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I just walked to the airport for the first time in my life in Da Nang, Vietnam. The 3.4 mile walk took about an hour and 20 minutes including a 20 minute stop at a KFC along the way.

I have been wanting to walk to an airport for some time for the novelty factor. In Chiang Mai, Thailand a few weeks ago, I had the time and an even shorter 2.4 mile walk, but the 90 degree heat and my friend’s heavy bag made walking impractical.

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In Da Nang, I was alone and the weather was cool with a slight drizzle. The walk took me over down a dirt road, across the dragon bridge, and finally to the airport along a very easy and safe for pedestrians route.

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I have never seen an airport that is so smack dab in the middle of the urban development. If I had stayed in the main nightlife and restaurants district on the west bank of the river, I would have had an even shorter walk than from my Airbnb close to the beach. My walking time rivaled driving from downtown Los Angeles to LAX, Washington DC to Dulles, or Buenos Aires to EZE in traffic.

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I only saved abut $3 by walking instead of taking a taxi, but that wasn’t the point. I just wanted an enjoyable stroll and to be able to say that I once walked to an airport.

Have you ever walked to an airport?

I remember once finding a site that listed walking and biking options to airports worldwide. I can’t find it now, but some individual airports, like the San Diego Airport, provide walking instructions.

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