Top 20 Things To Do In Da Nang

Da Nang, Vietnam. Credit Mohammad Imran on Unsplash

Da Nang is ideally positioned to explore the whole of Central Vietnam, a number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and magnificent beaches and tourist attractions.

My Khe Beach

A stunning beach stretching for around 30km that is perfect for sunbathing, walking, water sports, snorkeling or enjoying the wealth of beach bars and restaurants.

My Khe Beach, Da Nang Vietnam
Golden Bridge, Ba Na Hills, Da Nang, Vietnam. credit Mr Autthaporn Pradidpong on Unsplash

Ba Na Hills

Developed with Vietnamese tourists in mind but equally attractive to foreign tourists.

This tourist resort is accessed by cable car and includes a replica French village, the incredible Golden Bridge, Fantasy Park, a wax museum, alpine coaster and more for the whole family.

Beware that Ba Na Hills is 1,487 metres above sea level and so temperatures are much lower than in the city and beach.

Marble Mountains

Five limestone and marble hills with a number of wonderful Buddhist pagodas and shrines.

The five mountains are known as Thuy Son (water), Moc Son (wood), Hoa Son (fire), Kim Son (metal) and Tho Son (earth).

Head up early morning to Thuy Son, take the steps to the summit and marvel at the incredible views. There is a lift available for those with disabilities.

Marble Mountains, Da Nang, Vietnam
Hai Van Pass, da Nang, Vietnam. Credit Mike on flickr

Hai Van Pass

If you have seen the Top Gear Vietnam special, then you have seen a little of the Hai Van Pass.

Offering incredible views over Da Nang, Son Tra Peninsula and the South China Sea, the pass is a must visit to take in this stunning part of Vietnam.

The road is stunning but can be treacherous especially during a rainstorm.

My Son

An UNESCO World Heritage Site and often called the Vietnames Angkor Wat.

Home of the Champa Kingdom and spanning eight centuries of ruins, as far back as the 4th century.

There are over 70 temples in what is regarded as one of the most important heritage sites in Vietnam.

My Son Temple, Vietnam. Credit NH53 on flickr
Son Tra “Monkey Mountain”, Da Nang, Vietnam. Credit Gary Todd on flickr

Monkey Mountain (Son Tra)

Home to the rare Red Face monkey Son Tra is an excellent location for hiking and cycling to explore this national park.

Also popular with motor cyclists due the scenery and winding roads.

Dragon Bridge

Every Saturday and Sunday evening at 9pm the Dragon Bridge lights up and spits fire and water in a spectacular show.

At 666 metres long it is the longest bridge in Vietnam. The dragon symbolises power, nobility and good fortune.

The bridge itself is still stunning at other times, even you are not there for the fire show.

dragon Beach, Da Nang, Vietnam. Credit Robson Hatsukami Morgan on Unsplash
Vietnam Street Foof. Credit Rene DeAnda on Unsplash

Vietnamese Food

Street food is especially good in Da Nang, with a number of local specialities that you will only find in Central Vietnam.

Banh Mi is especially popular in Da Nang as is Mi Quang which features yellow rice noodles, pork, shrimp, and a flavour-infused broth topped off with chopped peanuts, quail eggs and fresh herbs.

A street food tour will help you to get the most out of your experience.

Linh Ung Pagoda

On Son Tra Mountain, the pagoda includes the Goddess of Mercy, a large statue, plus many more Buddha statues.

Includes the incredible Lady Buddha statue which is 67 metres high.

Linh Ung Pagoda, Da Nang, Vietnam. Credit Armando Nguyen on flickr
Sun Wheel in Da Nang, Vietnam. Credit Lisa Nguyen on Unsplash

Asia Park

A large amusement park which has the 115 metre Sun Wheel as its centre point.

The park also includes a cultural centre and shopping opportunities.

Non Nuoc Beach

South of Da Nang City is Non Nuoc Beach.

Rivaling My Khe, Non Nuoc has white powdery sand and beautiful waters than take the breath away.

Water sports are popular here as are the excellent seafood restaurants.

There are a number of hotels alongside the beach which sits, almost, at the foot of the Marble Mountains.

Non Nuoc Beach, Da Nang Vietnam

Vietnamese Coffee

Coffee is a lifestyle in Vietnam and Da Nang is no different.

Each region has its own specialities and so it is worth sampling a wide range of options if coffee is your thing.

Vietnamese Coffee. Credit Jon Spectacle on Unsplash
Credit Robert Bye on Unsplash

Surfs Up

Renowned for some excellent surf, suitable for all levels from beginner to expert.

The surf is best between November and March but it is possible to surf all year around.

There are plenty of surf schools and equipment rental facilities dotted along the beached.

Waterfront

Wonderful river views and an excellent location to take in the sunset with a drink and a range of food choices.

Credit Mohammad Imran on Unsplash
Da Nang Market. Credit Weiqi Xiong on Unsplash

Markets

There are a number of excellent markets in Da Nang that will help to make up for the lack of mainstream shopping outlets in the city.

Con Market has around 2,000 stalls and sells an incredible range of goods as well as excellent food.

Han Market is another excellent choice and is aimed primarily for locals so you will get a more authentic market experience than in Con Market.

Cham Islands

People who love to dive or snorkel will love the Cham Islands and the exceptional coral reefs and fish.

Just an hours boat ride from Da Nang, there are a number of operators offering tours to the best spots.

Cham Islands, Vietnam. Credit Gueretto on flickr
Cao Dai Temple, Da Nang, Vietnam. Credit Dada1960 / CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)

Cao Dai Temple

An unusual temple in that it celebrates a number of religions with statues not just of Buddha but also Jesus, Mohammed, Confucious and Laotse.

Phap Lam Pagoda

Surrounded by lovely gardens and some excellent street food and restaurants, Phap Lam includes a statue of the Buddha plus the Goddess of Mercury and the Dai The Chi Bodhisattva.

Located in Da Nang City centre, it creates a relaxing a serene atmosphere popular with locals.

Phap Lam Pagoda, Da Nang, Vietnam. Credit Gary Todd on flickr
Cham Museum, Da Nang, Vietnam. Credit Dennis Jarvis on flickr

Cham Museum

Celebrating the indigenous Cham people of Vietnam who date back to at least 192AD.

The museum dates back to 1915 and includes relics from as far back as the 7th century.

Fifth Military Division Museum of Da Nang

This large museum includes war relics, pictures and information on the history of Vietnam’s military past.

Includes many aircraft, vehicles and weapons used in the French and American wars.

Fifth Military Division Museum of Da Nang, Vietnam. Credit Mztourist / CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)

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