Here a few ttips to make any golf holiday in Danang more enjoyable:
1. Changing money: There are many banks and exchange booths around Danang. Previous to 2012 it was prudent to shop around for the best exchange rates. However, now that the Vietnam government has all but eliminated the black market, exchange rates are almost identical at every outlet. I use one of the 2 money exchange services at the Danang airport. Show your passport and present your foreign currency and you will be a Vietnamese Dong (VND) millionaire in seconds. The current exchange rate is VND 20,000 to US$1. Make sure you have new bills from your home country as anything soiled or old will be rejected.
3. Golf: Danang used to have but 2 golf courses, Montgomerie Links and Danang Golf Club. Now however, there is a third option. Around 1 hour north of Danang is the Faldo-designed Laguna Lang Co Golf Club. While farther than the other 2 courses, the drive north is worth it. All 3 courses taken together make up the Vietnam Golf Coast, probably the best golf destination in South East Asia.
3. Eating out: The most popular restaurants are all in Hoi An. The prices are reasonable and the Vietnamese cuisine here is milder to suit the palettes of most visitors. My Hoi An favorites are Mango-Mango and Morning Glory. Be sure to book in advance as both are full on most nights. For the best restaurants however, try one in Danang City, well off the beaten track from most tourists and guidebooks. The best two are Waterfront and Red Sky. Both are owned by former employees of the nearby 5-star hotels and their service/food shows it, but not the prices. If you are a real adventurer, try one of the local seafood stalls opposite China Beach. They serve only fresh barbequed catch-of-the-day and when they run out, they close. Go early and don’t expect much in the way of ambiance, but what is lacking is more than made up with great taste at local prices.
4. After Dinner: Hoi An has many quaint pubs to keep all happy. Just don’t expect anything in terms of real nightlife or meeting locals. Danang is also quiet, but those in the know can find some lively discos and karaoke clubs, the later which caters mainly to Asians.
Do you have any Danang tips or recommendations for golf travelers?