Plan your trip to Da Nang & Hoi An (Vietnam)

Summary of useful information about tourism in Da Nang and Hoi An (Vietnam) to help tourists prepare information for their trip.

1. Vietnam Visa Requirements

1.1 Visitors from the following countries may enter visa-free

  • 14 days: Brunei, Myanmar
  • 15 days: Belarus, Denmark, Italy, Japan, Finland, France, Germany, Norway, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, The United Kingdom
  • 21 days: The Philippines
  • 30 days: Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand
To stay beyond this number of days, you may apply for a visa extension upon your arrival in Vietnam.

The full list of countries with visa exemptions, visa exemptions for diplomatic and other passports, please visit this link.

1.2 Vietnam's e-Visa is now available to nationals of 80 countries

List of countries include: Andorra, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Colombia, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Chile, China (including Hong Kong and Macau passports), Denmark, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nauru, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Philippines, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Salomon Islands, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Timor Leste, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela, and Western Samoa. 

Apply online for your tourist E-visa, valid for 30 days. E-visa fee is 25 USD, the processing time is 3 working days. You will receive your code by email to print your visa.

The list of ports that allowed foreigners enter and exit Vietnam by E-visa.

1.3 Vietnam Visa on Arrival

If you are planning a multiple-entry visit or a stay of more than 30 days, you will want to apply for a visa on arrival. To do this you'll need:
  • A 4x6 passport photo with a white background and no glasses.
  • A filled-out visa application form.
  • A passport or substitute ID valid for six months from the date you plan to enter Vietnam.
  • Payment (25 USD to 50 USD) for visa fees, and
  • A Letter of Approval from a Vietnamese embassy or consulate (if you are picking up your visa at the airport).
If you are near a Vietnamese embassy or consulate, you can submit your photo, application form, passport, and visa fee in person. This website will guide you through the process. 

If you are unable to reach a Vietnamese embassy or are short on time, there are trusted services online that can provide you with a valid Letter of Approval for a fee. Bring this letter together with a visa application form and your other documents to the Visa on Arrival counter at the airport when you land.

2. Getting to Da Nang & Hoi An - More information

Da Nang International Airport has many major flights connecting within Vietnam and many routes connecting Asia.
Da Nang International Airport

The most convenient way for tourists to get to Da Nang is by air. Da Nang International Airport (DAD) is the third largest airport in Vietnam (together with Noi Bai and Tan Son Nhat airports).

Currently, there are 25 airlines with routes to and from Da Nang: Air Busan, Air Macau, Air Seoul, AirAsia, Asiana Airlines, Bamboo Airways, Bangkok Airways, Cambodia Angkor Air, China Airlines, EVA Air, HK Express, Jeju Air , Jin Air, Korean Air, Lao Airlines, Malindo Airways, Singapore Airlines, Starlux Airlines, Thai AirAsia, Thai Vietjet Air, Tigerair Taiwan, T´Way Air, VECA, VietJet Air and Vietnam Airlines.

Da Nang Airport currently has two terminals: a domestic terminal (Terminal 1) and an international terminal (Terminal 2). These two stations are about 5 minutes walk from each other.

The airport is located in the city center area, about 6km from the beach in the east, travel time by car is about 10-15 minutes. This is a modern airport with a long history, dating back to the Indochina period. The airport has two exits, going in the direction of Nguyen Van Linh Street (1) and Duy Tan Street (2). 
  • (1) Go straight on Nguyen Van Linh street, cross Dragon bridge, continue on Vo Van Kiet street to go to the sea. 
  • (2) Go straight on Duy Tan street, cross Tran Thi Ly bridge, continue on Nguyen Van Thoai street to go to My Khe beach.
The system of hotels and resorts in Da Nang is very diverse in price and quality. Large hotels and resorts are usually built in coastal areas, in Son Tra and Ngu Hanh Son districts. The area along the Han River, in the central area, also has many hotels.

Hoi An (in Quang Nam province), about 30km southeast of Da Nang international airport. Visitors can take a taxi, Grab or shuttle bus of travel agencies (for which visitors have booked a tour) to Hoi An.

Da Nang has a seaport to receive passenger cruise ships (Tien Sa port) and national highways connecting the South and North (National Highway 1A) and the Central Highlands region.

3. Find transportation when traveling to Da Nang & Hoi An

3.1 Use Grab app when coming to Da Nang & Hoi An

Currently, Grab application is popular in Da Nang & Hoi An, so you can choose to book a car, order food... through this application. You should only book a driver through the app, not through a middleman, for safety and security reasons. See in detail about the distance, price, driver information, payment method before pressing the button to book a car.

3.2 Book a taxi when traveling in Da Nang and Hoi An

In Da Nang city, there are 3 popular taxi companies, including: Mai Linh taxi - Phone number: 1055 - 0236 3565656, Tien Sa taxi - Phone number: 0236 3797979, Vinasun Green taxi - Phone number: 0236 3686868.

The above taxi companies also provide services in Hoi An. Phone number of Mai Linh Hoi An taxi - Phone number: 1055 - 0235 3929292, Tien Sa taxi in Hoi An - Phone number: 0235 3595959, Vinasun Hoi An taxi - Phone number: 0235 3686868, Sun taxi Hoi An - No. Phone: 0235 3797979.

The price of a taxi is usually more expensive than Grab, but the advantage of a taxi is that it has a switchboard and a call center address to contact. You should order the correct number of seats you need (4 seats or 7 seats).

4. Currency Converter - USD, Euro, GBP, KRW, JPY, Thai Baht, SGD, MYR, Yuan... to VND

Use the currency converter in our blog to quickly convert the value of your country's currency to VND (Vietnamese dong), accurately and conveniently.

5. Weather in Da Nang & Hoi An (Central Vietnam) - See the weather forecast to best prepare for your trip at our blog

February to April is the period with the most favorable weather to travel to Central Vietnam. This is the time when it is considered spring here and local people have just celebrated the Lunar New Year. This time usually has little rain, the temperature is not too high, favorable for outdoor travel activities.

From May to August, the weather in Da Nang and Hoi An is often very hot, temperatures up to 37 degrees Celsius. This period is suitable for outdoor tourism activities but you should pay attention to health issues. if you are not familiar with sunny and hot weather.

The rainy season in Da Nang and Hoi An usually takes place from September to January. Due to the change of climate, you may experience frequent rainy weather at some times. At other times, the weather does not rain but the sky is always cloudy. This time is still sunny but the temperature is not as high as summer.

In October to November, there are often a number of tropical storms, landing from the coast in the East. In addition, there may be flooding in some low-lying areas or localized flooding in the city center. The duration of storms and floods is usually only a few days (1-3 days).

The rainy season is usually the low season for tourism in central Vietnam. The weather in the rainy season may be suitable for tourists who love the rains, need quiet and rest at the end of the year.

6. Learn basic Vietnamese phrases quickly to use when traveling -  More information

The US Foreign Service Institute (FSI) put Vietnamese in the same group as Hebrew, Russian, and Urdu, which means it is a category four language as a "hard language".

Studies have shown that knowing as little as 100 words in Vietnamese will help you comprehend 50% of any communication in Vietnamese.

These everyday words are likely the ones you will use most in daily conversations while traveling in Vietnam.