Guide to Places to Visit between Hue, Danang and Hoi An
Hue to Danang: Lagoons, Mountains and Springs (Oh My!)The distance between Hue to Danang is around 100 kilometers and takes between 2-3 hours. Most people head straight down highway one to Danang. What you should consider is everything on offer in between. Get up as early as possible and hit the road!
Thuan An Beach
beach, local food, fishing town
Lagoon at Thuan An Fishing VillageThe drive from Hue to Thuan An leads you east towards the coast. 15KM makes it a short drive to this sleepy beach town. If you’re keen on an early dip in the sea, stop off and strip down. Otherwise, Thuan An is also home to popular food banh ep. Which will make for a light breakfast or brunch. Thuan An has a few things going on with some other places to check out around here. Check our blogpost on Thuan An for more information. Once you are done, take the road south (road 49B) which meanders between farming land, lagoons and beaches. Certainly more scenic than the highway!
Google Maps Link: Thuan An Beach.
An Bang Cemetery: Valley of Tombs
Unique tombs combining old traditions and new money
Oriental graveyards may be nothing new if you’re travelling through South-East Asia but the Valley of Tombs (Nghĩa Trang An Bang in Vietnamese) in An Bang Village is especially unique. After the American-Vietnamese war, many families from this area were torn apart. Some family members left the country while others remained. As elder relatives passed away, family living abroad sent money back to support the construction of their tombs. Since Vietnam has a tradition of showing great respect to those who have passed on, it is not unusual for a lot of money to be spent on rituals and burial processes. The Valley of Tombs is possibly one of the most extravagant in the region. Tombs are more akin to small temples with immense detail on each one to emphasize their significance. Some cost as much as 2,000,000,000 VND (88,000USD) to construct. Note that many include influences of foreign decor, possibly from the countries that relatives now live in. If you explore thoroughly enough, you may find some empty graves at the cemetery. These are for ancestors that have yet to pass away. Spooky!
Google Maps Link: An Bang Cemetery
An Bang Beach
Local beach, local seafood
Truc Lam Pagoda and Bach Ma National ParkWildife and stunning landscapes. Beautiful pagoda.
Elephant SpringsRefreshing fresh-water pools. chill time.
Lang Co VillageSeaside. Beach. Lagoons. Views.
Hai Van PassWinding roads, top panoramics, mountain meets sea.
Leper Beach (Bãi Xoan)desolate settlement, secluded beach, cove.
Nestled into a cove on Hai Van’s southside is a small beach that used to be home to Danang’s leper colony. Resettlement of the colony happened in the 2000’s to make way for a resort but for now owns the beach is empty and hardly visited. Definitely for the most adventurous of travelers looking for secluded beaches with an ominous past.
Google Maps Link: Leper Beach
Nam O Beach and Nguyen Tat Tan Street
the road easier traveled.
Danang to Hoi An: The Route Well-TraveledDanang to Hoi An is around 30KM as the crow flies. While there isn’t as much as you might expect between Danang and Hoi An, there are still some places of interest.
the Dragon Bridge and Danang’s Other Bridges.modern engineering and architectural landmarks
Son Tra PensisulaAdventures on monkey mountain
Son Tra Peninsula is a day trip in itself. Firstly, Linh Ung pagoda where Lady Buddha (67ft tall) looks over Danang akin to Christ the Redeemer does in Rio Di Janeiro. There’s also numerous beaches dotted around the peninsula which host bamboo huts and restaurants selling seafood. A steep drive to the top of Son Tra and you’ll find Ban Co peak which delivers a breathtaking panoramic view. The Son Tra Peninsula hosts the city’s Intercontinental Resort. If you’ve got the money to splurge, treat yourself. Known to foreign visitors as monkey mountain, Son Tra has garnered international attention for being the residence of a rare breed monkey called the Red Shanked Douc. Some people have seen the monkey, others haven’t. If you’re a budding Steve Irwin, then let the search begin! I forgot to mention there’s a 1,000 year old banyan tree too.Google Maps Link: Son Tra Mountain