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Unique things to do in Da Nang
1. See colorful lit bridges of Da Nang
Welcome to the romantic side of Da Nang – a bridge that is dedicated to all couples. Built in 2015 on Tran Hung Dao Street which is just a perfect location to watch Dragon Bridge, sunset, and fireworks.
The bridge is 70m long, inspired by many love bridges across the world where lovers share their moments together. Right at the bridge is the statue of Carp Turned into A Dragon representing virtues like patience, dedication, and determination in Asian culture.
Come to the riverside at night to see the bridge light up across the Han River. This bridge is absolutely the number-one thing to do in Da Nang.
– Architecture Masterpiece – Golden Bridge, Ba Na Hills
With the magnificent backdrop view from the height of 1400m, this construction is even more outstanding. Adorned by lavenders and chrysanthemums, Golden Bridge is a dreamlike walkway for posing.
2. Visit the beautiful Linh Ung Pagoda
3. Trek up Ngu Hanh Son (Marble 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 handicrafts.
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4. Get closer to nature at Cu Lao Cham Island
Don’t forget to visit the fishing village to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere here and the delicious seafood. Come to Cu Lao Cham, you can have the whole beach for yourself where you can enjoy swimming, sailing, and scuba diving.
5. Relax at My Khe Beach
Come to My Khe to enjoy swimming, surfing, and other beachside activities. A wide range of restaurants and hotels along the coastline offers plenty of options and services for your trip.
6. Loosen up at Ba Na Hills
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7. Dip yourself in the healing water at Than Tai Spring Park
Take your kids to the complex’s water park, they’ll absolutely love it.
8. Shop 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 the 1940s, and caters to all kinds of products to both locals and tourists who come to Da Nang.
Han Market has two floors and is located 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) banh xeo (sizzling pancake) and goi cuon (Vietnamese spring rolls), each of which should cost you no more than VND 30,000.
9. Visit the Museum of Cham Sculpture
The Museum of Cham Sculpture deserves to be one of the best things to do in Da Nang for its uniqueness and spectacular exhibition. Housing the largest exhibition of Cham sculpture in the world, the museum displays almost 300 terracotta and stone works of art ranging from the 7th to the 15th centuries, and many of them are considered masterpieces of Cham sculpture.
10. Enjoy Da Nang Nightlife
*Bars/Pubs/Restaurants/Cafes: Sky36 Bar, Seventeen Saloon Da Nang, New Phuong Dong Club, Oasis Tapas Bar, Café Cong
Day Trips from Da Nang
1. Hoi An
Da Nang is only 18km away from Hoi An which is one of the best destinations in Vietnam. You can get from Danang to Hoi An so easily by local buses or taxi or motorbike. As the top destination in Vietnam, Hoian offers a wide range of things to do and active nightlife.
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Hue has the irresistible charm of the last pseudo-capital of Vietnam and shines with the lights of the old time. Located just over 90 kilometers northwest of Da Nang, Hue makes a wonderful day trip with gorgeous landscapes along the way. Come to Hue, don’t just visit the imperial citadel only, remember to enjoy the unique and delicious cuisine of Hue.
3. My Son
Located just 40km south of Da Nang, My Son is another world heritage to visit besides the other two heritages Hoian and Hue. My Son is a cluster of abandoned and partially ruined Hindu temples in Vietnam, constructed between the 4th and the 14th century AD by the kings of Champa. The complex was designated as a UNESCO’s protected world’s cultural heritage in 1999.
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4. Da Nang Golf Courses
Da Nang with its world-class golf courses is drawing golfers from all over the world. The four main Golf courses are sprawled from north to south of the city on white sandy beaches.
Da Nang Golf Club is opened in 2010 and has been placed among the 15 best new golf courses in the world by USA golf magazine. The golf course not only provides the best-golfing experience but due to its central location, it is also great for going out on an expedition after the game.
The world-class amenities, great hospitality, and amazing food make it a hotspot of Asia’s golf destination. Another choice for a luxury golf course near Da Nang is Ba Na Hills Golf Club, set at the foothills and native forests offering an impressive backdrop for your golf experience.
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What to eat in Da Nang
Da Nang is a great place to travel for food where the fusion of northern cuisine and southern cuisine really shines. The best dishes in Da Nang feature meat cuts, paper rolls with herbs, noodle soups to many other cheap options of snacks.
Banh Mi in Da Nang also has a distinctive style compared to banh mi in other regions.
The one specialty we can’t miss when talking about what is the best food to try in Da Nang is Bun Thit Nuong (Vermicelli Noodles With Grilled Pork).
Mi Quang in Da Nang is also a great dish and you can compare Mi Quang in Hoian to what is the difference.
How to get to Da Nang
|Buon Ma Thuot
|Dragonair, Hong Kong Express
|Cam Ranh/Nha Trang
|Vietnam Airlines, Jetstar, VietJet Air
|Vietnam Airlines, Jetstar, VietJet Air
|Silkair, Vietnam Airlines
Da Nang Railway Station is located on Hai Phong Street which is about 5km away from the city centre. Good news is you can book tickets online on the website of Vietnam Railway. You can also book tickets through hotels and guesthouses with a commission charge (about 20,000VND). For closer destinations, hard seats should be good enough. However, you totally should go with soft seats for longer journeys. If you go up north to Hue, you will have the chance to see the marvelous Lang Co Bay.
When to visit Da Nang
Danang has a tropical monsoon climate with high temperatures and less fluctuation. Due to its location in the middle of Vietnam, the climate is also influenced by the subtropical climate in the North and the tropical climate of the South. Thus, Danang is divided into the rainy season (August to December) and the dry season (February to July). The best time to visit Da Nang to enjoy activities like trekking and beachside activities is the dry season. You should avoid the stormy season from November to January if you are visiting Da Nang for this purpose.
Other worthy times to visit Da Nang are the months of festivals. There are three Da Nang festivals you should know about:
1. Quan Am (Avalokitesvara) Festival
When: 18th to 20th of the second lunar month of the year
Where: on Ngu Hanh Son (Marble Mountains)
This festival honors Avalokitesvara with the main event of the Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva statue procession held on the morning of the 19th day. Other rituals include a flower offering ceremony, sutra chanting, and ceremony of giving alms to wandering souls. The actual festival has activities like camping, boat race, art performance, and many other cultural activities.
2. Ca Ong (Whale) Festival
When: middle of 3rd lunar month
Where: Da Nang’s coastal villages
This festival is one of the most important events for fishermen, taking place every year on two days in the middle of the 3rd lunar month at the coastal villages in Da Nang. This is the time for the humans to thank the whales who are believed as sea gods, for protecting the boats out on the ocean and bringing prosperity to the villages.
3. Da Nang International Fireworks Festival
When: April – June
Where: on the bank of Han River, near Asia Park
Every year, Da Nang holds an international firework competition gathering a many international teams to perform colorful firework with light effects and background music. There’re also many auxiliary activities besides just watching fireworks such as light festival, parachuting contest, cuisine festival and international art festival, etc.