Here are three tips to make your golfing holiday in Danang more enjoyable:
1. Money Changing: US Dollars used to be widely accepted and the preferred currency of choice for a Danang golf vacation. However, over the past 2 years this has all changed. Nowadays the Vietnamese Dong is used everywhere. The rates are controlled by the Vietnam Central Bank, so changing money at an official money changer will get you the best rates. There are two exchange kiosks at the Danang Airport and the rates are competitive. It is much better to change your foreign currency here than at your hotel, golf course, or restaurant. Have your passport handy and change a few hundred dollars for spending money, you will save costs on your trip and any unused funds can easily be exchanged back to your home currency at the conclusion of your Vietnam golf vacation and on your way out of the country.
2. Dining Out: There are many good restaurants in Hoi An town and most are packed with tourists and charge tourist prices. However, if you want to meet some locals and get better value-for-money, then try eating out in Danang. A couple of my favourite Danang restaurants are Red Sky and Waterfront. Both serve excellent Western and Vietnamese food and are run by former 5-star hotels chefs. For some fresh seafood, stop at one of the many restaurants along China Beach. They specialize in locally caught fish and almost everything is barbequed and served family style. Be sure you can sit on the short legged chairs as many tables are quite low to the ground.
3. Getting Around: If you are thinking of hiring a car, don’t! Foreigners are not allowed to drive in Vietnam anyway. The best way to get to/from the airport and golf courses are private limousine or van. The costs are low and this takes the hassle of dealing with local taxis. Once you get to where you are going and learn a little bit about where your hotel is in relation to Danang and Hoi An, you can use the local taxis for any short trips to town. Just ask your hotel to call you a radio taxi and when you flag a cab down yourself, choose the green colored Mai Linh branded cabs. These are the best ones and the drivers will always use the meter for calculating fares.
Post a comment if you have any of your own tips to ensure a successful Danang golf vacation.