HAI VAN PASS: THE HISTORIC MISTY MOUNTAIN TOP
As soon as I’d heard about the Hai Van Pass I knew I wanted to go and see it – “a deserted ribbon of perfection – one of the best coast roads in the world.”
LY SON VIETNAM
At noon, the sun bears down on the narrow, largely deserted, streets of Thôn Tây – the harbor village of An Vĩnh commune on Ly Son’s big island. Prudently, most locals are taking a mid-day nap.
PARADISE CAVE IN VIETNAM
It could be a scene straight out of a Jules Verne novel. Gigantic stalactites, lit up in fantastical green and bluish hues, mushroom out from a slippery, dripping canopy. The natural detail of each limestone formation is extraordinarily surreal; similar to a 3D sci-fi flick, causing you to think for a moment you’re on the set of ‘Forbidden Planet’ or are, in fact, journeying to the center of the earth.
AWESOME MONKEY MOUNTAIN: DA NANG’S UNTAMED BACKYARD
Da Nang’s Monkey Mountain offers amazing views, Vietnam’s tallest Buddhist statue, monkeys and a fascinating history. Read our review here.
TO THE SOUTH: QUY NHON
Surprisingly off the tourist trail, Quy Nhon is one of the country’s most idyllic beach towns. White powder sands, azure waters and a quiet, slow-paced atmosphere make this township a truly worthwhile seaside destination about 4 hours’ drive south of Hoi An. The main municipal beach offers backpacker and small hotel accommodation.
BA NA HILLS MOUNTAIN RESORT $$ – $$$
The awe-inspiring Ba Na Hills Resort has something for everyone, from lush garden labyrinths to roller-coasters. A must-see for all visitors in Hoi An.
VINTAGE SIDECAR TO SON TRA (MONKEY MOUNTAIN)
Whether you’re a tourist or long-term Hoi An resident, the vintage sidecar tour will be a remarkable experience that’ll stay firmly etched in your memory.
LIFE’S A BEACH
If you love Vietnam but want a break from the hectic pace of travel, or just want to recharge your batteries, Life’s a Beach homestay is the place to go.
ELEPHANT SPRINGS (Suối: springs, Voi: elephant)
Elephant Springs is around 20 km north of Hai Van pass, not far from Lang Co.
AROUND LANG CO
If you’re planning a trip to Hue then you will undoubtedly pass through Lang Co – a seaside town that is rather famous in these here parts.
HELIO CENTER $$
If you’ve got kids and half a day to spare, Da Nang’s Helio Center is definitely worth a visit.
The Marble Mountains’ religious significance and amazing views make it one of Hoi An’s most famous and popular destinations.
Vincom Shopping Mall $$$
Unless you’re a shopaholic there’s nothing mind blowing about the Vincom shopping mall from a tourist’s point of view.
VINPEARL ICE SKATING RINK $ – $$
When the heat’s overwhelming and the kids’ energy levels have gone through the Richter scale, it’s time for Da Nang’s Vinpearl Land Ice-Skating Rink!
VinKE (That’s Eduta!nment), Da Nang is a must for families with kids. Inside there’s a brightly colored jungle play gym, arcade games, bumper cars, imaginative play rooms, and a 5D-cinema that will plunge you into the world of virtual reality.
Phong Nha – Sublime Scenery off the Beaten Path
Before the summer heat becomes insufferable spring is the best time to dig out your hiking boots and get into an explorer’s mode. And one of Central Vietnam’s most captivating World Heritage Area’s – Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park – remains the ideal location.
ABOUT DA NANG
Da Nang is Vietnam’s third busiest airport and the key transportation hub and economic centre for central Vietnam.
HUE BARS AND NIGHTLIFE
In Hue, most drinking takes place in eateries – from the refined to the hose out style – but in both cases food is always part and parcel of the evening .
Da Nang Dining
Da Nang boasts a fine range of both International and Vietnamese Eateries providing something for every palate.
When we arrived in Hue four years ago we knew little about this sleepy provincial capital and I never would have thought one year would turn into three or end with both of us giving up our jobs.
Hue cuisine is one of the most distinctive in Vietnam, much of it with its beginnings in the Imperial kitchens of the Nguyen Dynasty.