3 sessions of the day, free “affection” soup is given in the hospital. Due to this, people consider the Da Nang Cancer Hospital as the symbol of “love” and “humanity” of the city.
8. Free Wifi Covers The Whole City
Travelers do not have to go to café shops for using wifi or miserably detect Wifi while sitting at the sidewalk noodle restaurant because since 10/07/2014, Da Nang offers officially free Wifi coverage throughout the downtown area in order to help residents as well as tourists connect internet stabily. In Da Nang, visitors could use Wifi in every corner of the city. There is no other city in Vietnam having such type of special free service like this.
9. The Food Is Delicious and Cheap
Needless to say about how much Western tourists love Vietnamese food. In Ha Noi, foreigners can find noodles, rice vermicelli noodles; in Ho Chi Minh, travelers can find rice paper cake, rice spaghetti, or “com tam”; but in Da Nang and Hoi An, you can find a lot of things. Really, Da Nang and Hoi An are considered as the miniature paradise of gastronomy. In Da Nang, you could eat from the smallest items like Banh Beo (Beo Cake), Banh Canh (Rice Spaghetti) with just a few thousands VND/piece, to the delicious bowl of My Quang (Quang’s Noodles), Bun Rieu Cua (Crab Paste Vermicelli Soup), Bun Cha Ca (Grilled Fish Cake Noodle) with just from VND 20,000 – 30,000; or Banh Xeo (Pancake), Bun Mam Thit Quay (Rice Vermicelli With Anchovy Fish Sauce And Crispy Roast Pork) sold along streets.
About Hai San (Seafood), it is very fresh and delicious here. Fresh seafood is caught from the sea and processed according to the bold taste of local people. After eating, when you charge money for their dishes, travelers will be surprised at how cheap they could be. All just cost about a few hundred thousands of Viet Nam Dong. Maybe, because of this, some people may just want to move into Da Nang to live and enjoy delicious dishes every day.
10. No Garbage Beaches
It was rather familiar for us to see the images of beaches having full of rubbish, including bottles and snack covers… which are thrown around the white sand. However, in Da Nang, it is a different story. Whether it is weekend or holidays with tourists crowded the beach, this beach is still clean without garbage, crab shell spreading far and wide like other beaches. It is because there are clear rules that do not allow canvas camping, dinning on the sand. The beach comes back to its true sense, just for people to visit, swim and strolling around only.
Along the beach, there are penguin shaped recycle bins reminding tourists to put trash into. Or, if there is someone unconscious, local people here will also remind or voluntarily put the garbage to put at the right places. Moreover, looking at this beautiful white beach, how can anyone have the heart to throw a can down and then get the uncomfortable look from people around?
11. The Prices of Food and Drinks at The Airport
In Da Nang International Airport, travelers can quickly forget the story of being gotten rip off for drinks and food because there is good food served here, but the price is much like sidewalk shops. Even, this city knows how to make us love it even when we are going to leave.
12. Con Market – A Place to Enjoy Good Food and Lifestyle of Local People
Situated on Ong Ich Khiem Street, between the central axis of Da Nang, Con Market is considered one of the main and the oldest market in Da Nang. Built in 1940, because of lying on the high sandbank in the heart of the city, this market is called as Cho Con .
If you came to Con Market already, then you should not be afraid to taste the food here. It is said that the most delicious food comes from the street, from bazaars of local people and Con Market is a place like that.
13. Public Toilet is as Comfortable as Home
Everyone all know how uncomfortable it is when stepping into a public toilet. Even some people find a way to never have to set their foot in it. The investment in public toilets sounds not being able to offer any profit, yet in fact it brings lots of relief for tourists.
And, in order to build a friendlier city to everybody, recently, the construction of free toilets having 5 star standards became a campaign which everybody is astonished and admired. Hai Chau Business Association and the center of Da Nang tourism promotion launched the program named “Comfort as Home”, which means that at any place having this logo sticker, Da Nang people and tourists can use toilet without fee.
14. Spectacular Outdoor Events
In one year, people can go to Da Nang once, but could also go twice or thrice because, in Da Nang, there are many fun and interesting events, be it monumental Da Nang International Fireworks Festival (DIFF) or Music festivals. Not to mention, the Iron Man competition has just been celebrated in Da Nang.
The events or activities in Da Nang are very diverse and suitable for different objects, such as family or the youth or adventure enthusiasts – all of which create a not only beautiful but also very friendly and fun city like Da Nang.