Thursday, January 24, 2013

Visiting Da Nang, Vietnam


Da Nang is the only city in Vietnam to be recognized as on the world's 20 low-carbon cities( ILO). 

view as we exit one of the caves

After a long hike, we decided to dine at Lifestyle Resort. The service was great and the food was well presented. 

mi quang, a specialty in the region

deep fried spring rolls
If there's one thing I liked most about the cuisine in Vietnam, it's the use of rice paper instead of egg paper for their deep fried spring rolls.

Tips for traveling to Da Nang:

1. If you're going in the winter, bring a portable umbrella (it rains sporadically).  
2. Bring a lotion with DEET (prevent mosquito bites) and/or drink grapefruit juice everyday two weeks before traveling (tip from an Australian traveler on our flight back to Saigon)
3. Tripadvisor app can be your best friend 
4. Taxi: avoid Mai Linh (our driver took us to a fancy restaurant instead of the one we wanted to go to because he traded his integrity for a commission). VinaSun was better. Use your tripadvisor app to locate sites.
5. Da Nang is a beach town, try to not go during rainy season.

While Da Nang has much to offer, customer service and taxi driver honesty need improvement. While at the airport, I had the irrepressible urge to hijack the loudspeaker to ask, "why is your customer service so bloody unfriendly!?"

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