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Best Things to do in Da Nang

THINGS TO DO IN DA NANG

Da Nang (Đà Nẵng), the third largest city located in Central Vietnam, is one of the incredible attracting destinations for tourists when visiting Vietnam. Nowadays, Da Nang hosts religious sights & noteworthy museums, and iconic beaches & a theme park. When traveling to Da Nang, you could feel the mixture of the North and South culture. Situated between Hoi An (Hội An) and Hue (Huế), Da Nang is unlike other neighboring towns. It is a bustling regional hub, not only because it is a dynamic city for trade, education and sports but also the gateway to three UNESCO World Heritage sites (My Son (Mỹ Sơn) Sanctuary, Hue’s Complex of Monuments and Ancient Town).

 

The surrounding area of this city is home to most compelling attractions of Vietnam, like the imposing Hai Van Pass, the magnificent Marble Mountains (Ngũ Hành Sơn), Son Tra (Sơn Trà) peninsula, and the natural wonder of Ba Na (Bà Nà) Hills. This city so benefits from fantastic restaurants, tree lined boulevards and shops. There are also a lot of beautiful beaches, fascinating culture, as well as archeological wonders in Da Nang.

 

Many travelers think about things to do in Da Nang at the beginning of their trip. Luckily, there are plenty of options. In reality, when it comes to things to do in Da Nang, the choices seem so varied. So, if you are among those looking for things to do in Da Nang, this checklist is for you as it will list down top recommended things to do in this city.

1. Explore Danang’s unique architecture bridges and its history

Da Nang has been known as the city of lights with colorful bridges lightening at night, acrossing Han River. The impressive bridges scoring records are pride of Danang people and Danang history.

Han River Bridge: also known as the “Rotating Bridge” as it is the only colorful rotated bridge in Vietnam, a symbol of Da Nang city. Every day, the bridge will rotate 90 degrees around the axis at 0: 30, opening the way for large ships to pass, and close at 3:30 a.m.

Dragon Bridge: This new bridge was finished in 2013, connecting the Da Nang international airport with My Khe Beach and Marble Mountain. Dragon Bridge simulates the shape of the dragon in the Ly dynasty towards to the East Sea with a span of 568 m in length, weighing nearly 9,000 tons. This is a unique architectural bridge designed by Louis Berger Group (USA), the only steel arch in Southeast Asia. You definitely don’t miss a performance that “Dragons” spewed fire and sprinkler at 21:00 on Saturday, Sunday nights and special occasions.

Tran Thi Ly Bridge: The Tran Thi Ly Bridge is designed in the shape of a sail on the Han River. Tran Thi Ly Bridge is a romantic and poetic bridge which is lightened up by thousands lightings. From distance, Tran Thi Ly Bridge looks like a wing sail reaching the ocean.

Thuan Phuoc Bridge: Thuan Phuoc Bridge is considered as the country’s most beautiful bridge. The bridge becomes at it best at late nights.

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You can try this : Han River by Night on My Xuan Cruise in Da Nang to have a chance to see all beauties of these bridges at night while enjoying beer and music.

2. Check out the Linh Ung Pagoda

The Linh Ung Pagoda is located at Son Tra Mountain and is one of the most famous attractions here.

The pagoda is known for having the tallest statues of the Goddess of Mercy in the region which was built on top of a platform in the shape of a blooming lotus.

 

You will also find some 21 statues of the Buddha here which are in turn located inside a larger 67 meter tall Buddha figure.

3. Visit the Ba Na Hills

Located among forested hills, about 30km west of the center of Da Nang, Ba Na Hills is the stunning mountain resort that features with varied flora and fauna, including many rare animals, such as Crested Argus, and Asian Black Bear. There are more than 540 species of plant in this area.

 

Situated at the altitude of 1487 meters, Ba Na Hills was firstly founded in 1920s by those French colonists and now is accessible by modern cable car. Because of its altitude, the temperature is rather cool all year round.

 

Besides, the Ba Na cable car is confirmed as the longest (more than 5km in length) and highest cable car worldwide, thereby offering great, breath-taking views of the area around. The unspoiled forest, temperate climate, and admirable views overlooking Da Nang’s bay along with the Lao Mountain range make Ba Na Hills an ideal retreat for the French in the past.

There is a park at the top of Ba Na Hills, which features with a replica European castle, and a gorgeous underground amusement park carved into the mountain, featuring with many kinds of rides. This is deserved to be one of the most worth-well things to do in Da Nang that tourists should not skip. In addition, it is nearby Linh Ung pagoda, which has a 27-meter white tall Buddha statue overlooking the mist and cloud of Ba Na Hills, visible for even miles around.

 

Tourists could enjoy four seasons in only one day right at the top of the hills. The climate of the mountainous area is like spring in morning, summer at noon, fall in evening and winter at night. The sky here is unusually clear on such high altitudes like this, supplying tourists with clear view of both Son Tra Peninsula and Da Nang city year round.

Besides, the height of Ba Na cable car might help tourists experience a truly amazing trip over the mountainous jungle.

 

Ba Na Hills tickets: Adults: 700,000VND | Children (1m-1.3m): 550,000VND

*Ticket Inclusions:

  • Entrance Fees
  • 10% VAT
  • Fees of games in Fantasy Park: 105 games, mountain sliding and more
  • Not included the fee for Wax Museum (100,000VND)

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4. Ride Around Son Tra Peninsula

Son Tra Peninsula (Bán Đảo Sơn Trà) is visible from just everywhere in Da Nang and is a wonderful sight, particularly when low lying clouds embrace the top of the mountain. Tourists can enjoy a good morning or afternoon motorbike on clear days in Son Tra with amazing views from every vantage point around the mountain.

 

Though it looks not too long, the ride might be longer than your imagination if you go the way around and is also steep in places. Just make sure that your motorbike has adequate power.

5. Try Da Nang Street Food

One of the most appreciated activities among many Da Nang activities tourists are recommended to do is trying out street food. While Da Nang is not particularly known for its culinary prowess in the way that Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City is, Vietnamese food served here in general is still very healthy and even easy for kids to eat. If you have a tour guide during the time of visiting Da Nang,  then that he/she will definitely introduce to you specialties and cuisines of Da Nang, in particular, and Vietnam, in general. Walk around and the enthusiastic tour guide will show you the best places to eat with real Da Nang styles of eating and offer many insights into the process of preparing and cooking Vietnamese street food.

 

There are some dishes you will totally love to eat, which are grilled chicken, Banh Xeo (Bánh Xèo), dry beef salad, green seaweed salad, and more. According to many international tourists, they witness lots of different seafood that they have never seen before in other coastal cities in the world. One of the special street foods to eat is avocado ice cream which is said as the totally different thing from the normal ice cream. This dish is rather hard to describe, yet in simple words, it is an amazing combination between ice cream, smashed avocado and crispy coconut.

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You can get a Food tour to try the fantastic Danang’s Food here

6. Snorkel in Cham Islands

This is the most favorite thing to do in Da Nang. If you want to see coral reefs and some colorful fish, take a trip to Cham Islands – a really beautiful spot, located only an hour by boat from the shores of Da Nang. It makes a great day trip, or you can camp there for a couple of days.

 

It’s quite hard to organize a trip to Cham Islands by yourself. You have to go to the marina early in the morning and hope for a place on a boat. There is also no information about when the boats go back. In my opinion, it’s best to book a trip here Cham Island: Underwater Walking & Snorkeling Tour.

7. Trek up Ngu Hanh Son (Marble Mountains)

Located only 7km from the centre of Da Nang city, Ngu Hanh Son (Marble Mountains) include 5 mountains according to Wu Xing (Five Elements in Chinese culture) that are Kim, Moc, Thuy, Hoa, Tho mountains.

 

Ngu Hanh Son is a total package with breathtaking views on the top, beautiful caves – Huyen Khong, Van Khong, Van Nguyet, sacred pagoda – Tham Thai, natural stream Giai Oan and Non Nuoc village at the base of the mountain. Ngu Hanh Son is also known for stone carving handicraft.

 

*Tip: you can join Guan Tin festival held at Ngu Hanh Son during 18th – 20th days of the second lunar month. Activities: procession of Guan Yin statue, floating flower lights on the river and other philanthropic activities.

8. Visit Vietnam’s Angkor Wat

My Son is not as impressive as Angkor Wat, but it is worth a visit

 

My Son Holy Land is located around 40 minutes drive from Da Nang. There are multiple companies that organise trips there, or you can drive by yourself.

 

The site is not as big as the ancient temples in Cambodia, but provide a great insight into the country’s past. There is a small museum at the entrance and all of the ruins have signs with information. It’s a nice place to walk around, but mind the fact that it gets quite hot there, so take some water with you. At the end of the tour, you can attend a traditional Vietnamese dance performance.

9. Take a trip to Hue and Hoi An

Hoi An is especially pretty during full moon evenings

 

The ancient town of Hoi An is only half an hour drive from Da Nang. It is a great option for a day trip. You can also stay there for a weekend. There are plenty of things to see and do there and the town is lovely. I highly recommend going there for the Full Moon celebrations, which take place every month. Despite the fact that it’s usually quite crowded, it’s a nice thing to experience.

 

Hue is a little further and it takes 3 hours on a train to get there. Staying in Da Nang for longer will make it perfect for you to visit Hue, or you can easily continue your journey around Vietnam from Da Nang, too.

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You can try the best suggested tour here to vist Hue and Hoi An

If you have time, you can book a bus or taxi here and discover these cities by yourself. It’s also very great! 

10. Enjoy the views at the Hai Van Pass

The Hai Van Pass is one of the top attractions in this part of Vietnam and rests at around 500 meters above sea level.

 

This makes it the highest pass of its kind in Vietnam and if you want to get panoramic views of Da Nang then this is the place to come.

 

There are a number of historical markers along the way as you navigate the pass including a fort that would have been built during the French colonial period which was also used as a bunker during the Vietnam War by American and South Vietnamese troops.

11. Party at Sky 36

Da Nang is not particularly well known for its nightlife but f you want to party the night away then you may want to consider a trip to Sky 36. This is a new rooftop bar which has gorgeous panoramic view over the pretty Da Nang River and the illuminated bridges for which the city is so famous.

 

There is a smart-casual dress code here and you can sample some delicious cocktails as well as try some toothsome bar snacks.

 

Certainly if you are looking for a watering hole with the best views of the city, then this is it.

12. Shopping at Han Market – the largest market in Da Nang

If you’re finding a place to shop and enjoy Da Nang cuisine, Han Market is your top choice. The market has been in operation since the French occupation in 1940s, caters all kinds of products to both locals and tourists who come to Da Nang.

Han Market has two floors, is located on at the grand intersection of Tran Phu Street, Bach Dang Street, Hung Vuong Street and Tran Hung Dao Street.

 

Inside the market, you can find as many types of products as you can, including clothes, dried foodstuff, extract oils, household products, etc. The market’s food court is the paradise of Vietnamese dishes like mi quang (Vietnamese turmeric noodles) and com tam (broken rice) to banh xeo (sizzling pancake) and goi cuon (Vietnamese spring rolls), each of which should cost you no more than VND 30,000.

13. Playing Golf

Think of joining in one of the high top end Da Nang activities like golfing if you are a sports lover. Vietnam is on the fast-track to being one of the top golfing holiday destinations of Asia. Avid golfers could play world-class golf course, enjoy luxury accommodation, fine dining and Vietnamese hospitability for just a small fraction of the cost in the West. The central area of Vietnam is no exception to this increasing trend. Regarding to Da Nang activities, golfing is an interesting choice for those who love sports. In general, there are a few big golf courses under development in Da Nang, including two 18-hole courses, named Heritage and Dunes both designed by Greg Norman.

 

In detail, Da Nang Golf Club is a destination situated not far from Premier Village Danang Resort, this golf course meets the 5-star standards, featuring with extensive facilities and amenities to the avid golfer. Another good quality golf course is the Montgomerie Links Golf Course which is most well-known for its challenging greens as well as sand pits. Also, the Montgomerie Links Golf Course provides players with an excellent Club House along with the restaurant in a well-maintained facility.

Han Market has two floors, is located on at the grand intersection of Tran Phu Street, Bach Dang Street, Hung Vuong Street and Tran Hung Dao Street.

 

Inside the market, you can find as many types of products as you can, including clothes, dried foodstuff, extract oils, household products, etc. The market’s food court is the paradise of Vietnamese dishes like mi quang (Vietnamese turmeric noodles) and com tam (broken rice) to banh xeo (sizzling pancake) and goi cuon (Vietnamese spring rolls), each of which should cost you no more than VND 30,000.

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