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Best 30 things to do in Da Nang, Vietnam 2018: 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. That’s the reason why there are countless interesting things to do in Da Nang

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. In order 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 30 best things to do in Da Nang, Vietnam with us!

I. EXPLORING SON TRA PENINSULA – MOST MEANINGFUL THINGS TO DO IN DA NANG

Da Nang is famous for its gorgeous beaches as well as beatutiful islandsa and pennisula. Among them, the most famous one is Son Tra Peninsula. So, on the top of the list “30 best things to do in Da Nang” is exploring the beauty of Son Tra Peninsula.

1. Son Tra Mountain (Monkey Island)

Located about 10km 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.

  • Location: Son Tra Peninsula, Son Tra District
  • Opening hours: All day

    Source: baogiaothong.vn

2. Visiting 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 to a 30 storey 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 emotion 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

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

Source: lendang.vn

3. Viewing the city from 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 scene from the height of 700m and see the whole blue sea. You can get there by taxi or you can even rent a motorbike. like 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.

  • Location: Son Tra Peninsula, Son Tra District,  Danang
  • Opening hours: All day

    Source: vntrip.vn

4. Visiting 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: 6AM – 5PM

    Source: dulichvietnam.com.vn

II. RELAX IN BEAUTIFUL 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. Only by visiting My Khe Beach, you can check many boxes on the list of best things to do in Da Nang

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

    Source: tienphong.vn

6. Non Nuoc Beach

This is another beach in Danang which is located in Ngu Hanh Son district, about 10km 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: 9AM – 5PM

    Source: tourismdanang.vn

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 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: 9AM – 5PMSource: yeudanang.biz

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 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: 9AM – 5PM

    Source: guu.vn

III. ADMIRING BEAUTIFUL BRIDGES IN DANANG, VIETNAM

The next must-try things to do in Da Nang is admiring the beautiful bridges. Considered as the city of bridges, Danang has a lot of bridge 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 the length of 37.5m. What is more, on weekend nights, there is water and fire spaying shows held on the bridge, which will give you memorable experience when traveling to Danang.

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

    Source: tuannguyentravel.com

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

Located in the west of 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 boat can pass the river.

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

    Source: linkedin.com

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: 6PM – 10PM

    Source: danangfantasticity.com

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’s 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: 5PM – 5:30PM

    Source: wikipedia.com

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 for the purpose of 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: 5PM – 5:30PM

    Source: thienhoangjsc.com.vn

14. Love lock bridge – An ideal place for couples

The highlight of the Love lock 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: 6PM – 9PM

    Source: youtube.com

IV. HAVE FUN IN AMUSEMENT PARKS IN DANANG,VIETNAM

As a famous attraction in Vietnam, Danang has a lot of amusement park for tourists to relax and have fun in this beautiful city. Here are 3 most popular and famous park 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: 3PM – 10PM Monday to Friday; 9AM – 10PM Saturday and Sunday
  • Price: VND 300,000 per adult; VND130,000 per child
Source: vietnamtourism.com

16. Visiting Ba Na Hills Fantasy Park – Top things to do for outdoor activity lovers

Lies in 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 an exciting experience with family and friends.

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

    Source: tripadvisor.com

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: 8AM – 10PM
  • Price: VND 100,000 – VND 200,000

    Source: finklewilliams.com

V. VISIT TRADITIONAL VILLAGES IN DANANG, VIETNAM

18. Non Nuoc Stone Village – Top things to do for art lovers

This is the place where many products are sculpted by stone is very artistic and unique. This is an attractive destination that visitors often visit when traveling tp the coastal city Danang. This 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: 7AM – 5PM
  • Best time to visit: 9AM – 2PM

    Source: vn.danangtraveling.com

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 was once popular and beloved in the Nguyen Dynasty.

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

    Source: datviettour.com.vn

20. Nam O fish sauce village – Tops things to do to discover the local life styles

This 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 aquaria.

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

    Source: linkedin.com

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

    Source: danangfantasticity.com

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

VI. OTHER THINGS TO DO IN DA NANG, VIETNAM

23. Visiting Hai Van Pass – Top things to do in Da Nang for sightseeing lovers

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 immense nature scene, majestic and panoramic Danang city below.

Best time to visit: 9AM – 6PM

Source: quydisan.org.vn

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
  • 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
  • Price: VND 650,000 per adult; VND 550,000 per child

    Source: indochinacharmtours.com

26. Relaxing 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 300,000 per adult; VND 150,000 per child

27. Visiting Museum of Cham Sculpture – Top things to do for cluture lovers

Museum of Cham Sculpture (also known as Cham Museum) lies on 2/9 Hai Chau District, Danang city. Visitors coming to Danang will absolutely enjoy 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 60,00 per adult

28. Discovering Danang Cathedral

Located in Tran Phu Street, Danang Cathedral, or Rooster Church, is the main cathedral in Danang. This cathedral is called as “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. Exploring 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 snack 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. Going trekking to Gieng Troi – Top things to do for adventurers

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 is still remaining the perfect 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

The above are 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. Hope you will have a memorable trip to Danang- an amazing city in Vietnam!


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