Are you planning your Da Nang trip? Are you wondering what are the best things to do? What are the best tours, and how do you find them? Should you visit the Golden Bridge, Marble Mountains, or My Khe Beach? Continue reading and discover the top 10 things to do in Da Nang.
The central coastal city of Da Nang attracts millions of local and foreign 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 the 6th largest city in the country.
Da Nang has fantastic cuisine and a great variety of restaurants, whether you’re looking for international or local food. On top of the wonderful cuisine, Da Nang has an excellent and vibrant nightlife.
A city filled with rooftop bars, clubs, and pubs, you can be sure to find something catered to you. Da Nang’s most popular bars and clubs include Golden Pine Pub, Seventeen Saloon, Minsk Bar, and The Dawn, in addition to all the bars in the expat area of My An.
Deciding what to do and where to go in Da Nang can be tricky as the options are so many. But don’t worry, we’ve put together this list of top 10 things to do to help you decide how to spend your time in Da Nang.
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 five hills has its unique caves, temples, and tunnels.
The Marble Mountains have been a place of worship for the Vietnamese people for centuries and houses several significant Buddhist sanctuaries. Many Vietnamese come from all over the country for a pilgrim to Marble Mountains.
Marble Mountains is in the village of Non Nuoc, which is famous in Vietnam for its stone carving and sculpture made from material from the area. There are several vendors at the base of Mount Thuy selling the sculptures.
We recommend spending 3-4 hours in the Marble Mountains. Travelers 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 in case you want to skip the slippery steps leading up the mountain.
Ba Na Hills
Ba Na Hills is a resort and fantasy park located on Nui Chua Mountain, 35 km from Da Nang. A 5-kilometer and 20-minute long cable car journey on the longest non-stop cable car in the world takes you up the to the resort. The fee for the cable car is between VND 550,000 to 750,000, which includes admission to the parks.
Once on top, you can enjoy walking through the beautiful French town that was established by French colonialists in the early 1900s but has undergone a significant renovation in recent times. Now the town and the resort include fantastic restaurants, charming brick-laid streets, and beautiful parks.
Ba Na Hills is the perfect place to escape the summer heat in central Vietnam. Because of the town’s high elevation, it remains several degrees cooler than the surrounding area. One of the main attractions of Ba Na Hills is the magnificent Golden Bridge. So make sure to take the second cable car from Ba Na to the Golden Bridge.
My Khe 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 beaches in the world.
A 35 km stretch of white sand with clear blue and warm ocean, the beach was a popular destination for U.S. soldiers during the Vietnam American War as it was for the French during the colonial times.
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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 frequent. Travelers can rent umbrellas and sunbeds, and there are several excellent restaurants and food stalls along the beautiful boardwalk.
Dragon Bridge (Cau Rong Bridge)
A bridge that spits fire and water! You don’t see that often. The 666 meters long Dragon Bridge has become the symbol of Da Nang. The bridge crossing Han River was opened to traffic in 2013 at the cost of almost USD 90 million.
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The bridge is on-route when traveling from Da Nang airport to My Khe Beach and the waterfront, so most travelers pass through it during their visit to the city.
The dragon will breathe fire every Saturday and Sunday at 9 pm, which turns the area into somewhat of a carnival with street vendors selling food and drinks.
You can also rent one of the small plastic chairs and sit down with a cold drink while enjoying the 2-minute fire show followed by a 3-minute water spit from the dragon’s mouth.
Asia Park – Sun World Da Nang Wonders
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 two parks, the amusement park and the cultural park with the 115 meters high Ferris wheel, called the Sun Wheel, between the two parks.
The Sun World Da Nang Wonders offers various entertainment for the whole family. There are four roller coasters, several attractions and shows, and restaurants serving cultural food from 10 different Asian countries.
Asia Park – Sun World Da Nang Wonders offers excellent value-for-money. The price is different between seasons and hours, but travelers can expect to pay approximately VND 200,000 for adults and VND 150,000 for children.
The Museum of Cham Sculpture
The Museum of Cham Sculptures has the most extensive collection of Cham sculptures in the world. The Chams, or Cham people, were an ethnic group in Southeast Asia tracing their roots back to Austronesia.
The museum gives an excellent insight into the life of the Cham people. Although the history of the Chams 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 hour to explore it. The price per person is VND 60,000.
Da Nang Cathedral
The 70-meter high church built by Louis Vallet, a French priest in 1923, is the only church in Da Nang. Locals nickname it as either the Pink Church, due to the pink bricks used to construct the church or Rooster Church, due to the rooster at the top of the church tower.
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There is no admission fee to enter the 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
Thuan Phuoc Bridge is the longest suspension bridge in Vietnam at 1,850 meters, with its two pillars being 80 meters high. The bridge crosses the Han River, where the river enters into Da Nang Bay.
The bridge construction in 2009 was a significant economic development for Da Nang and the surrounding area as it connects Hai Van tunnel to the ancient town of Hoi An and Son Tra peninsula, key tourist areas in the region.
We recommend visiting the bridge in the evening as the LED lighting on the bridge makes it look spectacular.
Son Tra Peninsula and Mountain
Located just 10 km from the center of town, the Son Tra Peninsula has a tall and beautiful Buddhist statue, The Lady Buddha. You can see Lady Buddha from anywhere in Da Nang, which makes it easy to spot the peninsula.
There was a military base on top of the mountain, which was referred to by U.S. soldiers as Monkey Mountain. A name still used today by English speaking travelers.
The mountain is 600 meters high, but there is a road leading to the top. The best way to explore the mountain is by a scooter or motorbike. At the top of Son Tra Mountain, there is an excellent view of Da Nang and the 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 forementioned 63-meter tall Lady Buddha, the tallest Buddhist statue in Vietnam.
Cham Island is a cluster of 8 islands located 15 km of the coast of Hoi An and 50 km from the center of Da Nang. There is a regular speedboat ferry is from Hoi An to Cham Island and back.
The main island, Hon Lao Island, has beautiful beaches that are ideal for sunbathing and watersports. Snorkeling, diving, and kayaking are the most popular activities in Cham Island, along with relaxing on one of the many beaches.
The newest activity on Cham Island is to walk to ocean floor in a specially designed Sea Trek helmet.