Everything's Travel Guide to Da Nang, Vietnam

A rising Vietnam holiday destination, Da Nang, a coastal city in Vietnam. This city has been ranked as the third largest city in Vietnam and is a popular base for visiting the famous inland Ba Na Hills. Every Da Nang travel guide from Holiday to Indochina tour operator will help the tourists to visit areas other than the tourist spots in Da Nang. Da Nang has grown one among the urbanized areas in Vietnam with Han River flowing on one side and the attractive front villas on the other. Being a busy city with a population of more than 1,000,000 people, it has many places to visit and cherish the ancient history that marks the significance.

  Monday, 17/02/2020, 09:39
Da Nang is the third largest city in Vietnam and offers visitors who make the trip here the perfect mix of modern and traditional touches. When you visit Da Nang you can enjoy one of the most innovative skylines in Vietnam as well as a serene riverside promenade and some gorges sandy beaches to boot.

One of the big draws of Da Nang is that it is located on the coast and is close to a long strip of coastal sand which means that you can enjoy the city while also getting out into the countryside. Water sports are popular here or you can also spend time hiking up mountains or visiting vibrant amusement parks and museums.


Square: 1.285 km²
Population: 1.134.000 people (2019)
City: Da Nang
District : Cam Le,Hai Chau,Hoa Vang,Lien Chieu,Ngu Hanh Son,Son Tra,Thanh Khe,Hoang Sa






OVERVIEW



A rising Vietnam holiday destination, Da Nang, a coastal city in Vietnam. This city has been ranked as the third largest city in Vietnam and is a popular base for visiting the famous inland Ba Na Hills. Every Da Nang travel guide from Holiday to Indochina tour operator will help the tourists to visit areas other than the tourist spots in Da Nang.

Da Nang has grown one among the urbanized areas in Vietnam with Han River flowing on one side and the attractive front villas on the other. Being a busy city with a population of more than 1,000,000 people, it has many places to visit and cherish the ancient history that marks the significance.

Da Nang travel guide for knowing more about the city:

People who are on their Da Nang honeymoon vacation can explore more romantic locations nearby the beaches in this town. Da Nang is known to be one among the busiest city in Vietnam, which has both types of landscapes.  

If you are visiting this city for the first time, then you will surely get thrilled to watch the real estate development on one side and the fantastic beaches on the other side. This type of development has made the city one among the must visit locations in Vietnam. You can even explore the private beaches that stay far away from the industrial development and close to nature.


How to get there:

Da Nang tours organized by Holiday to Indochina has various travel options for their customers to reach Da Nang. One can easily visit the city by traveling by plane, train, bus, car or even a boat.

By plane: Da Nang International Airport is one of the international airports in Vietnam through which people from all over the world can land directly in this city and start their tour programs. Choose any of the Da Nang tour packages and fly down to your favorite destinations.

Other than the international flights, one can even use the domestic flights that can go easy with any budget. After reaching the desired airport, the tour operator will pick up the tourists and take them to their accommodation.  All these charges are very cheap, and the visitors will have the options to select the best packages online from Holiday to Indochina.

By train: Reunification Express is the train that makes a stop in Da Nang city. This express train is super fast, and one can reach the destination even before their desired arrival time. You can also make use of the local train services which are very slow, yet, it will be an ideal option for watching the real beauty of Da Nang. There are many trains available to travel during the daytime, and you can pick one for your Vietnam family tour package in Da Nang.

By car: The best way to reach the city is by car as you can easily rent one and drive by yourself to explore around Da Nang. The Vietnamese traffic is mostly chaotic, and one needs to watch out the roads while driving.

Alternatively, you can rent a chauffeur service to reach Da Nang. Vietnam travel packages from Holiday to Indochina has the options to personalize your tour programs, and you can choose the needed facilities.

Best time to visit Da Nang

Da Nang has a predictable weather which makes it one of the most visited city by many travelers from all around the world. The temperature in Da Nang will be high from May to September. Although the temperature will be very high, the humidity in the air would be around 24 Degree Celsius, making it the best time to visit.

During other months, the temperature will be almost the same and differs only during the winter season, between September to January. The rainfall level is quite high during winter. If you are a domestic tourist and wish to go for Da Nang holiday packages, then you can visit the city anytime in a year. 


Things to see and do in Da Nang


1. Visit the Ba Na Hills







Ba Na Hills

The Ba Na Hills are one of the premium attractions in Da Nang and people flock here from all over the region for the cooler climes that the elevation offers.

At the summit of the Ba Na Hills you will find spectacular vistas that stretch as far as the sea and you can take a cable car to the top if you are feeling lazy.

There is also the Ba Na Hill Fantasy Park which has a range of entertainment zones as well as a wax museum that has models of famous celebrities.

Recommended tour: Full-Day Ba Na Hills and Linh Ung Pagoda Tour from Da Nang

2. Have a coffee at Cong Caphe






Cong Caphe, Da Nang

If you travel to Hanoi you will find a huge number of Communist-themed coffee shops and Cong Caphe is Da Nang’s answer to this trend.

It is also one of the best places to get a cup of coffee in the city and is located next to the river which affords you pretty views over the water.

If you are looking for one of their signature drinks then try the coffee which is mixed with yoghurt.

3. Sunbathe on My Khe Beach





My Khe Beach

My Khe Beach is said to be one of the most beautiful beaches in all of Vietnam and it stretches for some 20 miles along the eastern coastline of Da Nang.

There are a huge range of activities to enjoy such as water sports and you can go jet skiing or even surfing.

If you want to relax then you can sunbathe on the golden sand or go snorkeling, and you will also find a wealth of delicious seafood restaurants lining the beach.

4. Climb the Marble Mountains






Marble Mountains

The Marble Mountains is actually the name for five separate hills made of limestone that are also mixed with smooth marble.

The mountains sit some 9 kilometers outside of Da Nang and are known for their Buddhist pagodas and shrines which are dedicated to various local gods.

You can walk up the hills using a long set of steps cut into the mountainside and from here you will be able to take in all the best views over the countryside.

Suggested tour: From Da Nang: Marble Mountain and Son Tra Peninsula

5. Watch the show at Dragon Bridge






Dragon Bridge

The main attraction in the center of Da Nang is undoubtedly the large Dragon Bridge which stretches over an ominous 666 meters and has the claim to fame of being the longest bridge of its kind in the country.

As the name suggests, the bridge was built in the shape of a dragon which is meant to represent good luck in Vietnam.

Every Saturday and Sunday at 9 pm you can walk down to the waterfront and watch a show which lights up the bridge and the dragon even spits out fire and water from its mouth.



6. Visit the Cham Museum






Cham Museum, Da Nang

Many visitors don’t realize that Da Nang has a huge number of interesting museums and the Cham Museum will tell you everything that you want to know about the Cham people in Vietnam.

This museum also has the claim to fame of being the only Cham museum in the world and it first opened its doors in 1915 at the time of the French colonial period.

On a visit here you will find a number of amazing exhibits including terracotta and stone pieces that date from the 7th to the 15th centuries.


7. Enjoy the views at the Hai Van Pass






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.

Suggested tour: Full-Day Hai Van Pass & Lang Co Beach from Da Nang

8. Travel to Son Tra Mountain







Son Tra Mountain translates as Monkey Mountain in English and this is part of a spectacular national park in Da Nang that is located at around 700 meters above sea level.

This area is also called the Son Tra Peninsula and you will find winding roads here which lend themselves to hiking as well as cycling.

The mountain is so named as it is the home of a rare species of monkey called the red face monkey.

Available tour: Son Tra Peninsula by Motorbike

9. Play a game of golf





Golfing

Many people probably don’t realize that Da Nang has been making a name for itself in recent years as a result of its idyllic golf courses.

There are four main courses in the city and one of these is the Da Nang Golf Club which first opened in 2010 and has been voted one of the 15 best new golf courses in the world.

As such you can fit in a game of golf when you are in the city and enjoy lush rolling greens which extend onto white sandy beaches.

10. Check out the Linh Ung Pagoda




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.

Suggested tour: Marble Mountains and Linh Ung Pagoda Half-Day Tour

11. Relax at Non Nuoc Beach




Non Nuoc Beach

If you want to get outside the city then head to Non Nuoc Beach which is around a 20 minute drive away from the center of Da Nang.

The beach is regularly voted one of the most beautiful in the world and you will find white powdery sand here that backs on to azure waters.

Some of the main attractions here include surfing or jet skiing and you can also spend time dining at the many seafood restaurants here.

The beach sprawls for 5 kilometers along the coast and leads you all the way to the base of the Marble Mountains.

12. Admire the Phap Lam Pagoda




Phap Lam Pagoda

The Phap Lam Pagoda is located inside a building that unfolds over two floors and is set amidst lush gardens that are dotted with sculptures of the Buddha.

The pagoda is known for its relaxing and serene setting and you will find a central courtyard with a statue of the Buddha that is 1.1 meters high.

Here are also additional statues of the Goddess of Mercury as well as Dai The Chi Bodhisattva.

Also of note are the food carts and restaurants around the pagoda which sell delicious vegetarian food.

13. Visit the Da Nang Cathedral




Da Nang Cathedral

The Da Nang Cathedral is one of the most famous catholic churches in Vietnam thanks to its amazing design features.

The cathedral has a signature pink edifice as well as colorful stained-glass windows and a large bell tower which has an iconic weathervane at the top in the shape of a rooster.

The cathedral dates from 1923 and it also goes by its local nickname which is Con Ga or Rooster Church.

14. Take a trip to the Cham Islands




Cu Lao Cham Island

If you are looking to get out of the center of Da Nang then consider a trip to the beautiful neighboring Cham Islands.

Here you will find some pretty coral reefs and a plethora of colorful fish and you can swim and snorkel here to take in the underwater delights firsthand.

The Cham Islands are located around an hour away from Da Nang by boat so you can easily visit for the day or there is also the choice to camp here overnight.

Available tour: Cham Island: Snorkeling Tour

15. Go shopping at Con Market






Con Market

Con Market may not be a promising name for a shopping area but you will find some 2,000 shops here which sell everything you could ever need in Da Nang.

These include clothes and footwear as well as local handicrafts, so this is a great place to pick up some gifts or souvenirs.

This shopping area has been here since the 1940s and it was renovated in 1984 to its present form.

Many people come here to shop and also sample the street food from the various carts and cafes in the area.

Available tour: Da Nang – Shopping Tour

16. Stroll along the sand at Pham Van Dong Beach




Pham Van Dong Beach

Another one of Da Nang’s famous beaches is Pham Van Dong Beach.

This beach has been the location for a number of film shoots which tells you everything you need to know about how beautiful it is.

The sand here is known for being incredibly soft and one of the best things to do here is go for a barefoot walk along the pristine shore line.

You will also find resorts and restaurants in the area and you can swim in the gentle waters.

 
17. Learn some history at the Fifth Military Division Museum




Museum of the 5th military zone

The Fifth Military Division Museum in Da Nang is dedicated to explaining some of the brutal history of Vietnam that occurred during the Vietnam War.

The museum has a number of antiques from the war as well as other memorabilia such as letters and photographs that were taken by the Fifth Division soldiers.

The museum is huge and is laid out in four main sections where you can see signature pieces such as a Cessna O-1 Bird and an A-37 Dragonfly.

18. Travel to My Son Sanctuary




My Son Sanctuary

My Son is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is made up of a collection of ruins which would have formed the base of the fearsome Champa Kingdom.

The architecture here spans eight centuries and you will see ornate carvings as well as impressive stone pillars and buildings.

Many people come here as part of a guided tour where you can learn all about the history of this amazing monument.


19. Visit the Ho Chi Minh Museum
The Ho Chi Minh Museum is set amidst lush ground in Da Nang and offers you an insight into the leader of Vietnam.

Some of the galleries are made up of collections of Soviet and Chinese weapons which will fill you in on some of the military history of Vietnam.

Note however that there are several buildings and you will also find a model of Ho Chi Minh’s house in Hanoi here as well as the adjoining museum exhibition areas.

20. Check out the Han River Bridge




Han River Bridge

The Han River Bridge is one of four main bridges in Da Nang and is also a top attraction for visitors to the city.

This is a cable supported swing bridge and was the first of its kind in the region.

Visitors flock here at night as the bridge is fully illuminated by colorful changing lights and if you stop here around midnight you can watch an amazing spectacle as the bridge swings on its axis and open up to allow ships to pass by.

If you want to check out the bridge from a different vantage point then you can take a river cruise along the river.

 
21. Visit Asia Park




Sun Wheel, Asia Park

If you fancy getting out of Da Nang then you can travel to Asia Park which is located on the coast and is a large amusement and cultural facility.

The park is made up of three zones including an Amusement Park, a Cultural Park and a Central Zone.

One of the main attractions here is the large Sun Wheel which soars to a height of 115 meters and is a large clock tower that tells you the time zones across a range of countries.

You can also enjoy rides, shows and other adventure activities here.

22. Go surfing




China Beach, Da Nang

If you want to ride the waves on a surf board in Vietnam then Da Nang is the place to do it.

The surf off the coast of Da Nang is perfect for both beginner and advanced surfers.

In theory you can surf all year round here, although the main surf season is from November to March.

Some of the best spots to rent a surfboard are China Beach and My Khe Beach.

You will even find surf schools here if you are new to the sport.

23. Have a drink at Waterfront




Waterfront, Da Nang

Anyone looking for the best river views in Da Nang needs to head to Waterfront which is a riverfront lounge and restaurant.

Here you will be able to have a cool drink as you take in the sunset in Da Nang and you can also enjoy a comprehensive restaurant menu which includes both local and international plates.

This is also a good spot for anyone who is looking for vegetarian bites in Da Nang.

24. Visit the Cao Dai Temple




Cao Dai Temple, Da Nang

The Cao Dai Temple in Da Nang is the largest of its kind in Vietnam and is said to have some 50,000 worshippers.

Here you will find a sign that says that ‘All Religions Have the Same Reason’ and you will find references to important figures from the main five world religions.

These include statues of Jesus, Mohammed, Laotse, Buddha and Confucius and there is also a huge altar which is fitted with a large globe known as the Divine Eye.

 
25. Party at Sky 36




Sky 36, Da Nang

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.
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