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A beautiful coastal city in Central Vietnam, Da Nang is the 3rd largest city in Vietnam that is renowned as one of the most livable cities in the country. The city faces the Vietnam East Sea and backs up to the Marble Mountains. Its geographic and natural advantages endow Da Nang with some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, comfortable weather, lush mountains, excellent vistas, slow-paced life, and delicious seafood. As a hot, fast-developing tourist city, Da Nang owns a large number of luxury hotels, villas and beach resorts, high-end restaurants, and incredible bars to ensure all travelers an enjoyable and comfortable holiday. Plus, the modern Da Nang is also culturally influenced by Cham, Da Viet, and the French Colonial, leaving the city with rich cultural heritages and experiences.

Read on for an insider travel guide to Da Nang, with all the important information you need to know.  

Da Nang Golden Bridge
Da Nang Golden Bridge

Top Things to Do in Da Nang

Relax on the Beaches in Da Nang

Beautiful white sandy beaches, quiet turquoise water, enjoyable water activities, luxury hotels and resorts, there’s a reason Da Nang is a top popular beach destination in Vietnam and even the world. It boasts some of the best beaches in Vietnam, among which, My Khe Beach is the most popular one that is just about 6.4km (4 miles) southeast of Da Nang city center. It is always ready to refresh all travelers with clear skies, palm trees, powdery white sand, and challenging water activities. In addition, the plenty of hotels and resorts of different styles around My Khe Beach will also help to guarantee you a relaxing and enjoyable stay.

Sandy Beaches in Da Nang
Sandy Beaches in Da Nang

Climb Marble Mountains

About 8km away from Da Nang city center, the Marble Mountains is a landmark of Da Nang, consisting of five limestone mountains. As home to plenty of charming temples, pagodas, little caves with religious statues and grottoes, and a Buddha worship site, the Marble Mountains will offer you a trip rich in historical treasures, natural wonders, and spiritual context. After climbing hundreds of steps or taking an elevator, the mountain top will offer you the best vista views of Da Nang City. So never miss it, especially for those photography enthusiasts and nature lovers.

Some of the can’t-miss attractions in Marble Mountains include Linh Ung Pagoda, Huyen Khong Cave, Am Phu Cave, and Tam Thai Pagoda.

The Marble Mountains in Da Nang
The Marble Mountains

Travel to Son Tra Peninsula (aka Monkey Mountain)

Son Tra Peninsula, aka Monkey Mountain, is located in the northeast part of Da Nang City, about 10km from the urban area. It is a can’t-miss for travelers who want to witness some of Da Nang’s most beautiful unspoiled beaches, thousands of endemic plants and race species, primal jungles, fantastic landscapes, and try many thrilling water activities. Since the roads up to the mountain are in good condition, it is highly recommended to ride a motorbike or scooter to adventure through the beaches and jungles. The top of the mountain will offer you an awe-inspiring bird’s view of the city.

Beyond the attractive pristine beaches and scenery, another highlight of Son Tra is the Linh Ung Pagoda, which is home to the tallest Lady Buddha Statue in Vietnam, and several traditional Vietnamese temples. What a bonus for people of religion!

If you’re interested in local fishing culture, then head to the Man Thai Fishing Village to look into the locals’ traditional fishing way and fishing life.

Discovery Treasure of the Champa Kingdom at Cham Museum

As the largest exhibition of Champa cultural artifacts in Vietnam, Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture is also among the can’t-miss attractions in the city. A visit to the Cham Museum will give you a look into the history and art of the Champa Kingdom, which once ruled Central Vietnam from the 2nd century AD to 1832. Housed in the museum are about 2,000 sculptural and art relics of the Champa Kingdom. There are also a collection of pictures and documents available for your more in-depth understanding of Cham culture.

Stone carving in the Cham Museum in Da Nang
Stone carving in the Cham Museum

Watch the Show at Dragon Bridge

Spanning about 666 meters over the poetic Han River, Dragon Bridge is the longest as well as the most famous bridge in Vietnam. It is named so because the bridge is built in the shape of a dragon. As an important traffic junction connecting Da Nang International Airport with other main streets in the city, the bridge is bustling and full of cars and motorbikes in the daytime. And when night falls, it will shine brightly under hundreds of LED lights. What’s most eye-catching about the bridge is the show every weekend and on festival days, during which time the dragon mouth will spray water and blow fire.

Da Nang Dragon Bridge
Da Nang Dragon Bridge

Have a Fun Day at Ba Na Hills

Rising about 1,487 meters above sea level, Ba Na Hill is the ideal place for people who want to enjoy cool weather, sightsee, take amazing photos, and admire spectacular mountain vistas. The stunning views with world-recorded cable car, French village, medieval-styled buildings, colorful landscaped gardens, and luxury hotels and restaurants make it one of the best mountains in Da Nang.

Ba Na Hill in Da Nang
Ba Na Hill in Da Nang

The mountain is best reached by the 5801-meter-long cableway which is voted as one of the 10 most remarkable cable cars in the world. It will be a lifetime experience to hop into the world’s longest cable car and look over the panoramic views of Da Nang City, Son Tra Peninsula, My Khe Beach, etc. en route to the Flower Gardens or French Village.

As the symbol of Ba Na Mountain, the Golden Bridge is a highlight here. With a golden yellow hue and opening space in the background, it offers great photo opportunities.

Da Nang Weather: Best Time to Visit

Generally, the temperature in Da Nang is mild most of the year. It enjoys a tropical monsoon climate which can be divided into two seasons: the dry season from December to August, and the rainy season from September to November. In general, January to July, especially from February to May, is the best time to visit Da Nang when the temperature hovers around 23-28℃, and the city experiences minimal rainfall, visitors can enjoy stunning beaches and outdoors.

June to August is the peak season in Da Nang when many traditional festivals take place in this period. December to January is also a good time when the city sees the end of the rainy season and the temperature is also comfortable. September to November is the time when Da Nang undergoes frequent heavy rains, not a good time for climbing and swimming.

Da Nang Transportation: How to Get to and Get around

How to Get to Da Nang?

Popular options to get to Da Nang include air, train, and bus.

. Get to Da Nang by Plane

As an important gateway in Central Vietnam, Da Nang International Airport served daily flights from/to major cities in Vietnam, including Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Dalat, and Haiphong. The international flights include those from Bangkok, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Beijing, Shanghai, Seoul, Macau, Tokyo, Siem Reap, and Hong Kong.

It is convenient to get to Da Nang city center from the airport because it is only 3km away. You’ll need to take a taxi or motorbike taxi to the city center or main attractions as there is no public transportation from the airport. The taxi may cost about 10 USD, you’ll need to negotiate the fee for most drivers will not use the counters. Or you can choose to order through the Grab APP.

. Get to Da Nang by Train

Da Nang offers rail lines connecting to major cities in Vietnam. There are taxis and motorbike taxis available at the exit of the railway station. Don’t forget to bargain, usually a short trip costs about 1.5 USD, and about 2.5 USD to get to the farthest hotels in the city.

. Get to Da Nang by Bus or Coach

Travelers can get to Da Nang by bus from over 30 cities or regions in different directions of Vietnam. There is also a daily bus connecting to Laos, costing about 17.5 USD.

How to Get around Da Nang?

The public transportation in Da Nang is not as developed as in other modern cities like Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. The most-used transportation in Da Nang are taxi, motorbike taxi, and rented motorbike. Usually, the cost of motorbike rental is about 5-20 USD per day, depending on the motorbike’s condition. The cost for a taxi or motorbike taxi ride varies according to the distance. Since most drivers will not use the meters, you’d better negotiate the price or order through apps like Grab (order motorbike taxi or private car), Taxi Mai Linh (a popular taxi company), and Gojek (order motorbike taxi).

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