10 amazing things to do in da nang vietnam

     

From the Marble Mountains to the Son Tra Peninsula, here is the ultimate danh sách of the best things to bởi in da Nang, Vietnam.

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Da Nang in Central Vietnam is one of those incredible backpacking destinations that is unfortunately skipped by so many travellers.

Many people find themselves being short on time, and rush through Vietnam only aiming for the main destinations lượt thích Ho bỏ ra Minh City and Ha Long Bay.

Such a shame, because lots of people just don’t realise that there are so many amazing things to do in domain authority Nang!

The common theme is lớn fly or catch the train into da Nang and head straight to the fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hoi An, only 30km away. People often use the thành phố simply as a transit stop, and they miss out on so much.

Even for those that know about what to lớn see in da Nang, this hip & thriving Vietnamese thành phố proves khổng lồ have a lot going for it. It definitely deserves catching some of your time.

The thành phố of da Nang is the third-largest in Vietnam and has had a tragic yet fascinating history.

If you are interested to lớn see more of Vietnam, make sure khổng lồ read our Vietnam Travel Guide!

From the 16th century, da Nang has steadily grown in kích cỡ and importance from being a small trading port to becoming a large shipbuilding site in the 19th century.

Eventually, domain authority Nang became the largest commercial port in the region. It was in da Nang that the French first landed lớn conquer the country.

It was also the first place that Europeans arrived in Vietnam when the Portuguese explorerAntónio de Faria anchored off the coast in 1535.

In 1965 the US military arrived và began building air và army bases around the area. The vicinity around domain authority Nang was heavily affected by the chemical Agent Orange.

The harsh chemical was primarily stored at the international airport in town by the United States, eventually seeping into the soil and water supply.

The Americans used domain authority Nang, & its gorgeous My Khe Beach (which they called “China Beach”), as a place for rest & recuperation for soldiers fighting elsewhere in the country.

These days its history is all but a distant memory for the youth & travellers who grow up và visit the city.

There is a booming restaurant & food scene developing and its proximity to lớn natural attractions lượt thích the hai Van Pass and the Marble Mountains make it a great place lớn get out & explore the outdoors.

If you are looking for the best things to vày in domain authority Nang, then look no further than this article!

Don’t miss our complete guide on thebest things to bởi in Vietnam!

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Epic views from the Marble Mountains – one of the best things to do in da Nang, Vietnam.

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The đứng đầu Things to vì in da NangDa Nang Travel GuideWhere khổng lồ Stay in domain authority NangHow lớn Get to domain authority Nang

The đứng đầu Things to do in domain authority Nang

You’ve found yourself in the city and are curious about what to bởi in domain authority Nang. Bởi you hit up the coast first, or wander the bustling streets?

Maybe you’re feeling hungry and want to try the famous Vietnamese cuisine!

Or if you are an adventurous person perhaps you long desire to lớn rent a motorbike & hit up the nhị Van Pass.

From the famous long Bridge lớn the scenery of the ba Na Hills, khổng lồ the soft sand of My Khe Beach, there are so many cool things lớn see và do.

The danh mục of things to vị in Danang just goes on & on, but let’s start with the five best activities in domain authority Nang.

The Marble Mountains

The Marble Mountains (Ngu khô nóng Son or “Five Elements Mountains) are a cluster of marble và limestone hills just 7km from the city, & one of the best things to bởi vì in da Nang!

The mountains are full of caves, tunnels and Buddhist shrines just waiting lớn be explored!

Ancient folklore says that a long emerged from the sea & laid an egg on the beach. 1000 days and nights passed & eventually, an exquisite lady was born.

The remains of the eggshells grew into the Marble Mountains that you can see today.

Over the centuries the Marble Mountains were used as a safe haven for soldiers & a place of worship for Buddhists. Today it is one of the most popular attractions in the city!

For years the hills were mined for their valuable stone, although that has been recently banned. You can see examples of intricate stonework in the roadside workshops surrounding the Marble Mountains.

If you are feeling energetic you can climb lớn the summit of one of the mountains, offering absolutely spectacular views over the entire area.

Don’t miss this da Nang must-see!

Marble Mountains Entrance Fee: 20,000 VND

If you’re interested in going on a guided tour of the Marble Mountains, then the company Get Your Guide offers great value, all-inclusive tours.


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The view from the đứng top of the Marble Mountains – A must vì for anyone wondering what to vì chưng in da Nang.

Take a Snorkelling Tour khổng lồ Cham Island

Not too far from the coast of da Nang is Cham Island, a place that not too many tourists get to, but well worth a visit.

This spectacular island is known for having some of the best snorkelling in Vietnam & is a perfect way to spend a day outside of the city.

There are a few different ways lớn get out there, but the best and most enjoyable way is khổng lồ join a tour.

This one from Get Your Guide includes pick up from your hotel, the boat cruise, snorkeling and underwater walking (a pretty unique experience) và a delicious seafood lunch.

Check Out the rồng Bridge

The long Bridge is one of the best-known da Nang attractions thanks to its quality design and interesting light show.

When the local government built it, they hired an artist khổng lồ make it stand out, và the kết thúc result was this fantastic dragon-themed design.

Dragon Bridge is 666m in length and is the longest bridge of its kind in all of Vietnam.

Make sure you time your visit khổng lồ Dragon Bridge khổng lồ be a weekend because at 9 pm every Saturday & Sunday they turn the lights on & the dragon breathes actual fire!

Son Tra Peninsula

The beautiful rainforest that juts out into the sea from the city of domain authority Nang is called the Son Tra Peninsula. At a kích cỡ of over 4000 hectares, this place is massive!

Rent a scooter or motorcycle khổng lồ ride along the newly-built road to lớn the kết thúc and check out the nature reserve, & stop off khổng lồ visit one of the most important religious sights in the area, quan tiền Am.

Keep an eye out for the red shanked duoc langars that live on the Son Tra Peninsula. They are quite beautiful if you catch a glimpse of one!

Son Tra is a perfect getaway from the city và perfect for those wondering what to bởi in da Nang.

There are plenty of untouched beaches along the peninsula & some excellent viewpoints, making this one of the most pristine beautiful places to lớn visit in da Nang.


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One of the viewpoints along the gorgeous Son Tra Peninsula.
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When you reach the over of the road on the Son Tra Peninsula you get khổng lồ a cool nature reserve. Be sure lớn go for a hike in a side of da Nang that few ever see.

Relax at My Khe Beach

The beaches here are truly lovely and a real solid reason khổng lồ visit domain authority Nang.

The long stretches of trắng sand are a perfect place to lớn chill out on a hot afternoon, and with so much space it’s easy to find a spot all to yourself.

My Khe is the longest beach in domain authority Nang, and arguably one of the vị trí cao nhất ones in the entire country.

Head down to My Khe Beach for sunrise lớn see locals making the most of the start of the day, or come back in the afternoon for some delicious seafood served up in the restaurants.

If you’re a surfer, this is a perfect spot khổng lồ come down to lớn catch some small swell.

Visit the Cham Museum

Vietnam has a fascinating indigenous history, và one of the best places to lớn experience this is the area around Hoi An and Da Nang.

The Cham people lived in this region nearly 1000 years ago, và built some of the most iconic structures in all of Vietnam, such as the UNESCO World Heriage Site: My Son ruins.

If you love your history and want to kiểm tra out another cool idea for what to bởi in da Nang, head to lớn the Cham Museum.

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This museum has the largest collection of Cham artifacts in the country, & the statues và carvings you’ll find here are mind-blowing.

If you have more of an interest in Cham history, definitely book yourself into a tour of My Son ruins UNESCO World Heritage Site from da Nang.

Address: Số 02 2 mon 9, Bình Hiên, Hải ChâuOpening hours: every day from 7 AM – 5 PMPrice: 60,000 VND

Hai Van Pass

Made famous in an episode of the TV show, top Gear, the hai Van Pass has now become a bucket list item for thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts (and amateurs) & adventurers looking for alternative things to vị in domain authority Nang.

This 21km mountain pass between domain authority Nang và Hue offers some of the most incredible ocean views in all of Vietnam.

A new highway tunnel that has been built to bypass the road ensures that traffic numbers now are low, although the ride can still be quite technical; especially if you are inexperienced or the weather turns bad.

Rent a scooter from town & leave early in the morning if you plan on being back in da Nang the same day.

There are also a number of tour companies that can help you ride the nhị Van Pass if you aren’t a confident motorbike rider.

Check out our guide on riding the nhị Van Pass.

You can book a full-on motorbike tour of the hai Van pass on Get Your Guide.


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The famous nhì Van Pass.
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Another side of the nhì Van Pass.

Explore the Markets and Do a Cooking Class

One of the best things to bởi vì when travelling around Vietnam is to lớn explore the thousands of markets you can find in every town.

They are an assault on the senses, & it feels as though you can find just about anything you could ever need in them.

Fruits, meats và vegetables are common of course, but so are electrical equipment, housing supplies, health supplements & everything else under the sun.

In da Nang the markets are truly amazing, but they can be overwhelming lớn wander through them if you’re not used to lớn the hustle & bustle of Southeast Asian markets.

A great domain authority Nang activity is lớn join a cooking class that includes a visit khổng lồ the markets.

On this tour you’ll be picked up from your accommodation và taken lớn the markets to lớn pick up the ingredients you’ll need to make some delicious Vietnamese cuisine.

Afterwards you head to lớn a real working farm so you can see how the locals tend lớn their fields, pick some more vegetables, and then it’s time khổng lồ head to lớn the kitchen!

You’ll be taught how lớn make a range of popular Vietnamese dishes, like pho, spring rolls and papaya salad. You can then take this new knowledge home with you khổng lồ make your own food (and wow your friends)!

It’s a great day out, và one of the top things to do in domain authority Nang, Vietnam.


Eat The Food

We didn’t know that da Nang had such a happening food scene until we stayed at the amazing Funtastic Hostel, which is sadly now closed.

Owned by Summer from Danang Cuisine, one of the most famous food blogs in the country, she really opened our eyes lớn the culinary delights around the city.

Naturally, being so close to lớn the ocean, fresh seafood is on many restaurants’ menus. There are plenty of awesome street food lớn try as well if you are on a budget. For our biggest and best recommendation go eat at Tam’s Pub & Surf Shop.

Make sure you have a few hours spare khổng lồ listen khổng lồ Tam’s fascinating stories of what life was lượt thích growing up during the war (and try her vegetarian burgers).

If you’re more of a street food type of person, then you’ll have no shortage of restaurants to eat at. Just cruise up & down the road và grab a chair at any of the busy spots!


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Lesh & Tam – domain authority Nang’s coolest resident, và maker of delicious vegetarian burgers!

Tam’s Pub & Surf Shop

Address: 38 An Thuong 5Opening hours: every day from 8 AM – 9 PM

(According to lớn Google in November 2022, Tam’s Pub & Surf shop is temporarily closed. There are no online updated as lớn when it will reopen, but kiểm tra it out when you’re in da Nang khổng lồ see what’s happening!)

Head lớn the tía Na Hills

You’ve probably seen a photo on Instagram of a long bridge high above a mountainous landscape, with huge concrete hands seemingly holding it up.

That spot is in the ba Na Hills, and you can go visit it yourself!

Besides walking across the bridge và getting your Insta pics, a real highlight in ba Na Hills is checking out the Linh Ung Pagoda & visiting a minority village.

If you don’t want lớn ride your own scooter up in cha Na Hills, you can book a tour that includes the cable car here.

Ba mãng cầu Hills is easily one of the coolest things lớn see near domain authority Nang.

Non Nuoc Beach

When people think of Vietnam, surfing is not something that immediately springs to mind. But still, it is possible to go surfing in Vietnam!

There is a growing surf community here who take advantage of the consistent & fun beach breaks along My Khe Beach (known more commonly among American soldiers as china Beach).

If surfing isn’t your scene you can always go for a swim or simply relax on the spotlessly clean sand.

No missing out on some chill-out timewhen you’re at the beach! Seriously – spending time at the beach is one of the best things to do in da Nang!

If you really feel lượt thích splurging out make sure you kiểm tra out all the incredible beachside resorts in da Nang(and use the code: AGODANMD10 to lớn get 10% off your khách sạn stay).


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Non Nuoc Beach stretches for 20 miles meaning it is easy to lớn find your own private area away from the crowds.

Da Nang Travel Guide

Now that you have your itinerary set for da Nang, we wanted to tóm tắt our danh sách of best places for a comfortable stay in domain authority Nang – no matter what your budget may be!

Where to Stay in da Nang

There are tonnes of great accommodation in da Nang, from 5-star beachside resorts to funky backpackers and cheap guesthouses.Really the only thing you are limited by is your budget!

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Best Backpacker Hostel In da Nang

Our favourite hostel in da Nang has now closed, but a new one has just opened up và is getting amazing đánh giá thanks khổng lồ its trendy, funky style.

Rom Casa Hostel da Nang is a shipping container hostel located between the beach & the Han River, giving it brilliant access khổng lồ just about everything you would need for your stay in the city.

They know all of the vị trí cao nhất things to bởi in da Nang, so you know you’re visit to the thành phố is going lớn be perfect.


Best Budget HotelIn da Nang

One of da Nang’s best-kept secrets in terms of budget places lớn stay is the domain authority Nang Beach 2 Hotel. We stumbled across this place the first time we rode into town & couldn’t believe our luck!

It’s only a few minutes stumble lớn the beach, the staff are amazing, the rooms are bright & clean & the wifi rocks.

There are also heaps of good bars & restaurants within walking distance as well. Highly recommended!


Best Mid-Range khách sạn In da Nang

If you want lớn stay somewhere that is a bit nicer, a bit more modern & has a bit more character, then make sure you head to lớn Sofia Boutique Hotel.

Located righton the beach và only a few kilometres from the đô thị centre, this hotel has room-service, daily housekeeping, safes in the rooms, TVs và just about everything else you could need khổng lồ kick back và relax in the city, without breaking the bank!


Best Luxury khách sạn In da Nang – A Lot Per Night

Da Nang just happens lớn have one of the best luxury hotels in all of Southeast Asia – The Intercontinental domain authority Nang Sun Peninsula Resort.

Now we’ll be honest – this is the kind of place you look at if you are going on a honeymoon, money isn’t an option or you just want khổng lồ splash out on somewhere that will blow your mind.

Our friends got married there so we got lucky & had a chance to kiểm tra out the property. All we say is: WOW!


How lớn Get to da Nang

There are a whole bunch of different ways to get to domain authority Nang city. The easiest, và most efficient, is to fly in.

Da Nang thành phố has an international airport that services a whole bunch of different countries, & has excellent connections with Hanoi và Ho chi Minh City.

If you want to travel by land da Nang is well connected with all of Vietnam via its coastal train system và bus network. You can also kiểm tra out the options on Bookaway.

If you find somewhere else that is worth staying at in da Nang make sure you leave a bình luận below & let us know so we can check it out next time we’re in town! We hope you found tonnes of great information in this post on what to vì chưng in domain authority Nang! All the best và happy travels.

For those looking for comfortable airport transfers from the airport lớn Hoi An, you can book it on Get Your Guidefor cheap.

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