Da Nang is a beautiful city in the centre of Vietnam. It offers tourists a huge number of breath-taking attractions along with great activities all year round. Continue to read this article, you will find the best things to do in Da Nang with your friends and family. Some of the Danang best attractions are also revealed right here!
1. Visit and Climb Marble Mountain
Located 9 kilometers from Da Nang, the Marble Mountains are a cluster of five limestone outcrops which are named after the five elements of the universe including water, metal, fire, wood and earth.
The ancient folklore told that those five mystical Marble Mountains were created by the fragments of a giant dragon’s shell on Non Nuoc Beach.
Coming to this site, you will have a chance to explore a plenty of statues, pagodas, grottoes and caves. If you like hiking, you can climb the mountains to reach their summits. From these points, you will be able to see the whole view of Da Nang.
The Marble Mountains are wonderful at anytime of the year. However, if you want to contemplate them at the most beautiful season, you should go in summer, which is from June to August each year.
Avoid stormy season (from September to November) because the stairs will become slippery and you may fall when climbing the mountains.
Location: 2 Huyen Tran Cong Chua, Hoa Hai, Ngu Hanh Son, Da Nang
Opening hours: Daily 07:00 to 17:30
Price Range: VND 40,000
2. Snorkel on Cham Islands
Cham islands, around 50 kilometers from Da Nang city, are among the greatest destinations you should visit in Vietnam. Cham islands (or Cu Lao Cham archipelago) contain 8 small islands. They were recognized by UNESCO as a World Biosphere Reserve.
It is said that Cham islands are cultural-historic areas. They have some vestiges of Cham people’s civilization from hundreds of years ago. In addition, there are also a wide range of leisure activities for tourists to enjoy here.
Travellers can explore marine life by swimming, boat racing, water skiing, scuba diving and kite flying on the beaches. After that, they can enjoy delicious seafood made by friendly local people.
Location: Tan Hiep, Hoi An, Quang Nam province
3. Visit the Dragon Bridge
Da Nang’s Dragon Bridge is the longest bridge in Vietnam. It crosses the Han River, connecting people to Non Nuoc Beach, My Khe Beach and many other famous spots.
The bridge was constructed in 2011 and officially opened 2 years later. The reason why Vietnamese people made it into the shape of golden Dragon is because Dragon is one of the four holy animals in Vietnam, which represents for the nobility, power and good fortune.
Dragon Bridge is really beautiful, especially in the evening when people turn on colorful LED lights along the 666 meters long of it. In the surroundings areas, there are also lots of restaurants, coffee shops and bars for visitors to enjoy the state-of-the-art view.
Location: Da Nang City Centre, Da Nang
4. Walk Along The Golden Bridge
Golden Bridge, a 150-meter long pedestrian bridge, is a magical destination for tourists in Da Nang city. It has been completely constructed in 2018 but it has attracted thousands of visitors worldwide up to now.
The unique feature of this construction is its architecture with giant hands holding underneath the elegant bridge. The image makes people think of the God of Mountain’s hands supporting people to Thien Thai garden.
The Golden Bridge has brought inspiration for so many fashion designers. Earlier, it welcomed 7 girls participating in Miss World 2016. Furthermore, it was also used to take wedding photo album for lots of couples.
Location: Sun World Ba Na Hill, Hoa Phu, Hoa Vang, Da Nang
5. Relax at Son Tra Peninsula
Son Tra Peninsula is known as the old eco-jungle in a young city because it can be seen from every place of Da Nang city. Being home to numerous types of fauna and plants, the attractive scenery and space here is also an ideal area to dance, sing and play chess together.
Son Tra is beautiful both in daytime and nighttime. You can enjoy the peacefulness of twilight as well as the splendid flow of dawn on this charming landscape.
Near Son Tra Peninsula, you can visit Linh Ung Pagoda, Dong Dinh Museum or 1000-year-old banyan tree. They are also must-see places that you should not skip once coming to Da Nang, Vietnam.
Location: Tho Quang Ward, Da Nang
Opening hours: 06:00 to 21:30
6. Sunbathe on My Khe Beach
My Khe Beach is a picturesque beach with blue sky, gentle slope, smooth white sand and clear water. It was listed as one of the most luxurious beaches in the world by Forbes Magazine. Once you get here, you will feel released and comfortable after hard-working days.
Near the beach, there are a wide range of hostels, hotels, resorts and villas available for different kinds of visitors. So, after spending time sunbathing on the beach, you can totally relax in a five-star villa to gain back your energy for the next day.
Location: 6 kilometers east from Da Nang
7. Visit The Cham museum
Cham museum exhibits lots of relics of Cham people in the past. It has nearly 300 stone works of art and terracotta dating back from 7th to 15th centuries.
The most impressive exhibit in Cham museum is the huge stone Buddhist pedestal which describes the Champa king. When looking closely, you will see the statue is carved in such a meticulous way.
Today, the museum is being preserved well by the government and local people. Therefore, if you go to visit it, you will not be allowed to do anything harmful to ruin the relics in the museum.
Location: Binh Hien, Hai Chau, Da Nang
Opening hours: 7 am to 5 pm every day
8. Hai Van Pass
Hai Van Pass is well-known for its scenic hillside roads in Vietnam. It is the connection between Da Nang city and Thua Thien Hue Province. Normally, there are several thrill-seeking motorcyclists coming to Hai Van Pass to train their skills.
In 2008, Hai Van Pass was voted to be among “the best coastal roads over the globe” by the UK program. So, why are you hesitating to take on a jeep and experience Hai Van Pass with your friends?
Location: 30 kilometers north of Da Nang
9. Join A Cooking Class
If you love cooking and want to explore the local cuisine, a cooking class in Da Nang is a great option for you. In this class, you will have an opportunity to get valuable insight into the local cuisine.
There will be instructors guiding participants to local market to buy the ingredients for the food. Then, you will be taught how to create palate-pleasing food by yourself.
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10. Eat The Local Food
Whenever coming to a different country, the must-thing you should do is to taste the local food. Here are some recommended restaurants for you.
The first one is Banh Xeo Ba Duong. The restaurant serves customers with a platter of pancakes along with beef, beansprouts, pork, prawns or chicken. There is a bowl of soup made by fishing sauce, sugar, lemon, chili and garlic.
Location: 280/23 Hoang Dieu Street, Da Nang
Opening hours: Daily 11:00 to 23:00
The second one is Mi Quang Ba Mua. The food in this restaurant comprises of turmeric-yellow rice noodles, meat toppings and bone broth. If you do not know Vietnamese, you can see the English menu to choose the food you want to eat.
Location: 19 Tran Binh Trong Street, Da Nang
Opening hours: Daily 06:30 to 21:30
The last one is Bun Cha Ca 109. This family-run restaurant has been famous for nearly 50 years. The setup is very simple with just some low tables, plastic stools and ceiling fans. The Bun Cha Ca they sell includes grilled fishcakes, rice vermicelli noodles, mint leaves and bamboo shoots.
Location: 109 Nguyen Chi Thanh Street, Da Nang
Opening hours: Daily 06:00 to 22:00
11. Visit Ba Na Hills
Ba Na Hills is a mountaintop resort complex that offers a wide range of great activities. For example, you can ride the cable cars, stroll the French Village, ride the Alpine Coaster and take the 4D Death Race experience.
In order to get to Ba Na Hills, you can choose a taxi, motorbike or open bus. The best time to visit is from April to August. This is the peak season when there are thousands of travellers coming to enjoy the atmosphere of Ba Na Hills.
Location: Hoa Vang, Da Nang
Opening hours: 07:00 to 22:00
12. Shop at Han market
Han market has been operated since the 1940s when Vietnam was under French colonial. In this market, there are a number of stalls selling different kinds of products ranging from handicrafts, accessories to vegetables, fruits and food.
Everything at Han Market is sold at a very reasonable price so you can buy anything you want as souvenirs for your friends and family.
Location: 119, Tran Phu Street, Hau Chai District, Da Nang
Opening hours: Daily 05:00 to 19:00
13. Enjoy The Non Nuoc Beach
Another famous beach in Da Nang is Non Nuoc. It has an arc shape, white sands, unpolluted water, gentle slope and mild waves, which is very suitable for different types of water sports.
If you love to discover many more sightseeing, you can visit ancient pagoda, village, cave or enjoy boating on Co Co River.
Location: Ngu Hanh Son, Da Nang
14. Go Surfing
Thanks to warm climate and expansive beaches, Da Nang is the epicenter of surfing in Vietnam. The ideal season for surfing in Da Nang is between September and March.
Not only professionals but beginners can also start surfing in Da Nang. It is because there are lots of courses as well as schools that teach this skill for the new people.
In addition, there are also so many surf shops available along the beach so people can rent boards easily. The price is around 5.00 USD per hour. And of course, the more hours you want to surf on the beach, the more money you have to pay.
15. Drink Sweet Coconut Coffee
Sweet coconut coffee is one of the most unique drinks that tourists should try when they come to Da Nang, Vietnam. It is a combination of Vietnamese coffee, coconut milk and condensed milk that is blended to perfection.
In different coffee shops, you will be served with different types of sweet coconut coffee. You sometimes will have to blend the mixture yourself. However, whatever type of coconut coffee, you will have a chance to try different taste.
16. Relax at a Sky Bar
If you prefer playing all night long, the ideal place you should go to is a sky bar. In this place, people hold a lot of fun activities to chill themselves. For instance, in Sevva Sky Lounge, you can enjoy a cup of cocktail, listen to soothing music and chat with your friends.
It is such a great place to relax. You will be served by very friendly waitress and also have enough time to immerse yourself in a unique atmosphere as the bar will not close until 1 am in the morning.
Location: 20 Dong Da Street, Da Nang
Opening hours: Daily 16:00 to 1:00
17. Have Fun at Asia Park
Asia Park, belonging to Sun Group, is one of the most modern centers of entertainment in Vietnam. It is appropriate for both adults and kids.
The central point of the park is the Sun Wheel with 115 meters in height. Sitting on this wheel, you will be able to see the whole Da Nang from a higher point. It turns slowly and be very secure to sit in. You will need to pay 150,000 VND for each ride to enjoy the best view ever.
Additionally, there are many more games for travellers to play such as the Monorail, Happy Choo Choo, Treehouse Playland and Garuda Valley.
Location: 01 Phan Dang Luu Street, Hai Chau District, Da Nang
Opening hours: Daily 16:00 to 23:00
To sum up, Da Nang is such an awesome place for tourists to experience. Once you come here to discover the life and culture, you will find it even more amazing.