not too touristy
da nang is not as too touristy as hoi an.
the city is by the sea and you hardly find any souvenir there. but da nang is bigger than hoi an. you can find supermarket, international airport and university.
and unlike hoi an, most of the building is new.
from furama resort there's a shuttle bus going to da nang everyday and it's free.
Get out of that tunnel
A traveler passing through Vietnam might get the impression that the rigid communism of yesteryear has been reduced to some neat-o propaganda murals and the omnipresence of the national flag. But the government still retains a firm grip on what is happening inside its borders, including what a tourist might see. Backpackers are shepherded onto tour buses and into the towns of Hoi An, Hue, and isolated parts of Hanoi and Saigon - all of which begin to take on the feel of movie sets. For example, try to find a street urchin or beggar, and don’t tell yourself that they don’t exist.
Danang, however, has largely been left off the standard tourist itinerary, and for anyone interested in how Vietnam is changing, it's a must-see. If you're spending a few nights in Central Vietnam, drop your bags here and limit yourself to day trips to Hoi An and Hue, thereby saving yourself from the endless hawking. (Let me say that the food in both those towns is very much overrated.)
Danang is not a pretty city - typical of Vietnam in that it is fast-growing and seems to lack any sort of planning. The city sprawls on both sides of the Han river, which intersects the city and empties into the Eastern Sea. But there are some great restaurants here, and the outlying areas are unpolluted by other travelers and quite beautiful. Perhaps best of all, its isolation on the tourist map allows you to cut through the tourist façade that makes traveling in Vietnam oftentimes so annoying.
To get oriented, drop in at a new restaurant called Phat Pizza on 12 Le Hong Phong Street, within walking distance of the Champa Museum, where most buses will unload its passengers. This place is a shock, really: It has a surprisingly hip décor and the pizza and Italian food are top-notch. The drinks are cold and cheap. The pizza will beat the stomach-grabbing slices you’ll find in Cambodia and Vietnam’s tourist hotspots, but finding good Italian in Southeast Asia is not easy, so I recommend indulging in the homemade ravioli or tagliatelle. Try a mean Salty Dog to start forgetting that bus ride from Saigon.
A young guy named Vu is running this place, and he knows the country as well as anyone I encountered during several weeks in Vietnam. If he doesn’t know the answer to your question, he’ll find it out. It’s possible that he can hook you up with a few motorbikes to scoot through town. If you can land some bikes, take them over the main bridge and out onto the northern peninsula….. The drive offers some awesome views, and you’ll quickly see why the area has resort-minded developers salivating. The road hugging the coastline will take you to an abandoned military posting, where you can buy some basic provisions and take a short hike along the rocky cliffs. Go far enough and you’ll find an old artillery mount (a quasi-expert on Vietnam whom I was traveling with said it was likely of French construction, at a strategic location to control the port.)
For other places to eat, there are a number of good Japanese restaurants catering to Japanese developers. I had some of the best sushi of my life here. And for a more rustic experience, get out to the beach, where seaside shacks serve up fresh shrimp the size of your hand. The beaches are pretty spectacular and you won’t be pestered by the backpackers sauntering up and down the southern locales. There are more and more surfers headed here, if you’re interested in that.
For nightlife, there’s good music and plenty to drink at Phat Pizza. If you’re feeling a little more raucous, ask Vu for directions to the two clubs in town. They both boast of pumping music and big dance floors. Danang’s young elite like to party here, usually in the company of prostitutes trying to make it out of there and into a larger city. One of the clubs used to showcase women dancing in cages…. if you’re into that kind of thing.
But even if you’re not, that’s Vietnam, and if you want to experience it, get out of the government-sanctioned tunnel. Danang is beginning to emerge as a new tourist destination, so see it now.