When is the Best Time to Visit Da Nang?
Da Nang’s weather is most pleasant during the dry season, from February to August. This period offers plenty of sunshine and is ideal for beach activities and city exploration. From September to January, the rainy season may see occasional storms and heavy rainfall, so plan accordingly. Plan your trip to central Vietnam according to the weather with this helpful guide.
A. Getting to Vietnam
When planning your journey to Vietnam, flying is often the most convenient option. Vietnam has three major international airports – Hanoi in the North, Da Nang in the Center, Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) in the South, and Phu Quoc for those looking to explore the southern island. Flying into one of these airports provides seamless access to the country.
B. How to get to Da Nang
Da Nang is one of the five international airports in Vietnam that are currently operating, so you can fly directly into Danang airport. From there, take a taxi into town or use a ride-hailing app to save a few dollars. Da Nang is easily accessible by bus or private transfer from nearby cities like Nha Trang and Hue.
C. How to get around in Da Nang
Da Nang is a large, spread-out city. It could be more walkable, too. Taking a taxi or a ride-sharing service like Xanh SM everywhere you need to go is the most convenient option, but the prices can add up. Because of that, it’s better to get accustomed to motorbike taxis or, better yet, rent a motorbike and tackle the city’s streets on your own.
Before You Go: Visa, Currency, Timezone, Voltage, ATMs, Credit Cards, Internet, SIM Cards, Tips
- Visa: Check visa requirements based on your nationality. Find out more about getting a Vietnam Visa before you visit Da Nang.
- Timezone: Vietnam is in the Indochina Time Zone (ICT), UTC+7.
- Voltage: The standard voltage is 220V, and the outlets usually accept three different plugs: A, C, and F. If you are from Europe, Japan, or the Americas, your plugs will work fine. Otherwise, you’ll need an adapter. Note that many Vietnamese outlets do not have a third hole for grounding, and so can only accept two-pronged plugs.
- Internet: Most hotels, cafes, and even restaurants in Da Nang offer free Wi-Fi; Wi-Fi plans are so cheap in Vietnam that almost all businesses have one. But it’s easy, inexpensive, and well worth buying a local SIM card with a data package at the airport upon arrival.
- SIM Cards: You can easily purchase SIM cards for data and calls at the airport or local stores. Note that you’ll need to provide your passport to get a SIM. Viettel, Mobifone, and VinaPhone are the best mobile networks for Hanoi and most parts of Vietnam.
- Currency: Vietnam uses the Vietnamese Dong (VND). VND only comes in bills (no coins), and 1 USD equals about 24,000 VND (commonly abbreviated as 24k). Some shops catering to tourists may accept USD, but most only take VND.
- Credit Cards: Visa and MasterCard are commonly accepted at large businesses like hotels and indoor restaurants, but smaller enterprises usually only take cash.
- ATMs: Danang is a big city full of ATMs, most of which accept foreign cards. Make sure to notify your bank before you travel to Vietnam to avoid blocked ATM transactions.
- Tipping: Vietnam is not a tipping culture, so a tip is not expected. A tip is a good way to bring a smile to someone’s face, though. Note that cab drivers and tour guides often rely on some tipping, so it’s a good idea to tip them.
Understanding Culture & Customs In Da Nang
Da Nang is a modern and vibrant city with natural beauty, including beaches and forests. When communicating in Vietnam, avoid raising your voice. Stay alert and cautious to avoid scams. Please respect nature and do not litter. Discover some general tips for etiquette in Vietnam here.