The central coastal city of Da Nang attracts millions of Vietnamese and international visitors each year. And once you visit Da Nang, you’ll know why. Known for its white sand beaches, clear ocean and palm trees, the former French Colonial port of Da Nang is the biggest city in central Vietnam, and 6th largest city in Vietnam.
Marble Mountains (Ngũ Hành Sơn)
- Location: 52 Huyền Trân Công Chúa, Hoà Hải, Ngũ Hành Sơn, Đà Nẵng
A popular tourist attraction in Da Nang, Marble Mountain is a collection of 5 limestone and marble hills located 10 km to the South of Da Nang. Each of the 5 hills has their own temples, grottos, tunnels and caves.
The Marble Mountains have been a place of worship for Vietnamese people for centuries. Several Buddhist sanctuaries can be found at Marble Mountains.
We recommend spending 5-6 hours at the Marble Mountains. You will need to pay VND 40,000 entrance fee to both Mount Thuy (Mount Water) and Hell Cave and there is an optional VND 15,000 elevator fee for Mount Thuy.
Marble Mountains are located in the village of Non Nuoc. Non Nuoc is recognized in Vietnam for their stone carving and sculpture made from material from the surrounding area. There are several vendors at the base of Mount Thuy selling the sculptures.
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My Khe Beach (Mỹ Khê Beach)
My Khe Beach tops many lists as Vietnam’s best beach, and has been recognized internationally by both Forbes and Business Insider for being one of the top beach in the world.
A 35 km stretch of white sand with clear blue and warm water, the beach was a popular destination for U.S. solders during the Vietnam American War.
There are several activities to enjoy at My Khe Beach including boating, jet skiing and paddle surfing. There is some surfing at the beach, but large waves are not common. Umbrellas and sunbeds can be rented at the beach and there are several great restaurants and food stalls along the boardwalk.
Dragon Bridge (Cầu Rồng)
A bridge that spits fire and water! The 666 meter long Dragon Bridge has become a simple of Da Nang. The bridge crossing Han River was opened to traffic in 2013 at the cost of almost USD 90 million. The bridge is on-route when traveling from Da Nang airport to My Khe Beach and the waterfront.
The dragon will breathe fire every Saturday and Sunday night at 9pm which turns the area into a mini carnival with street vendors selling food and drinks. You can also rent plastic chairs to witness the 2 minutes fire show followed by a 3 minute water spit from the dragon’s mouth.
Da Nang has an excellent nightlife. A city filled with rooftop bars, clubs and pubs, you can be sure to find something catered to you. Da Nang most popular bars and clubs include Golden Pine Pub, Seventeen Saloon, Minsk Bar and The Dawn. One of our favorites is Dirty Fingers as it offers excellent food and live music. Many bars can also be found in the expat area of My An.
Asia Park – Sun World Da Nang Wonders
- Location: Số 1, Phan Đăng Lưu, Hải Châu, Da Nang
Da Nang has its own theme / amusement park. The Sun World Da Nang Wonders combines roller coasters and thrill rides with cultural and historical themes. There are 2 parks, the amusement park and the cultural park with the 115 meters high Ferris wheel, Sun Wheel, between the 2 parks.
The Sun World Da Nang Wonders offer various entertainments for the whole family. There are 4 roller coasters, several attractions and shows and restaurants serving cultural food from 10 different Asian countries.
Asia Park – Sun World Da Nang Wonders offers great value-for-money. The price various between season and hours but expect to pay around VND 200,000 for adults and VND 150,000 for children.
The Museum of Cham Sculpture (Bảo tàng Điêu khắc Chăm Đà Nẵng)
- Location: Số 02 2 Tháng 9, Bình Hiên, Hải Châu, Đà Nẵng
The Museum of Cham Sculptures has the largest collection of Cham sculptures in the world. The Chams, or Cham people, were an ethnic group in Southeast Asia tracing back to Austronesia. The museum gives great insight into the life of the Cham people. Although, the history of the Cham people goes back more than 2,000 years, most of the sculptures in the museum are from between 700 A.D. and 1,500 A.D.
The Museum of Cham Sculptures is not large. It won’t take more than an hours to explore it. The price per person is VND 60,000.
Da Nang Cathedral (Giáo xứ Chính tòa Đà Nẵng)
- Location: 156 Đường Trần Phú, Hải Châu 1, Hải Châu, Đà Nẵng
The 70 meter high church built by Louis Vallet, a French priest in 1923 is the only church in Da Nang. Nicknamed by locals as either the Pink Church due to the pink bricks used to construct the church, or Con Ga Church (Rooster Church) due to its rooster at top of the weather cross on the church tower.
There is no admission fee to enter then church. As the only church in Da Nang it serves several different religious communities. Every Sunday morning at 09:00, English speaking sermons at held at the Da Nang Cathedral.
Thuan Phuoc Bridge (Cầu Thuận Phước)
Thuan Phuoc Bridge is the longest suspension bridge in Vietnam at 1,850 meters with its 2 pillars being 80 meters high. The LED lighting the bridge up in the evening makes the bridge look spectacular.
Son Tra Peninsula and Mountain (Bản Đảo Sơn Trà)
Son Tra Peninsula is located 10 km from city center. The mountain and the Buddhist statue at its base can be seen from anywhere in Da Nang. During the American Vietnam war, there was a military base on top of mountain, which was referred to by U.S. solders as Monkey Mountain.
The mountain is 600 meter high. The best way to explore the mountain is by a scooter or motorbike. At top of Son Tra Mountain there is great view of Da Nang and surrounding area including Ba Na Hills, Hai Van Pass and Cham Islands.
Central Vietnam’s largest pagoda, Linh Ung Pagoda, is located at the base of the mountain. Its main attraction is the 63 meters tall Lady Buddha Da Nang, the largest Buddhist statue in Vietnam.