What Kind of Activities We Can Expect in Da Nang?
Da Nang is one of the biggest cities in Vietnam and it is worth more than just one day to stay and explore all the highlights of the city. Read along to find out more about the best things to do in Da Nang that will be helpful for you when planning your trip.
Sunbath in My Khe Beach
My Khe Beach is a breathtaking beach that is about 20 miles along Da Nang’s East Coast. It’s extremely clean so you can just lie down to sunbathe on the beautiful golden sands to get yourself perfect tanned skin. The view is immaculate while the atmosphere is super fresh and pure, the water is cool and it’s not that crowded, so feel free to enjoy a chilling wonderful day at My Khe Beach. If you feel bored of sunbathing, you can always immerse yourself in cool pure blue water or play some water sports.
Sunbath in My Khe Beach
Visit the Golden Bridge – Ba Na Hills
Located 25km from the center of Da Nang, Ba Na Hills is always on top of the destinations you must visit here thanks to its speechless and special European-inspired architecture. The view is so incredible that you don’t even have to pick a spot. Standing anywhere in Ba Na Hills will make you look like you live in a magical land in a fairytale.
That’s why it has always been one of the hottest check-in spots in Vietnam. In addition, the highlight of Ba Na Hills is the iconic Golden Bridge. The 1414 meters high above sea level and about 150 meters long Golden Bridge looks like a mysterious way to heaven. The unique design in the shape of a hand bridge’s main purpose is to be a stop from the cable car station to the dreamy garden.
The Golden Bridge in Ba Na Hills
Enjoy sunset/sunrise in Hai Van Pass
Hai Van Pass is a terrific destination that is unskippable when you visit Da Nang. The 20-kilometer-long, connecting Hue and Da Nang Pass is situated along the coastline of Vietnam. Specifically, the top of Hai Van Pass is 500 meters above sea level, located on a mountain branch that belongs to Bach Ma Range, and is surrounded by fluffy clouds and colorful and magical scenery.
Even though it’s stunning at any time during the day, people still prefer to go there the most to watch the sunset and sunrise because the scenery is unbelievably dreamy and romantic. Everything combines so well together, from a majestic view of the mountain, the soft curve of the pass, to the golden brown sunshine gradually disappearing behind the mountain, or the rising of glowing bright light between a fresh background.
Enjoy sunrise in Hai Van Pass
Climb Marble Mountains
For visitors who love outdoor activities and adventure, climbing the Marble Mountains will be one of the fun things to do in Da Nang. Da Nang is blessed to have this natural masterpiece, it will be a pity if you don’t check it out. The Marble Mountains are 8 km away from the center of Da Nang. They are actually 5 separate hills that are made up of a mixture between limestone and smooth marble. It’s also a valuable spiritual destination because you will be able to visit ancient temples and pagodas.
Climb to Marble Mountains
Go Shopping in the Local Markets
Shopping has always been one of the best things to do in Da Nang. In order to find more unique products at an affordable price, don’t go to shopping centers. Instead, try visiting Da Nang’s local markets. Specifically, the most famous market in Da Nang that we would suggest you visit is Con Market. It has over 2,000 stalls that sell a wide range of goods starting from household appliances, and fashion items, to local handicrafts, street food, etc.
For more than 2,000 stalls, it’s more than enough for you to look for something you want to buy for yourself and as gifts for your beloved family and friends. It’s also located in the golden area which is Hai Chau District, right in the center of Da Nang, which makes it easier for you to transfer to other destinations to visit. Moreover, when you get tired of shopping, explore the food heaven in this market because you can find so many tasty dishes that will make your stomach full and happy.
Visit local markets for shopping
Travel to My Son Sanctuary
My Son is recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It was established based on a collection of ruins that would be the foundation of the Champa Kingdom. You will see the masterpiece architecture that already lasted for 8 centuries and the outstanding and delicate cravings. It’s honestly a good way to discover more about ancient culture.
The cultural My Son sanctuary
Da Nang is popular for its stunning beaches, where you can spend all day there without getting bored. Even if you are not interested in sunbathing or swimming, and you are into water sports more, we would suggest you try surfing. It’s one of the really fun things to do in Da Nang. According to research, Da Nang’s Beaches are ideal for both starters and advanced surfers.
Even though the perfect surfing season is from November to March, you can still surf anytime you want during the year. If you want to rent a surfboard, it’s better to go to My Khe Beach because some shops offer surfboards to rent. In addition, My Khe Beach is gorgeous.
Enjoy surfing on Da Nang beaches
Discover Son Tra Penisula
Son Tra Penisula is only 10 km away from the city center and there is plenty of transportation that you can use to get there such as going by car, taxi, or by motorbike for sightseeing purposes. It’s always been tourists’ pick of destinations to visit. Lots of famous attractions like Linh Ung Pagoda, Ban Co Peak, etc. are situated on Son Tra Penisula so it’s definitely an undeniably charming and fun spot to pay a visit.
On the other hand, another impressive characteristic that attracts a large number of visitors is that Son Tra Penisula not only owns a primeval forest with a pure atmosphere but is also the only place in Vietnam that has the forest and marine ecosystem associated with each other. Son Tra Penisula has a totally worth visiting view, adding together with a cool pleasant climate that is suitable for so many different activities.
Son Tra Penisula from the above view
Spiritual destinations have an unexplainable charisma in people who believe in religion, but it doesn’t mean that you should not visit those attractions if you are not a fan of spiritual energy. You can always go there to admire the sophisticated, elegant, and cultural architecture. In addition, you can also broaden your knowledge by learning more about ancient culture and history.
In Da Nang, if you mention pagodas, and temples, several names will be automatically popped into your head such as Linh Ung Pagoda, Phap Lam Pagoda, Cao Dai Temple, etc.
The famous religious Linh Ung pagoda
Learn History in the Fifth Military Division Museum of Da Nang
Going to the Fifth Military Division Museum of Da Nang, you will have a closer look at the aggressive and brutal ruins that had been caused during the Vietnam War. It is a giant museum that is divided into 4 major sections that show the signature evidence of the Vietnam War. Furthermore, you will be explained what exactly happened that caused that trauma.
The museums have a variety of rare displays that have a high value in history such as letters and photographs that were written and taken by the soldiers during the Vietnam Wars. Every little thing can tell you a story of a bloody war. Learning more about History is never a bad idea.
Historical Fifth Military Division Museum
Go on a road trip by motorbike
To enjoy sightseeing the most, one of the fun things to do in Hue is going on a road trip on a motorbike. In this way, you can control everything as you want. You can stop anytime you want to breathe some fresh air or to take a photo of Da Nang’s marvelous view.
There are so many beautiful sceneries that you can catch when you go by motorbike. One outstanding destination that we think is a perfectly suitable route for a road trip is Hai Van Pass. It’s fun to drive and memorable to watch the sunset and sunrise in Hai Van Pass.
Motorbike trip is always memorable
Try distinctive local food
Experiencing local food during vacation is not only one of the best things to do in Da Nang but it’s also an effective way to know more about Da Nang’s culture and cuisine. However, some kinds of food sound pretty weird and might creep people out.
For example, people feel hesitant a lot when they are suggested to eat Balut (fetus duck boiled egg). But the fact is even if you don’t eat it, the fetus still couldn’t be born. Once visitors tried it, they were actually really surprised by the special amazing taste. In addition, it seems small but it provides lots of energy for you during the day.
Besides, you should also have a taste of dishes made from snails. In Da Nang, it’s a waste if you don’t try snail dishes, there are a lot of ways to cook from one ingredient that will make you feel impressed by the juiciness and flavor that will stick in your mouth. Also, it’s quite easy to try these weird local foods. You can find it in a restaurant, on a street, or in different markets.
Local food can taste better than you think
Enjoy the Dragon Bridge Show
Dragon Bridge can be identified as the main iconic symbol of Da Nang. Fun fact, Dragon Bridge is the longest bridge in the whole country with a total of 666 meters long and it was designed in the shape of a powerful dragon that represents luck. It’s a hard-to-miss spot in Da Nang since it’s too impressive and it’s located right in the center of Da Nang. You are lucky if you are in Da Nang on Saturday and Sunday.
We highly recommend you walk along the waterfront at around 21:00 on Saturday and Sunday. During this exact time, there will always be a Dragon Bridge Lighting Show. It’s a special highlight that you should not miss. Everyone who comes to Da Nang should at least have this experience at least once. In the end, you will even witness the dragon shooting fire from its mouth. That looks really cool.
Spectacular Dragon Bridge Show
Snorkeling on Cham Island
It’s always been a great idea to leave the crowded center for a little bit more chill time. It’s only like an hour away from the city center so you can totally come to visit Cham Island and be back in Da Nang’s center on the same day.
Cham Island has a fairy beauty charm that is covered with beautiful coral reefs and different colorful fishes swimming around in pure clear blue water. Snorkeling is a popular activity that many people choose to take part in because it’s an extremely fun experience.
You don’t even need to worry about snorkeling if you don’t know how to swim. Before you actually go in the water, there will be perfectly clear guidance on how to use the tools, safety instructions, and other crucial information, so you are in good hands.
Safely snorkeling at Cham Island
Party at Sky 36
Nightlife in Da Nang is a significant and unreplaceable part of discovering this city. In fact, it has lots of upbeat, trendy, and bustling places to party that you can come to visit. Among those places, Sky 36 is a hot spot that always remains to be in the top picks and on the must-try list.
Sky 36 is located on top of the famous Novotel Premier Da Nang Han River which means that it gives the best splendid overlooking view of Da Nang City at night. Moreover, it’s also Vietnam’s highest sky bar. It follows a luxurious, fancy, and glamorous style that provides top-notch service with a professional staff team. Furthermore, the music is so trendy and hyper, be ready to dance and have your best time in Sky 36.
Sky 36 at night
To know more interesting activities that you should do in Da Nang, read the below detailed articles to plan the best itinerary when visiting this city.