Nov. 12, 2017
It was a longgggg way to Da Nang. From a warm weather in Cebu to cold weather layover in Hong Kong for 8hours+ then finally back to a warm weather Da Nang.
It was such a long trip just to arrive in a place that is somewhat similar to Cebu.
Automatically, my stomach screamed hunger when we arrived at the hotel, though I just had airplane food.
Banh mi. So first thing first, eat! Vietnam food can be confusing for a non-Vietnam speaking like me; the easiest food to understand is Banh mi. Thus I could probably say that eating banh mi is becoming a tradition as the first food I would grub/grab when landing in Vietnam. Think of it as subway sandwich, though I would say way much better.
One striking difference I notice between Da Nang & Hanoi food is coriander. Da Nang restaurants use less coriander; it might be because it’s a coastal place than a farm land area.
Tradition: twinning shirt & banh mi
I think we stayed in a tourist area of Da Nang. On one side of the hotel is Han Market; it’s like “tabo sa banay,” souvenir place, etc. On the other side are restaurants, which are flocked by tourists.
My first impression of Da Nang was it reminded me of Ilo-ilo where there’s a river that cuts / passes the city thus there are bridges to get to the other side.
And when night time came, it’s like they have no power shortage. There’s just too much light displays.
Our first dinner was at Viet Bamboo Restaurant, which manager is a Filipina.
Last “intake” before ending the Day 1, mango coconut drink. Cebu and Da Nang has a lot of similarities in food, at least when it comes to ingredients. Honestly, I did not finish this drink. I think we do mango-coconut concoction better.