Vietnam, and the city of Da Nang in particular, recently shocked the world with the unveiling of the Cau Vang Bridge, a pedestrian walkway that looks like something straight out of Lord of the Rings. The bridge symbolizes a city on the rise, a place piquing the interest not only of Vietnam’s entrepreneurs, who are blasting their way to the top of Southeast Asia’s startup scene, but also of an increasing number of international visitors.
From badass bridges pulled straight from Middle Earth to killer street food simmering before you, the central Vietnamese city of Da Nang is among the country’s fastest-growing hotspots for backpackers and tourists. Many travelers consider it only as an easy way to get to Hoi An. But in fact, you can’t say you’ve seen Vietnam if you haven’t stopped in Da Nang. Here’s why this coastal city in central Vietnam is drawing ever more visitors.