Halfway between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh, you’ll find the coastal city of Da Nang. The city is well known for its sandy beaches, coffee culture and beautiful landscape. Originally a French colonial port, you’ll see French remnants in the architecture throughout the city.
Some travellers decide to skip Da Nang due to its close proximity to Hoi An but the central city has much to offer and deserves your time. Take a stroll along the riverfront and hop from bar to bar in the bustling hotspot. With hotels, apartments, hostels and restaurants spread around Da Nang, you’ll find plenty of accommodation options. The city has a thriving nightlife and several beaches perfect for relaxing.
How to get to Da Nang
Da Nang is well serviced by several transport companies. Da Nang International airport sees regular daily flights and is connected to Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Nha Trang and Da Lat. Whether you’re flying from within Vietnam or heading to Da Nang as your first stop in the southeast Asian country, always double check your visa requirements. Alternatively, the city can be easily reached by bus, train or taxi.
Visa’s are vital for travelling and a visa mishap can ruin your entire trip. Don’t take the risk and let Evisa-Vietnam.com arrange everything for you. Firstly, decide between an E-Visa or Visa on arrival depending on your requirements. Their instructions are easy to follow and fees clearly labelled so you don’t have to worry about a visa problem affecting your travel plans.
Located around 9km from Da Nang is a collection of five limestone mountains that form the Marble Mountains. Within the Hoa Hai district, visitors can climb the steps to the top of the mountain for exceptional views. A very recommended experience for any first timers to Da Nang. The area surrounding the mountains is filled with a number of Buddhist sanctuaries and pagodas.
My Khe Beach
There are a few different options when it comes to beaches in Da Nang but My Khe Beach is fantastic. The 20-mile stretch of beach can be found about 6km from the city. The beach is extremely popular for sunbathing and water sports including snorkelling and jet-skiing. My Khe Beach is home to a number of high-end hotels and restaurants serving up fresh seafood on the beachfront.
Hai Van Pass
Standing at 500m above sea level, the Hai Van Pass is the highest pass in Vietnam. With BBC’s Top Gear making the journey particularly well known, many travellers head to the Hai Van Pass to take in the spectacular views. Located roughly 30km from Da Nang, it can be easily reached by motorbike or taxi. Be very careful on the winding roads as accidents do happen. An alternative option is to book an Easy Rider tour where a professional will take care of the driving while you sit on the back and soak up the landscape.
Da Nang is not short of spectacular bridges but its Dragon Bridge is the most popular. The longest bridge in Vietnam measuring at 666 metres long, Dragon Bridge crosses the Han River. The majestic golden bridge is shaped like a dragon and spits out fire and water in the evening. Definitely a perfect photo opportunity for visitors.
Da Nang Cathedral
Built in 1923 by the French, the Da Nang Cathedral is a unique piece of architecture and is unlike others in Vietnam. Serving the local Catholic community, the church is painted pink with stained-glass windows and a bell tower. Head to the top of the highest tower for a fantastic view of the city, admission is free.
Asia Park is one of the biggest and most modern amusement parks in southeast Asia. The park includes a massive Ferris wheel which offers panoramic views of Da Nang from the top. There are several attractions and rides based on different Asian countries. If you get hungry, there are a variety of restaurants in the park providing authentic cuisine.
Son Tra Peninsula
Son Tra Peninsula also known as Son Tra (Monkey) Mountain is a beautiful national park in Da Nang. Standing high above sea level, the winding roads surrounding the area are perfect for hiking and motorbike lovers. The jungles are home to rare species including the red face monkeys.
Ho Chi Minh and Military Zone 5 Museum
The museum offers visitors an insight into Vietnam’s treacherous past. Not for the faint-hearted, you can find war relics, articles and photographs from the soldiers of the Fifth Military Division. The museum is host to several aircraft and military tanks from the American and French wars. This is definitely one for history lovers and those looking to get a glimpse at the past. There is a small admission fee charged.