On my first day in the tourist capital of South Central Vietnam 🇻🇳 , I discovered the great potential of Da Nang in the tourism industry. In this post, I will share my personal experience as I spend the succeeding days by participating in the VITM Danang 2022 B2B event, exploring some tourist spots, and simply enjoying every moment.
Facts about the VITM
Before we proceed to the highlight of my Vietnam trip, let me give you some facts about the VITM (Vietnam International Travel Mart)
- It is the largest and only international trade show sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.
- Its aim is to promote the nationwide tourism and restore international tourism,
Day 2- Breakfast 🥞 ☕️ @ Serene Hotel
The lobby at Serene hotel Da Nang set the holiday spirit, as it gave us positive and cheerful atmosphere. The polite staff greeted us with their genuine smile and assisted us to the buffet area, where the Christmas spirit can also be felt. Buffet breakfast is my favorite as I get to try different dishes, ending with a sweet treat.
I really enjoyed our breakfast buffet 🥞 ☕️ and a relaxing view of the beach– that started my day with a smile. My day is not complete without coffee, so even after my first cup in the room, I had another cup to keep myself energized for another productive day. I love the variety of dishes in the restaurant— not a problem at all for a very picky eater like me. I had rice, noodles, French fries, and different kinds of pastries. So, yeah! We were ready for the whole-day event at VITM Danang 2022!
The VITM DANANG 2022 B2B Event
Here’s the highlight of our Vietnam trip– the B2B (Business to Business) Event, where domestic and international tourism suppliers meet the buyers for a potential partnership. I have received some tokens, printed materials, and business cards from them. Hopefully, I can build a harmonious relationship with most of them this year.
Below are some of the booths that I have visited during the VITM Danang 2022 B2B event held in Da Nang Exhibition Center on December 9, 2023.
VITM DANANG 2022 B2B event am session
As the main purpose of this event is to promote Da Nang to tourists, the Da Nang Visitor Centre has made sure to greet the participants wholeheartedly. They provided visitors with all relevant information about Da Nang, including free tourist maps, leaflets, and brochures about tourist destinations, hotels, restaurants, and other services.
The Centre also assists tourists in emergency cases such as accidents, theft and scams. They also receive complaints or feedback from tourists about mediocre services, fares, and reports to authorized offices.
One of the most famous attractions in Da Nang is Sun World Bana Hills, where you can catch the best panoramic view of Da Nang. (I will share my experience here in my next post about the tours that I have joined.)
This is one of the major tourist transport companies in Vietnam. They have more than 100 travel experts and experienced staff. In addition, they also have more than 150 premium vehicles from 4 to 52 seats.
DANANG MIKAZUKI JAPANESE RESORTS & SPA- a luxury Japanese accommodation, located in the tourist area of Xuan Thieu, overlooking the crystalline water and pristine white sand in Danang Bay.
L’ALYA NINH VAN BAY- a simple, but elegant hotel in Nha Trang that allows you to experience an ultimate stay in the authentic style of Vietnamese luxury. It has a welcome lounge in the jetty, in north of Nha Trang city center, where guests can take a 15-minute speedboat ride.
FURAMA RESORT DANANG- a five-star oasis on Danang Beach’s world-class beach and considered the most prestigious resort in Vietnam. Most of their guests are members of the royal family, presidents, film stars and executives of international companies.
ARIYANA BEACH RESORT & SUITES DANANG- located in the Ariyana Danang Tourism Complex, on the prime location right next to the Furama Resort, Furama Villas, and Ariyana Danang Exhibition & Convention Centre. Each modern room features ocean views and a living room with a connecting balcony.
SHINING RIVERSIDE HOIAN BOUTIQUE AND SPA– offers a luxurious and unforgettable experience for their guests and make sure that they enjoy the legendary city of Hoi An.
Aside from the stunning view of the green field across the river, the hotel gives complimentary Shining signature boat trip on palm water coconut and let the guests join a complimentary leaf art workshop.
Located along My Khe beach, the elegant hotel overlooks the beautiful seaside and is just a few minutes away from the city center.
BANYAN TREE– a private haven of luxury villas with swimming pool nestled in the azure waters of the East Vietnam Sea and the Truong Son Mountain Range.
After the first half of activity in the VITM Danang 2022 B2B event, it was time for lunch! We headed to Am Thuc Xeo, an intimate restaurant located on a bustling road, in the middle of Da Thanh ward, a 5-minute walk from My Khe Beach,
Xeo is trusted and chosen by domestic and international partners to entertain and introduce culinary culture to politicians, as well as celebrities, They offer simple Vietnamese rice dishes to high-class, fresh, and rich seafood feast. and other famous specialties of the region.
Our dine-in experience provided us with a different level, an unforgettable impression while trying authentic Vietnamese dishes infused with local popular culture.
Because I’m not a fan of seafood, I just had the Ban xeo, a crispy Vietnamese pancake (made of rice flour and water). We did not know how to eat it properly, but thanks to a staff, she helped us patiently. We rolled the cake with fresh vegetable fillings, and I survived another meal! 😅🤣😂
B2B event pm session
After the hearty meal, we went back to attend the second half of the VITM Danang 2022 B2B event.
JNTO (Japan National Tourism Association)
The organization encourages tourists to visit various destinations in Japan such as Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Nara, and Fukuoka. The booth provided the buyers with the following:
- a guide about the instagrammable spots to check in these areas.
- information about the must-try foods when you visit Japan like ramen,oden, yakitori, shabu-shabu, tempura, okonomiyaki, tokoyaki, anmitsu, kakigori, and a lot more.
- location and transportation guide
- affordable accommodations
- wifi connection
NOVOTEL DANANG PREMIER HAN RIVER- Located on the beautiful West Bank of the Han River, it is one of the leading hotels for bleisure travelers. Besides luxury apartments, Novotel is also known for its highest and trendiest roofbar, which offers breathtaking views.
Since the theme of the 10th VITM Da Nang is sea-based tourism, the organization promoted their idyllic islands and beautiful beaches.
- Langkawi Island, Kedah
- Tioman Island, Pahang
- Port Dickson, Negeri Simbilan
- Cherating, Pahang
- Pangkor Island, Perak
- Redang, Perhentian and Lang Tengah Islands, Terengganu
- Sasaran Beach, Kuala Selangor, Selangor
- Turku Abdul Rahman Park, Sabah
- Sultan Iskandur Marine Park, Johor
- Sipadan Island, Sabah
- Tusan Beach, Sarawak
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What I didn’t experience in my Vietnam bleisure-adventure is spending an overnight cruise. If I will be given a chance to do so in my next Da Nang trip, I will surely share my experience with you.
POSEIDON CRUISE- Experience cruising while pampering yourself in the stunning landscapes with 8 spacious standard cabins designed with rich interior, comfortable bedding and ceramic bathroom, suites and a spacious sun deck. With properly trained staff, passengers are guaranteed the best service at all times.
SEN TAI THU- a place for the preservation, promotion and enhancement of health care culture through the application of traditional medicine par excellence.
I had the chance to try their traditional Vietnamese massage and I was quite relieved. Of course, it’s different because the treatment is being done in a public area. For you to be completely relaxed, you should be in a peaceful and tranquil place, free from distractions.
They have common room and VIP room packages and other services like herbal mask application, dead skin exfoliation, cupping therapy, electrophonesis of Vitamin C, and back scrub.
On my next visit to Da nang, I would like to experience their VIP Room Treatment Package for only 850,000 VND (Php 1,974.03)
- Cleanse with a set of premium seasonal herbal bath products
- Soak in the wooden tub / Jacuzzi with herbal bath powder
- Steam bath with seasonal leaves, herbal salt foot bath
- Aromatic herb steaming with 8 types of medicinal herbs
- Seasonal steam bath
- Intensive treatment combined with hot bamboo therapy
- Treatment with hot wormwood and infrared light therapy
- Electrophonesis of vitamin C/cupping therapy
- Enjoy nutritious food, nutritious porridge, herbal drink and fruit
NEW ORIENT HOTEL- A world-class hotel that provides a unique travel experience, perfect for leisure travelers like me 😀It is only a short walk from the Han River, ten minutes from the airport and a short drive to three world-class golf courses.
RADISSON DANANG- Conveniently located on My Khe Beach, it is the perfect choice of Forbes for a business or leisure trip.
Other Hotels in Vietnam
I had the opportunity to speak to a few hotel sales directors and associates during the VITM Danang 2022 B2B event. I sincerely thank them for taking the time to accommodate me, even if I had no pre-confirmed online appointment. Here are some of the hotels that you can check when you visit Da Nang. (The descriptions are from their printed materials. You can click the link to their official website so you can check the complete details of each hotel from the room types, facilities, and rates).
ANGSANA LANG CO- a beach resort perfectly located among three UNESCO World Heritage sites: Hoi An Ancient Town, The Imperial Citadel of Hue and My Son Sanctuary.
ANYA PREMIER HOTEL QUY NHON– a luxurious and stylish resort in the heart of the coastal city, located in front of the beach.
BALCONA HOTEL- Conveniently located opposite My Khe Beach, it features affordable and comfortable rooms with balconies. The hotel also offers high-end facilities, international cuisine and local specialties.
BEL MARINA- a premium resort by the heritage of the ancient town, located on the banks of Thiu Bon River. It offers impeccable service, luxury experiences and cultural indulgences.
DANANG GOLDEN BAY- a five-star hotel for bleisure travelers, located at the extraordinary, magnificent place where the Han River flows to the East Sea, a view of the beautiful mountains, and azure sea and sky.
HAIAN BEACH HOTEL & SPA– a 22-storey hotel which is conveniently situated opposite My Khe, Da Nang’s most beautiful beach.
NAGAR HOTEL NHA TRANG – a 4 star hotel situated in the heart of Nha Thrang’s lively and fun district, which is Huong Wuong Street.
NESTA DANANG- a hotel with minimalist style and elegantly designed rooms with large balcony and windows overlooking the sea. They also have branches in Hanoi, Cantho, and Phuquoc.
NHU MINH PLAZA DANANG HOTEL- a luxury hotel in the heart of Danang that offers relaxing holidays and business gatherings. In addition to the deluxe and twin bedrooms, they also have family apartments or penthouses.
PHU HAI BEACH RESORT AND SPA- a hotel with a relaxing atmosphere with evergreen lawn, flowers and trees and the sound of the waves.
PREMIER VILLAGE DANANG RESORT- an enchanting seaside resort with luxurious, modern villas, nestled in the heart of Danang. There are 3 villa styles: the Garden View, Ocean Access, and Beachfront Residences. Each villa has comfortable and spacious bedrooms, fully-equipped kitchen, dining, and living areas.
SHERATON GRAND DANANG RESORT- a sophisticated destination with landscaped gardens and the infinite ocean. It is also a 20-minute drive from Danang International Airport, and accessible to world-class golf courses, glittering beaches and insightful cultural sites.
SILK SENSE HOI AN RIVER RESORT- an elegant and stylish 5 star hotel in Hoi An, located in the quiet Co Co River surrounded by peaceful and serene shades of greenery.
THE NALOD DA NANG- Situated opposite My Khe, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, it takes just 5 minutes to go downtown and 10 minutes to reach the International Airport.
WINK HOTELS- an affordable and chic hotel and suites near My Khe Beach and close to beach bars, food trucks and beachfront restaurants.
Note: I have mentioned in my previous post (My Da nang Bleisure-Adventure Part 1) that I will devote a separate blog post for a listicle featuring the best hotels in Vietnam. I just realized that I can’t do this because I haven’t personally experienced their service or have an ocular visit. If you have noticed, all the hotels in my Boracay hotel listicle, are the ones I have personally visited and stayed last year.
I have not felt exhausted despite the long day; on the contrary, I have enjoyed speaking with potential travel partners from the VITM Danang 2022 B2B event. I am delighted by what Tripsdiary can offer to those who would like to visit Vietnam 🇻🇳 Meeting these travel suppliers can assure tourists that they can have the holiday they have dreamed of. As the general manager and owner of Tripsdiary, I can make this happen, so let’s plan your dream vacation!
“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.”– Martin Buber
It was indeed a productive day for me because I got to meet potential business partners at the VITM Danang 2022 B2B event for the tour packages I will create for TripsDiary. After the event, we had dinner at the Organic Restaurant with Sir Peter, one of the key persons in making this trip possible for us.
We had the Sauna Seafood Menu –the fresh, healthy food was steamed from the table. Thanks, they included eggs in the menu, and I’m glad I wasn’t the only one who asked for another round of eggs.
It was nice catching up with my fellow travel agents— have some casual talk and have fun!
Photo shoot at the Pool Bar
We knew that we didn’t have much time to explore for ourselves because we had already planned to participate in the group tour. We decided to go to the pool bar of the Serene Hotel Da Nang, where we stayed. The water was too cold, that we dared not to swim at all 😂 or else we will freeze 🥶 to death 🤣
It wanted to have wine 🍷 by the pool, and just enjoy the night, but we opted to go back to the room immediately and have our good night sleep 😴. We had to be ready for the jam-packed activities the following day organized by The VITM Danang 2022.
One thing is for sure, dear friends! If you would like to visit Da Nang, I think 4 days won’t be enough. Reviewing my Da Nang To-Do Checklist, there are more things I haven’t done yet. I hope to be able to return to Da Nang this year and possibly more leisure and fun this time.
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I hope you have enjoyed reading this post. Watch out for my separate article about our group tour in Da nang!