Internal flights in Vietnam can be picked up cheaply with a return flight to Da Nang only costing just over £50rtn including checked baggage and seat assignment. The hour flight bounced past the cumulonimbus before emerging into the coastal town of Da Nang.
Checking into the Muca Spa Resort (£20pppn), we were both impressed by the quiet location, and just how well managed the hotel was. Hardly an authentic Vietnamese experience, but they did offer a variety of massages, and a decent Vietnamese menu selection in the restaurant area set on an extended stilted area under ambient lighting and typically mood enhancing music.
The hotel was particularly accommodating in that bikes were available for hire free of charge for the 4.5km cycle into town along the main road that passed along the paddy fields before disappearing into the melee of the town.
The evening hours have a completely different feel. Restaurants begin to bustle as do the bars infested with tourists making the most of the cheap beer and great food. The stalls continue to ply their trade with the technicoloured lanterns illuminating thoroughfares as passersby enjoy the ambience of a vibrant carnivalesque Viet-scape,