Part 6: Danang & Hue | A Photographer’s Travel Itinerary for Backpacking in Cambodia & Vietnam

We’re on to part 6 of our mega blog series with successful photographer Sian Owen. In this episode, she takes us through the last stages of her stay in central Vietnam just before she headed to northern Vietnam. 

For anyone looking to travel or teaching english in Vietnam, this will be such a useful read for travel tips and recommendations.

← Part 5: Hoi An      |       Da Nang & Hue: Part 6 →

A backpacking route through Cambodia and Vietnam

Backpacking route through Southeast Asia.


Danang Beach Hotel

“It was very decent, like any casual beach hotel, lots of tourists and a lively beach bar and pool area”

A photo captured by a local Vietnamese lady.

A photo captured by a local Vietnamese lady.


Dragon Bridge

Dragon Bridge, Vietnam.

Photo by NGO TUNG.

“Such an awesome place to visit, the whole bridge lights up at night and sort of livens up the whole city.”

Dragon bridge.

Photo by NGO TUNG.

Marble Mountain

Marble Mountain, Hue - Vietnam.

A stunning hill in which looks over the city.

“It’s very commercial and (music plays from the rocks as you hike up) but it’s a really awesome view from the top. The cost is only 400 000 VND.”

Scenic Marble Mountain, Hue, Vietnam.

Scenic views on a foggy day.


Hue, Vietnam. Motorbike

An awesome riding route.

“Rent a motorbike from Motorvina ($20)  and drive along the Hai Van Pass to Hue, if you can’t get a motorbike, there is a bus which costs about $6 and takes 3 hours.”

Hai Van Pass -Vietnam.

A beautiful bendy road, on a freezing day.


Charming Riverside Hotel

“I highly recommend this place and they have a really awesome ‘free’ breakfast”

Pagoda of the celestial lady - Vietnam.

A beautiful and feminine pagoda.


Imperial City

Imperial City, Hue, Vietnam. Couple

Letting locals feel what being a photographer is like.

“It’s really worth exploring inside, costs about $6 and I really enjoyed taking photos here. We didn’t get a guide but its possible to get one if you want”

Hue - Imperial city bridge

Ancient bridge in a historic city.


Imperial City, Hue.

Amazing colors in this ancient city.

Abandoned Water park

Ho Thuy Tien - Hue

One of the serene yet interesting places.

“Rent a scooter from motorvina and pay $5 for the day, you can ride out to this beautiful lake, I absolutely loved taking photos of the stunning ruins here”

Ho Thuy Tien - Hue, Vietnam!

So serene yet so beautiful.



Nem Lui, Hue - Vietnam.

Interesting local delicacies.

“This is a local Vietnamese restaurant that everyone recommends online. The main Hue dish is “Neum Lui’ which is a minced pork kebab on a lemon grass stick with peanut sauce. It wasn’t my favourite, but its worth giving it a try.”


“If you feel like a break from local cuisine you get a pizza or pasta here – it was so delicious!”

Sian Owen is a South African Business Science graduate and photographer. She specializes in wedding and lifestyle photography. This series of bog posts follows her recent trip through Cambodia and Vietnam, showcasing the incredible beauty of these two fascinating countries.

To see more of Sian’s amazing photography, here are her contact details:


Instagram: @sianowenphotography@sian_owen
Phone: +27 79 981 0981

Interested in Teaching English, volunteering or interning abroad? We’ll send you more info!




About Ntobeko Ntombela

Ntobeko is TravelBud's marketing intern and is currently studying towards a Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) in Digital Marketing. Read more about him and other TravelBud authors.

He handles TravelBud's social media, blog writing and general content creation. Check out the inspiring stories he's created on the TravelBud Instagram page, featuring TravelBud alumni and their incredible experiences teaching and volunteering abroad.

He's done a fair bit of travel in his life, having explored Thailand, the UK, Italy, France and Germany.

His favorite place so far? That would be Rome, Italy but coming in a close second, thanks to a few memorable nights out, would be Phuket, Thailand.

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