After one day in Hoi An, you no longer know what to visit ..? Why not visiting the countryside of Hoi An and in particular Hoi An Water Coconut village. A place almost unique in Vietnam.

This village has gradually become a must see destination to visit around Hoi An.

Hoi An Water Coconut village is above all a fishing village stretching over 75 ha (just that).

Its particuliarity? This village has 7 ha immerged water coconut trees (Nippa), that’s what makes it curious and each hectare belongs to a family.

Since 2017, there is an entrance fee to visit the village if and only if you are taking a traditionnal Vietnamese boat (basket boat). Entrance fee is about 30,000 vnd per person. If you just want to visit the village without taking a basket boat, it’s still free.

Take a Basket Boat (Vietnamese round boat that you can see everywhere) in this forest is a quite magical experience. It feels like being in an Amazonian forest and feeling alone (if you go to the right place).

Hoi An Water Coconut is also rich in marine species such as crab and clam. This place is the main source of seafood for the region.

We have learned from the local people that during the war, the Vietnamese were hidden in the forest to avoid the Americans.

This forest is an protected area by WWF (World Wild Life).

Cam Thanh Water Coconut Village

The real name of the coconut palm village is Cam Thanh. Located just 6 km from Hoi An, it is possible to easily reach the village of Cam Thanh by boat or bicycle.

water coconut basket boats

If you want to visit the water coconut village, basket boat tours are organized where you wander through the different canals among the coconut trees.

Our travel agency offers a visit to the village of Cam Thanh. Our local guide will pick you up from your hotel to take you aboard a traditional Hoi An boat.

After 30 minutes on the Thu Bon river, you will arrive at the village of Cam Thanh. Thu Bon river is the river which crosses the city of Hoi An and which forms a delta before throwing itself in the sea.

At the edge of the river, fishermen offer tours in round boats typical of the region. Count 150,000 vnd per person for 1 hour of basket boat.

The fishermen will give you a demonstration of fishing with these very mobile boats. Indeed, if you like thrills, fishermen can give you a little demonstration of navigation with these boats.

The main activity after fishing is of course the cultivation of these same coconut palms whose leaves are used to build the roofs of traditional houses as well as parasols, among others. You can see on the side of the roads the leaves that are drying in the sun.

If you are a photo lover, we have only one advice, come at 4 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. for the sunset with the background landscape, the coconut trees or a little further, the fishermen launching their nets, it’s just magnificent !

Why Basket boats in Central Vietnam ?

The basket boat is named the ghe thùng chài, a circular boat of one meter, and sometimes more, very light and with a remarkable stability, which is maneuvered by a pulling paddle movement.

The circular shape is obtained by a booklet and fine bamboo frames linked internally by ties to the basket. The caulking is done with a decoction composed of pulverized resin, lime and buffalo dung, all then coated with wood oil to varnish and protect the caulking.

Admirably adapted to always stay on the blades, the cross effect not existing, we encountered it, even in rough sea and strong swells, around fishing boats, to set or raise traps, longlines or gillnets.

hoi an Basket boats

The basket boats that dot the waters from the southern coast all the way up to Danang have become iconic to Vietnam. The origin of these coracles is unclear, but many believe they were born out of ingenuity during the French colonial era.

As the story goes, when the French levied taxes on boats in Vietnam, fishermen couldn’t afford to pay them – so they designed circular woven “baskets” that just so happened to also function as boats. The basket boats quickly became popular up and down the coast thanks to both their tax-free status and their impressive engineering.

Danang is a coastal city located in central Vietnam, 770 km from Hanoi and 850 km from Ho Chi Minh City. Danang is the fourth largest city in Vietnam. It is a big city, modern and animated.

Vietnam is a very long country and transport is very tiring. Thus, Danang is a full-fledged destination for many tourists who wish to visit this region. Danang International Airport provides direct flights to central Vietnam from abroad. There are direct flights from Malaysia for example.

Many tourists choose to spend only 4 days and 3 nights in Danang, which is enough to visit the main destinations of central Vietnam. We will describe here an itinerary to follow if you choose to spend 4 days and 3 nights in Danang.

The nearest and best known cities around Danang are Hoi An and Hue. These cities are easily accessible from Danang. Hoi An is only 45 minutes far from downtown Danang and it takes about 3 hours to reach Hue from Danang.

The interest of spending 4 days in Danang is to be able to take a rest at the edge of the sea while discovering landscapes and magnificent cities. The center of Vietnam is the ideal region to go for a weekend with friends or family. There are many attractions in this part of Vietnam.

Best 4 days Danang itinerary

With only 4 days in Danang, it is better not to waste too much time on arrival at Danang Airport and choose immediately where you want to spend the most of your time.

Be aware that Hoi An is only 45 minutes drive from the airport and is a much nicer place than Danang. Therefore, we recommend that you should spend more time in Hoi An than in Danang.

Here is the itinerary we recommend for a 4 days stay in Central Vietnam :

Day 1 : Danang arrival – transfer to Hoi An, overnight in Hoi An
Day 2 : Hoi An – Cam Thanh basket boats or My Son sanctuary, overnight in Hoi An
Day 3 : Hoi An – Ba Na Hills, overnight in Danang
Day 4 : Danang departure

Upon arrival, you can take a taxi from the airport to reach your hotel in Hoi An. The price of the race costs around US $ 15 (360,000 VND) which is not excessive.

In Hoi An, it is better to book a hotel near the old town. Indeed, you will be able to easily visit the city with its atypical and authentic architecture. Also, you will be close to restaurants and other shops. In the evening, it is very pleasant to walk along the river and go for a walk at the night market. You should not miss the famous Hoi An Lantern Festival once a month.Hoi-An-Old-Town-riverside

Some people choose to book a hotel near the sea. This is another possibility. Know that hotels by the sea are often quite expensive and the beach is about 6 km from the old town. It is therefore necessary to take a taxi to visit the old town of Hoi An. Some hotels offer free shuttle services but these services are not always very convenient.

The second day, you can choose to visit the village of Cam Thanh with its famous basket boats. Group excursions are not very expensive. This little boat trip on the river is very nice and will allow you to learn more about traditional fishing techniques. The rowers master their boats very well and will make some demonstrations. Hang in there!

My Son sanctuaryIf you are interested in the history of Vietnam, the archaeological site of My Son is not to be missed in this region. My Son temples were built from the 4th century under the reign of King Bhadravaman, until late 13th century, and early 14th century under the reign of King Jaya Simhavaman III (Che Man). My Son used to be a group of more than 70 temple towers. Each temple has a typical architecture which reflects a historical stage of the Champa kingdoms. Most of the architecture and sculptures were influenced by Indian culture. Most of the temples point to the East, the sun direction. Champa people thought that the East was the place where the gods lived.

On the third day, you can leave Hoi An to go to Ba Na Hills. The most popular theme park in Vietnam is about an hour and a half drive from Hoi An.

Ba Na Hills is a must for most tourists visiting Danang. Ba Na Hills Station is a hill station and resort located on the Trường Sơn Mountains in Da Nang, central Vietnam. The station, advertised as “the Da Lat of Danang province” by local tourism authorities, was founded in 1919 by French colonists. Linh Ung Pagodais located near the station, with a cable car to carry tourists to and from the resort. The Ba Na Cable Car, opened on March 29, 2013, holds the world record for longest non-stop single track cable car at 5801 meters in length. During your visit to Ba Na Hills, you should not miss the famous Golden Bridge for a memorable selfie. To learn more about Ba Na Hills, read our article here. Note that on weekends, there are often a lot of people at Ba Na Hills. The weekends are therefore to be avoided as far as possible for your visit.

Ba Na Hills Golden Bridge

Finally, after visiting Ba Na Hills, the end of your 4 days Danang itinerary will approach. It will be time to return to Danang which is 45 minutes drive from Ba Na Hills. You can choose to spend the night in the city to admire the Dragon Bridge and go to the night market or choose to spend the evening on one of the most beautiful beach of Vietnam My Khe Beach. Note that the beach is pretty far from downtown. So you have to make a choice here.

The next day you will be just 20 minutes from Danang Airport for your return flight. We hope that with our advice you will have a pleasant stay of 4 days and 3 nights in Danang.

Best time for a 4 days Danang trip

The choice of the best period is essential for a pleasant stay in Danang.

The rainy season runs from September to December. It’s the wrong time to visit Danang.

From June to August, Danang is very hot and there are many local tourists. Ba Na Hills will be much crowded during this period.

The best time for a 4 days Danang itinerary is from January to May. During this period, it is not too hot and the weather is dry. The weather is ideal to enjoy the city of Hoi An or go to Ba Na Hills.

To learn more about the best time to visit Danang, feel free to read our article here.

When you arrive in Danang, you will discover the official Vietnamese currency which is the Vietnam Dong. The first question that people ask when they arrive at the airport is where to exchange money in Danang.

Don’t worry, Dollars are accepted almost everywhere in Vietnam for everyday purchases.

Euros are not used at all in everyday life, but are accepted in some hotels and on arrival at the airport to pay your visa if you chose this option.

However, paying in foreign currency is not always advisable because the conversion of dong into foreign currency in small establishments is sometimes at your disadvantage. In daily expenses, it is convenient to always have dongs on you but where to exchange money when you arrive in Danang ?

There are 500d, 1000d, 2000d, 5000d, 10,000d, 20,000d, 50,000d, 100,000d, 200,000d, 500,000d notes.

Apart from US Dollars, many banks in Vietnam still exchange VND for these foreign currencies:

  • Australian Dollar: 1 AUD  17,000 VND
  • British Pound: 1 GBP  29,000
  • Euro: 1 EUR  25,000 VND
  • Canadian Dollar: 1 CAD  16,000 VND
  • Japanese Yen: 1 JPY  200 VND
  • Singaporean Dollar: 1 SGD  16,000 VND
  • Taiwanese Dollar: 1 TWD  500 VND
  • Hong Kong Dollar: 1 HKD ≈ 3,000 VND
  • Swiss Franc: 1 CHF  22,000 VND
  • New Zealand Dollars: 1 NZD  15,000 VND
  • Thai : 1 THB  700 VND

You can easily convert to dongs upon arrival at the airport, banks, exchange offices or jewelers.

Visa, MasterCard, American Express … are widely accepted in most hotels, major cities and many tourist centers. Payments by credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club) are accepted in some large shops, hotels, shopping centers… As for traveler’s checks, they are exchanged only in the authorized banks.

Where to Exchange Money in Danang

Exchange money at Danang international airport

The international airport of Danang is the easiest and most convenient way.

This way is not always encouraged as the exchange rate is very high or you will be charged a large transaction fee. You are just advised to use it if you are in hurry.

Exchange money at Danang airport

Exchange money at Danang’s local banks

Certainly, the safest way to exchange your money is at a local bank, you can easily find out when moving towards the downtown area.

Vietcombank run by the government can help you convert into the dong from the following currencies:

  • USD
  • Thai Baht
  • Euro
  • British Pound Sterling
  • Japanese Yen
  • Australian
  • Hong Kong
  • Canadian
  • Singaporean Dollars

Exchange money at the bank

Although using bank services is the safest approach for this converting, there is something annoying you, e.g. the bank will require you to fill out a form along with showing your passport.

It is important that you should keep your paper notes carefully because any torn or damaged will not be accepted.

Vietnamese banks agree to exchange foreign currencies in cash, traveler’s checks (a 1% to 3% charge applies) and credit cards (Visa Card, Master Card, American Express). In some cases, you must show a piece of identification. Keep in mind that exchanging currency and travelers’ checks are not always available in small towns.

Banks in Danang are open from Monday to Friday, from 7:20 to 11:20 and from 13:20 to 17:00. At some big branches of the bank, they also serve you on Saturday morning.

Here is the list of all the banks in Danang. You will find easily the closest bank near your hotel in order to exhange money in Danang :

Foreign Trade Bank of Vietnam, Danang Branch, Danang city, Vietnam

  • Add: 140 – 142 Le Loi Street, Danang City, Vietnam
  • Tel: 0511.3.822110

Investment and Development Bank of Vietnam, Danang Branch, Danang city, Vietnam

  • Add: 90 Nguyen Chi Thanh Street, Danang City, Vietnam
  • Tel: 05113.821703/824496/837602
  • Fax: 05113.827693
  • E-mail: danang@bidv.com.vn

Agriculture and Rural Development Bank (Agribank), Danang Branch, Danang city, Vietnam

  • Add: 23 Phan Dinh Phung Street, Danang City, , Vietnam
  • Tel: 05113.821168/812151
  • Fax: 05113.823495

VID PUBLIC Bank, Danang Branch, Danang city, Vietnam

  • Add: 02 Tran Phu Street, Hai Chau District, Danang City, Vietnam
  • Tel: 0511.3.826801/826802
  • Fax: 0511.3.826800

Asia Commercial Bank (ACB), Danang Branch, Danang city, Vietnam

  • Add: 16 Thai Phien Street, Danang City, Vietnam
  • Tel: 05113.897806/897886/897963
  • Fax: 05113.897883
  • Website: http://www.acbbank.com.vn

Vietnam Technological Commercial Bank (Techcombank), Danang Branch, Danang city, Vietnam

  • Add: 244 – 248 Nguyen Van Linh Street, Danang City, Vietnam
  • Tel: 05113.655118/655119/650775
  • Fax: 05113.655455
  • Email: admin@tcb.dng.com.vn

Vietnam Trade Joint – Stock Bank for Private Enterprises (VP Bank), Danang Branch, Danang city, Vietnam

  • Add: 112 Phan Chu Trinh Street, Danang City, Vietnam
  • Tel: 05113.835090/835092/821186
  • Fax: 05113.835065

State Bank in Danang city, Vietnam

  • Add: 01 Yen Bay Street, Danang City, Vietnam
  • Tel: 05113.821128
  • Email: ngahadana@dng.vnn.vn

Industry and Commerce Bank (Incombank), Danang Branch, Danang city, Vietnam

  • Add: 172 Nguyen Van Linh Street, Danang City, Vietnam
  • Tel: 05113.822158/ 821823 / 821993
  • Fax: 05113.825528
  • Email: Danaicb@dng.vnn.vn

Danang Trade Joint – Stock Bank, Vietnam

  • Add: Cach Mang Thang 8 Street, Hoa Tho Commune, Hoa Vang District, Danang City, Vietnam
  • Tel: (84.05113) 672368/ 672369
  • Fax: (84.05113) 672369

Marine Trade Joint – Stock Bank, Danang Branch, Danang city, Vietnam

  • Add: 15 Le Duan Street, Hai Chau District, Danang City, Vietnam
  • Tel: 05113.825019/ 825804
  • Fax: 05113.825014

Vietnam Export and Import Joint – Stock Bank (Eximbank), Danang Branch, Danang city, Vietnam

  • Add: 48 Tran Phu Street, Danang City, Vietnam
  • Tel: 05113.830889/ 826676/826673
  • Fax: 05113.826674

Social Policy Bank, Danang Branch, Danang city, Vietnam

  • Add: 127 Quang Trung Street, Danang City, Vietnam
  • Tel: 0511. 3887438
  • Fax: 0511. 3. 892307

Viet A Commercial Joint – Stock Bank, Danang Branch, Danang city, Vietnam

  • Add: 33 Hung Vuong Street, Danang City, Vietnam
  • Tel: 0511.3.837543

East Asia Trade Joint – Stock Bank (EAB), Danang Branch, Danang city, Vietnam

  • Add: 51 Nguyen Van Linh Street, Danang City, Vietnam
  • Tel: 0511.3.582971

Saigon Commercial Bank (Sacombank), Danang Branch, Danang city, Vietnam

  • Add: 202 Hoang Dieu Street, Danang City, Vietnam
  • Tel: 0511.3582619

Saigon Commercial & Industrial Bank , Danang Branch, Danang city, Vietnam

  • Add: 169-171 Nguyen Van Linh Street, Danang City, Vietnam
  • Tel: 0511.3 652491

Phuong Nam Trade Joint – Stock Bank, Danang Branch, Danang city, Vietnam

  • Add: 337 Le Duan Street, Danang City, Vietnam
  • Tel: 0511.3 893420

Orient Bank, Trung Viet Branch in Danang city, Vietnam

  • Add: 05 Dong Da Street, Danang City, Vietnam
  • Tel: 0511.3.887899

Military Trade Joint – Stock Bank, Danang Branch, Danang city, Vietnam

  • Add: 54 Dien Bien Phu Street, Danang City, Vietnam
  • Tel: 0511.3.257999

Bank for dwelling development in Delta Mekong, Danang Branch, Danang city, Vietnam

  • Add: 129 Le Loi Street, Danang City, Vietnam
  • Tel: 0511.3817840

International Trade Joint – Stock Bank, Danang Branch, Danang city, Vietnam

  • Add: 189-193 Nguyen Van Linh Street, Danang City, Vietnam
  • Tel: 0511.3.653171

The Mekong Delta House development Bank in Danang city, Vietnam

  • Add 1 : 278C Trung Nu Vuong street, Danang city, Vietnam
  • Tel : 0511.3552997
  • Add 2 : 439 Hoang Dieu street, Danang city, Vietnam
  • Tel : 0511.3552861

Branch of Saigon – Hanoi Commercial Bank in Danang city, Vietnam

  • Add : 89- 91 Nguyen Van Linh street, Danang city, Vietnam
  • Tel : 0511.3584599

Branch of Nam Viet Commercial Bank in Danang city, Vietnam

  • Add : 46 Nguyen Van Linh Street, Danang city, Vietnam
  • Tel : 0511. 3584846

Branch of Hoang Hai Commercial Bank in Danang city, Vietnam

  • Add : 222 Hoang Dieu strret, Danang city, Vietnam
  • Tel : 0511. 3584996

Representative office of agricultural and rural development Bank in Central Vietnam in Danang city, Vietnam

  • Add : 228 2/9 street, Danang city, Vietnam
  • Tel: 0511.3622607

Branch of social policy Bank, Thanh Khe branch in Danang city, Vietnam

  • Add : 106 Thai Thi Boi street, Danang city, Vietnam
  • Tel: 0511.3648899

Branch of agricultural and rural development Bank, Hai Chau branch in Danang city, Vietnam

  • Add : 392 Nui Thanh street, Danang city, Vietnam
  • Tel : 0511. 3642384

Branch of Dong A commercial Bank in Danang city, Vietnam

  • Add 1: 112 Ong Ich Khiem street, Danang city, Vietnam
  • Tel : 0511.3531687
  • Add 2 : 260 Dong Da street, Danang city, Vietnam
  • Tel : 0511.3531847
  • Add 3 : 88 Dong Da street, Danang city, Vietnam
  • Tel : 0511.3540636

Branch of An Binh commercial Bank in Danang city, Vietnam

  • Add : 174 Nguyen Van Linh street, Danang city, Vietnam
  • Tel : 0511.3225263
  • 0511.3225265

Exchange money at Danang’s jewelers

There are not as many jewelers in Danang as in Hanoi but you can find some in the center of the city.

They can also exchange money with a better rate than the banks or at Danang international airport.

Get money at the ATM

ATM machine Distributors are everywhere in Danang. These machines accept cards: VISA or MASTER CARD: withdrawal of money in cash up to the availabilities of the account. 3% bank charges. 

Other tips

Bear in mind that paying by credit card is not common in Vietnam, and especially in rural areas, so be interested in how to exchange currency when you arrive in Danang.

If there are still some dongs left after the trip, make sure you should exchange them before leaving as it is very difficult to do that in your country or some regions in the world.

Hoi An Night Market may seem like a whole new world. It’s easy to be swept away by all the smells, people, noises and unidentifiable foods served on rice cakes.

A visit to the night market is a living experience for families, couples, buyers and photographers. Children also love this night market, given its many lights, toys and music.

Hoi An Night market

Where to find the Hoi An Night Market ?

The official Hoi An Night Market is located on Hoi An Island, opposite the Japanese Bridge, Nguyen Hoang Street.

The street is illuminated by hundreds of colorful lanterns, animated by a life and a frenetic activity! Every evening from 17h to 22h, vendors line up in three rows, forming two main aisles in which visitors can walk.

The two outer rows (left and right) are lined with food stalls. The middle row consists of stalls selling local souvenirs.

What to see at the Hoi An Night Market ?

The 300-meter long street, home to Hoi An‘s official night market, is home to more than 50 vendors selling many different of local snacks, crafts, souvenirs, trinkets, clothing, shoes, jewelry and accessories. If you have already been in a night market in Vietnam, you will not be lost !

It is good to know that most of the time, the first stands are more expensive so head towards to the end of the market to do good business. You will negociate better prices at the end of the night market.

What to eat at Hoi An Night Market ?

If you have never been to Vietnam, this is the place where you can taste some Vietnamese snacks. In the first stands, you will find Vietnamese pizza, skewers of meat, glutinous rice with grilled banana, coconut cake, etc …

Prices are around 30,000 vnd for most of the dishes. This is a good way to taste dishes that you will not find in your hometown.

After the first stands, you will find others with all the specialties of Hoi An on the market such as Cao Lau or Mi Quang. As before, the prices are standard and it will not exceed 30,000 vnd.

There is also a popular ice stand. His specialty is making ice cream with sweetened condensed milk (the same as in Vietnamese milk coffee). The ice cream is spread on an iced metal plate, chopped and served rolled up. A show in itself that you should not miss !

Hoi An Night market ice cream

Hoi An Lanterns market place

Without a doubt, the highlight of the market, both esthetically and for shopping, is its lantern corner.

From the beginning of the market, you will find five stands offering lanterns of all kinds of shapes, sizes, colors and patterns. Sellers typically charge VND 20,000 ($ 0.90) for a photo in front of their stores.

If you buy lanterns at the store, this cost will probably be canceled if you settle with your new purchase.

It is also a good Instagram spot in Hoi An and you will see many tourists taking in the walls of lanterns. This is the best place to buy a lantern in Hoi An.

Here, the price of a lantern should not exceed 100,000 vnd.

Opening hours of Hoi An Night Market

For those who prefer to come to the market without the crowds, the best time to visit is just before sunset.

Most sellers arrive around 5 pm, but people do not really start until 6 pm For those who do not have a problem with the crowd, the busiest time is from 18:30 to 20:30.

After 21 hours, the number of people is significantly reduced and the owners of food stands move their carts closer to the market entrance to attract new customers. Most stands close around 10pm.

The second Night Market in Hoi An

A second night market opened in Hoi An in 2018 and occupies Tran Quy Cape and Bach Dang Streets near the Central Market. Do not confuse it with the Hoi An Night Market.

They offer more or less the same products as the first night market.

Good point, There are a lot less people. This makes it an easier alternative for strolling and shopping than the official, more crowded night market.

On Bach Dang Street, you will find a few food stalls.

The major disadvantage is that there is no Lantern market that makes a difference.

Lantern Night Market Hoi An

Danang is the third biggest city in Central Vietnam. This city has two different season : the rainy season and the dry season. Let’s take a look here on the weather of Danang in January.

January is one of the “coldest” months with average temperature between 19 and 24 degree Celsius.

In Janury, the number of rainy is decreasing because it is the end of rainy season. The average number of rainy days is around 10 days during this month. Which is the half of the rainy days during December.

So, January is good time for visiting Danang with dry and cooler weather.

However, temperature of water which drops to its lowest level of the year at 22 degree Celsius makes January not a good time to swim and join in other water sports in this coastal city. There can be often big waves at the beach which makes it more difficult to swim.

This month is a good period to visit Ba Na Hills because most of the attractions will be not crowded. You will also have the chance to discover Ba Na Hills during the winter with an average temperature between 10 and 15°C.

If you travel to Danang during this period, tourits will discover the Têt festival. People rush for Têt shopping, and main streets are lit up and decorated with colorful flowers and flags these days.

Besides, visiting Danang or any other big cities in Vietnam at the end of January; tourists have a chance to appreciate colorful firework displays on the Tet Eve.

Note that during Têt Holidays, it is much more difficult to travel to Danang because most of the services are more expensive.

January is an intermediate month between rainy and dry season, January is somtimes rainy month. February is better time to visit Danang with warmer and drier weather.

Danang is the biggest city in central Vietnam and third biggest of the country. Danang is surrounded by mountains and is a coastal city. There is large and one of the most beautiful beach in Danang. Danang is crossed by the Han River. 

When is the best time to visit Danang ?

The weather in Danang has two distinct periods: the rainy season and the dry season.

Dry season in Danang

The dry season in Danang runs from January to September, and these months are hot and humid. The highest average temperature is around 33 – 35°C and the lowest is around 26°C.

The hottest months of the year are between June and August with an average temperature of 40°C.

From March to May, it’s when the weather is perfect. There is little bit rain and the temperature can vary between 19.5°C and 30°C. Therefore, it is neither too hot and humid nor too cold and wet, which is fantastic.

You can spend time doing all kinds of activities without worries. The temperature continues to increase during the months of April and May, and reaches the maximum temperature during the “summer” (from June to the end of August). Moisture also adds more discomfort to the situation.

Good time to visit Danang

Rainy season in Danang

From October to March, it is the rainy season. At this time of year, the rain comes frequently, making the city much cooler.

The average temperature is around 25.5°C but can fall below 20°C and the coolest months are from November to January. Unfortunately, this time of year is the typhoon season. There will be thunderstorms that could cause bad floods, so you should check the weather forecast in advance. This period is not the best time to come to Danang.

Best time to visit Danang

If you are able to handle the heat and humidity of the tropical climate, the dry season is the perfect time to visit the coastal city. Because the weather is generally nice with the sun and clear skies, and it’s good for outdoor activities.

From March to May, it’s the best time to visit Danang because it’s not too hot.

Hoi An Lantern Festival Dates & Guide

If you are travelling to Danang or Hoi An, you should not miss this special event in Vietnam. Hoi An Lantern Festival takes place one night per month. We will explain you in this article what you can see during this festival and the Hoi An Lantern Festival 2020 dates.

What is the Lantern Festival of Hoi An

Also called the Legendary Night or Full Moon Party is a festival that takes place every 14th day of every month on the lunar calendar. This festival is very popular for foreigner tourists as well as for Vietnamese.

Hoi An becomes the City of Lanterns of yesteryear since it is illuminated by the light of these.

Full moon festival Hoi An

There are several old games organized as well as music concerts. The old quarter is pedestrian (no bicycles or motorized vehicles until 10 pm)

During the lantern festival, all the lights of the old city are extinguished which gives a magical side and only the lanterns illuminate Hoi An. This is an opportunity to visit the ancient city of Hoi An.

During this night, it is an opportunity for Vietnamese to honor their ancestors by burning counterfeit notes and paper.

In front of each shop, you will be able to see tables with offerings, fruits in general bananas and mangos, as well as a fire where are burned different things in paper.

During the festival, the pagodas of the city of Hoi An are free, enjoy it. The Full Moon Festival exists since 1998. Be careful, the city is completely pedestrian – Bikes are prohibited even parked so you have to put them in the various car parks of the city otherwise it is likely that it will be recovered at the pound.

What to do during the lantern Festival in Hoi An

Here is a list of things you will see during the lantern Festival in Hoi An:

1) Traditional chess game

Address: 35 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street

2) Folk Songs of Quang Nam

Address: Tran Phu Street 155

3) Recitation of traditional poems

Address: Nguyen Thai Hoc Street 84

4) Bingo game also called Bai Choi

Address: Next to An Hoi Bridge (opposite Gam)

5) Calligraphy

Address: Nguyen Thai Hoc Street 64

6) Breakage game of terracotta pots

Address: 138 Tran Phu Street

7) Family Music

Address: 149 Tran Phu Street (near the Japanese Bridge)

8) Recitation of poems

Address: Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street 04

9) Spectacle of traditional martial arts

Address: Hoàng Văn Thụ Street (west, near the river)

10) Singing, dancing and traditional music

Address: Court House 62 Bach Street Đang

11) Singing the spread

Address: 92B Bach Dang Street

12) Festival of the lanterns

Address: Lampions sold around the river

13) Recital of Folk Music

Address: Tran Phu Street 77

14) Traditional chess game

Address: Quang Trieu Temple (176 Tran Phu Street) – 06 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street – 129, 87 Tran Phu Street – 41, 96 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street – 99B Bach Street Đang

15) Traditional Vietnamese Theater

Address: 106 Bach Dang Street

16) Class of Calligraphy

Address: 155B Tran Phu Street

17) Singing and Music

Address: 78 Rue Le Loi

Hoi An Lantern Festival Dates 2020, 2021

Lantern festival in Hoi An

Around 8 pm on the eve of the full moon the lights of the town are shut off, and the only light comes from the lanterns being carried down the river. Here is the list of the next Hoi An lantern Festival dates. You should not miss this special event !

YearMonthHoi An Lantern Festival Dates
2019SeptemberSeptember 12th, 2019
2019OctoberOctober 12th, 2019
2019NovemberNovember 10th, 2019
2019DecemberDecember 9th, 2019
2020JanuaryJanuary 8th, 2020
2020FebruaryFebruary 7th, 2020
2020MarchMarch 7th, 2020
2020AprilApril 6th, 2020
2020MayMay 6th, 2020
2020JuneJune 5th, 2020
2020JulyJuly 4th, 2020
2020AugustAugust 3rd, 2020
2020SeptemberSeptember 1st, 2020
2020OctoberOctober 30th, 2020
2020NovemberNovember 28th, 2020
2020DecemberDecember 28th, 2020
2021JanuaryJanuary 26th, 2021
2021FebruaryFebruary 25th, 2021
2021MarchMarch 26th, 2021
2021AprilApril 25th, 2021
2021MayMay 25th, 2021
2021JuneJune 23rd, 2021
2021JulyJuly 23rd, 2021
2021AugustAugust 21st, 2021
2021SeptemberSeptember 20th, 2021
2021OctoberOctober 19th, 2021
2021NovemberNovember 18th, 2021
2021DecemberDecember 17th, 2021
2022JanuaryJanuary 16th, 2022
2022FebruaryFebruary 14th, 2022
2022MarchMarch 16th, 2022
2022AprilApril 14th, 2022
2022MayMay 14th, 2022
Ba Na Hills is one of the most popular attraction around Danang city. There are many things to see in Ba Na Hills. Ba Na Hills is a mountaintop resort complex that looks like a medieval castle, but inside these stone walls are modern accommodations, world class restaurants and a Fantasy Park full of exciting rides. Here are the top things to see in Ba Na Hills.
Located just 35 kilometers away from Danang city on Nui Chua mountain, Ba Na Hills is a tourist destination for domestic and foreign travelers. With a cooler and moderate climate, Ba Na Hill station was praised as ‘Da Lat of Da Nang city’ ever since the hill station’s inauguration in 1919, built by the French.
Ba Na Hills View
In 2018, the opening of the Golden Bridge has given to Ba Na hills the popularity like never before. But if you don’t know much about the other things to see in Ba Na Hills other than the Golden Bridge, then our article will help you to spend a wonderful day there.

Firstly, the name ‘Ba Na’ comes from Katu language. Katu language comes from the local ethnic minority group residing in the area, which means ‘my mountain’.

There are three parts of Ba Na Hills:

Lower part: Le Jardin D’Amour Garden, Debay Cellar, Golden Bridge,…

Upper part: French Village, Fantasy Park,…

Mountaintop: Tru Vu Tea Corner, Spiritual Zone,…

Ride the cable cars

Ba Na Hills Cable car

Visitors can only get to Ba Na Hills via cable cars. Ba Na Hills cable car system is one of the most impressive ten cable car lines on earth.

The cable car system at Ba Na Hills was completed in 2013 and holds several Guinness World Records, including the widest gap between stations and the greatest change in elevation. You will have a spectacular view on Danang and on a natural landscape from the cable car.

With three lines of cable cars of total 25 kilometers in length, the longest ride takes you about 20 minutes to get to the mountaintop. The lines departing from Da Nang are:

Dream Spring Station – Ba Na Station

By taking this short line, you can visit Linh Ung Pagoda with the giant Buddha statue and take funicular to Le Jardin D’Amour – a lovely French garden. After that, take the Debay – Morin cable car to Chua mountaintop to visit resort complex and Fantasy Park.

Toc Tien Station – L’Indochine Station

This is the line that holds several world records: longest one-wire sling, greatest elevation between station, longest unpatched wire and heaviest cable roll in the world. The ride takes you around 20 minutes and travel over the beautiful Toc Tien waterfall.

Hoi An Station – Marseille Station

From Hoi An Station, the cable car ride will take you to Marseille Station which is located just next to the famous Golden Bridge. From this station you must take a funicular to the garden Le Jardin D’Armour and Linh Ung Pagoda. To visit the mountaintop, take another cable car at Bordeaux Station.

You might think the cable car fee is too expensive but actually it’s inclusive many activities you can enjoy on Ba Na Hills and the scenery during the ride is absolutely worth every of your penny. Especially, from the cabin you can admire the beautiful panoramic view of mountains and sea.

Walk on the famous Golden Bridge

Ba Na Hills Golden Bridge

The Golden Bridge is one the most famous things to see in Ba Na Hills. This attraction was famous even before its opening in 2018. Since it’s officially opening, the bridge has created a worldwide phenomenon and become one of the most beautiful landscape on earth according to Time magazine.

Why is the Golden Bridge so famous for tourists all over the world? The most obvious reason is its staggering appearance – a delicate gilded bridge being lifted by two giant stone hands, with an amazing view on Da Nang city.

It’s safe to say that Golden Bridge is the most instagrammable man-made construction in Vietnam right now. For the most gorgeous pictures, come to visit Ba Na Hills in summertime !

The French Village

Ba Na Hills the French Village

The French village in Ba Na Hills is a miniature Europe with medieval French architecture beautifully designed on every of its corner and alley.

You might actually feel like you are in the French Alps. When the mists come up at night, or when the clouds fog cover the entire mountaintop, the illusion is even more complete. The cobblestone streets and European-style buildings are remarkably well-built considering that this resort is in Vietnam and at an elevation of 1,500 metres (4,921 feet).

Any visitor would gasp at the sight of the village when see it at the first time. French village is a complete town complex that consists all most everything: a church, a square with fountain, shops, eateries and hotels. With little to none fusion with other architecture style and the cool mountain air, these monuments are the things to see in Ba Na Hills !Ba Na Hills French Cathedral

Not only the architecture and the ambience, there are a lot street artists performing on the streets of French village. They will also take pictures with you. At night, these small yet gorgeous French town sparkles with the colorful lights on.

If you want to stay longer at French village, Mercure Hotel should be your choice, not only for its luxury accommodation services but also because it look just like any other French building here, making feel like you’re not staying at a hotel but rather a local residence.

Le Jardin D’Amour Flower Gardens

This beautiful garden is located at the lower part of Ba Na Hills, together with Linh Ung Pagoda, the giant Buddha white statue and Debay Wine Cellar. To get to the complex, you’ll take a short funicular ride.

Le Jardin D’Amour welcomes you with its gorgeous beauty of 9 different gardens which tell 9 different love stories. This is the paradise of those who are fans of flowers and European architecture, you’ll have the chance to admire the quintessence of them both. A harmony that will please every visitor who sets foot here.

The nine gardens are: Love Garden, Mystery Garden, Legendary Garden, Memory Garden, Heaven Garden, Grape Garden, Brain Storming Garden, Dream Spring Garden, and Sacred Garden.

Love Garden is the most popular of them.

The Wax Museum

If you would like to meet the most famous people of the world and take a photo with them, the wax museum is one the things to see in Ba Na Hills. There are some approximations on the wax statues but most of them seems to be real.

The Alpine CoasterBa Na Hills the alpine coaster

The Alpine Coaster is for children and people who like roller coasters. The Alpine Coaster will make you feel like in a speed car. The cars can go up to 40km/h (24 mph), but don’t worry, each car comes with its own braking system so you can go as fast or slow as you want. The Alpine Coaster is one the things to see in Ba Na Hills for children.

The 4D Death Race experience

Featuring a large 3D screen and moving seats, the Death Race lets guests feel the thrills of flying in a Formula 1 air race — but from the comfort of an air-conditioned theatre. There are even machines for wind, steam and smoke to further trick the senses. Your children will be very happy to try this attraction which is one of the famous things to see in Ba Na Hills for children.

The Drop TowerThe drop tower Ba Na Hills

Go from stunning beauty to cavernous terror in the blink if an eye at the Drop Tower, the wildest ride at Ba Na Hills. At the top, riders can look out the glass dome and see as far as the clouds will allow. Then, without warning, you’re dropped 29 metres (95 feet) into a cave based on two Jules Verne novels: Journey to the Centre of the Earth (1864) and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1870).

Taste wine at 100-year-old Debay Wine Cellar

Since you’re at the garden, do not forget to visit the 100-year old wine cellar – Debay Cellar, built by the French in 1923. The cellar was dug in 100 meters long, through Ba Na Mountain, to maintain a continuous temperature of 16 – 20 degrees Celsius. A special material was used in the creating of the cellar you might never hear about. It’s litsea cubeba resin, in Vietnamese, called ‘mang tang’ which can only be found in this area. Come to this Debay cellar, you can enjoy the finest wine in Da Nang, and even Vietnam.

Ba Na Hills Ticket Fees

Ba Na Hills Cable Car ticket cost 700,000 VND per adult and 550,000VND per child for round-trip ticket.

You can join our Ba Na Hills group tour with daily departure from Danang to visit easily Ba Na Hills park. So, you will not get lost in Ba Na Hills and it is a cheap and easy way to visit Ba Na Hills from Danang.

Ba Na Hills is open everyday from 7 am to 10 pm. It takes a whole day to visit all the things to see in Ba Na Hills.

When is the best time to visit Ba Na Hills

The best time to visit Ba Na Hills is from January to August with dry weather.

If you’re visiting Ba Na Hills to take pictures of Golden Bridge, come during April to August but it is often crowded at this period especially on the Golden Bridge. The Golden Bridge is sometimes in the fog but from April to August the weather will be clear.

From September to March the Golden Bridge will be empty and it will be much better to pose for your Instagram pictures. However, don’t forget to bring umbrella because in September and October it’s supposed to rain because it is rainy season in Central Vietnam.

Hoi An is now a very touristy city where there are more than 600 restaurants. It can therefore be difficult to find a good restaurant especially because of the best alongside the worst. That’s why many people ask us where to eat in Hoi An, which are the best restaurants of Hoi An.

You can eat all kinds of specialties at all prices. If you want to taste the traditional Vietnamese dishes of central Vietnam, Hoi An is one of the cities to recommend since there are a lot of good restaurants. Between Cao Lau (Only sold in Hoi An), Banh Bao Vac through Banh Xeo and Pho, Vietnamese cuisine is rich in flavors.

We also have the chance to find excellent Western restaurants if you want to take a break with Vietnamese cuisine. On the program : pizza and burger. Here in this post you will know where to eat in Hoi An. Here is a small list of restaurants to know:

LOCAL RESTAURANTS (small budget)

PHO 29

Here you can enjoy one of the best Pho soup in Hoi An. This soup is made with beef, vegetables and rice noodles. The price of the dish is about 30,000 Dong. The service is only in Vietnamese but with only one dish, no problem of understanding. 

Adress: 29, Hung Vuong, Hoi An 5100, Vietnam

NGA COM GA

Also a unique dish restaurant (Com Ga = Rice with chicken). Here, there are different prices depending on the size of the meal and different pieces of chicken. The first price starts at 40,000 Vnd and they speak a little bit English.

Adress: Phan Chau Trinh, Hoi An, Vietnam

XANH QUAN
This typical Vietnamese restaurant is perfect to meet local people. This place is one of the favorite places of locals despite it does not looks local and you will see it is often full. On the other side, if you are sensitive to noise, avoid this restaurant.
Adress: 138 Tran Quang Khai, Hoi An  

VIETNAMESE RESTAURANTS

HI RESTAURANT

Street food of Hoi An, it proposes a consequent choice of culinary specialties of Hoi An. From White Roses to Banh Dap via Cao Lau and Banh Xeo, most dishes are below 50.000 Vnd. Good size portions. Service in English and impeccable hygiene. Varied drinks.

Adress: 15, Nguyen Phu Chu st, Hoi An

BALE WELL

bale-well Hoi an restaurant

One of the must-see local restaurant in Hoi An, Bale Well is a restaurant where local people and tourists eat together, which is quite rare in Hoi An. There is no menu like most Vietnamese restaurants and the waitress will bring you the dishes without asking you anything. On the menu, it’s skewer of meat to roll in rice cakes, Banh Xéo and spring rolls for everyone. You pay the number of skewers eaten and the meal varies between 5 and 6 USD per person. Hygiene is not the strength of this restaurant without being repulsive. Point to note: Few varieties of drinks

Adress: 45/11 Tran Hung Dao Street, Hoi An

VI CAFÉ
Small Vietnamese restaurant that excels everywhere, in vietnamese cuisine as well as Western cuisine. The prices are quite cheap making it a canteen for many tourists and expats. Their breakfasts are famous in Hoi An.
Adress: 113 Tran Hung Dao, Hoi An

BABY MUSTARD
Located in Tra Que village, this restaurant has a very good reputation in Hoi An. The vegetables used for the dishes come from the ecological garden of Tra Qué. The menu is varied, from traditional to seafood. Staff and hygiene are at the top.

Eating in the middle of the garden of Tra Qué is an original experience.

Adress: Hai Ba Trung, Hoi An

THE LITTLE MENU
As the name suggests, the menu is really small but the Vietnamese cuisine is excellent, there is nothing wrong. I think the property lacks charm but if you want good Vietnamese food, this is the place for you, you will not be disappointed.
Adress: 12 Le Loi, Hoi An

MISS LY

Second restaurant opened in Hoi An after the Mermaid, it is a reference for Vietnamese cuisine. The quality of the food and the cuisine with English service make it a very popular and highly recommended place and the price will take a back seat. Hygiene side, there is nothing wrong.

Adress: 22, Nguyen Hue, Hoi An

NU EATERY

A fairly new restaurant, it has become a reference in a short time. The chef offers Vietnamese cuisine revisited and does it well. We regret the small portions but we will be seduced by the typical place.

Adress: 10A Nguyen Thi Minh Kai – Hoi An

RESTAURANTS OF SEAFOOD

A ROI

The best place to taste seafood is the A Roi. A local restaurant not far from the beach where you can choose fish and seafood in ponds. Negotiate prices per kilo before ordering. The waiters speak English. This is really worth the cost of taking a taxi to get to this little seaside restaurant. To go back to hotel, ask a waiter to call you a taxi. The other restaurants next to A Roi are also very good.

INTERNATIONAL RESTAURANTS

MIX 
This new restaurant offers Greek cuisine. If you want to have a break in Vietnamese cuisine, this place is a good choice. It offers dishes with several specialties of Mousaka to Souvlaki through the Calamari.
Adress: 188/, 05 Tran Phu

GANESH
The best Indian restaurant in the city is without hesitation the Ganesh. It offers several specialties from northern India. Reserve your seat or you will have to stay outside.
Adress: 24 Tran Hung Dao

GOOD MORNING VIETNAM
Establishment of pizza in Hoi An and after the closure of Casa Verde (one of the oldest reference in pizza), Good Morning Vietnam, run by an Italian is one of the best see the best pizzeria from Hoi An

Despite the quality of the service, pizzas are sometimes better than those served in european restaurants. My favorite, the calzone (puffed pizza).

Count about 180,000 Vnd on average for a pizza.

Adress: 11 Le Loi – Hoi Anwhere to eat in hoi an

Hoi An is a pretty town in central Vietnam, 3-hour drive from Hue and 45 minutes drive from Danang. According to Tripadvisor, Hoi An is in the list of the 25 most preferred travel destinations in the world in 2017. When you arrive in Hoi An, the question is what to do in Hoi An, by which way to begin to visit this city ?

Located on the UNESCO heritage route, Hoi An is the favorite destinations of many travelers. The city is very small, with only 130,000 inhabitants, most of whom live on tourism and trade. Despite its small size, there is plenty things to do in Hoi An.

Hoi An ancient town

Hoi An city includes centuries-old Buddhist pagodas and temples, colonial shophouses, and quaint museums that are set within the popular areas of Riverside and Ancient Town. Once a prominent Vietnamese trading port between the 15th and 19th century, the ancient town and riverside of Hoi An City were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site thanks to its well-preserved mix of Vietnamese, Japanese, Chinese, and French architecture.

Offering sightseeing opportunities you won’t find in other city in Vietnam, the best part of Hoi An is that its attractions are easily accessible on foot or cyclo thanks to its pedestrian-friendly streets. If you’re looking to explore beyond Hoi An Ancient Town, there are plenty of local villages and pristine beaches that are less than an hour away. This section is a detailed list of what to see in Hoi An, as well as our top picks that you should never miss out during your vacation.

 

The beaches of Hoi An

Just about 4 km from the centre of the beautiful Hoi An Ancient Town in Vietnam, you will find the Hoi An beaches of Cua Dai and An Bang.  Imagine golden, fine sand covered beaches, all lined and filled with spectacular palm trees. These are two of our favourite little spots for both relaxation, cocktails and some fine local cuisine. what to do in Hoi An

Cua Dai Beach

Cua Dai is the closest beach to Hoi An. It is easy to go to Cua Dai Beach by bicycle. You can rent bicycles in Hoi An old town easily for 3 or 4 USD per day.

At Cua Dai Beach, you will enjoy the wonderfull landscape and the white sand of this beach. You can rent a chair to take a bath of sun or have a drink on the beach.

An Bang Beach

This very popular and very touristy stretch of the Hanoi Beach is called An Bang. There are more tourists on this beach but the view is amazing. That’s why more people go there.

My Son Holy Land : The Angkor Wat of Vietnam

My Son Holy Land is located in a narrow valley, surrounded by springs, mountains and green, dense jungle. It consists of several temple – towers constructed between 7th and 13th century AD.

After centuries of wars and numerous natural changes there are still about 70 monuments remaining, representing six styles of ancient Champa art. It contains evidence of cultural interactions between Champa Kingdom and other South East Asian civilisations, such as India and China.

My Son Holy Land is located about an hour from Da Nang and Hoi An, and 3 hours from Hue. For visiting My Son Holy Land, you can book a half day tour. A guide will bring you to My Son by bus. The explanations are quite interesting about these monuments. If you are interested about the story of people who lives in Vietnam some centuries ago, you will enjoy this day tour.