An Expat Guide To Living In Da Nang Vietnam

Dubbed one of the best places to live in Vietnam, Da Nang surely has excellent qualities to become your new home. The city is surrounded by mountains and beaches and has a comfortable living conditions.

Our complete guide to living in Da Nang includes the following section:

  • Cost of living
  • How to find apartments in Da Nang
  • Best areas to stay
  • Where to buy food & necessaries
  • Best coffee shops to work
  • Where to meet new people
  • Life in Da Nang: traffic, weather & job

What is it like to live in Da Nang?

Da Nang is a young, peaceful and beautiful city. It’s favored by nature with beautiful scenery, charming mountains, clean and beautiful environment with a pleasant climate.

Da Nang also has good infrastructure including roads, bridges, schools, residential areas, and public works. It’s a walkable city and very convenient to live.

Da Nang Vietnam.

If you’re working from home, Da Nang is an excellent choice cause it has very fast internet and several cafes to explore.

On the weekends, you can take a day trip to places near the city such as Hoi An, My Son sanctuary, Son Tra peninsuala, and Hue.

Hoi An Vietnam.
Hoi An is a great weekend getaway from Da Nang.

The cost of living in Da Nang

Although Da Nang is a big city, the cost of living in Da Nang is quite affordable comparing to Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh city.

Two people can live comfortably in this beautiful city for about $1000 a month.

You can expect to pay around $1 ~ $2 per dish for street food and $5 ~ $10 per dish if you eat out in restaurants.

Apartment rental in Da Nang is also affordable. You can rent a studio or a one-bedroom service apartment at $220 ~ $300 per month. It usually includes water, internet and housekeeping (cleaning 1 to 2 times a week).

Here is a summary cost for two people person:

Accommodation rental (one bedroom, TV cable & internet):$250
Electricity:$50
Gas & water:$5
Prepaid cell phone plan:$5
Groceries:$150
Transportation (motorbike rental and gasoline):$100
Entertainment (eating out, drinking):$350
Gym$100
Monthly total:$1010
The cost of living in Da Nang.

Tips: I highly recommend learning basic Vietnamese before moving. Please take a look at my free Vietnamese Guide resources or contact me for private online lessons.

Best areas to live in Da Nang

An Thuong and Son Tra are the best areas to live in Da Nang.

While Son Tra is more secluded and locals, An Thuong (My An area) is quite chic, young and vibrant.

An Thuong area has several cafes, restaurants, bars and shops, and it’s also close to the beach and the center. There are certain streets in An Thuong such as Ngo Thi Si street that are full of bars, so if you want a quiet place to stay, just avoid them.

living in Da Nang Vietnam

How to find accommodation in Da Nang

We usually book our apartments on Airbnb and Booking.com if we only stay a month.

For longer stays, we’ll book a hotel room for a few days and check out apartment choices before moving in.

You can ask and search on Expats in Da Nang group for rooms. It’s also useful to contact hosts on Airbnb to see if they offer good deals for long-term rentals. You can also look up Google maps and try calling the surrounding apartments for their prices, or simply walking around and asking them directly.

A studio or a 1-bedroom apartment in Da Nang costs $220 ~ $300 (5 to 7 million VND a month, while a 2-bedroom studio can cost up to 10 million VND per month.

When finding an apartment in Da Nang, Vietnam, I recommend to

  • Ask if your rent covers the water, internet, and room-cleaning.
  • Take photos of facilities when you first move in.
  • If possible, ask for a contract and a payment receipt.
  • Ask the landlord/ hotel manager to register you properly to the local police.
hotel room

Shopping in Da Nang: Where to buy food & necessaries

Best supermarkets in Da Nang

Some good supermarkets in Da Nang are Go (BigC), CoopMart, and MegaMart.

We usually shop at Go, which has everything you need at fair prices. You can find a large selection of meat, vegetables, kitchen equipment, food supplements, etc. You can also order using Grab or Zalo app and get free delivery if you live within 5km.

If you want to buy imported products, Moon Milk is a good choice.

Markets in Da Nang

You can also buy fresh products at the nearby local markets. If you live in An Thuong/ My An area, Bac My An market is an excellent place to shop.

However, it can be challenging to go shopping if you don’t know VietnameseCheck my free resources on the Vietnamese Guide or contact me for private online lessons.

Clothes

There are many cloth shops around Da Nang, but you can find most brands and stores on Le Duan street. The street is full with clothes, shoes and neccessaries.

Best cafe to work in Da Nang

Where to find a quiet space to work in Da Nang?

I’ve spent a few months scouring Da Nang for the best laptop-friendly workspaces where freelancers, students, aspiring writers, and all hustlers can have a seat and get things done.

Some of my favorites are:

  • Goc An Yen: 78 An Hải Đông 1, An Hải Đông, Sơn Trà, Đà Nẵng
  • Lu Coffee: 62 Lê Quang Đạo, Bắc Mỹ Phú, Ngũ Hành Sơn, Đà Nẵng
  • BreadnSalt: 84 Hoàng Kế Viêm, Bắc Mỹ Phú, Ngũ Hành Sơn, Đà Nẵng
  • The Cup coffee: 233 Nguyễn Văn Thoại, Bắc Mỹ Phú, Ngũ Hành Sơn, Đà Nẵng

Where to meet new people in Da Nang

We usually meet new people at bars, restaurants, and events in Da Nang. Section 30 is our favorite spot to hang out, and we enjoy going to events such as Language exchanges and dance events.

Life in Da Nang

The weather

Cool and pleasant weather is what we love about Da Nang. The temperature in Da Nang fluctuates from 26 to 32 degrees, and the climate is divided into two seasons.

During the dry season, the climate in Da Nang is quite pleasant. The day is sunny with a possibility of light rain in the evening, and the night is cool.

You can prepare summer clothes such as tops, dresses, t-shirts and shorts. A hat with sunglasses will be good items as well.

Meanwhile, the weather in Da Nang during the stormy season (October to mid-December) is not nice. At this time, there’re frequent storms, strong winds and heavy rains, making it less ideal for outdoor activities. There are sometimes floods too, so brave yourself!

The traffic

We rarely see traffic jams on weekdays, while the road can be a bit busier at the weekends. There are many big tourist buses and cars from Friday to Sunday, especially on the main roads near the beach.

Jobs

In general, Da Nang is still a tourist city, with not many large enterprises. Most of the companies are small companies or representative offices.

If you’re looking for jobs in Da Nang, it can be challenging to find a suitable one. The most popular jobs for foreigners in Da Nang is teaching English, or working in hotels and restaurants.

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