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Da Nang, Vietnam

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Ashlee on the shore of East Vietnam Sea.

Ashlee on the shore of East Vietnam Sea.

For those of you following American Buddha Co. on Instagram (if you don't, you should ;) @americanbuddhaco), you might've see the throwback post (above) of our time in Da Nang, Vietnam. To keep in theme with our Asia travels, American Buddha Co.’s next few blogposts will highlight that recent trip.

First stop, Da Nang. A drastic difference from our experience in the Thai islands with the long stretches of clean beaches and friendly smiles upon every face we encountered. Da Nang offers hotels and resorts of all caliber, to which we selected Furama Resort -- where Ashlee's aunt stayed ~10 years prior.

View from the entrance of the Furama Resort.

View from the entrance of the Furama Resort.

Candlelit cocktails at Furama Resort.

Candlelit cocktails at Furama Resort.


Furama Resort resident Filipino band: Led by a woman, who spoke 12 dialects and had a killer voice, and the band quickly became our pals — at least in our eyes. In honor of our last night, they performed a rendition of Alicia Keys "New York."

Very few tourists!: Da Nang was a great opportunity for us to party with the locals. Most tourists keep to their resorts full-time, but by taking the short ride to the downtown area, you get to hang as the off-duty hospitality employees would! Everyone is super friendly, willing to strike up conversations and cheers over the talented live music. 


Golden Pine Pub: One of the many bars and restaurants hugging the Han River. This particular one offers a "Buy 2, Get 1 Free” Happy Hour and all the pop-dance music you could ask for. Great place for people watching — as its not uncommon to see people really feeling the music from their seats 😉

City Pub: Offering more outdoor seating than Golden Pine, this spot also provided an awesome live band. Ashlee was in awe to hear them play a tune that her Vietnamese family often listened. Check out the clip below:


Da Nang was our "live the fabulous life" part of our time in Vietnam. If your budget and time permits, American Buddha Co. highly suggests enjoying the gorgeous beaches, relaxing world-class resorts, and the liveliness of downtown’s vibe. Hopefully the city area can stay somewhat untouched from the tourist scene, but just in case — go sooner than later!

NEXT STOP: Hoi An, Vietnam