First of all, let me just say this to you: VIETNAMESE FOOD IS BOMB! As an Indonesian myself, I feel like the characteristic of their food is quite similiar to Indonesian food where it’s very rich in seasoning & variety, fragrant, some simple-some quite complex but altogether delicious! Finding good food was barely a chore and it’s everywhere. While Hoi An might has more street food options, it doesn’t mean that it’s hard to find good food in Da Nang. Eating out in Da Nang is incredibly cheap, just like how Vietnam food cost in general, expect to pay as cheap as VND 20.000 for a bowl of Bo Pho in local markets to VND 150.000 for a fulfilling dinner for two at local eateries. It’s definitely below Jakarta price standard.
As an avid fan of coffee, Vietnamese coffee (Ca Phe Sua Da) is definitely one of the highlights of my trip, just when I thought Monviet creates a very-very good one, the authentic one was beyond that! The only downside was that the portion was very little, I mean like 1/4 glass little, but that’s a good excuse to have 3-4 of that everyday like I did, and now I am missing it so bad.
Another thing that I love about Vietnam cafe scene is the fact that their definition of “chill out” is anti-mainstream. They don’t really have a lot of sit down fancy cafes like we have here in Jakarta, and for them to sit outside with short plastic chairs and tables is probably more than enough. I was blown away with what I noticed, in a very good way.
French Village is a gorgeous and highly photogenic man-made village located at Ba Na Hills and its rising fame is the reason why it’s packed with tourists strolling and taking pictures everywhere. I was fortunate to experience the village on its mistiest day and the brightest day! Both were just equally beautiful and I highly recommend making a stop here on your Ba Na Hills day trip (I honestly will recommend you to stay overnight here!), for details of my glorious days at French Village
There is a very popular hot spring and pool site where visitors are more than welcome to experience the natural Mountain spring water – the water was so fresh that you can drink it (but not recommended) – there’s also a Japanese onsen site installed at the complex so you can definitely experience pretty much the same onsen experience like you probably had in Japan before. The hot spring also accomodates a luxurious family hotel if you’re planning to stay overnight with large hand-carve marble bathtub installed at each room. Rate for the hotel room starts from $65-$130 per night!