Da Nang is a beautiful city that has it all – from mountains to forests and beaches, and ancient temples to new amusement park destinations. Not only that, but Da Nang is one of the most affordable vacation destinations in the world! This city has great prices on hotels, food and attractions. No wonder it’s gained so much popularity recently, it’s truly the perfect city for a unique and memorable trip.
So, what are the best things you can do in Da Nang this year?
This article will help you plan your trip and ensure you see the top 10 most exciting things to do in Da Nang in 2020.
Top 10 Amazing Things To Do in Da Nang 2020
1. Spend A Day Exploring Ba Na Hills
Ba Na Hills is 35 km to the Southwest of Da Nang city. It is 1,487 meters above sea level. Ba Na Hills is considered a pearl of Da Nang city thanks to the cooling weather and wild scenery. Here, you can feel four seasons in just one day and experience the longest cable route in the world.
Ba Na Hills will scratch a few items off your bucket list at once, such as:
- The Le Jardin D’Amour flower garden (designed in European style)
- Debay Wine Cellar (built in 1923 to store various kinds of wine and alcohol)
- Fantasy Park (over 21,000 square meters and draws international tourists)
- The French Village (newly built construction in Ba Na Hills with many splendid castles)
For Buddhists, worshiping at Linh Ung Pagoda is a must. This pagoda has a 27-meter statue of Buddha, Loc Uyen garden – where the Buddha indoctrinated for the first time, and a large campus for tourists to wander and enjoy the fresh air.
- Adults: VND 700,000/person
- Children from 1 to 1.3 meters: VND 600,000/person
- Children under 1 meter: Free
2. Walk Across the Golden Bridge
‘The Guardian’ puts the Golden Bridge in Da Nang in first place on its most incredible walking bridges of the world list. The bridge itself is lifted by a pair of giant hands on Ba Na Hills, giving it the nickname ‘The Hands of God’. This bridge is 150 meters long and 1,400 meters above the sea level. Standing on this bridge, tourists can admire the lush mountainous sceneries on both sides, enjoy the fresh atmosphere, and capture the most beautiful Instagram photos.
3. Watch a Light, Fire, and Water Display At Dragon Bridge
Dragon Bridge is the longest bridge in Vietnam, crossing the Han River. This 666-meter bridge was officially opened to traffic in 2013 to celebrate Da Nang’s 38th anniversary of liberation. It was constructed in the shape of a leaping dragon, complete with a head on each end. In Vietnamese culture, the dragon is the symbol of liberty, power, good fortune, and nobility.
This bridge is famous for its light, fire, and water show on weekends and national holidays. During these times the dragon breathes fire and spits water from its mouth. The colorful LED lights installed on the bridge creates a sparkling and visionary view in the evening. To have the best experience in Da Nang, you can sit in a riverfront bar, café shop, or restaurant and sightsee the fantastic setting while enjoying delicious local specialties.
4. Visit Hoi An Ancient Town
During your trip to Da Nang, you absolutely should spend a day visiting Hoi An Ancient Town. You can get there in 40 minutes and a private driver costs around $10.
Hoi An was built in the 16th century and remains unchanged until now. It was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999, and since then it has attracted millions of tourists from all over the world to marvel at its ancient beauty. Hoi An Ancient Town is home to many cultural tourist attractions such as the Japanese Covered Bridge, colorful old style houses, antique assembly halls, and ancient temples, which were built in the mixing of Asian and French architectural styles. If you love history, architecture and culture, you cannot miss Hoi An.
Most tourists visit Hoi An in the evening when they can see the floating flower garlands and colored lanterns dancing along the river. You can purchase your own paper lantern for around $1, make a wish, and float it along for good fortune. Every day in Hoi An you can rent a small boat to take you up and down the river, or a cyclo passenger bike to tour you through the ancient streets.
Here is a complete guide on what to do in Hoi An, complete with local’s secrets!
5. Take A Day Trip To Son Tra Peninsula
Son Tra Peninsula is considered the pearl of Da Nang City with a diverse system of flora and fauna. It is here where the mountains come together with the sea and tourists can see the 1000-year-old banyan tree, Ban Co peak, Linh Ung Pagoda, Tien Sa Beach, and so on. The Son Tra Peninsular is nearly 30 square kilometers of natural forests with hundreds of kinds of rare plants and animals. If you are lucky enough, you can see the Red-Shanked Douc Languor. However, to see this kind of animal, remember to bring binoculars. From Son Tra Mountain’s peak, you will have an overall view of Da Nang City, Marble Mountains, and Ba Na Hills. If you love nature and sweeping vistas, make sure to add this to your Da Nang itinerary.
6. Play at My Khe Beach
Forbes voted My Khe beach in Da Nang, Vietnam to be one of the six most beautiful beaches in the world. It checks all the boxes, such as easy transportation, free entry to every tourist, long stretches of sandy beach, moderate waves for sports activities, security for visitors, luxurious resorts, beautiful villa rentals, and so on.
My Khe beach is by far the most popular beach in the area. Thanks to the warm water, tourists can swim and play on this beach all year round. In recent years, the beaches’ popularity has brought new water sport facilities, restaurants and boat rentals, giving tourists dozens of options for things to do.
7. Visit Cham Museum
Visitors will be surprised by the unique Gothic architecture with arched roof and extensive glass window system, which allow the sun to shine every corner of the Cham Museum. Opened in 1919, the original architecture has been kept as authentic as possible, although it needed to be expanded in 1936 and 2002.
Currently, Cham Museum is one of the most attractive tourist spots in Da Nang and stores up to 2,000 artifacts. These include 500 different art exhibits from various areas such as Quang Tri province, Binh Dinh province, Quang Nam province, and so on. There is also a 2-floor house beside the museum, in which many antiquities and pictures of Cham architecture and Southeast Asian nations’ culture are stored.
- Adults: VND 60,000/person
- Students (with cards): VND 10,000/person
- Under 18-year-old children: Free
8. Tour Hai Van Pass
Hai Van Pass, whose English name is Sea Clouds pass, is 21 kilometers long and nearly 500 meters above the sea level. It is situated in the National Route 1A and considered a favorite motorcycling hub in Vietnam. If you have a chance to go through this windy road, remember to ask the driver for a stop to have a glimpse of Vietnam’s beauty. You will be surprised by the magnificent landscapes in the surrounding area.
9. Relax at Non Nuoc Beach
Non Nuoc Beach belongs to Ngu Hanh Son district, in Da Nang city. This 5-kilometer beach is like a green arc of the foot on Ngu Hanh Son Mountain with pink sand, and beautiful crystalline water. Thanks to the moderate waves, Non Nuoc Beach is an ideal place to take a rest, swim, and do many water sports activities.
10. Do a Da Nang City Food Tour
Da Nang is a foodie haven! You should not miss the following local delicacies:
- Sliced pork rolled with rice paper (Bánh Tráng Cuốn Thịt Heo): This dish is quite similar to fresh noodle rolls of Hanoi. The main ingredients are belly pork, fresh herbs, and vegetables such as green banana, lettuce, coriander, green mango, pineapple, and dipping sauces. Wrap all ingredients in the rice paper sheet, drip the roll in the dipping sauce, and then enjoy.
- Quang noodle (Mỳ Quảng): Quang noodle is the combination of rice noodle and broth cooked from shrimp, chicken, fish, pork bone, and crab. It is eaten together with lime, rice cracker, and chilies.
- Vietnamese pancake (Bánh Xèo): This is one of the most popular foods of Da Nang. “Bánh Xèo” is made from rice flour, turmeric powder, water, fatty pork, shrimp, bean sprouts, and green onion. Wrap a piece of Vietnamese pancake in the rice paper sheet with fresh vegetables and herbs, and then dip it in the sweet and sour dipping sauce. Any food lover will be impressed by its mouth-watering flavor.
- Seafood: Da Nang is a coastal city; it means that seafood is one of the main dishes to enjoy here. You can order crab in a tangy brown sauce, grilled mussels with peanuts, baby squids fried in fish sauce, grilling spicy prawns, steamed clams, and so on.
We hope you make a great itinerary with the top things to do in Da Nang. There are many new-developed attractions for tourists to enjoy, and more direct flights are being added all the time. Da Nang is promised to satisfy every tourist, from cultural explorers to landscape photographers, adventurers, and foodies. If you have been to this city and have any information to share with us, leave a comment below.
Enjoy your trip to Da Nang!
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About The Author
This article was written by Emily Pham, editor to the popular Vietnam travel site Vina.com
Created by a team of local experts on Vietnamese food and travel, Vina is the ultimate insiders’ guide to one of the friendliest and most cultural-rich countries of the world – Vietnam.
Friday 18th of September 2020
I was in Da Nang the summer of 1965 with the US Marine Corps during the war. Seeing these pictures is amazing. This now modern city is a compliment to the Vietnamese people and their vision of growth and prosperity. I have a number of pictures which I took in 1965. There’s a world of difference!