Central Vietnamese city Đà Nẵng will welcome the crew with a festival atmosphere for the first time in the race’s history Coastal city Đà Nẵng is known for its 60km-long sandy white beach and resorts, the imposing Truong Son Mountains and its impressive fire-breathing Dragon Bridge.
Watching water and fire spout from the illuminated Dragon Bridge during a pyrotechnic show at the weekend is a hobby of the locals and visitors. A traditional symbol of Asian prosperity, the dragon also symbolises Đà Nẵng’s growth and development as an important Vietnamese centre for culture, business and education. Landscapes like Hai Van Pass, Đà Nẵng Bay and Son Tra Peninsula can be explored on day trips, or by motorbike.
Đà Nẵng is also a gateway to various world heritage sites including the walled fortress and palace and the former imperial capital of Vietnam, the Hue Citadel, Hoi An old town and My Son sanctuary, a collection of partially ruined Hindu temples constructed between the 4th and the 14th century.
Vietnamese cuisine is characterised by dishes made from rice and flavoured with plenty of raw herbs and spices. Đà Nẵng specialities include Quang Noodles, pork rolled in rice paper, fish cake noodles, pancake, coconut juice and Vietnamese milk coffee. Visit traditional markets like Con Market, Han Market or Phuoc My Market for an authentic Vietnamese street food experience.
Visitors wanting to get immersed in local life should also visit the various bars and cafes around the Han River for a sugar cane beverage or local beer.
CREW and FRIENDS AND FAMILY EVENTS
20 February: Kayaking on the Han River
Join locals and tourists and other crew in a kayaking competition along the Han River. (Pre-register interest by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or speak to Race Manager Sarah in Airlie Beach)
21 February: Da Nang Barefoot Run
Join the locals and participate in the annual Bare Foot run along the Da Nang Beach. There are no excuses for not taking part with 2km, 5km and 10km options. (Pre-register interest by emailing email@example.com or speak to Race Manager Sarah in Airlie Beach)
21-23 February: Cau Ngu Festival
Immerse yourself in a traditional Vietnamese beach festival with three days of sporting and cultural events along Da Nang Beach. The main day is 23 February with the traditional ceremony. Also, we know how competitive our Clipper Race crew is, so there are bragging rights on offer in a tug of war competition you can enter. (Pre-register interest by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or speak to Race Manager Sarah in Airlie Beach)
22 February: Prize giving
Ticket Only All Leg 5 crew in team kit, friends and family welcome. Please obtain a ticket from the Race Office from the 17 February.
23–27 February: Da Nang Festival
Immerse yourself in local food and drink and cultural activities at the Han River Port.
24 February: Art and Cultural Exchange
A show of traditional Vietnamese music, dance and performances that crew are encouraged to participate in.
25 February: Dragon Bridge Light Parade
See the famous Dragon Bridge light up, breathe fire and spray water as the Clipper Race fleet parades past.
27 February: Race Start
Tell friends and family to watch the start of Race 8 to Qingdao from the famous Da Nang white sandy beaches or hop on one of the tourist boats