Thursday, July 5, 2018

Summary of My 6D5N Da Nang, Hoi An & Hue (2018) Travelogues & Travel Expenses

Flying In
From Malaysia, AirAsia is the only carrier flying directly from Kuala Lumpur to Da Nang with 7 flights weekly. From Kuala Lumpur, the flight to Da Nang takes about 2 hours and 35 minutes. Time difference wise, Vietnam is 1 hour behind Malaysia.

Malaysia passport holders are not required to apply visa for entering Vietnam is stay less than 30 days.

Currency Exchange
Besides the local currency which is Vietnamese dong (VND), you can also do transaction in US dollar as well. But bear in mind that not all of them accept US dollar such as taxi, small eateries, sundry shop and etc.

Best Time To Visit & How Many Days To Visit
This one tend to be very subjective cause as we know, weather is always unpredictable one. When I went Da Nang early of this year, the weather was kinda chill and breeze especially in Hoi An and I really quite enjoying this kind of weather. As you know, we already have 365 days of summer in Malaysia and therefore, I don't want experience another summer in other country.

As for the number of days you should allocate if you are planning to visit these three cities, I would advise to spend at least a week; 2 nights in Da Nang, 2 nights in Hoi An and 2 nights in Hue. Quite number of my friends told me that spending 6D5N tend to be slightly long but I beg to differ. There are few places and attractions in Hue I didn't manage to cover and I quite regret for not staying longer there.

Here is my summary of my Central Vietnam trip covering three different cities - Da Nang, Hoi An and Hue for your quick and easy reference, in case you are lazy to read the long winding travelogues.

Day 1: 14th January 2018
From Da Nang International Airport to Hoi An (post here)

2018 Vietnam Da Nang 01We booked from VM Travel Hoi An for the price of US$20 (approx. to RM80), and we specially requested for SUV type of vehicle which it's relatively larger, more comfortable and most importantly, fits all our luggage bags perfectly. This airport transfer included services pick us up directly from the airport and drop-off us straight to our hotel in Hoi An.

Day 2: 15th January 2018

2018 Vietnam Hoi An Old Town 04
We decided to spend a good two days and two nights in Hoi An alone. Within these two days, we just strolling around this UNESCO World Heritage Site without the desire to go out of the town. 

Things to Eat in Hoi An
I even did a post of what I ate in Hoi An - you can check the post here

Day 3: 16th January 2018
2018 Central Vietnam - My Son Sanctuary, Marble Mountains & Hai Van Pass
Bade goodbye to Hoi An and we decided to stop and visit three attractions - My Son Sanctuary, Marble Mountains and Hai Van Pass (post here) before reaching Hue. And once again, we engaged a private transfer with VM Travel Hoi An which charged us US$99 for SUV type of vehicle. 

Day 4: 17th January 2018
Hue Beaulieu Boutique Hotel & Imperial Citadel (post here)
2018 Vietnam Hue Imperial City 06
Before we left Hue, we visited Imperial City - a wall palaced within the Citadel in the morning. We booked private transfer from the travel agency nearby our hotel. Some of the travel agencies charge US$40 whereas we found one that charge us for US$38 for a smaller car. The journey from Hue to Da Nang took almost two hours and 30 minutes.

Da Nang Hotels, Han Market & Dragon Bridge of Han River (post here)
Da Nang Hotels, Han Market & Dragon Bridge

Day 5: 18th January 2018
Ba Na Hills French Village (post here)
2018 Vietnam Ba Na Hills 09

Day 6: 19th January 2018
Goodbye Da Nang. We took Grab from our hotel to the airport. Initially the fare is VND57,000 only but the driver requested for additional VND15,000 for the car park fee he paid upon entering the airport. 
Da Nang International Terminal

To end my post, here I share with you the details of the travel expenses breakdown my friends and I spent throughout our 6 days and 5 nights in Central Vietnam covering Hoi An, Hue and Da Nang. As for the group, there are four of us.

PARTICULARS
AMOUNT
Per Group
Per Pax
RM
Airfare
KUL – Da Nang – KUL
Add: Luggage

Accommodation
Homestay May Trang – 2 nights
Beaulieu Boutiqu Hotel – 1 night
Happy Day Hotel – 1 night
Avora Hotel – 1 night

Transportation Intercity
Da Nang to Hoi An
Hoi An to Hue
Hue to Da Nang

Transportation Within City
Taxi to/fro Imperial Citadel
Grab around Da Nang
Grab to/fro Ba Na Hills

Admission Fees
My Son Sanctuary
Marble Mountains
Imperial Citadel
Ba Na Hills

Food & Beverages
Hoi An
Hue
Da Nang

Others
Sim card with Internet data
Souvenirs – magnets, postcards, stamps, etc

-
-


US$80
US$70
-
-


US$20
US$100
US$38


VND75,000
VND122,000
VND565,000


-
-
-
-


VND1,965,000
VND781,400
VND1,600,000


-
-

-
-


-
-
-
-


-
-
-


-
-
-


VND150,000
VND40,000
VND150,000
VND650,000


-
-
-


150,000
791,250

270.00
77.00


80.00
70.00
57.00
18.30


20.00
100.00
38.00


3.40
5.50
25.20


26.80
7.10
26.80
116.00


87.70
34.90
71.40


26.80
142.40

TOTAL:
1,304.30
Exchange Rate:
US$1 = RM4.00
VND1,000,000 = RM178.50

Central Vietnam Travel Haul 02
I love to buy the silk cushion covers and table runner from Vietnam for my own house decoration. 

Central Vietnam Travel Haul
Instant noodles and coffee bought from Big C supermarket.

I glad that finally I completed another travelogue. Now considering which travelogue should I blog next? 

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the summary. 6 days and spent less than RM1500 including food is considered reasonable. Now I feel like going to Vietnam. Haha.

    Will use your itinerary as guide.

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