Comparing the beach neighbourhoods of Da Nang and Hoi An

Comparing the beach neighbourhoods of Da Nang and Hoi An

Da Nang and Hoi An are becoming increasingly popular as bases for digital nomads. The two cities are connected by the same long stretch of sandy beach, and if you stand on the beach of Hoi An you can see the burgeoning Da Nang skyline.There are two beach neighbourhoods in particular that have become favoured with the digital nomad/expat scene. In Da Nang it's the My An area, while in Hoi An it's An Bang Beach. They are only 20km apart, but they offer a completely different urban living experience.I stayed in both places in June 2021, and this is a brief overview of My An and An Bang.My An is a ward (a sub section of a city district) on the beach front of Da Nang. This beach area is still a work in progress. 10 years ago it was mostly empty lots, and if you had the foresight to buy land here then you would be doing well for yourself today. One of the drawbacks of the area (at the time of my visit) was that there is still a lot of construction mess and noise everywhere. If someone asks me where to go in this area I send them to Coffee and then work your way from there. This is one of my favourite cafes in Da Nang, and the building is a good example of what is going on in beachside Da Nang.It's a purpose-built cafe that has outdoor seating inset in koi ponds. If you have a look behind the building you can see empty land that has yet to fill in. There is no way you could do this in inner Saigon or Hanoi, and eventually it will be too expensive in Da Nang as well. For now though, businesses have a blank sheet in which to create something new. Nearby cafe is Ngo Thi Sy street, which is forming a casual western bar scene. It appears to be getting busier every year, so I wonder if it will turn into a full-on pub street in 10 years.This area has a different feel to the Northern end of the ward, which has more Korean shops and restaurants. I've been revisiting this area since , and it's been interesting to see it evolve from empty sand lots to a neighbourhood that is starting to feel lived-in.An Bang by comparison is more like a village. There was already a small town here, though it’s now being met by beach developments on either side. At the current rate of development the area between Da Nang and Hoi An is going to be wall-to-wall resorts. An Bang though remains low rise and village-like.There is a morning market here if you are self catering.One of the main differences between My An and An Bang is how each area is connected to the beach. The Da Nang beach is separated from the urban area by a major road (Vo Nguyen Giap). In An Bang the main road is smaller, and access to the beach is via little lanes. You can’t see the beach from the village, but then there are villas and restaurants that have absolute beachfront views. One of my favourite places is the Deckhouse.There are many seafood shacks on the beachfront, and by late afternoon the beach is transformed into a street food market.There is not as much to do at night here, though there are some places such as Bungalow Beach Bar and the street near there has some night life.On the other side of this block is Cam An ward, though I noticed some places here marketed themselves as An Bang Beach so I include this area as well.

2010 - 2022, © cheap washer wish,