The last stop of my Tết holiday was Đà Nẵng. Đà Nẵng is a coastal city which lies slap bang in the middle of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. It is Vietnam’s fourth largest city and is rapidly becoming one of Vietnam’s more popular tourist destinations.
We kicked off our day early for the most important meal of the day. We headed to Cong Caphe; a stylish and popular Vietnamese coffee chain which has sprung up all over the country. The cafe’s interiors are rustic and have a military style decor with propaganda and communist posters decorating the walls. We ordered a coconut coffee, a yogurt coffee, a croissant and a fruit platter.
While both coffees certainly satisfied my morning caffeine cravings, the coconut coffee was definitely the standout of the two.
Let’s also just take a moment to appreciate the artistry behind this delish fruit platter!
Fuelled up and ready for the rest of the day we set off for My Khe Beach. It is an impressive beach with pristine sands reaching 20 km along the coast of Đà Nẵng.
Since it was low season, My Khe Beach was fairly quiet. During peak times it is very popular for various beach activities like surfing, diving, snorkelling and jet skiing. I was more than happy just to enjoy a leisurely stroll in the sun.
We then travelled to the end of the Son Tra Peninsula to see the Linh Ung Pagoda and the giant Lady Buddha statue.
The main courtyard and gardens surrounding the Lady Buddha are stunning. They are adorned with bonsai trees, statues, temples, the pagoda and a magnificent gate.
The Lady Buddha statue itself is spectacular. Completed in 2010, it is the tallest Buddha statue in Vietnam. At a height of 67 metres, she is even taller than both Christ the Redeemer and the Statue of Liberty!
Apparently the statue contains 17 floors which you can ascend to reach her head.
Only the ground floor was open when I visited but considering the outstanding views of Đà Nẵng Bay offered at this level, it must be out of this world from the top!
I flew back to Hanoi that evening and had no problem catching a glimpse of the Lady Buddha statue from the sky as we passed over Đà Nẵng.
From what I saw of Đà Nẵng, it is an up and coming city with no shortage of things to do and see. I hope to return at some point during my time in Vietnam to check out more of the nearby natural attractions like the Marble Mountains and Hai Van Pass.
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