Vietnam is an incredible holiday destination; it’s close to Singapore (less than 3 hours by plane), the people are friendly and hospitable, the food and coffee is excellent (and affordable too!), the beaches are stunning, and the cities are full of culture and heritage, which is interesting for those into travel photography (that makes all of us).
Above: the View Flying in to Da Nang, Vietnam (spot the shadow of the plane).
One of the most scenic beaches in Vietnam is My Khe Beach located in the coastal city of Da Nang. My Khe Beach is known for its clear blue skies, smooth white sand, warm water that’s perfect for swimming in, and its gentle slope. It doesn’t experience large waves, which makes it safe for kids as well.
Above: My Khe Beach, Da nang, view from the balcony at hilton garden inn da nang.
We checked in to the Hilton Garden Inn Da Nang, which is just a stone’s throw away from My Khe Beach, and with guest rooms that offer calming views of the ocean.
Above: The Panoramic room at the Hilton Garden Inn Da Nang.
Above: The bath in the Panoramic room.
The guest rooms are modern, beautifully designed and comfortable, with a King Guest Room starting from an affordable 1,235,000₫ (approximately SGD68) to a Panoramic Room Ocean View with Balcony at 2,375,000₫ (approximately SGD130). If you’re travelling with parents or kids, you can book the Family Connecting Room (around SGD145) that accommodates up to 6 people.
Above: the balcony in the king deluxe room.
During the day, you can head up to the rooftop infinity pool to relax and soak in the sun. Return in the evening to enjoy cocktails at the rooftop bar while watching the sun set.
Above: the view from the rooftop bar.
For dining options, the hotel boasts an all-day dining concept called Together & Co.; the atmosphere is cosy, while the dishes are prepared with locally-sourced and fresh, sustainable ingredients.
Above: Together & Co.
Above: Chef linh, who’s friendly and hospitable. he introduced many local dishes and shared with us about the city of da nang and the best places to visit.
Above: a special vietnamese flat rice noodle, crafted by chef linh. it had a familiar braised flavour.
Above: a trio of springrolls crafted by chef linh.
Above: coconut coffee, a specialty at together & co. and truly a delicious drink.
While you might be tempted to stay within the hotel, its location is really one of the highlights of the property. It’s just 15 minutes away by car from the international airport (the taxi fare is around SGD5), 10 minutes from the bustling Son Tra Night Market, 10 minutes from the iconic Lady Buddha (the tallest Buddha statue in Vietnam), and 20 minutes from the famous Marble Mountains.
Above: the iconic Lady Buddha (the tallest Buddha statue in Vietnam).
Above: Linh Ung Pagoda on Son Tra Peninsula in Da Nang, a Historic and Protected Site where the lady buddha statue resides.
Above: Seafood at the son tra night market. This entire plate costs around SGD65, and it’s grilled fresh for you on the spot.
Reviews of Hilton Garden Inn Da Nang on Expedia are “exceptional”, while Tripadvisor gives it 5/5 stars, which is an “excellent” rating. One of the reviewers said that if they could give the hotel 10 stars, they would because everything about the hotel is amazing. And we agree; it was a fun and enjoyable stay, and the Hilton Garden Inn really had the perfect location next to My Khe Beach. And what’s truly attractive is Da Nang’s proximity to Singapore, and the accessible price point of the rooms. It’s a good weekend break with our best girlfriends, or a destination to consider for the kids during the school holidays.
Above: nick boyd, general manager of the hilton garden inn da nang. A super friendly guy who ensures that the property runs in tip-top condition.
Above: view from the hilton garden inn da nang rooftop bar and pool, where you can see the lady buddha and Linh Ung Pagoda.
Hilton Garden Inn Da Nang is located at 96 VoNguyen Giap ManThai SonTra, Da Nang, Vietnam. Visit HILTON.COM for bookings.