Think lazy bikinis, tall palm trees giving of beautiful shade pattern, soft white sand under your toes, and Israel Kamakawiwo’ole – Over the rainbow playing in the background. To me that’s what Da Nang felt like. A piece of asian paradise I longed for, but didn’t get due to rain season in Cambodia. Da nang is a big city, and the closest airport to Hoi An, one of the World Unesco sites. My flight was delayed 5 hours, but it didn’t bother me too much. I had just discovered that you could now stream and play Netflix offline. I know, I should be out partying or something, but when you move around as much as I do, you need something to keep you sane. For me that is binge watching Netflix shows and staying in a private room a couple of nights every month. A girl needs her privacy. Plus I don’t drink anymore, so the party scene ain’t really my thing no more. Anyways, I arrived very late in Da Nang, and the first hostel I stopped at just weren’t doing it for me. Because I’m a female traveling solo I just like to take proper precautions, like not walking alone late at night with all my stuff. But this time I needed somewhere else to stay. A quick check on hostel world showed Travelers Nest hostel received a 9 point star, and was a short 5-10 minute walk. Yeah I could do that. As paranoid as I was, I remembered before I left Oslo my friend gave me a pepper spray which I carry with me, but have never actually taken out of my backpack. All that talk from my mom about how dangerous Asia could be was messing with my head. If I should ever need it, this would probably be a good time to take it out. So I did, just so I could feel a bit more safe. You can say I felt very silly, considering 3 different, very nice and friendly people stopped me to ask me if I was OK, and to let me know that the hostel I was headed towards, were right around the corner. It was like they could sense the uneasiness in my soul haha. A quick shower and change to my pyjamas, I face timed with a dear old friend, also named Christine.
Next morning I awoke rested and ready to hit the beach, I was not disappointed. Just take a look at the pictures below. And yes I’m traveling solo, so I had a full on photoshoot on the beach, using a tripod and self timer haha. I mean, it was too gorgeous not to. A little awkward to begin with, especially because the security guard kept staring at me, and my tripod wasn’t in the mood to cooperate. The beach was so beautiful, palm trees as far as the eye could see. Almost no people, white golden soft sand. The beach was so clean and the water felt amazing! A stop to Da Nang beach is a absolute must for any traveller who don’t want the hassle with taking a boat to an island. If you go early in the morning there will be almost zero people, all the locals don’t come out until after 4 o’clock. You will have plenty of time to relax and enjoy the calmness of the sea, before the crowd sets in.
“Somewhere over the rainbow, blue birds fly. And the dreams that you dreamed of. Dreams really do come true” – hummed a chilled out Christine under the palm tree.