These wonderful places are must-visit destinations when traveling to central Vietnam. I had a memorable trip here within 2 days at Hue – Da Nang – Hoi An.
- Hue Citadel has such an antique and picturesque beauty.
- Da Nang is so spectacular with hills, romantic with blue sea and white sandy beaches.
- Hoi An is so peaceful, simple, and pure.
Day 1: Hue – Da Nang
My friends and I booked a flight from Ha Noi to Hue City and we arrived in Hue at 8:00 AM. We rented motorbikes at the hotel to get ready for our journey to explore the central of Vietnam. The cost of renting a motorbike is 120 000 VND per day.
Exploring Hue Citadel
Before starting my journey to explore Hue City, I took a rest at Vo Sau Street to fill the petrol for my motorbike.
This street is also famous for specialty dishes of Hue as rectangular dumplings, Clear Shrimp and Pork Dumplings, Steamed Rice Flour Cakes with Dried Shrimp, wet cake with shrimp patties. These dishes are very delicious but very cheap. With only 20 000 VND, you can enjoy a delicious and tasty plate of these specialties.
On traveling to Hue, you must climb on Vong Canh Hill to contemplate the beauty of chinaberry flowers, the romance of Huong River, and the peace of pine forests.
At 11:30 AM, I came back to the city center and stopped at Kim Long Stress to have lunch with wet cakes and Vietnamese Grilled Pork Vermicelli. They were all very tasty!
After that, I wandered around the city, took some photos at Trang Tien Bridge, the Imperial and enjoyed the antique and picturesque beauty of Hue Citadel – A World Cultural Heritage.
Da Nang City at night
At 3:30 PM, I left Hue and travel to Da Nang. Da Nang City is about 100 kilometers from Hue.
We arrived in Da Nang at 6:00 PM and enjoyed our dinner at a food stall in Hoang Dieu Street. We ate Steamed Rice Flour Cakes with Dried Shrimp and Pork Rolls. They were very yummy! Then, we rented a room at Memory Hotel near Dragon Bridge to rest at night. The room here was quite functional and the price was 400 000 VND for a single room.
At night, going for a walk is the best thing that you must do. You can see the lively nightlife and breathe the fresh atmosphere of Da Nang City. Don’t forget to enjoy delicious street foods here such as yogurt; Snow cream or thick noodles with crabs, etc.
Day 2: Da Nang – Hoi An
Visit Da Nang City
To have a great preparation for Day 2, I did not forget to enjoy the specialty dish of the Central Vietnam – Quang Noodles. Then heading out to the beach for a walk. The T20 beach is beautiful in the morning. After that, I ran along the coastal line to Hoang Sa Street to pay a visit to Son Tra Peninsula.
At Son Tra Peninsula, I visited Linh Ung Pagoda, which is the holiest pagoda of the locals. From the top of Son Tra Mountain, I could observe the whole beautiful view of this city and felt so relaxing in the peaceful scenery.
At 11:00 AM, I checked out my hotel and enjoyed the yummy seafood dishes at Le Duc Tho – Hoang Sa intersection. This place offers many kinds of fresh seafood and delicious dishes such as grilled shrimps, clams, clams soup… and other tasty dishes.
After fulfilling my stomach, I started my journey to discover Hoi An.
Exploring Hoi An Ancient Town
In Hoi An, I rented a room at An Hoi Hotel, at Nguyen Phuc Chu Street. This price was affordable, which was only 500 000 VND for a 4 persons room. There was a pool in this hotel for you to relax as well.
At night, going for a walk around the town, taking some beautiful photos and enjoying street foods are what you should do on traveling to Hoi An.
Hoi An is not as serious as Hue Citadel or too busy as Cho Lon, Ho Chi Minh City. It attracts the tourist thanks to its unique romance. At this ancient town, you can easily catch sight of the antique tiled roof covered by moss, the colorful light of lanterns, the meticulous and elegant architecture of wooden houses. These houses were over 300 years old. One special thing is that you always see the smiles of the locals here. They look very happy. All of them will be an unforgettable memory for you.
At Hoi An, you can see the moonlight in every corner. Without the skyscrapers, the splendid light of the city, contemplating the moonlight at this ancient town is such an interesting experience. The moonlight seems to be different whenever you go because, at different views, it seems to have different shapes.
Hint: Hoi An is a fabulous place to get clothes made – read about that here
The next morning, I had my breakfast, checked out and returned to Da Nang for my flight to Ho Chi Minh City. It was time to say goodbye to Hue – Da Nang – Hoi An. However, I will come back these places more times to contemplate the beautiful sceneries, enjoy delicious foods and especially, to see the hospitable smiles of the locals.
Author:Việt Linh is a student in HCMC, she is passionate about travel and this trip has brought her many interesting things. She is also passionate about writing and is an amateur writer. Fb: https://www.facebook.com/vietlinh.hoang.7
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