Da Nang is a coastal city in central Vietnam. Danang is popular among tourists, but not nearly as popular as other places that are close by, such as Hue and Hoi An. Nevertheless, we decided to come here to see what it has to offer. Here are our favourite 6 things to do in Da Nang, Vietnam.
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1. Marble mountain
Marble Mountain is the first attraction on the list, and it’s probably the best thing in Da Nang. This attraction is made up of five marble and limestone hills that’s located in Ngũ Hành Sơn District, that’s south of Da Nang city. These five mountains are named after the five elements: Kim, Thuy, Moc, Hoa, and Tho.
The entrance fee is 15 000 Dong p.p. which is the only fee you will have to pay if you decide to take the stairs up and down. You can take a lift to the top of the mountain, but it costs an additional 15 000 Dong p.p. one way (30 000 Dong for both ways). Once you’re at the top of the mountain, you can see temples, caves, and some beautiful viewpoints. There are lots to see and do, so make sure you are ready to explore. There are also people selling drinks and snacks at the top, although they do charge more than your average convenience store.
➔Tip: If you want to save some money don’t take the lift up, rather climb the stairs. There aren’t many stairs to get to the top of the mountain.
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2. Son Tra Mountain (Monkey Mountain)
After Top Gears trip through Vietnam, Hai Van Pass has become very popular. The only problem is that this Pass is far away from the main town of Da Nang, so we couldn’t get there with the scooter. Instead, we found another road that is absolutely incredible. Son Tra Mountain is a beautiful rainforest that is over 4000 hectares, making it a perfect place to explore.
This is a hidden gem that not many people know about and a place that we found by pure luck. This coastal road snakes along the coastline with some stunning views of Da Nang city and the ocean. There is also Tượng Phật Bà Quan Âm Temple and a Pagoda to visit on the way, along with beautiful, untouched beaches. The condition of the road is brilliant and it’s a safe place to go for a cruise on a scooter due to the wide roads. This is such a relaxing and beautiful place that made us fall in love with Da Nang all over.
3. Dragon Bridge
This bridge is so unique in Vietnam and the longest of its kind. It was designed and built in the shape of a dragon, which in Vietnam means good luck, and has become the main attraction in Da Nang. The bridge is 666 meters long and is something that you will only find in Da Nang.
➔Tip: At 9 PM every Saturday and Sunday, the Dragon breathes real fire, and if you are in the area you don’t want to miss.
4. My Khe Beach
This is a beautiful beach that stretches for over 30 kilometres with soft golden sand to relax on. The water is clear, clean, and perfect for swimming and enjoying some water sports such as parasailing and jet skiing. You can spend the perfect day on the beach by renting some chairs under an umbrella for the day. Many locals consider this to be one of the most beautiful beaches in Vietnam. Across the road from the beach, you can find many seafood restaurants that will fit anyone’s craving.
➔Tip: The best time to go to the beach is mid-day. After 4 PM, the beach becomes extremely busy as most people come to swim when the sun starts to go down. Our favourite time to go was around mid-day as almost no one was on the beach. Vietnam sun is very strong so just be careful, keep hydrated and wear sunscreen.
5. Cho Han Market
This crazy market has around 2000 small stores and is always buzzing with people. You can buy anything from fruit, coffee, shoes, to souvenirs, this market has it all. Come here with a lot of money and make sure you are getting the best deal. Even if you don’t want to buy anything, just come and see all the strange and unusual things for sale.
6. Da Nang Cathedral
This beautiful church was built in 1923 and became one of Vietnam’s most famous Cathedrals because of its amazing design and its unique pink colour. With stain glass windows and a big bell tower, this cathedral is the perfect place for some photos. The locals’ nickname for this cathedral is “Con Ga” that means “Roster Church” which comes from the iconic rooster shaped weathervane on top of the bell tower. There isn’t an entrance fee but remember to dress conservatively as this is a church.
These are our 6 things to do in Da Nang Vietnam. Overall, Da Nang is an incredible place filled with beauty. This City’s popularity is currently growing at an alarming rate, and there’s a good reason for that. It might not be as touristy as other cities close by such as Hue and Hoi An, but it’s a great place to go to for a few days. If you want beaches, mountains, markets, and nature, then you will love Da Nang.
Our list doesn’t include the Golden Bridge and the Ba Na Hills because they aren’t located in Danang. This attraction is however very popular when you are in the area, but they are located in the neighbouring provinces Hue and Hoi An.
Best Time to Visit Da Nang, Vietnam
The best time to visit Da Nang is from February until May. It’s rainy season from September to January and temperature is high from May until September. However, the province is cooler than what it should be due to it’s proximity to the Pacific ocean. Try to avoid visiting Da Nang during the summer months from June until the end of August because this is when Da Nang become a very popular destination amongst domestic tourists.