Must Know Vietnam Travel Tips to Danang & Hoi An | Vietnam Series Ep. 1
We finally made it to Vietnam, so, in this video I'm going to share with you guys my, top things, you need to know when first coming to Danang. So. We've traveled, outside of Japan and we've made it to Vietnam, specifically. Danang and I wanted to take you around this, city and kind of show you the things that I've learned on this short trip that have you been here there's a lot of things that I didn't, know about when first coming here but along the way and after a lot of research and just some trial and error I figured, out some things and I thought that might be useful for you guys if you're coming to Vietnam or, the Danang area and this video is capping off our Vietnam series, there's more videos to come about Street food places luxury. Hotels, and all sorts of places in Vietnam so definitely if you want to see more of these kind of videos it does subscribe, button and the Bell button so you don't miss any of them and if you want to know what I'm doing on a daily basis, or what I'm eating all the time definitely, check out my Instagram account I post stories, every, day and, if you want to help support the channel I got cool Tokyo shirts and even samurai. Shirt I'll leave a link in description, so with that all said let me share with you guys my tips, and tricks to navigate, through the Nang Vietnam let's. Do this. All. Right so let's talk about where to stay in Danang the reason I want to talk about this is when I was first coming to the Nang myself, I didn't, know where I wanted to stay and that was kind of like the thing I didn't find a lot of information on and so I wanted to kind of spend a little time on just talking, about where, you're going to stay when you're staying at the Neng now you pretty, much have three options you can save beats ride you can stay seaside, or you can say kind of like the outer parts, of Danang which is like either down the north or the south side of the city and the beach area the beach side to. Me is a little more calm it's just a long strip. You do have these amazing views, and if you want to just go to city then you could take a taxi there are more seafood restaurant, options by the beach like the ones where you get to pick up the live seafood from the tanks or buckets, and then the staff weigh it out in front of you I personally, enjoyed this process and I think it's more reasonably priced so feel like me the beach side may be your best choice hotels, around me KB look quite similar small skinny, and older and they seem to be built all around the same time if we go a bit more south around me on beach I noticed a lot of larger hotels but also relatively, dated on the, city side it's a little more like packed, and crammed in it's not the cleanest, of cities, so it is still kind of developing. And you'll find that there's a lot of traffic, and, people honking, but you will find that there's a more variety, of food, on the city side there's, a lot more coffee shops on the city side you'll find that the hotels are generally, cheaper now, if you're looking for something a little bit more luxurious, in.
Terms Of your stay then up north and down, south are the really really nice hotels, aren't actually gonna be staying at some really nice hotels coming up so subscribe. To the series because, that's, gonna just blow your mind now I ended up staying at the hotel side, and I'm, actually happy, that I did but, I think that's because of my preference. On how to spend the holidays I actually enjoy being right next to the beach and if you look just out this, way I have, this amazing, view just, overlooking. The ocean the, beach so, I'm actually quite, happy that I decided to go beachside and it's actually not that far from the city itself, because, you can take a taxi but more about the taxi, and food, options later, on in this video one of the things I like to do is go for runs in the morning or you can do that in the the city side but it's just quite busy could, probably run alongside. The river but. Here, you can just run along the beach which is just completely, amazing every morning so if you want to have kind of like a healthy running style vacation, going beachside is probably a nice thing so the hotel that I'm staying you, guys are probably wondering I'm staying at the Paris, deli Hotel which, actually isn't that bad I like I like the area that. Again the view is amazing the location is great room I actually, personally like, myself my, wife on the other hand doesn't like it so much just, because she thinks how. Do I put this nicely, if thinks the cleaning, could be a little bit better than it is so, maybe if you are you into to cleanliness then, maybe a pair of selling hotel is not for you but if you look down this trip there's a lot of hotels that are similar to Paris deli like it looks like they're all built and during the same time but a la carte day is probably. Looks like it's a little bit newer than the rest of them we haven't been inside but that's probably what, we would look into staying, public the next time you come here and this is the beach and in fact this area that we're in is a bit south from Paris telling the hotel that we were at earlier what you'll find is that it actually has a larger, hotel stay like this sitting and lounge areas on the beach was all also nice and they even have like these nice bars in fact this hotel holid it looks like they have a tunnel. That goes underground. Directly. To the beach so that you don't have to cross the street which like get a bit hairy cuz there's just so much traffic going back and forth overall though like I like this kind, of area and what's, nice is just running. Perpendicular to, the beach there's a really like wide road, it has kind, of a a tourist, trap vibe you don't see as many locals, there and you see like a lot more tourists, they have a lot of souvenir, shops they, have massage shops it just feels like a more tourist, friendly, area I don't know I think if we were to stay on this like Danang beachside area this might be actually a better spot, for us to stay because the, the beach is nicer and then just right here we were actually able to rent some boogie boards we're able to your ex's are able to run some surfboards and actually surf in this area so maybe, it's kind of like a better section than up north where we're staying at right now and this Beach area is just super nice like the sand itself, I don't.
Know Oh I just got sand, all over my school and, then homeless Mike goes drink so the, sand itself feels really nice very very fine sand the waves are fun to play with because it's like a constant, rolling, way just all along the beach and the waves can get pretty big so you got to kind of watch out and like getting swept away but like one of the nice surprises, is the beach itself how do you say how pristine. It still is despite, all the tourists in fact I know maybe this isn't the high season right now but, there's, not a lot of tourists around so you'll get like spots. Where you can almost feel like you're by yourself on, the beach you're not like inundated, with people and crowds you do feel it's, like the private, beach that you wanted but like depending on the section you are then there are still like people around I've been to several beach countries like for example I've been to Phuket I've, been to Boracay when, you're sitting at the beach you'll find a lot of people, trying to sell you things even like little kids like coming up and like trying to sell you like little trinkets, or sunglasses, trying, to build a castle for you you, don't get a lot of that here maybe we were approached by one person selling sunglasses but aside, from that we weren't really approached so you feel less bothered, by people trying to sell you goods, which is really nice I don't, know why that is maybe it's just Vietnam, in general and one thing you always will have to be careful of like we're on the beach right here there's no stoplights, so, you have to be really careful with the traffic when crossing pricing. Is always tricky because there's not a lot of streetlights here so, basically you just have to go when, traffic kind of slows down but in the middle of the day sometimes, there's no letdown so just kind of like wait. Hey. There we go. Now. We're on this side. About. These guys. Gonna break. There. We go. There's. Not a lot of stoplights so you're like having to play Frogger with, your light out on these streets and it does get a bit hairy in summer like the city areas. Where the traffic gets really, really busy and what, I found is instead, of running walking, and like making yourself like an apparent obstacle, to them is probably safer, than running across the street and they'll go just like kind of weave around you but if you like try to dart then they might not be able to predict how fast you're moving so, if you're crossing the street maybe, one of my tips would be just tilt kind of walk at a normal pace instead of like run even though you're kind of scared all right time to talk about the city area so when you think of the city area don't expect something that's really, really developed, well you'll find it like when you actually start walking, the streets a lot of the sidewalks, are like quite hard to walk on because they're, very uneven, some of the roads aren't finished completely just wanted to share that with you before we like to take you into the city in terms of like tourist spots the biggest tourist spots here, are just, in front of me the Dragon Bridge the, highlight of Dragon Bridge is definitely, at night it's lit up in all different colors and at 9 p.m. on weekends and holidays that dragon boats fire and water unfortunately. I couldn't make it on time to catch the event but I believe the best spot to watch this is around the sea lion area on the beachside there, are street vendors and you'll see many people hanging, out around this area another tourist spot is the Catholic cathedral you won't find a lot of pink churches so a lot of tourists go to that but for me it wasn't too exciting, so this is danang cathedral, and, it was it built in 1923. It's pretty unique because you don't see a lot of Catholic churches with weather, vane, that's, still didn't sound right whether being caught caught whether other. Popular, streets on the city side is one this street that we're on now is called rock Don Street and it runs parallel to the Han River just reading the Dragon Bridge and the Han bridge and once read over is draw Tran who supposed, to be had like a tourist treat with a lot of shopping and subs but I didn't really see a lot going on aside from like some minor shopping, some, coffee shops you, can also check out the marble statues on buck Dunn Street which is another tourist spot but I found it a bit lackluster so, it wasn't for me one thing to note though there's absolutely, nothing going on to stop the Dragon Bridge as it's filled with empty lots maybe in the future there'll be some development, here what I found interest interesting. Is that the, coffee shops, here seem to be like the busiest, social.
Like, Location, where everyone, likes to gather and meet it's almost like Starbucks, on steroids, like there's so many people gather, and like all these different coffee shops it's like they sit and talk all day and, I haven't found the reason why maybe, you guys can let me know if you know so as you can see there's actually not a lot going on in the city but the silver lining staying, on the city side is that a whole slew of restaurants. And bars in places, just to like hang out with your friends like the coffee shops so, if you're looking for that food and drink, experience, then I would say the city side is more, your. Speed but again you can always just take a taxi from the beachside it's, only a few minutes and. To. Travel to the city side, alright, so let's talk food if, you guys are looking too sexy what to eat as an egg then, this is going to be part of the series and be sure not to miss that video if you're really into food is definitely subscribe, but in general that food is relatively, inexpensive, here. In Danang now you can get a chicken and rice dish for, like 2 bucks see this even in fact, is pretty. Inexpensive, as, well if you're sticking with like shrimp clams, even. Snails for some reason the lobsters, and the fish are I found, on the higher side like they're charging like 2 to 2.5, million. Dong for, a kilo of lobster, which is roughly like a little over a hundred dollars but maybe it's because we're in the winter and it's out of season and it's maybe harder to catch I'm, not quite sure but it's like the prices are really really expensive, from, what I found one, thing that I found a really, really cheap are the beers even at restaurants, you're paying like a dollar or a beer, and instead, of like ordering beers, what they'll do to order a case of beer and they'll just send it back to the side maybe this is only like got a couple restaurants where they do that but get them as they want and then they give the customers. Props of ice and then they just pour, the beers into the ice and they drink them like that so it gets kind of watered down but, it like at least you know like really cold beers and another, table manner I noticed, maybe a cultural thing instead of the server's collecting, the beer bottles throughout dinner customers, were just leaving two empty bottles up around their people I don't know that is they actually have like garbage, cans right, underneath the table which is also, quite interesting they just like monument, oh you're trash of it which is nice, in, the sense of. Is gonna throw stucco hey on the floor I know I understand them in a different country that's cool that's actually like, fine with me but I think speaking. To you guys that are traveling to Vietnam, for the first time you, might just want to prepare yourself for this kind of eating.
Culture Here in Vietnam it might not be as intently from. Where you come from also, another thing you wanna consider is credit. Cards versus cash a lot of these like like. Stalls at places that aren't like nice like restaurants, they only accept, cash so be prepared to have cash too when you're eating and, the places that do accept credit cards you also need to be careful with what type of credit card you have I haven't, B's a card which seems to be generally, accepted, but my wife she has a knack merican Express and nowhere. Does it work so again, like visa. Is okay but other credit cards don't, work. Sometimes. When you're a little bit tired and don't want to go out you can actually order, for the year which kind of makes it which is kind, of nice we use an app called foodie, a very, useful app here a lot, of people use it for food reviews like in the States we have Yelp in Japan we have tapioca. Here in Vietnam they use an app called foodie, and it not only has reviews but it also has a delivery service that you can use we just logged it with Facebook put our credit card information and they deliver it right to our hotel so quite, useful but the one thing is, when in order to the soup the pho that it didn't actually come with any bowls so, luckily we just asked the hotel for some girls but definitely. A useful app if you get tired of going out and you just want to get some food this is our fun, tonight I thought, in the foodie site and app very useful because it's used and rated by locals, although you can't read the restaurant reviews and comments you can see the pictures for ordering TripAdvisor. Is useful when looking for Western foods but not as useful for Vietnamese food I personally, found that cleaner restaurants, with a nicer presentation, tend to rank higher on TripAdvisor, despite the taste of the food so, now let's talk about shopping, centers. It's. Really crazy in the city there's just so, much liveliness, going, on so if you're looking for a street marketplace, and there's two markets here in Danang there's, palm mochi which is behind me and there's our market that's, just down the street and it's right by the river this, is how con market looks inside it's a lot bigger than the Han market it's mostly fresh food in food stalls here but you can also find clothing cooking, supplies and some other random stuff as well you can't really buy fresh food as souvenirs, but it's quite a unique experience to witness all the local food so right before your eyes and take in that local market vibe oh and if you go inside there's even a spot where you can eat on the tables but I think the true experience is to squat down and eat right in the middle of the aisles in front of the food stall and this. Is Han Market the smaller of the two the first floor is mainly food and everyday goods the second floor is apparel goods if you're looking to purchase a reasonable, out I dress this may be the spot one. Thing that you find about these local markets they always have an interesting, smell, how, do I say this or not being rude it. Has its own unique and very. Characteristic. Market. Smell and. If you look behind me there's just, many knockoff products, they have sure, stresses. They, have shoes there's just all these different types of things in whatever you would want, out. Of this kind of rate but I'm. Not sure about the quality because I've actually never bought any, clothes for the, market also sells fresh vegetables, meat and lots of other food as well. So. But if you had a choice and you only had to like go to one and, I would suggest going to car market because it's a lot bigger you feel a lot more local here but another a hundred get is close to the river and, it's buy more of the turn spots so if you don't have a lot of time to make it to this one and you're ready over there then our market may be a better choice so if you're looking to do any big, supermarket, shopping then my recommendation, is big see it, has the widest selection and, it has the cheapest prices that I've found it's. Inside the parks and mall but don't expect too much here I walked, around to see what's here but I didn't see many international brands except gap at Nike and it kind of has this ghost town filled because not a lot of customers are walking the aisles on the second floor you can find a whole lot of food like the deli fresh vegetables and so on this. Is the perfect spot for me to get souvenirs, like Vietnamese coffee and, snacks to bring back home on the third floor you'll find household, supplies it's, very, much like your standard Walmart, or Target in, the US so.
Here They have your regular like poetry, supplies shampoo. Conditioner. Body, soap like all that kind of stuff just like a lot of stuff like I would say like this is probably the best place to buy, like your daily. Needs stuff so above the supermarket, there's even a movie theater right here and right, next to it there's actually an arcade, so if you're looking for some entertainment then this could be a spot just got to be careful because some of the movies are. Some. Of the games aren't very new but, they do have conocchia machines right here as, well as a bowling alley Bobo. You're not gonna find like high brand fashion, like shopping here than that but if you're actually looking for kind of like a nicer, place to shop that I would recommend going to VidCon there's, a lot nicer stores, in general, so VidCon is near Hunt Bridge it's a lot cleaner and newer than parks in you know find nicer shops with a better item selection, I kind of prefer this shopping mall above all inside, the mall there's even a small supermarket called, Finnmark it's definitely, smaller than Big C but it has just enough to pick up daily groceries and some decent souvenirs, this, behind me is big mark it has everything, is kind of like your Vietnamese, version, of a Kmart or a Target and if you're looking for souvenirs, it's pretty nice because they have a whole entire aisle, dedicated. To just souvenirs, and there, are a lot cheaper than going to the airport, now. If you're looking to do something just outside of Danang then, I recommend visiting, hyeyeon, it's about a 40 to 50 minute car ride to this area and it's, just, literally, breathtaking in, fact the whole city itself, is a world historic, site so you'll see a lot, of buildings that have been untouched. And preserved, just walking around it so you get a sense that here in Vietnam in fact I wish we would have spent a little more time here but, unfortunately we, were pressed for time so we're only able to spend a day but definitely I would recommend if you do have some time to maybe spend two to three days here and like really really take in the sights something. Worth mentioning for the historical, sights in Hoi An City you, need to purchase tickets like this it comes in a booklet of five tickets and those there are one ticket each time you enter a site I went to a few places like this Japanese bridge and Quang true also if you're looking for typical Vietnamese souvenirs, like lanterns coloured, shale bowls and wooden, chopsticks, I saw, more of these type of souvenir, shops with a wider selection in hyeyeon one, of the things I recommend doing, here when you get here is visiting, a loon for action it's kind of like a circus Olay on bamboo, which is really, hard to explain so let me just show you all right so we're actually gonna go backstage and see this show which is kind of like just, check out the we call them actors or performers, yes.
When. I got backstage they, were practicing, the new parts in the show apparently. All the performers, need to know each role the, RO show is a blend of bamboo Cirque acrobatics. Contemporary, dance with unique live music, and I love how close the stages to the audience which makes the experience even more enriching. And. If you have your timing just right they have a lantern, festival, that runs once a month city itself turns off its lights and turns, on all the lanterns throughout, the city and it's just amazing, to see and between, a yin and Danang there's actually, the marble mountains you might want to check that out as well here's some other things that I kind of wish I knew when I first came here but I didn't know what I found is that tipping, is not a standard practice here in Vietnam going, to restaurants or riding taxis, you don't really have to worry about tips if you go to massages, or even like nice restaurants, the tips are actually already built in to the fee so so basically you don't have to worry about tips if that was one of your concerns all the time going to a country one. Of the things that I'm always worried about is not being connected because I'm, always so connected, in general, like I want to be connected with people on Instagram or, emails, and whatnot what I found is that the hotels here um they have pretty decent Wi-Fi, I was able to even, upload a YouTube video from. My hotel here, in Vietnam so it's actually not that bad, even, some of the restaurants, will provide Wi-Fi but if you're cruising around the city you won't have Wi-Fi, so I would suggest getting a SIM card or a pocket Wi-Fi we, would actually could be able to get a SIM card right, when we landed, at the airport at baggage claim there, is about $8 you can probably get a cheaper if you look around it's kind of been instrumental for us because we use grab taxi, the haptic like all taxis, and just. Having the Internet connectivity, on the phone at least one of our phones works, really well make, sure though your phone is unlocked I tried, to use my, phone it's a newly purchased iPhone, and it wasn't unlocked, yet so, I wasn't, able to get a SIM card for my phone but Michael had an older iPhone which we unlock and she was able to use it and speaking of taxis, we haven't used a regular taxis, here we've been using grab taxis it's a very similar service. To Huber in Asia I'll leave a link in the description for you guys if you want it's been, very, very easy to. Get from location, to location all, of the locations and the restaurants, we've gone to have been easily searchable, on the app so everything is kind of like pre registered so it's been easy to find the locations, it's easy to get picked up and it saves you that language barrier and the payment barriers language, barrier meaning that a lot of enemies don't, speak English I mean like literally, they speak zero English so when, you tell them like I'm asking for salt or water and so these don't know sometimes so good luck trying to tell them directions to a place if, they don't speak any English grab taxi just pretty much but do, it in the app and they'll just take you to that location and no problem, also, you, don't have to like fumble around with the, Vietnamese dong when, you're paying them so, it just makes it super, super convenient, to get around also, one of our concerns when coming to a country is how we're gonna do laundry you can probably have some hotel to do your laundry for you but it gets quite expensive, since we're staying by the beachside we, found that the street behind us there's quite a bunch of laundry.
Services, And they're quite cheap there looks like one kilo or 2.2. Pounds is about 20, to, 25 thousand, dong about a dollar for, a kilo of laundry which is really, really cheap and finally if you're looking for massages, then, I found, that, on the same street as a laundry, sheet behind the Beach hotels, there's quite a lot of massage. Parlors or massage shops also a street after that this morning's parallel that also has a few massage shops and they're pretty good there are about 25,000. To 30,000. Dong which works out to be around, ten to fifteen dollars and this is for your like regular one hour body, massage and they have other services, that you can get one thing you need to be careful about the price is that sometimes, the price that's listed doesn't. Include the tip and they actually add that on after you've had the service so what. We found is that the tip is about another 50,000, dong which is like 2 or 3 bucks but if you're looking for nicer massage places then it, runs roughly, between 400,000. To 600,000. Dong and usually, the tip is included in that fee also if you're looking for like really really nice massage places what we found is that the hotels provide some really nice like day spas but you will pay a premium for that price but that's pretty much the massage scene I was actually expecting to be a little cheaper than compared to Thailand, but these, are kind of the general prices in Danang and, one last thing I wanted to talk about our drones, or also known as fly. Cams here, pretty much they're banned everywhere, you're not supposed to fly drones at all if you really want to fly a drone then, you're gonna want to get a license, for it but I've, heard some stories of people trying to get licenses, for it and it's, pretty much impossible so, like don't even try to bring your drone here in fact, if you try to bring your drone there's a high chance that I'll get confiscated, at the airport I've read some stories where once, you return back to the airport you'll, be able to pick it up but, pretty, much like, like all of Vietnam is like a no-fly zone so, don't, like waste your time trying to bring a drone that one more thing that I forgot visas. If you're gonna stay less than 15 days there's several countries that you actually don't need a visa if you're staying less than 15 days but, if you're saying more, than 15 days then.
You're Definitely gonna need to get a visa actually. Quite easy to apply, online you just need to go to the government, website I'll leave a link here be careful because there, are services, out there that will say that they do a visa service not to say that they won't actually process, your visa. But. You need to know that they're not. Sponsored, visas. And the, best place to go is the government, one Michael. Actually, had some trouble because she didn't get her visa on time and we were travelling during, lunar holiday, and everything is closed it takes a few days maybe up to a week to get your visa online that's, probably the best way to go there are there is a visa on arrival process. But then you need to get an invitation letter which you can apply online but. Save, yourself some time in getting that invitation letter, and then being at the customs and having to get your visa there oh and, for you backpackers, out there that are planning to go in and out of the country say you're traveling to Cambodia, or Thailand and then back here then, you'll probably want to get a multi entry visa you, don't want to get the single entry visa where you won't be allowed back in alright so that wraps up the video if you liked it if you found it helpful then help me out and hit that like button oh and if you want to support the channel and check out my samurai merch link, is always in the description again, this video is kicking off our Vietnam series, we'll be checking out some awesome street food we're gonna be checking out some luxury hotels, I'll be releasing a video once a week for this series that's us carbon and the bail bond and I'll catch you guys in the next one.