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22 thoughts on “Saigon vs. Danang: Which city is right for you?”

  • I like the info about the two cities. I would also like to hear about Dalat. I am making an effort to get to Vietnam hopefully by September 2020. Any info on Dalat would help with knowing where to reside. Thank you.

  • Lorraine Tullett says:

    Thanks for the info guys. My Son arrived in Danang today, first impressions very good. Don’t think he’ll be to bothered by lack of networking or social scene, he just wants good quality of life & clean air!! Been living in Chiangmai but the pollution during smoky season is shocking..

  • 1/Danang,Hue and HoiAn ..beautiful central coast South China Sea

    2/ Saigon.. metropolis.Need I see more

    3/ Hanoi ..live and learn

    4/ Ha Giang…beautiful mountain

    5/Sapa ..wonder scene

    6/ Halong bay ..wonderful decent dragon

    7/ Dalat..French colonial town

    8/ Mekong Delta..good time roll

    9/Nhatrang…beautiful beach

    10/ Phong Nha Ke Bang..beautiful limestone and biggest cave of the world

    Must wish list for all travel .Cheer

  • Great comparison vid. One more – I live in Bangkok and travel to Saigon a few times a year. Have toyed with upping sticks and moving to Saigon but in the end BKK still tops especially housing cost (ie: new condo with pool/gym for $400 or even less – see my vlogs) but also for overall food, entertainment, shopping, hospitals, culture, activities and transport (Skytrain/Subway) so easy and fast to get around. Might have another look at Saigon after the metro is finally complete. Until then will continue to visit as Saigon's a great city too plus have friends there. Cheers!

  • I was just in Danang a week ago. I am in Hanoi now. Spent the first 6 days in HCMC Saigon prior to arrival in Danang. Danang to me is the higher quality of life at less of a cost as compared to both Saigon and Hanoi. Also, Danang has the beach, and a City, reminiscent of a Macau or mini-Hong Kong without the high prices and casinos. Danang is also central and 30 minutes by motorbike to Hoi An, which is similar to a quaint Napa California-like town rich in culture and tailor tradition. Then if you head North from Danang, you're traversing one of the most beautiful roads in the World, in the Hai Van Pass. You're literally 90 minutes away from Hue and the Imperial City. If you head up even more North, you're now headed towards the Phong Nha area, where the World's largest cave is found, in the Son Doong cave.

    Lest not we forget that Northeast Danang into the hills of Ba Na and beyond, you have one of the World's most lush regions, almost recovered by the effects of Agent Orange that once decimated the area. 80-90km North, and by motorbike, you can ride through the rural regions (Vietnam's bread basket aside from the Mekong in the South) where cows, water buffalos, goats, chickens, and some of the fiercest fighting occurred during the Vietnam War, or as termed by the Vietnamese, as the American War.

    I had the privilege of riding through Danang and down to Hoi An and back up north all the way to Hue and back down the Ho Chi Minh trail and back down towards Danang which took 5.5 days. This was better than the amazing time i had spent in HCMC Saigon prior to flying into Danang Int'l airport. I had missed your Saigon Social mixer (wine festival) due to another business commitment.

    Hope to catch you on my next trip in mid-October and one of your meet-n-greet dinner mixers which i would be more than happy to put together for you. I know the perfect place in HCMC Saigon.

    Keep up the good work, Vinh!

    Kind Regards from Hanoi and the Silicon Valley Northern California Bay Area,

    Don

  • I am renting a brand new western style first floor studio apartment, 550 metres walk to the beach for 9.3 million, US $400 plus electricity. Most one bedrooms here start at US $500 to $600 per month. Beach to the main shopping malls or Airport takes less than 10 min drive. Lots of construction of hotels on the beach and apartments in the quiet back streets. It's set to get more expensive as the place gets more and more tourists every year.

  • The danang airport is not new it has a new terminal. It use to be a usaf base during the Vietnam war. You can still see some of the old hangars from the terminal.

  • Another excellent vlog! Thanks guys! I've chosen DaNang for the laid back atmosphere plus I'm a little older so would rather be able to go to the excitement and leave when I choose. I touch down in DaNang on the 29 of September on a oneway ticket preparing for a few years in SEA. I really do appreciate your perspectives! ✌🏻🇨🇦

  • I love Saigon and visited Danang for the first time this year. I totally agree with what you say about Danang V HCMC. Danang has a long beautiful beach and a laid back atmosphere but for me it's lacking the extras a big city like Saigon provides. I'm not a big fan of big cities like Bangkok but Saigon doesn't feel as big as it is. I assume it's French city planning that has resulted in all the central parks in the southern capital softening the feel of a huge metropolis. The night life there is also the best I've encountered in S E Asia. I also attended a language Meetup group and it was packed out with locals. Bottom line – Danang nice place to visit but Saigon is a city I can easily live in.

  • DAVID MULLER MY HEART METS EVERY says:

    Business? Meeting professionals? Can I ask you one question? Can I get pretty girls in the night life in Danang??

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