The Fire-breathing Dragon
Vietnam’s third biggest city is home to no less than 8 modern bridges, the most impressive of which is The Dragon Bridge (Cau Rong), who guards the city and breathes fire at weekends. The city’s clean, coconut-tree-fringed, river-side boulevard is lined with ultra-modern hotels, apartments and restaurants.
Beaches, Buddhas, Monkeys and Mountains
Over the eastside of the city is where the stunning My Khe Beach stretches around 40kms from the foot of Monkey Mountain to the ancient town of Hoi An. To the north is Monkey Mountain, home to some of the rarest monkeys in the world; and Vietnam’s version of Rio’s ‘Christ the Redeemer’, a Lady Buddha statue that stands at nearly 70 meters tall. To the south are the five Marble Mountains and a smattering of luxurious, beachside 5 star hotels. All the way in between is a sublime stretch of coastline, gloriously devoid of tourists, with a wide selection of seafood restaurants located close to the sea.