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Hello Da Nang!

Packed my luggage for a mini getaway for the coming long Merdeka weekend. Its been some time since I visited Vietnam and Da Nang is the choice destination this time. 

Some asked why Da Nang? Other than being a short 2 hours and 55 minutes flight time away, the following will be my reasons to fit into a mini getaway.
• Da Nang is home to UNESCO World Heritage site. The ancient town of Hoi An, a well preserved town dating back from the 15th to the 19th century that reflects both local and foreign influences combined to this once South East Asian Trading Port.
• Endless coastline and clear blue water of My Khe Beach or Non Nuoc Beach
• Scenic and green nature including Marble Mountains (Ngu Hanh Son) and Pagodas.
• Shopping! I can shop to my heart's galore including having custom made dresses and coats within 24 hours. I love the Vietnamese Ao Dai and will be having a few made during this visit.
• I love coffee so I reckon I will be joining the locals in their local culture of drinking coffee. 
• Food, food and more food. Its always fun to explore the cuisine of another country!
• Run. I pretty much pack in a run during my trips. The best run ever will be running an official race during a trip. This trip to Da Nang is coinciding with the Da Nang International Marathon so I mighta s well run through Da Nang with the roads closed for us runners:D

Da Nang International Marathon will be held on 31 August 2014. And if you make the decision to run then its not too late to sign up. Late registration is possible until 31st August 2014 at the Da Nang International Marathon's  Expo & Packet Pickup at Bien Dong Park on Vo Nguyen Giap Street.

There are 3 categories - Full Marathon (USD110), Half Marathon (USD90) and fun walk/run 5km (USD30). The runs will flag off from Bien Dong Park which is beside the beach and will take us through Da Nang with a good showcase of Da Nang's beautiful views with an introduction to Da Nang's local specialties such as tropical fruits, local food, handicraft products and souvenirs.
Rest assured that this will be a good race to run in as the Da Nang International Marathon has been IAAF-AIMS certified to international standards with official timing record. The entire course is on concrete/tarmac surface as well with water stations every 2 kilometres!

And to get your way to Da Nang, do check out AirAsia as they will begin flying to Da Nang beginnng this Friday 29th August 2014 with 4 flight in a week - Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday. In case you are wondering about the Da Nang flight...well, its back again after being canned for a short epriod of time. The reintroduction of the route comes along with an amazing rate with all-in-fares from as low as RM99* one-way. Booking period is from now until 15 June 2014 for the travel period from 29 August 2014 – 31 July 2015. Book your tickets quick on www.airasia.com.

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*Pictures for this post are taken from www.rundanang.com and www.inmagine.com

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