Why go to Da Nang?
Heritage-listed Hoi An, with its cobblestone lanes and traditional Chinese architecture, is a short trip away
There's little to do in this former industrial port and the beaches are average
A redevelopment brings five-star resorts, manicured shorelines and an emerging cafe culture
Da Nang Cruise Port Facilities?
Both ports are industrial and used primarily for commercial ships. As such, they offer few port amenities other than souvenir stands set up next to the docks.
Good to Know?
Da Nang, Hue and Hoi An are comparatively safe, but like almost every crowded tourist area, there are pickpockets and scammers. There have been some incidents of men on motorbikes snatching purses from tourists in the crowded Central Market (a public market with lots of tables) in Hoi An. There also have been reports of pickpocketing by groups of young boys begging for money the markets in Hue. Remember to keep handbags, shopping bags and backpacks close at hand at all times. Keep currency and other valuable in cross-body bags that are difficult to grab or cut.
While this isn't exclusive to Vietnam, ask first before you take a photo of a colorful local. The person might expect a small fee. It's best to set the price in advance than argue about its cost after the fact.
Cruise ships from Tien Sa offer shuttle buses to Da Nang, typically dropping you off near the market. There are also a limited number of taxis at the pier (you have to walk about 0.3 miles to the taxi stand). Rates are usually negotiable but should be set before driving off.
Don't count on finding public transportation at Chan May, although there may be a few unmetered cabs outside the port gate. Rely instead on ship shore excursions for transport or make arrangements in advance with private tour or limo companies.
Once in central Da Nang and Hue, taxis are readily available. Hoi An is compact and pedestrian friendly.
Currency & Best Way to Get Money?
The main unit of currency is the dong (VND), which comes in notes ranging from 200 to 5,000. For current currency-conversion figures, visit www.xe.com or www.oanda.com. U.S. dollars also are widely accepted. Carry plenty of ones and fives to buy bargain for souvenirs (if you use larger bills, your change may be in dongs). There are ATMs at branches of Vietcombank in Da Nang, Hue, and Hoi An.