Da Nang is truly an amazing city, located on Vietnam’s eastern coastline. This city has something for everyone. Da Nang is a thriving and ever-expanding city, surrounded by beaches and mountains on all sides. There are countless opportunities for adventure and sightseeing in every direction. With most of the best places being within a half-hour drive from Da Nang’s city center, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t experience most of what this great city has to offer. Whether you seek adventure, sight-seeing, wilderness, relaxation, or city exploration; Da Nang’s got you covered. Here are some of the best places I’ve visited in my time here, some very well known and some are lesser-known locations.
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Well known travel destinations
Linh Ung Pagoda
You can spot the Linh Ung statue from Da Nang’s, My Khe beach. This impressive monument stands on the Son Tra mountain, overlooking the city and ocean. It is a short drive to the statue and temple grounds, and certainly worth a visit. The best time to visit is in the late afternoon when you can comfortably explore the temple gardens, and if you’re lucky, you can cross paths with monkeys along the bus entrance and parking area.
Son Tra mountain
Son Tra mountain needs a blog of its own. Hire a motorcycle and go for a ride around the entire mountain; it’s a great experience. This mountain has some great viewpoints, snorkeling opportunities, jungle hiking trails, and some other points of interest:
- 800-year-old tree.
- Linh Ung Pagoda.
- Cai da con Nai, located in an ecotourism conservation park.
- Ban Co Peak.
- Son Tra lighthouse.
Son Tra mountain is home to a large population of monkeys, the most famous being the Red-shanked Douc. In my experience, you have a high chance of seeing some of these colorful monkeys, if you look hard enough. They can be seen in the trees as you drive through Son Tra’s smaller roads.
Son Tra lookout, looking towards Hai Van Pass
Marble mountain is a maze of winding paths with caves, pagodas, and viewpoints. Be prepared to deal with crowds and a lot of stairs. Once you battle your way through, you will be rewarded with a memorable experience. Every path seems to lead to another grand discovery, and the entire mountain will take your breath away.
Hai Van Pass
Hai Van pass is a scenic drive; with views of the city, ocean, and the other mountains. The winding mountain road leads you to the Hai Van ruins near the top. This is a beautiful day trip.
Ba Na hills
Ba Na hills is built right on top of a mountain. You take a long, scenic cable car ride up to the top. The cable car ride takes you over the pristine jungle and some stunning waterfalls. Although long, this cable car ride is one of the highlights of a trip to Ba Na hills. Once you arrive, you have a whole mountain-top town to explore.
The Dragon bridge is the centerpiece of Da Nang city and a good place to start your tour of the city. The main road runs along the bridge and straight through to the airport. It may be one of the first things you see, depending on the path you take to your hotel. Every weekend at nine pm, the dragon breathes fire and water.
Da Nang Cathedral
Da Nang Cathedral is a pink, gothic-style church. It’s a perfect photo opportunity before you check out some of the local markets and coffee shops in the area, this area is an excellent place to visit if you want to walk around the city for a while.
Da Nang is full of great coffee shops, and you should try some coconut coffee while you’re in the city. One of the best places to try coconut coffee is at Ka Cong Coffee.
Ho Cong Vien
This is a large lake park, not far from Da Nang airport. The interesting thing about this place is the mini-zoo, they have a large family of deer which you can hand feed. Near the deer enclosure, there are a few monkeys and other animals.
Da Nang waterfalls can be difficult to locate, most of the roads and paths are not yet developed, but some of the falls are amazing. If you visit one waterfall, consider visiting the waterfall on the Khe Ram river(Thac Khe Ram). You will probably need a guide, or a bike and a full day to enjoy the waterfall.
Hai Van Pass Waterfall
Nam Son Pagoda
The security guards give each visitor a grey robe at the entrance, and then you are free to walk the temple grounds and enjoy the well-kept gardens and water features.
Chua Quan The Am
This temple is near Marble Mountain, the temple is unfinished, but it has a small cave which is free to enter.
Chua Nam Hai
Chua Nam Hai is at the base of Hai Van. They have a large collection of goliath koi fish in the main pond. This pagoda overlooks a scenic rice paddy.
Located in Son Tra, this is a bamboo-garden temple. It’s easy to get to and a beautiful place to relax.
Son Tra beaches
If you decide to go for a drive around Son Tra mountain, keep an eye out for beach resorts and paths that lead to local beaches. There is a jungle-path that you will see on the way to the 800-year-old tree, this path leads to a beach to the left of Ghenh Bang beach (my favorite snorkeling spot).
Ghenh Bang beach is one of the best places to go snorkeling if the conditions are favorable. You will need to walk down a steep-jungle path to get to the beach. Unfortunately, the beach is usually littered with trash, and the visibility in the water is often very poor. If you manage to visit while conditions are good, you will be rewarded with a swim-through cave and a lot of corals and sea life.
Son Tra resort
Son Tra resort is a great place to spend a day on their coconut beach, with good food and drinks, which are not too expensive.
Why not visit Da Nang?
If you’re visiting Vietnam, Da Nang is one of the best places to spend your time. You won’t find a better city. After living here for over two years, I still haven’t finished exploring the different waterfalls and nature reserves. The two neighboring cities (Hoi An and Hue) give you more options while you’re here. The drive from Da Nang to Hue and Hue’s Imperial city
takes you through the Hai Van Pass and past Bach Ma National park. Hoi An is just a thirty-minute drive from Da Nang. Visit Hoi An’s Ancient Town
in the late afternoon; this town comes alive at night.