VIETNAM – The Observer, a British newspaper, has lauded the convenience of tourism in Danang, Vietnam, with its street food, surfing beaches, and historical landmarks.

The Observer’s editor suggests that travelers seeking a Vietnam vacation to savor local street food, surf, and explore UNESCO-recognized historical sites should consider stopping in Danang.

The top tourist city in Vietnam is deemed modern, with a rapidly growing tourism industry. The number of international visitors to Danang in the first nine months of the year reached 1.6 million, a 5.8-fold increase compared to the same period in 2022 and a 67% increase over the same period in 2019, according to the Danang Department of Tourism.

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Tourists visit the Golden Bridge, a location within the Ba Na Hills tourist complex. Photo: Unsplash

There are now direct flights from popular tourist destinations in the Asian region, such as Taipei, Seoul, or Tokyo, to Danang. International travelers can “easily fly directly to the central coastal city of Vietnam” without having to transfer in Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi.

From Danang, tourists can easily visit nearby famous tourist spots such as the My Son Sanctuary, Hoi An, and the ancient capital of Hue, all of which are less than two hours away by car. Within the city itself, there is a wide range of accommodation, dining, sightseeing, and recreational activities to explore.

The Observer suggests three high-end accommodations that tourists can visit when in the beach city, including the Intercontinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, Naman Retreat, and Fusion Suites Da Nang.

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The first “must-visit” destination when in Danang is My Khe Beach. The British newspaper notes that many hotels in the city have their private beaches, but visitors should go to My Khe Beach. It is described as a lively public white-sand beach in the city center. Here, tourists can partake in activities such as jet skiing, surfing, and paddleboarding. Visitors should ask their hotel to arrange these beach activities to ensure a reputable provider.

Another recommended attraction is the Linh Ung Pagoda on the Son Tra Peninsula, about 10 kilometers from the city center. The highlight here is a 67-meter tall Lady Buddha statue. The British newspaper advises travelers to the Son Tra Peninsula to avoid feeding the monkeys if they encounter them.

The Marble Mountains are also an impressive tourist destination in Danang, suitable for those who enjoy hiking and admiring the mountainous scenery. The weather in September to November is pleasant, with less intense sunlight, making it convenient for a visit. Tourists should “dress modestly and respect the local culture” and may light incense for good luck.

Another famous tourist spot in Danang is Ba Na Hills, located over 1,500 meters above sea level. From here, tourists can visit the Golden Bridge, a beloved social media “check-in” spot.

The Observer suggests that visitors should also check out the APEC Park, which houses the Cham Sculpture Museum, preserving ancient Champa cultural artifacts.

When in Danang, exploring the local cuisine is a must. The British newspaper introduces both local and upscale dining options in the beach city. Modern-style restaurants include Nen Restaurant and Madame Lan, which serve creative variations of Vietnamese dishes.

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Banh xeo (sizzling pancakes) and grilled nem lụi at Ba Duong’s eatery, a renowned street food address in Danang. Photo: Little Food Baby

For trying the famous Quang noodle dish, Phu Chiêm – Anh and Nu Do Kitchen are recommended. A renowned spot for enjoying banh xeo (Vietnamese sizzling pancakes) in Danang is Bà Dưỡng’s banh xeo eatery.

“Visitors can observe how the locals make banh xeo in the pan. The pancakes can have fillings of meat, shrimp, or a combination of both,” writes the Observer’s editor.