• Street food in Cồn Market

    WHERE TO EAT IN DA NANG

    In the last few months living in Da Nang, we found many great places where to eat and we are going to share them in this article. After choosing 10 of our favorite places to eat in Da Nang, we decided to divide them into “local”, where almost nobody can speak English and to communicate you’ll have to use body language, and “western”, because sometimes you really need a break from Asian food. WHERE TO EAT LOCAL FOOD IN DA NANG 1. Cồn Market The biggest and richest market in Da Nang is structured in departments where a specific category of item is sold, and among these there’s obviously the…

  • HOW TO DRIVE (AND SURVIVE) IN VIETNAM

    A short guide on how to drive, and most of all how to survive to the crazy and wild Vietnam traffic. If you have never ridden a scooter before, this could be the right place to learn, and doing it quickly could be a matter of survival. Whilst for tourists a motorbike is just the easiest and funniest way to move around, for Vietnamese people it means everything: being a car a luxury item that only a few can afford, a scooter is by far the best chance to travel autonomously. In order to drive in Vietnam the prerequisites are: 1. international driving licence; 2. very quick reflexes. We have…

  • what to do&see in DaNang

    TOP 10 MUST SEE PLACES IN DANANG, VIETNAM

    DaNang is fastly becoming the perfect half way spot between the Northern capital Hanoi and the opposite far end Ho Chi Minh. DaNang International Airport is well linked to the two main Vietnamese cities with everyday flights, and is currently developing its International destinations, that now include direct flights from Hong-Kong, Tokyo, Singapore, Shanghai, Seoul, Kuala Lumpur. Da Nang train station is linked to the reunification line that connects Vietnam from North to South, and buses travel to and from all the main cities. The Da Nang-Hue train route is one of the most scenic of the country, you can read more about it in our dedicated post. HERE’S WHAT TO…

  • Amazing sunset with a view on Vinpearl Land's scenic cable car

    SLEEPER TRAIN FROM NHA TRANG TO DANANG

    Since we tried to experience every possible mean of transport, we couldn’t miss the sleeper train to reach the city of DaNang. Go straight to our train booking tutorial here. Our stay in Nha Trang is not very comfortable, not to say inconvenient. The sleeper train from Nha Trang to Da Nang will be our best memory. Because of Tet holidays (Vietnamese lunar new year), hotels are super full and remaining places are way overpriced; we try then on Airbnb: same story, but eventually we manage to find a room, even though 5 miles away from the centre. Unfortunately at our arrival, the owners welcome us with a bad surprise:…

  • Elephant Falls, Dalat

    DALAT AND THE HIGHLANDS

    Our next stop is far from the muggy heat of South Vietnam, in the interior area of Dalat highlands. The 6.30 train takes us outside Ho Chi Minh City, riding through canals, already busy markets, streets covered by scooters. We sit on the wooden benches in our “hard seat” coach and we immediately get all passengers’ eyes on us, being the only westerns aboard. Despite the train being modest and very cheap, we got really positively surprised by the absolutely flawless service: a ticket inspector handing out to every single person a small package with water, pastry and a sanitary napkin, way better than many European trains! Our accomodation is…

  • OUR ARRIVAL IN VIETNAM: HO CHI MINH CITY

    After travelling 13 days, here we are Vietnam! Our first stop-over in this Country is Ho Chi Minh, once Saigon. After leaving the beautiful island of Koh Rong on a very typical boat mostly used by locals, we are back in Sihanoukville, waiting for a sleeping bus to Ho Chi Minh. At least that’s what we thought. We make ourselves comfortable in the berth, watch a movie, and fall asleep cradled by the sudden swerves and horn used as to say hi to every bike along the road. And then: surprise! Some shakes, a “where are you going?” screamed in our ears, just the time to collect our stuff, and…