A Pedacito of Da Nang, Vietnam
Updated: Jan 9, 2022
If you’re looking for adventure, Da Nang Vietnam is the perfect place to get your fill. I’m not talking about the closely monitored, easy to get to, and overcrowded tourist trap kind of adventure, either. Though, there are some pretty spectacular examples of these to be found here too.
No, I’m talking about the traipsing through jungles, climbing down jagged rocks, won’t see another living soul for hours kind of adventure. Da Nang is the kind of place that has these hidden treasures in spades. If you are willing to step out of your comfort zone a little, you can witness some truly breathtaking views and experience Vietnam in a way that most tourists never get to see.
Taxis and car services are plentiful and cheap in Da Nang City, but if you really want to get to some of the best beaches, I recommend renting a scooter. Scooter rentals in Da Nang are incredibly easy to find, and the rental process involves giving them a photocopy of your passport and a deposit.
Depending on the quality of the scooter, prices can range from $10-$100 per day. Generally, the cheaper scooters work perfectly for a day’s excursion. Just make sure to ask the store owner if their engines are strong enough to carry you up some of the steeper hills.
Please note: Always wear your helmet when driving a scooter in Vietnam. Not only is it illegal to ride on a scooter without a helmet, but the Vietnamese people have their own set of rules when it comes to how they drive. It may seem a little scary at first, but after a little practice on the less crowded side streets, you’ll quickly get the hang of it.
However, driving a scooter while using your phone to navigate can take a little getting used to. Here is a simple tip If you want to see the most beautiful views and private beaches in Da Nang. From wherever you are located in the city, simply drive towards the beach. Once you reach the beach, turn left. That’s it!
You will now be traveling on the main road leading to the Son Tra peninsula.
You can stay on this main road the entire time and you will definitely see some amazing views along the way. However, while you are driving, keep an eye out for smaller roads and dirt paths that veer off of the main road and lead towards the beach. These side roads almost always lead to a private beach or special place that is normally only visited by the locals. This may seem like a scary way to explore. There are rarely signs to guide you, and often you have to hike through some dense jungle and steep paths to reach the beaches.
Be that as it may, if you are prepared to trade your tourist hat for an explorer’s cap, you will find plenty of secret hideaways that are worth every bit of the journey. Just be sure to pack plenty of water as there are few places to purchase it once you leave the main road.
Da Nang has ample spots to relax and enjoy soft white sand and crystal clear water. But if you’re looking for a little adventure and like to choose the road less traveled, Son Tra peninsula offers a perfect opportunity.
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