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Da Nang Travel Guide for Digital Nomads
In recent years, Da Nang has become an ideal place for not only travelers but Digital Nomads community. For reasons – there are not only beautiful beaches and cheap prices (apart from Hanoi or HCMC), the tech community has also been growing by leaps and bounds there. Vietnam’s largest city is surrounded by the perfect harmony between the mountain and sea, filled with a strong foodie scene, new hotels and resorts popping up on a five-mile-long beach strip, numerous events & activities, and no shortage of digital nomad worthy coffee shops and Coworking Spaces.
The interesting news is the fact that Da Nang ranks 15th in Top 52 Destinations in 2019 by the New York Times. Remote workers and digital nomads have more reason to visit and live there.
In this article, we are going to cover all insider knowledge and important information that digital nomads need to settling down in Da Nang. You can follow this guide to get the best experience during the time you stay here.
I. WHERE TO WORK: Coworking Space & Cafes
Da Nang has quite a few coworking spaces. We haven’t built up a social and lively coworking spaces like Bali or Chiang Mai. As there are more and more digital nomads are settling into Da Nang every day, we’re trying to build up a lively and welcoming expat from all over the world, in order to make Da Nang become the next Digital Nomad “hot spot” in Southeast Asia. Here are some Coworking Spaces and coffee shops to work from in Da Nang you can choose.
We offer a modern yet cozy working environment with a variety of membership types and services. Whether you need a dedicated desk for one, a flexible seats or a private office for your team, you could find it all at Enouvo Space.
Located just a few blocks away from the first building, Enouvo Space 2 has just been celebrating the Soft Opening early June. The seven-story building consists of coworking areas both open space and studios as well as co-drink area where you can chill out and take some time away from your desk. It will be one of the pioneers in creating a coworking space integrated with a concept of coliving in Da Nang’s coworking scene.
Our two locations are located in the “expat town” and close to one of the most beautiful beaches in the world – My Khe beach.
Location 1: 15 Ta My Duat, Son Tra, Da Nang
Location 2: 16-18 An Nhon 3, Son Tra, Danang
SpaceA is also nestled into the side of the expat area of An Thuong. With an open concept and plenty of chairs and tables to choose from and a coffee shop onsite, Space A has a vote for a workable digital nomad hub in Da Nang!
Address: 132 Le Quang Dao, Ngu Hanh Son, Da Nang
DNC Danang Coworking Space
Located in the heart of the city located in the heart of Danang City, from where you can easily access most of the major places of the city, DNC offers a friendly workspace and offices for rent at affordable price. This is also a vibrant hub for entrepreneurs and startups community with weekly social events and activities.
Address: 31 Tran Phu, Hai Chau, Da Nang
Centrally located in the coastal city of Danang, SURF SPACE aims to create a vibrant hub for innovation & creative industry. It will suit your best needs by providing an inspiring workspace with modern facilities along with a close-knit community of like-minded entrepreneurs.
Address: 35 Thai Phien St, Hai Chau, Da Nang
Besides coworking spaces, there are numerous coffee shops surrounding the expat neighborhood of Da Nang that you can choose to work.
Da Nang Souvenirs & Cafe
A strongly recommended place for having a nice coffee you can find in Danang! Good location, charming souvenirs, and local specialty. You might come not only to catch up with friends but also to find work inspirations while appreciating the souvenir collections and enjoying the view once the city lights up its vivid colors along the Han River. Businessmen and working professionals also choose this cafe to work or have client meetings.
Address: 34 Bach Dang Street, Hai Chau, Da Nang
The Coffee House
Of course, this coffee brand never let us down! It’s a perfect place for working, studying or even chatting with friends. Love the feeling when starting a new working day with a favorite combo: macchiato tea & salted-egg croissant, especially served by the young, passionate and professional staffs there. We are willing to give 5 stars for the quality of both drink and service.
- 461 Tran Hung Dao, Son Tra, Da Nang
- 80A Nguyen Chi Thanh, Hai Chau, Da Nang
- 2 Nguyen Van Linh, Hai Chau, Da Nang
- 195 Nguyen Van Thoai, Son Tra, Da Nang
Brewman Coffee Concept
Down a small and quiet alley, is this delightful little cafe. Brewman Cafe has a beautiful open design and the origin coffee served will not disappoint you. Space is limited, and it’s easy to spend hours there.
Address: k27a/21 Thái Phiên, Hai Chau, Da Nang
Mia Coffee shop is also a good choice. This coffee shop located right in the heart of the city with open space, comfortable high tables, seated tables, couches/coffee tables, and an upstairs area. The café offers moderately priced drinks and great western food such as pasta or steak after 5PM and the Wi-Fi is reliable. Highly recommend for you.
Address: 9-11 Quang Trung, Hai Chau, Da Nang
Wonderlust Bakery & Coffee
Another choice for you in the downtown area. This coffee shop displays a modern and elegant design. The white walls make the room shine bright even during a cloudy day. It’s a bit different from the mostly dark interiors of Da Nang’s café landscape. Drinks and cakes are affordable, good Wi-Fi connection and the staff are super friendly.
Address: 96 Tran Phu, Hai Chau, Da Nang
The Cups Coffee
If you are a coffee chain lover, you can consider The Cups Coffee. This is the first authentic coffee chain of Da Nang locals. Beside serving fresh coffee, It sells favorite drinks and snacks for young people. It has opened three facilities. The spaces inside have good decoration and many types of table great place to work from.
- 183 Le Duan, Hai Chau, Da Nang
- 55 Nguyen Van Linh, Hai Chau, Da Nang
- 233 Nguyen Van Thoai, Ngu Hanh Son, Da Nang
II. WHERE TO STAY: Accommodation in Da Nang
On the coastal side of the city, you’ll see new growth every day. The My An neighborhood is very popular among expats. As of right now, there are many new apartment buildings being built every day, finding an apartment in Da Nang is easy as long as you’re staying for at least a month.
You can check AirBnB and you can find lots of rooms are all there is to offer. Starting as low as 300$/month for a private room in the city and rising from there. But the price of AirBnB is hugely overpriced due to Da Nang being more a holiday spot. You can get better deals if you look hard enough.
It doesn’t matter so much where you stay in Da Nang – the city is small enough with not too much traffic that you can get anywhere in under 15 minutes via motorbike.
The best place to stay would be the area near My Khe beach called My An/An Thuong. This is an expat hotspot with many western restaurants, expat bars, and coffee shops throughout. But, if you want to spend more on your accommodation or nightlife party, then we’d recommend staying riverside in the Hai Chau district, close to all the action.
Here are some studios you can consider.
Christina’s Da Nang – Seahorse Hostel & Bar
Address: 07, Nguyen Thai Hoc, Hai Chau, Danang
Price: from 35 USD/ night
Located in the center of the city, has a great river view and close to many places of interest in the city, this beautiful hostel is a great choice for you to explore the daily life of Da Nang people. The cafe downstairs is also a great place to work from, with a large table, a comfortable chair, and a good Wi-Fi connection. The bar upstairs is really laid back as well to meet new people.
Address: 15-17 Nguyen Van Linh, Danang, Vietnam
Price: from 8,04 USD/night
If you just want to spend less on accommodation but still has enough facilities services and stay in a conveniently located property in Da Nang Stingray Hostel might be a good choice for you. Located in one of the busiest roads of the city – Nguyen Van Linh street, but the beautiful and cozy design inside the house will make you feel at home. The property offers fantastic facilities, including boats, canoe, billiards, table tennis, to help you unwind after an action-packed day in the city.
Rom Casa Da Nang by Christina’s
Address: 26 An Thuong 4
Price: from 9,48 USD/ night
Are you wondering what it’s like to sleep in a shipping container or chilling in a container pool? Come over to discover it at Christina’s Da Nang – Rom Casa. Ideally located between the Han River and Da Nang’s best beaches (300 m from My An Beach). Right in the expat town, so you can enjoy the night.
Tropical Hostel Forest & Apartment
Address: 123 Le Van Luong, Son Tra, Da Nang
Price: from 14,25 USD
Another choice for you is this accommodation. Located in Son Tra district, Tropical Hostel Forest & Apartment is not so hasty like the expats town and close to the must-see destinations of Da Nang (Son Tra Peninsula and the quiet, peaceful beach). This place has a unique design for the dorm room. Instead of normal beds, they make them become small spaceship rooms.
Give it a try and enjoy the comfortable atmosphere here!
Address: 03 Tran Quoc Toan Street, Hai Chau, Da Nang
Price: from 8 USD per night
Located in the heart of Danang, just 3min walking to Bach Dang – the central tourist street, good nearby restaurants, and nightlife. Memory Hostel offers female dorms, mixed dorms, and a romantic double room. Its design is inspired by Champa architecture using refined brick as main materials will bring you very special feelings.
III. WHAT TO EAT
When you are visiting a big city in Vietnam. The back alleyways beside the main streets are things you can not miss. You can take the real taste of Vienamese food here. Surround yourself around every corner, you can find favorite dining places around the town or order food easily by using “Foody” app – an Vietnamese app.
Foody webpage: https://www.foody.vn/da-nang\
Foody app: https://www.foody.vn/ung-dung-mobile
Here are some recommendations about the traditional cuisines of Da Nang
Mi Quang – Quang noodles
This is the traditional food of Da Nang people. Unlike other Vietnamese noodle soup bowls whose broth will cover the noodles almost completely, Quang noodle broth is barely enough to slurp during the meal. Quang noodle soups are generally pork and dried shrimp broth based, although some regional and family recipes will use chicken and even duck. What makes Quang noodle soups unique is the richness of the broth, the lack of it and the crushed peanut toppings on the noodles.
“My Quang Ba Mua”
- 40 Ngu Hanh Son, My An, Ngu Hanh Son Dictrict, Da Nang
- 231 Dong Da, Hai Chau District, Da Nang
Price: 1 USD – 2 USD
Time: 6:00 AM — 10:00 PM
“My Quang 1A”
Address: 1A Hai Phong Street, Hai Chau District, Danang
Price: 1 USD – 2 USD
Time: 7:00 AM — 10:00 PM
“My Quang Bep Trang”
Address: 441 Ong Ich Khiem Street, Hai Chau District, Danang
Price: 2 USD – 3 USD
Time: 7:00 AM — 10:00 PM
Banh xeo – Crispy Vietnamese pancakes
The Crispy Vietnamese Pancake is made of shrimp, pork some bean sprout served with dipping sauce and some kind of fresh herbs. Banh xeo can be found all over Vietnam but each place will have a little bit different. In the south of Vietnam people usually use green vegetable to wrap banh xeo to eat, but here in the central, we use soft rice paper instead. The crunchy and soft texture with unique sauce will make you always want to eat more.
“Banh Xeo Ha Diep”
Address: 02 Pham Cu Luong, An Hai Dong, Son Tra, Da Nang
Price: from 0,5 USD
Time: 3:00 PM — 10:00 PM
“Banh Xeo Bà Dưỡng”
Address:23 Hoàng Diệu, Bình Hiên, Hải Châu, Đà Nẵng
Price: from 1 USD
Time: 9:30 PM — 9:00 PM
Banh Mi – Vietnamese Sandwich
Aside from Pho the Vietnamese Sandwich knows as Banh Mi is properly the most Internationally recognised food to come out of Vietnam. There are many types of Banh Mi Egg Banh Mi, pork Banh Mi or fish Banh Mi. This is also the most common breakfast of Vietnamese people. It has enough energy for the morning at reasonable price. Just about 1$.
“Banh Mi Ba Lan”
Address: 62 Trung Nu Vuong street, Hai Chau district, Danang.
Price: from 0,5- 1 USD
Time: 4:00 PM — 9:00 PM
“Banh Mi Ong Ti”
Address: 272 Hung Vuong street, Hai Chau district, Danang.
Price: from 0,5- 1 USD
Time: 3:00 PM — 11:00 PM
“Banh Mi Minh Hung”
Address: 716 Ngo Quyen street, Hai Chau, Danang
Price: 0.5 USD – 1 USD
Time: 6:00 AM — 11:00 PM
Bánh tráng cuốn thịt heo – Sliced pork rolls with rice paper
This is one of Da Nang specialties. It is a combination of fresh ingredients such as belly pork, fresh vegetables, slices of cucumber and green bananas. All things are wrapped in soft rice paper and eaten with dipping sauce. This dish is famous because of the carefully selected ingredients, which makes perfect taste.
“Bi My – Banh trang cuon thit heo”
Address: Stall 51 Dinh 15A in CON Market
Price: 1.08 USD – 1,29 USD
Time: 9:00 AM — 6:00 PM
Address: 35 Do Thuc Tinh, Cam Le, Danang
Price: 2USD – 10 USD
Time: 8:00 AM — 6:00 PM
“Đặc sản Trần”
Address: 4 Le Duan, Hai Chau, Danang
Price: 2USD – 10 USD
Time: 9:00 AM — 9:00 PM
Vietnam has a long beautiful coastline, so seafood features majorly in Vietnamese cuisine. Traveling to Danang allows you to sample the most mouth-watering fresh seafood such as Grilled mussels with a tasty sauce and peanuts, Steamed clams, Baby squid fried in fish sauce, Prawn and scallion in a sweet and tangy sauce, Grilling spicy prawns, Fried battered fish, Crab in a tangy brown sauce
“Nam Danh Seafood”
Address: 59/38 Tran Quang Khai, Tho Quang, Son Tra, Da Nang
Price: 2.59 USD – 4.31 USD
Time: 10:00 AM — 10:00 PM
“Bé Mặn Seafood”
Address: Lot 14 Hoang Sa, Son Tra, Da Nang
Price: 90,000 VND – 200,000 VND
Time: 9:00 AM — 11:00 PM
Danang thick noodle soup (bánh canh)
The broth is made from shrimp, fish, pork knuckle. Noodle that can be made from tapioca flour, wheat, rice four. The soup base (broth) can be cooked from pork, crab, fish, and the toppings can be with fish cake, mushroom, Vietnamese ham, shrimp balls, etc.
“Bánh canh Ruộng”
Address: 20 Ha Thi Than, Son Tra District, Da Nang city
Price: 20.000–35.000 VND
Time: 7:00 AM — 10:00 PM
“Bánh canh Dì Huê”
Address: K75/15 Hung Vuong, Hai Chau district, Da Nang city
Price: 20.000–35.000 VND
Time: 7:00 AM — 10:00 PM
IV. WHERE TO GO : Entertainment in Da Nang
The great thing about Da Nang is it is in close proximity to quite a few popular tourist attractions. Tourism is massively on the rise in Da Nang, and it is easy to see why. Here are just a few things you should check out during your time here:
The first thing you have to do in Da Nang is hit the coast. My Khe beach is chosen as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. With the 900m sand long beach, it is great to walk, chill and read, have a drink, yoga, even surf.
Hai Van Pass
Riding motorbike to Hai Van Pass. 30km away to the north from the city.
After an episode of a TV show. Hai Van pass has become a bucket list item for thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts and adventurers looking for alternative things to do in Da Nang. This mountain pass between Da Nang and Hue give the most incredible ocean views in all of Vietnam. You can rent a scooter from the town and leave early in the morning if you want to catch the sun rises from the beach.
There are also a number of tour companies that can help you ride the Hai Van Pass if you aren’t a confident motorbike rider.
Hoi An Town
A journey to Hoi An Town – A UNESCO World Heritage Site is just 45 min away from the city of Da Nang. From Danang, you can rent a scooter to experience the trip by yourself or you can take a bus to Hoi An with just 30.000 vnđ.
Hoi An attractions comprise centuries-old Buddhist pagodas and temples, colonial shophouses, and quaint museums. Nevertheless, it is not only its ancient town, Hoi An has plenty of beaches to choose from, so there’s nothing stopping you from grabbing your beach towel and heading down to the sand.
Hội An is also known for its diverse and excellent food: a legacy of the many nationalities, including Japanese, Chinese and Portuguese, that lived or traded here. Don’t miss the change to enjoy unique Vietnamese Cuisine when visiting there!
The Marble Mountains (Ngu Hanh Son or “Five Elements Mountains) are a cluster of marble and limestone hills just 7km from the city, and also one of the best things to do in Da Nang!
Ancient folklore says that a dragon emerged from the sea and laid an egg on the beach. 1000 days and nights passed and eventually, an exquisite lady was born. The remains of the eggshells grew into the Marble Mountains that you can see today. \There are Buddhist sanctuaries and places of worship dotted across the mountains which are a much-visited spiritual site.
Marble Mountains Entrance Fee: 20’000 VND.
SON TRA PENINSULA
The beautiful rainforest that juts out into the sea from the city of Da Nang is called the Son Tra Peninsula. Rent a scooter or motorcycle to ride along the newly-built road to the end and check out the nature reserve, and stop off to visit one of the most important religious sights in the area, Linh Ung Pagoda.
EVENT IN THE CITY
You can also enjoy many events in the city:
Da Nang is great for nightlife
- One of the biggest attractions in the city center is the Dragon Bridge, which not only is beautifully lit during the night but also spits fire and water every Saturday and Sunday at 9pm. You simply need to see this spectacular show!
- If you’re looking for clubs, where you can dance until dawn, or enjoy a quiet drink in a bar overlooking the River. Golden Pine is the most popular bar among young Vietnamese and local expats. It’s a loud party that lasts until dawn. Drinks are quite cheap, but the music might not be to everyone’s taste.
- Asia Park’s Sun wheel can be seen from all over Da Nang. It’s a large 115 m high ferris wheel (the 10th largest in the world actually) Go for the ferris wheel but stay for the other rides.
Getting around Da Nang is really easy. The city itself is relatively small and the traffic isn’t so much of a problem. If you’re adventurous enough, you should rent or buy a motorbike for the duration of your stay. But If you can’t ride a motorbike nor up for grabbing a local taxi, you can call a taxi or a motorbike taxi by Grab app at any time. It makes so easy to get around!
Danang also offers public bus service call Danabus. The price depends on the route it’s very affordable starting from 5000 VND for a single journey.
You can check the bus route and timetables on mobile app
- Danabus webpage: https://www.danangbus.vn/
- Danabus app: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=asia.vietnam.danabus.danang&hl=en
CHECK OUT a more details guide on Da Nang fanpage
VI. Some tips when living in Da Nang
Banking, cash, and payment
- Be careful of money scams. A 100,000 vnd note can be mistaken for a 10,000 vnd note. 20k vnd note can also be mistaken with the 500k vnd note.
- Money exchange are usually done in Gold shops.
- Don’t expect everyone to have change for a 500k vnd bill. You can find smaller notes at the gas station when getting fuel.
Food and beverage tips
- Not all restaurants offer free refills. If you need something, raise your hand or shout “em oi” and you’ll get someone’s attention.
- Diarrhea pills are cheap and readily available in Vietnamese cities. You WILL need them.
- Do not drink tap water and choose only good mineral water kept away from the sun.
On the street tips
- Don’t be chicken to cross the road. Use slow, consistent steps when crossing busy streets. To make yourself more visible to motorists, raise your hand high or out while walking.
- When parking your bike, do not lose your parking ticket. You will not get your bike back without it. Do not keep valuables inside your motorbike and lock not hang your helmet.
- Rainy season footwear: If you are in Vietnam in the rainy season, consider wearing open sandals or flip flops to let the water drain out if you’re caught in a downpour.
- Face mask (khau trang) you should buy one to use when you are on the road. Most of Vietnamese people use this everyday to avoid dust, so you won’t feel weird when using face mask here. It just costs around 25.000-40.000 vnd.
- Try your bargaining skills to save 20% – 50% off.
- If you wish not to shop from street vendors, try not to have any eye contact. Refuse at least twice when they approach you.
- Be careful when ordering items from US based online stores (Amazon, BestBuy, etc..) as it will often get stuck at customs and you might end up paying half of your item value in custom taxes.
- You can easily find a mini-mart around the city. Vinmart is the most common
Others tips about living in Da Nang
- You can easily buy street SIMs for cheaper package. When buying a SIM for your cellphone, do not forget to also add a mobile plan or risk depleting your credit rapidly. Widely used plans are MIU90 for Mobifone and MIMAX for Viettel
- Copy your passport: In Vietnam, it’s handy to have a photocopy of your passport upon check in at hotels in case you want to keep your original copy on your person.
- For good seats in the movie theater, order tickets online or through the app in advance.
- In Vietnam the power plugs and sockets are of type A, C and D. Electricity supply in Vietnam is 220 Volts at 50Hz.