Da Nang is known as the “tourist capital” of South Central Vietnam, with a west-coast location that makes for beautiful sunsets against an impressive backdrop of lush mountains.
If you’re looking to soak up the sun while on vacation, Da Nang’s pristine beaches offer a wide range of fun-filled activities and sightseeing opportunities. The best time to visit is between May and August, when the sun is out all day and the waters are calm.
Here’s ten place you should visit when traveling to Da Nang.
About 9km south of Da Nang, Marble Mountains are a cluster of five limestone and marble hills within Hoa Hai District. A must-do for any first-time visitor to Da Nang is climbing the steps to the top of Marble Mountains, where they can enjoy spectacular views across Non Nuoc Beach or My Khe Beach. Alternatively, there’s an elevator service (VND 30.000) available.
Dragon Bridge is the longest bridge in Vietnam. The six-lane bridge crosses the Han River and is constructed in the shape of a golden dragon, which locals believe symbolises power and good fortune. Dragon Bridge also illuminated with colourful LED while it breathes fire and spits out water from 21:00 onwards.
The bridge crosses Han river and it is situated on the east of Tran Hung Dao street. Danang Love Lock Bridge is one of the wonderful and ideal attractions for couples in love. Coming to Danang, couples in love should not miss the great chance to visit the bridge so as to put love padlocks on the romantic bridge.
My Khe Beach
My Khe Beach boasts a 20-mile stretch of white sand that’s approx 6 km east of Da Nang. It is considered to be one of Vietnam’s most picturesque beaches. Hosting a number of high-end resorts and seafood restaurants, the beach is also a popular spot for sunbathing, fishing, snorkelling, jet-skiing, and surfing.
Linh Ung Pagoda
Linh Ung literally means “wishes answered miraculously”. At nearly 200m above sea level, this 20 hectare pagoda offers a magnificent view of the sea and the city of Da Nang. Linh Ung pagoda is considered as one of the biggest pagoda in Da Nang, both of scale and architecture. This pagoda has a combination between modern and traditional style.
Hai Van Pass
Stands at 500m above sea level, making it the highest pass in Vietnam. Hai Van Pass located on the border between Thua Thien-Hue Province and Da Nang City, where you can enjoy panoramic views of verdant mountains and clear blue skies as well as Da Nang City, Tien Sa Port, Son Tra Peninsula, and South China Sea.
Lady Buddha Da Nang is located at Linh Ung Pagoda, about 9 km away from My Khe beach or 14 km from Da Nang city center. It is the tallest Buddha statue in Vietnam. Whether you are standing in any place in the city, you can also easily see the Lady Buddha statue which leans on the mountain and facing the sea.
Da Nang Cathedral
Built by the French in 1923, it’s also known as Con Ga Church (Rooster Church) and serves the local Catholic community to this very day. Da Nang Cathedral is one of the most unique catholic churches in Vietnam, featuring a pink-painted edifice, stained-glass windows, and an imposing bell tower topped with a rooster weathercock.
The Fifth Military Division Museum of Da Nang offers visitors a glimpse of Vietnam’s tumultuous past, featuring displays of war relics, news articles, and photographs taken by soldiers of the Fifth Military Division. Otherwise, Champ Culture Museum is an interesting place where we can get to know further about Champ culture. The museum is loaded with sandstone sculptures depicting their daily life and activities.
Non Nuoc Beach
About 20-minute drive from Da Nang City, Non Nuoc Beach boasts international acclaim as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Featuring soft white sands, a gentle slope, unpolluted waters and mild waves, visitors can do plenty of leisure activities such as sunbathing, jet-skiing, and surfing whilst enjoying local seafood dishes.
Getting to Da Nang
Danang International Airport (DAD) connected with main city in Vietnam: Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. There are also various direct international flight to Da Nang such as from Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, and Hong Kong.
There are frequent bus every half hour between Da Nang, Hue and Hoi An. You can either head to the bus terminal to purchase your local bus ticket. There are also bus destinations to all major centers including Dong Hoi, Quy Nhon, Hue, dan Kon Tum..
The train trip is lengthy to both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, but many trains are equipped with soft sleeper and air-conditioner. The ride across Hai Van Pass is an extremely photogenic one so make sure you are close to the window. Train to Danang is served by Reunification Express trains. There are stops at Hue, Lang Co, Quang Ngai, Tuy Hoa, and Nha Trang.