According to the magazine, if Hoi An is a picture postcard of an ancient Old Town full of laid-back charm, then neighbouring Da Nang is a mélange of traditional and contemporary vibes.
Travel+Leisure revealed that the best time to visit Da Nang is in the dry season from February to May, while the peak tourist season is typically from April to August.
Watching the famous Dragon Bridge spit fire is also one of the best things to do when visiting the central city.
“The colour-changing golden dragon is more of a totem, representing power and good fortune as it headlines one of the longest bridges in Da Nang spanning 666 metres across the Han River. Watch one of the most dazzling fire and light shows as the larger-than-life metallic dragon spits fire and water every Saturday and Sunday at 9 p.m.,” it stressed.
The magazine also suggested that visitors enjoy exploring a world of fantasy and adventure at Sun World theme park located high up in Ba Na Hills which stands at 1500 metres above sea level.
Moreover, it noted that hiking the Marble mountains is also among the best things to do for adventure and thrill seekers.
“Don’t miss the dark and dingy Hell Cave or Am Phu which represents the world of damnation. The largest grotto is the Huyen Khong Cave where light shines magically on the Buddha sculptures,” it suggested.
Furthermore, beach lovers are able to chill on the shores of the pristine My Khe Beach while nature lovers are able to experience the verdant Son Tra Peninsula where visitors can slowly take in the scenic views of rugged coves and cliffs along the way.
According to Travel+Leisure, the moment visitors step into the Hoi An “Yellow Town” they are swept away into a fairy tale world full of colourful facades and lanterns.
“The UNESCO Heritage Site is dotted with markets, temples, merchant houses, assembly halls and bridges. The entrance ticket allows you access to five monuments out of the 22 heritage sights,” the magazine said.
It suggested that visitors not miss out on the 400-year-old Japanese-covered bridge built across the Thu Bon River, with the site being guarded by statues of dogs and monkeys. In addition, Quan Cong Temple and Quan Am Pagoda must also be added to all visitors’ lists.
For couples, Travel+Leisure stated that they can get lost in a natural tapestry of beaches, forests, and mountains in the remote and romantic archipelago of Cham Islands.
“The UNESCO Natural Biosphere Reserve also houses a marine park and is a cluster of eight smaller islands, of which Hon Lao is the largest with seven beaches. Ong Beach is the most popular located near the pier where you can find the market with local eateries,” it shared.
One of the best things to do in Hoi An during the rainy season is to wake up and smell the coffee. Vietnamese specialty coffee comes in several varieties like creamy coconut milk coffee and egg coffee, pink and black latte, among others.
The magazine recommends that visitors join in the celebration and get enchanted by the streets of Old Town which are lit by vivid handmade lanterns.
“If the atmosphere is not intoxicating enough then take a cruise along the Hoai river on a traditional boat and light a small lantern and let it adrift on the waters. Stroll along the night market where there are 50 stalls selling everything from scarves to souvenirs,” it concluded.