Da Nang and Hoi An are the cities that attract a lot of tourists from all over the world. If tourists want not only Vietnam’s unique gastronomy but also culture, beautiful landscapes, 5 days in Da Nang and Hoi An is a better choice for you. While Da Nang is modern, Hoi An has a unique ancient beauty with remarkable gastronomy. Here are our itinerary suggestions for your 5 days in Da Nang and Hoi An to enjoy the time during your tour to Central Vietnam.

Poetic Hoi An

Poetic Hoi An

Best Time to Visit Da Nang and Hoi An

The temperature of Da Nang and Hoi An is influenced by the transition between North and South of Vietnam. It is divided into 2 seasons: dry season and rainy season. While the dry season begins from December to August, the rainy season is from September to November. In addition, the climate of Da Nang and Hoi An is also influenced by the monsoon in North Vietnam in winter.

We advise you to travel in 5 days to Da Nang and Hoi An in the dry season. Because it does not rain much and is dry. This is the best time to enjoy your trip and have the essential experiences like playing, taking beautiful photos, swimming etc. However, from May to August, the temperature is high. So visitors should be careful to protect their health and skin.

Transportation for 5 Days in Da Nang and Hoi An

1. By bus and minibus

It is most often a 40-45 seat bus, sometimes a 12-15 seat minibus. Banknotes can be paid either in dollars or in dongs.

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2. By public bus

  • Bus station: 33, Dien Bien Phu (384-32-59). 3 km from the center, on the road to Hue
  • Bus to Hue (101km), Tam Ky (69 km), Tra My, Nha Trang, Pleiku, Ban Me Thuot, Da Lat, Ho Chi Minh City, and Hanoi
  • For Hoi An: since the 29th, Dien Bien Phu. Bus every 30 mins, 5:30 am-6pm. Distance: 35 km

3. By taxi or car with driver

The journey from Da Nang to Hoi An costs around 9 Euro. Add around 1.05 Euro for a stop on the way to Marble Mountains. This is the same as if we made a round trip by taxi from Da Nang

4. By train

– Railway station (plan A2): 202, Hai Phong, ticket offices open 4 am-5pm. Usually one of the tellers speaks some English. The timetables are posted outside and inside the station. The fastest trains are SE3 to SE5 and SE7. The odd numbers go south, the peers go north. The trains identified by TN (TN 1, TN 3, etc.) are cheaper but clearly quick.

– For Hue: 5 trains / day, between 6:38 am and 11:12 pm. The trip lasts 2h30-3h35 depending on the speed of the train. The fastest is the SE4 which leaves around 2:30 p.m. Price: around 50,000 VND depending on whether you choose a hard or soft seat.

– For Hanoi: it’s the same line as Hue. The SE4, the fastest, leaves Da nang around 2:30 p.m. and arrives in Hanoi around 5 a.m. the next morning. SE2 arrives at 4 a.m. Otherwise there is SE6, which circulates mainly during the day.

– For Ho Chi Minh – City (Sai ​​Gon): 5 trains / day, screw Nh8-21h41. The fastest is SE3 which arrives at Sai Gon around 5am. Duration: just over 15h. No rail journey is made entirely by day or by night.

5. By plane

International airport: 2 km from the center of Da Nang and 38 km from Hoi An, You will find a currency exchange counter there (Mon-Sat 7 am-7pm). By taxi, count 25,000 – 40,000 Dg depending on the district of Da Nang where you are going. For longer journeys, contact the “Airport taxi” counter.

Accommodation for Your 5 Days in Da Nang and Hoi An

These cities are known by another name “the city of tourism”. There are many types of hotels in Da Nang and Hoi An. So it is not difficult to find accommodation with a rational price during your 3 day trip to Da Nang and Hoi An. They are very nice, good food, nice pool, very nice value for money. In addition, these hotels or resorts in these cities can meet your needs.

As this is a popular tourist destination, it is easy to find accommodation in the city center as well as in the surrounding area. Here are some recommendations for your 5 days in Da Nang and Hoi An:

  • InterContinental DaNang Sun Peninsula Resort (5-star)

Address: Tho Quang, Son Tra Peninsula

  • Grand Mercure Da Nang (5-star)

Address: Lot A1, Green Island, Hoa Cuong Bac Ward

  • Green Plaza (4-star)

Address: 238, Bach Dang Street, Hai Chau District

  • Bamboo Green Riverside Hotel (3-star)

Address: 68 Bach Dang Street, Hai Chau District

  • Nhat Linh Hotel (3-star)

Address: 194 Nguyen Chi Thanh Street, Hai Chau District

In addition, you must reserve a room in advance in case the hotels run out of rooms during the high season. Otherwise, you can search for economical choices which are far from the city center.

  • Palm Garden Beach Resort & Spa – 5 * – Cua Dai, Hoi An
  • Vinh Hung Riverside Resort & Spa – 4 * – Tran Phu, Hoi An
  • Hoian Historical Hotel – 4 * – Tran Hung Dao, Hoi An
  • La Siesta Hoi An – 4 * – Hung Vuong, Thanh Ha, Hoi An
  • Ha An Hotel – 3.5 * – Phan Boi Chau, Hoi An
  • Thuy Duong – 3 * – Ba Trieu, Hoi An

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Suggested Itinerary for 5 Days in Da Nang and Hoi An

Option 1: Da Nang – Hoi An – Da Nang

  • D1: Da Nang – Han River – Ba Na Hill – My Khe Beach
  • D2: Hoi An – City tour
  • D3: Tra Que Village – My Son

During this route you can admire the unique beauty of Da Nang with the magnificent landscapes, the beautiful beaches with white sand. In addition, tourists are drawn to the culture and the simple life of the locals in Hoi An.

Option 2: Morning at My Son – Afternoon and evening at Hoi An – Da Nang

  • D1: My Son – Hoi An City Tour
  • D2: Tra Que village – Da Nang city tour: Son Tra peninsula – Lady Buddha
  • D3: The Marble Mountains

If you want to choose this route, you can discover the development of Buddhism and craft of the inhabitants in Da Nang. We are sure that you have the essential experiences and buy the little souvenirs for your family or friends.

5 Days in Da Nang and Hoi An – Detailed Itinerary

Option 1: Da Nang – Hoi An – Da Nang

Ba Na Hill

Come to Ba Na and admire the famous Golden Hands Bridge

Come to Ba Na and admire the famous Golden Hands Bridge

It is one of the most famous destinations in Da Nang. Located about 30 km from the city center, Ba Na Hills is an ecological complex combining relaxation, entertainment and modern facilities.

In addition, it is an ideal tourist destination with four different seasons on the same day: spring in the morning, summer starting at noon, autumn in the afternoon and chilly winter in the evening and at night .

This place combined with many gardens such as the Love Gardens, a vineyard, a fairy garden, an indoor amusement park called “Fantasy Park”. Above all, there is a very beautiful village built according to French architecture, it is a place not to be missed for photo enthusiasts.

Han River

Begin your 3 day trip to Da Nang and Hoi An to Han River. This site is famous for its dragon carp statue, its love bridge and its romantic sunrise scene.

You can hire a boat to the Da Nang Bay Hotel and watch the poetic sunrise while enjoying Vietnamese coffee. It will be one of the unforgettable experiences during your trip to Vietnam.

With its aesthetic significance, the dragon carp statue becomes the symbol of art and beliefs. His image represents the carp overcoming all difficulties and turning into a dragon.

My Khe Beach

It is one of the most popular beaches in Da Nang. Locals and tourists alike come to relax and soak up the sun. It extends over 900m. It is important to note that before 1975, part of the beach was for the United States military, which then built vacation centers for American soldiers. You can see unforgettable seaside stays and taste seafood during your 5 days in Da Nang and Hoi An.

Hoi An Ancient Town

Peaceful morning in Hoi An Ancient Town

Peaceful morning in Hoi An Ancient Town

This ancient and peaceful city is not only known to the Vietnamese people, but also loved by thousands of travelers over the years. In 1999, UNESCO officially recognized Hoi An as World Heritage.

In Hoi An, there are many temples, pagodas and old houses with its unique brands. During your trip to Hoi An, many interesting activities will be offered to you. One of the most popular things is to stroll through the bustling markets of Hoi An with its century old houses, famous shops and tailors.

Be sure to visit the art galleries and have lunch at one of the restaurants there, watching the eternal landscape of Hoi An. And finally, grab some lanterns in memory.

With a ticket of 120,000 VND, you can discover 5/21 incredible places in this beautiful city.

Village of Tra Que

This village is known as the supply of organic vegetables for all of Hoi An and the surrounding area, about a 15-minute bike ride from Hoi An’s old quarter during your trip to Vietnam.

You will have the opportunity to participate in a local 4-course cooking course under the instructions of professional cooks.

My Son Sanctuary

The My Son sanctuary located 50 km from Da Nang, includes a set of Cham temples dedicated to Shiva. The sanctuary has been listed as a Unesco World Heritage site since 1999.

The monuments of the My Son sanctuary are made of baked brick with stone pillars and decorated with sandstone bas-reliefs depicting scenes from Hindu mythology. Its architecture reflects the cultural influence of India.

Ticket price: 150,000 VND (entrance fees and services included).

Option 2: My Son – Hoi An – Da Nang City Tour

Cham Museum

It was built in 1919 by the French school of the Far East, Henri Parmentier, an archaeologist drew the plans.

The sculptures come from temples and towers throughout the region. The works of art are inspired by Buddhism and Hinduism. There are nearly 300 different works exhibited inside and outside the building.

Son Tra Peninsula

Son Tra Peninsula, a perfect place for diving

Son Tra Peninsula, a perfect place for diving

Only 13 km from downtown Da Nang, the Son Tra Peninsula is considered a hidden gem of this coastal city. It is a typical tourist attraction pole of Vietnam along the coast: beautiful unspoiled natural landscapes with clear sea, white sand and a mysterious primeval forest with a diversity of plants and animals.

Da Nang and Son Tra are connected by the longest bridge in Vietnam: the Phuoc bridge. There, you will find long beaches of fine sand and turquoise water but above all, very few tourists during your 5 days in Da Nang and Hoi An!

Lady Buddha

Lady Buddha statue, Da Nang

Lady Buddha statue, Da Nang

This place is famous for the statue of the goddess of Mercy, with its height of 67 meters, located on a lotus platform. Thousands of tourists visit it to admire the great panoramic view of the sea with the Marble Mountains in the back.

The Rooster Church

This church was built in 1923 for the French Catholics who lived here. It’s called the Con Ga or Rooster Church because there’s a rooster weather vane. The church offers services in several languages ​​and serves nearly 4,000 parishioners.

  • Mass takes place from Monday to Saturday at 5:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. and Sunday at 5:00 a.m., 6:15 a.m., 7:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
  • Ticket prices: free

Travel Tips for Your 5 Days in Da Nang and Hoi An

– Spend your nighttime in Hoi An: Hoi An will surely be one of your favorite places in Vietnam, so if you have a place to put an extra day on your itinerary it is here.

– Really affordable hotels and great plans: you must book a room in advance in case the hotels run out of rooms during the high season. Otherwise, you can search for economical choices which are far from the city center.

– Also prepare to enjoy meals & dishes not to be missed: Hoi An can be visited with gastronomy so it is very important to prepare well for the best food tour ever! In addition, you can participate in cooking classes to make good and unique Vietnamese dishes and taste them.

– Negotiate the price before buying a few things. In addition, please check the quality and use of the product to avoid being misled.

– Prepare the necessary medicines and a mosquito repellent in case you can’t buy it in Da Nang or Hoi An at the end of the evening. For prescribed medications, you must bring the doctor’s prescriptions with you.

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Bich Ngoc

As a true Vietnamese enthusiast of music, books and coffee, Bich Ngoc loves researching into those typical cultural characteristics of Vietnam as well as exploring further destinations in the country of thousand years of civilization.

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