Da Nang : Vietnam


What It Is Like to Retire in Da Nang

Da Nang is one of the major port cities in Vietnam and the biggest city on the South Central Coast of Vietnam. The city is situated on the coast of the South China Sea and is a commercial and educational center of Central Vietnam, with a well-sheltered, easily accessible port. The population is just under 1 million. Its beaches are reported to be the best in Vietnam. Those made it a preferred in-country destination for American GIs during the Vietnam War. Both South Vietnam and the U.S. used this as a major port and airbase to carry out war operations.  Photos courtesy of Wikipedia: Cityscape orginally on Flickr, market and University of Danang by Dragfyre.


Where to Retire in Da Nang and Home Prices

A recent article in the Huffington Post touted Danang as great place to retire based on its many available and inexpensive rentals.  They pointed out a fully furnished two-bedroom, two-bath luxury condo in the Indochina Riverside Tower complex is available for $700/month.  It  is located in a prime spot near the riverside promenade in central Danang. A fully furnished 4 bedroom house with terrace and garden within a 5 minute walk to the beach was available for $750. There are also inexpensive beach villas. The Azura is a luxury condo near the Han River Bridge. Foreigners cannot own real estate, although you can qualifiy for a 50 year lease on land and then build a house on it.


What Is Special about Da Nang

Great beaches, a university town, international airport, near the cultural center of Hue.


What Is Not Special about Da Nang

Vietnam is still a 3rd world country so you can't expect all of the comforts and protections of home.  Air pollution is usually very bad and so is the traffic - traffic accident fatalities are high.


Who Will Like Retirement in Da Nang

People who want to live in an exciting and beautiful city in Asia at a relatively low cost.   Former GIs might feel quite comfortable here.


Local Economy Is Driven by

Tourism, shipping from the port, and manufacturing are very important.  It is the leading industrial part of the country.


Climate and Physical Environment

Da Nang is fairly close to the Equator on the South China Sea, so the temperature does not change much during the year. It is on the coast about half way up the country. The average daily temperature tends to be in the mid 60s to low 90s. The rainy season starts in September and goes to March - then you can expect brief but intense deluges every day.


Restaurants & Cultural Scene

There is a wide variety of cuisines, from local to western.  The latter tends to be much more expensive.  There is a legacy of French cuisine as well as Chinese.  The University scene provides some local culture.



Da Nang is a relatively safe city although there is street crime.


Medical Facilities

As one of Vietnam's largest cities it has several hospitals. You can expect reasonable medical care.



Traffic is intense and crowded with cars and motorcycles. The international airport is convenient. Foreigners cannot drive a car unless they have a Vietnamese driving license (not needed for a motorcycle). There is growing passenger ship traffic to the city.


Valuable Links

Wikipedia page on Da Nang.


What people are saying about Da Nang

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Posted by BrendaAnderson on November 04, 2019

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