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Best 30 things to do in Da Nang, Vietnam 2020: The Travel Guide

Best 30 things to do in Da Nang, Vietnam 2020: The Travel Guide

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    Da Nang is one of the 20 cleanest cities in the world. Located in the South Central region, Da Nang has mountains, plains and sea. In addition, Danang is surrounded by three world cultural heritages, Hue, Hoi An and My Son, and Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park. Every year, Da Nang organizes international fireworks festival attracting many tourists to attend.

    If you’re still wondering about what is worth doing in this place or confused because of fragmented information, this article is what you need. 

    To help you have the best and unforgettable experiences in Danang, this article will suggest you the best things to do when visiting Danang. So now let’s explore Danang with us!

    Explore Son Tra peninsula in Danang, Vietnam

    1. Son Tra Mountain (Monkey Island)

    Located about 10 km from the city center, Son Tra Peninsula is considered as the "green lung" of Danang. Not only does Son Tra have diverse ecosystems but this place also attracts tourists by the spectacular and romantic natural landscape.

    Read more: 12 Places to visit in Da Nang, Vietnam

    • Location: Son Tra Peninsula, Son Tra District
    • Opening hours: All-day
    • Price: Entrance is free

    2. Linh Ung pagoda

    Linh Ung pagoda is the biggest and the most famous pagoda in Danang. Located in Son Tra peninsula, Linh Ung pagoda has an area of about 20 hectares and becomes a spectacular work of arts between the dense primitive forest and vast blue ocean. Also, the pagoda has the biggest Lady Buddha with 67 meters high - equals a 30 Story building. Moreover, in the pagoda courtyard, there are 18 skilfully sculptured  Arhat statues standing in two rows along both sides of the path to the main hall. Each of them has different emotional expressions: anger, joy, sadness, etc. Linh Ung Pagoda is not only a religious center, but also an attractive tourist destination for visitors to Danang.

    • Location: Son Tra Peninsula, Son Tra District,  Danang
    • Opening hours: All-day
    • Price: Entrance is free

    Note: Linh Ung pagoda is a religious destination so that visitors should dress properly. 

    3. Ban Co peak - Chessboard peak 

    Ban Co Peak is known as the "roof" of Danang, the most beautiful coastal city in Central Vietnam, where you can enjoy spectacular nature scenes from the height of 700m and see the whole blue sea. You can get there by taxi or you can even rent a motorbike.   Also, the journey through the winding road to Ban Co peak is a chance for you to enjoy the beautiful and spectacular charm of Son Tra peninsula the blue ocean and lush forests under the sunshine, all will give you a peaceful feeling. To reach the peak, you have to climb a steep stairway

    Read more: Top 6 Beautiful Beaches in Da Nang, Vietnam

    • Location: Son Tra Peninsula, Son Tra District,  Danang
    • Opening hours: All-day
    • Price: Entrance is free

    4. Son Tra Banyan tree

    In sub-zone 63 of Son Tra Nature Reserve, there are a lot of banyan trees and an outstanding one -  a very beautiful and huge banyan tree with many sub-roots pouring deep into the ground creating a unique beauty. Many people call it the thousand-year-old banyan tree. Additionally, this tree is more than 20 meters high with various long big roots on the ground. . This tree is considered as a symbol of Son Tra peninsula in Danang and one of the most majestic trees in Vietnam, which attracts a lot of tourists to come and admire its special charm. If you are interested in viewing this "thousand-year-old banyan tree", let’s try trekking into the forest fully enjoy its natural beauty.

    • Location: Son Tra Nature Reserve, Son Tra Peninsula, Son Tra District
    • Opening hours: 6 AM - 5 PM

    Relax in stunning beaches in Danang, Vietnam

    5. My Khe Beach

    This beautiful beach is located 6km east of Danang, which is very convenient for you to visit by taxi or motorbike. My Khe Beach is considered to be one of the most beautiful beaches in Vietnam as well as in the world. The most attractive thing about this beach is that it still remains the primitive charm of the blue sea as well as smooth white sand. With a salinity of about 60% and no pollution, water is rated high safety. Thus, My Khe is home to many coral reefs and marine species.

    In the past, My Khe beach was occupied by the US military. They built some premises for recreation and relaxation. Nowadays, My Khe is the busiest and most crowded beach in Danang, attracting thousands of visitors and people coming here each year. Like other beaches of Danang, My Khe develops various services for tourists to relax on the beach such as fishing, windsurfing, diving, yachting. 

    • Location: Truong Sa Street, My Phuoc Ward, Son Tra District
    • Best time to visit: 9 AM - 5 PM

    6. Non Nuoc Beach

    This is another beach in Danang which is located in Ngu Hanh Son district about 10 km away from the city center. Non Nuoc is a 5km long beach under Ngu Hanh Son mountain. Therefore, coming to Non Nuoc beach, besides relaxing on the beach, tourists can also visit Ngu Hanh Son mountain with many ancient pagodas, caves and famous stone carving village.

    • Location: Bac My An Ward, Ngu Hanh Son District
    • Best time to visit: 9 AM - 5 PM

    7. Bac My An Beach

    With a coastline of nearly 4km, the beach has fine white sand and clear blue water with little temperature difference throughout the year. Bac My An Beach also contributes a part to the development of Danang tourism. There are many resorts and hotels on the beach from the budget to splurge such for tourists to stay and enjoy the elegant beauty of Bac My An.

    • Location: Bac My An Ward, Ngu Hanh Son District
    • Best time to visit: 9 AM - 5 PM

    8. Nam O Beach

    Nam O is a wild beach located in Hoa Hiep Ward, about 17 km northwest of Danang.

    It is not as famous as other beaches in Danang; however, it still has a very attractive and unique charm. From here, tourists can take a boat to the village of Co Tu ethnic group in Hoa Bac commune, or visit Son Tra peninsula by the road along the mountain. 

    • Location: Hoa Hiep Ward, Lien Chieu District
    • Best time to visit: 9 AM - 5 PM

    Admire the beauty of bridges in Danang, Vietnam

    Considered as the city of bridges, Danang has a lot of bridges with unique structures. So now, let’s have a trip to the most famous Danang bridges with us!

    9. Dragon bridge - A bright spot of the city

    This unique bridge has a design of a dragon - the symbol of prosperity and thriving and it is also the longest bridge in Vietnam with a  length of 37.5m. What is more, on weekend nights, there are water and fire spaying shows held on the bridge, which will give you a memorable experience when traveling to Danang.

    • Location: Nguyen Van Linh Street, Phuoc Ninh Ward
    • Best time to visit: 9 PM - 9:15 PM Saturday & Sunday night

    10. Han river bridge - The great pride of local people

    Located in the west of the Han River, Han river bridge is the first swing bridge in Vietnam and it is built by the local people in Danang. In the midnight, the bridge will swing to its axis so that ships and boats can pass the river. 

    • Location: An Hai Bac Ward, Son Tra District
    • Best time to visit: 5 PM - 10 PM

    11. Tran Thi Ly bridge - A unique bridge in the city center

    This bridge used to be a railway bridge with the French name De Lattre de Tassigny, and then it was renamed Trinh Minh The. Lately, the bridge was reconstructed as a highway bridge and named after a Vietnamese revolutionary activist Tran Thi Ly in 1975. It has a unique and modern design, looks like a boat sailing away

    • Location: Hoa Cuong Bac Ward, Hai Chau District
    • Best time to visit: 6 PM - 10 PM

    12. Thuan Phuoc bridge - A piece of silk in the river

    The bridge is located in the east of the city, across the Han River, connecting Nguyen Tat Thanh Street with Man Quang bridge, Hai Chau District and Son Tra District.

    What is more, Danang people are proud that Thuan Phuoc bridge as the longest suspension bridge in Vietnam.

    • Location: Nai Hien Dong Ward, Son Tra District
    • Best time to visit: 5 PM - 5:30 PM

    13. Nguyen Van Troi bridge 

    This is the oldest bridge in Danang. The bridge was built by the US military to transport war material from Tien Sa port into the city. At that time there was no name. After 1975, the bridge was put into use livelihood and called Nguyen Van Troi bridge.

    At present, Nguyen Van Troi Bridge is still the most unique bridge in Danang.

    • Location: Duy Tan Street, Hai Chau District
    • Best time to visit: 5 PM - 5:30 PM

    14. Lovelock bridge - An ideal place for couples

    The highlight of the Lovelock Bridge in Danang is the unique design - harmonious combination between classic, oriental tradition and the Western modern beauty.  

    Location: Tran Hung Dao Street, An Hai Trung Ward, Son Tra District

    Best time to visit: 6 PM - 9 PM

    Have fun in amusement parks of Danang, Vietnam

    As a famous attraction in Vietnam, Danang has a lot of amusement parks for tourists to relax and have fun in this beautiful city. Here are the 3 most popular and famous parks you can visit when traveling to Danang.

    15. Asia Park Danang

    Having an area of 868,694 square meters on the west bank of the Han River, Sun World Park Danang is a combination of the unique and modern entertainment in the world with outstanding Asia cultural characteristics. Sun World Danang consists of three main areas: a modern outdoor amusement park, a cultural park with iconic architecture and miniature art of 10 Asian countries, and Sun Wheel - which has a modern and traditional charm.

    • Location: 1 Phan Dang Luu Street, Hoa Cuong Bac Ward, Hai Chau District
    • Opening hours: 3 PM - 10 PM Monday to Friday; 9 AM - 10 PM Saturday and Sunday
    • Price: VND 300,000 per adult; VND130,000 per child

    16. Ba Na Hills Fantasy Park

    Located on Ba Na Hills, with an area of 21000m2, Fantasy Park is the only indoor recreation area in Vietnam and the world that is located on the top of the mountain. Here, visitors will have exciting experiences with family and friends.

    • Location: Hoa Ninh Ward
    • Opening hours: 7:30 AM - 9:30 PM every day
    • Price: VND 650,000 per adult; VND 550,000 per child

    17. Helio Center

    With an area of over 35,000m2 and located in the heart of the city, Helio Center promises to bring Danang people as well as tourists a perfect choice to enjoy with family and friends every day.The amusement park has amusement areas and games for children, as well as flower gardens, cafes & dining areas.

    • Location: Hoa Duong Bac Ward, Hai Chau District
    • Opening hours: 8 AM - 10 PM
    • Price: VND 100,000 - VND 200,000

    Visit traditional villages in Danang, Vietnam

    18. Non Nuoc stone village

    Non Nuoc stone carving village is the place where many products are sculpted by stone is very artistic and unique. t=This is an attractive destination that visitors often visit when traveling tp the coastal city Danang. Non Nuoc Stone Village would help you admire the beautiful stone statue art by the talented hands of artists here

    • Location: Marble Mountains, Hoa Hai Ward, Ngu Hanh Son District
    • Opening hours: 7 AM - 5 PM
    • Best time to visit: 9 AM - 2 PM.

    19. Cam Ne mats village

    Cam Ne village is located in Hoa Tien commune, Hoa Vang District, 14km southwest of Danang city. This place has long been famous for its traditional floral patterns mats. Cam Ne mats were once popular and beloved in the Nguyen Dynasty.

    • Location: Hoa Tien Village, Hoa Vang District
    • Opening hours: 8 AM - 2 PM
    • Best time to visit: 10 AM - 1 PM

    20. Nam O  fish-sauce village

    Nam O is a small fishing village at the Thuy Tu river mouth, 3 km south of Hai Van pass, in Hoa Hiep Nam Ward (Lien Chieu, Danang). Nam O is a sweet, natural, amber-brown color, is a product of Quang origin to the old days, next to cinnamon pepper and aquilaria.

    • Location: Hoa Hiep Nam Ward, Lien Chieu, District
    • Opening hours: 8AM – 7:30PM
    • Best time to visit: 1PM -  3PM 

    21. Tuy Loan rice paper village

    About 15km west from the city center, Tuy Loan village is famous for rice paper made from original rice and processed, sold  by individual households in the village.

    • Location: Hoa Tien Ward, Hoa Vang 
    • Opening hours: 7AM - 4PM
    • Best time to visit: 2PM - 3PM 

    22. Cam Le sesame cake village

    Visit Cam Bac, try the sesame cake in the village of Cam Le sesame cakes with a cup of green tea, perhaps any visitors will be satisfied and feel like they’re home. These simple cakes also make  people love the simple things that still exist somewhere around them.

    • Location: Khue Trung Ward, Hai Chau District
    • Opening hours: 8AM - 5PM
    • Best time to visit: 2PM - 3PM

    Other activities in Danang, Vietnam

    23. Visit Hai Van Pass

    Situated on the border between Thua Thien Hue province and Danang, this pass has winding roads that challenge every driver. From the top of the pass, you can admire the immense nature scene, majestic and panoramic Danang city below.

    Best time to visit: 9AM - 6PM

    24. Take best photos in Thuan Phuoc Field

    For those who love photography, Thuan Phuoc Field is a Danang tourist destination that you can not miss. Inspired by Europe farms, Thuan Phuoc Field was designed as a very romantic and beautiful studio where you can take beautiful and poetic pictures.

    • Location: Thuan Phuoc bridge, Son Tra District
    • Price: VND 200,000 per adult/2,000,000 VND / group of 5 people, children under 1.2 m free entrance fee
    • Opening hours: 7AM - 10PM

    25. Have a trip to French village in Ba Na Hills

    This beautiful village French architecture will make you feel as if you were in France on Ba Na mountain. This is not only a nice place but also a very interesting place for you to enjoy and explore when coming to Danang.

    • Location: Hoa Ninh Ward
    • Opening hours: 7:30AM - 9:30PM everyday

    Cable Car Tickets Foreign Residents: 750.000/adult; 600.000/child

    Danang Cable Car Ticket: 450.000/adult; 350.000/child 

    26. Relax in Than Tai Hot Spring Park

    Just about 20 km west from the city center, Than Tai Mountain is a brand new choice for visitors in the summer. In the footsteps here, visitors can immerse themselves in the green space of the primitive forests of Ba Na - Nui Chua. This is the first time Vietnam has mineral bath products along with especially hot mineral bath of  Japanese culture which is commonly known as ONSEN bath.

    • Location: Hoa Phu Ward, Hoa Vang District
    • Opening hours: 7:30AM - 5:30PM
    • Price: VND 350.000 per adult; VND 175.000 per child

    27. Visit the Museum of Cham sculpture

    Museum of Cham Sculpture (also known as Cham Museum) is located on 2/9 Hai Chau District, Danang city. Visitors coming to Danang will be amazed by the unique Gothic architecture with spiked arch roofs, plus a wide-angle rear window system to help sunlight wander every corner of the museum.

    At present  Museum of Cham sculpture - one of the most popular tourist attractions in Danang, exhibits nearly 2,000 relics. In total, the number of relics displayed is nearly 500 and is divided according to the geographic origin where they were discovered or excavated, including Quang Tri, Tra Kieu, My Son, Dong Duong, Thap Mam - Binh Dinh, Quang Nam corridor.

    The main material of most of the sculptures currently available at the Cham Museum is sandstone, terracotta and bronze. Sandstone was used most during the period from the 7th to the 15th century with extremely fine carving patterns, unique, showing a great development of the art of sculpture at that time.

    • Location: 2 2/9 Street, Hai Chau District 
    • Opening hours: 7:30AM - 11AM & 1:30PM - 4:30PM
    • Price: VND 40.000 per adult; 10.000/student 

    28. Discover Danang Cathedral

    Located in Tran Phu Street, Danang Cathedral, or Rooster Church, is the main cathedral in Danang. This cathedral is called   “Con Gà” because of its copper rooster weathervane at the top. Today, through the ups and downs of time and the severity of the war, the church is still firmly standing, becoming one of the beautiful tourist spots in Danang.

    • Location: 156 Tran Phu Street, Hai Chau 1 District

    29. Explore Con Market - A famous market in Danang

    Being an important wholesale market of Danang, Con Market sells everything from fresh food products to essential household items. But the special thing that visitors love to the main market is the "food heaven" with all kinds of Danang snacks and specialties with an extremely soft price but the quality is rated five stars. All dishes are made with Danang style, once you eat them, you will remember for your whole life.

    • Location: Ong Kich Khiem Street, Hai Chau District
    • Opening hours: 8AM - 4:30PM

    30. Go trekking to Gieng Troi

    Gieng Troi is a primitive forest in the West of Danang, in the middle of the mountainous area of Hoa Ninh Commune, Hoa Vang District. The area is near the top of the mountain, all year round surrounded by trees and rocks, so even in the hot summer, the water in the lake is always cool. Due to being deep in the mountain and the road to Gieng Troi has a lot of obstacles, so few people know. Therefore, Gieng Trơi still remains the wildness. To reach the forest, you need to have a trek from the slope near Ba Na Hills. 

    • Location: Hoa Ninh Commune, Hoa Vang District

     

    31. Explore the city of bridges

    Lies on the bank of Han River, water transport in Da Nang is very developed and so with the traffic system. There are many bridges in this city with interesting design and beautiful views that have become attractive places like Han River Bridge, Dragon Bridge, Thuan Phuoc Bridge, Love Bridge, etc.

    The best time to visit these bridges is in the night when the view is gorgeous with lights.

    32. Swim in one of the most beautiful beaches in the world

    Da Nang is the city favored by the “Mother Nature” with beautiful beaches, poetic sceneries, blue sea and white sand stretches endlessly. My Khe Beach – one of the most charming beaches in the world by Forbes magazine – is nothing but the best place that you can spend your vacation at. Pham Van Dong Beach and Non Nuoc Beach are also the popular destinations.

     

    If you want to try something different, let’s go to the less popular beaches as Chuoi Beach, Van Village Beach, Nam O Beach, and But Beach. These beaches also have poetic sceneries but more pristine. You can freely go camping at the beach, enjoy the delicious fresh seafood from the locals like the whole beach is yours. Let’s have a good time in Da Nang. Even though, remind yourself to protect the environment. So when you come back to Da Nang, you can have a good time again.

    33. Admire the wonderful natural landscape

    Beautiful charming beaches are not the only thing that nature gave to Da Nang. Due to the complex geography of mountains, valleys, and beaches all in a place, you will feel like watching the whole world in a single sweeping view from Ba Na Mountain.

     

    In the midst of the valley, there are five rock mountains called the Ngu Hanh Mountains, which means the five basic elements of the universe. Here you can visit Tam Thai Temple and mysterious caves. And if you want to participate in more activities like Scuba diving, fishing, getting in the forest then Son Tra Peninsula is your destination.

    34. My Son Sanctuary, Hoi An Ancient Town and Hue the Imperial City

    My Son Sanctuary, Hoi An Ancient Town, and Hue Imperial City are three World Culture Heritages near Da Nang. You should follow a tour to these destinations to have complete experiences.

    Hue the Imperial city.

    These destinations are all belonged to the glorious past of Vietnamese feudalism, reflect the prosperity of Vietnam in both economic and cultural perspective. If you are who like history, these destinations are what you can’t miss.

    35. Go Shopping and have a good time in Da Nang 

    If you see the outdoor active activities are too much, you can try the less active but no less interesting games in the entertainment centers in Da Nang. The following are where you need to go:

    Sun World Da Nang Wonders

    Address: No. 1, Phan Dang Luu, Hoa Cuong Bac, Hai Chau, Da Nang

    Big C Da Nang 

    Big C is one of the very first and most popular supercenter brands in Vietnam. Big C Da Nang is considered the largest one of the chain of Big C hypermarket shopping centers. Big C Da Nang includes many stalls of fashion, food, local specialties, and especially the Entertainment Complex here comprises of CGV cinema, Karaoke, and playground.

    Address: 4th floor, Big C Supermarket, 255-257 Hung Vuong, Thanh Khe, Da Nang
    Open Hours: 08:00 – 22:00 

    Coop Mart Entertainment Center includes playground and food service

    Address: 2nd floor, Coop Mart supermarket, 478 Dien Bien Phu, Da Nang

    Lotte Mart Supermarket Da Nang 

    Lotte Mart is a famous brand in Korea. Visiting Lotte Mart Da Nang, you can go shopping for both domestic and imported products, especially Korean products. The Entertainment Center includes entertainment complex, food service

    Address: 5th floor, Lotte Mart supermarket, Lotte Mart building, September 2nd street, Hoa Cuong Bac Ward, Hai Chau District, Da Nang
    Open Hours: 08:00 – 22:00 

    Indochina Center

    Indochina Riverside Mall is the premier property development on the most advantageous site in Danang, the capital of Vietnam’s dynamic Central Coast, featuring the country’s most advanced urban infrastructure. The Entertainment Center at the Indochina Riverside Mall includes a variety of video games for both kids and adults. Especially, this center has a lot of wonderful souvenirs.

    Address: 3rd floor, Indochina Building, 74 Bach Dang, Hai Chau, Da Nang
    Open Hours: 9:00 – 21:30

    36. Buying Danang Souvenirs 

    Souvenir is an important component os every trip. n Danang, souvenirs are not only the manufactured small novelty gifts but also many beautiful things from nature, especially from the sea. So don’t forget to buy some souvenirs and let them keep the wonderful memories of your holidays. Here is the list of souvenir shops in Danang.

    Danang Souvenirs & Cafe

    Located in the very center of the city near Novotel Hotel, Danang Souvenirs & Cafe is the favorite places of many foreigners who love enjoying coffee and buying wonderful souvenirs.  

    The above are the 30 best things to do in Danang, Vietnam, which will give you unforgettable experiences when traveling to Danang. It is a wonderful city waiting for your exploration. Hoping that you will have a memorable trip to Danang- an amazing city in Vietnam!


     

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