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Da Nang Travel – A guide to Vietnam’s most livable city

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Lying halfway between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang in the heart of Central Vietnam is the country’s third largest city by population and also the most livable one, according to global mobility specialist ECA International.

As a great representative of Vietnam’s remarkable boom in recent years, this city is brimmed with modern apartments, amusing themed parks and luxurious resorts, but you can still find many stunning natural landscapes here. In other words, it’s an ideal destination for those who like to mix primitiveness with convenience, tradition with innovation.

Best time to visit Da Nang

Da Nang Vietnam has a tropical monsoon climate, which is characterized by two distinct seasons: the dry season that runs from January to July, and the rainy season that runs from August to December. Its temperatures are quite high (above 20°C) all year round and rarely change much, with an average annual temperature of about 25°C.

Despite being a coastal city, Da Nang isn’t heavily affected by seastorms like some other places in the region and can be visited at any time of the year. Despite the fact, the best period for a trip to Da Nang is from April to August, when the weather is dry, sunny, and perfect for outdoor activities. This is also the peak of tourism season with a variety of enthralling festivals to take part in, most notably the International Fireworks Festival (DIFF) – which is considered the most appealing event of the city.

How to get there

By plane

Being the third busiest airport in the country, Da Nang International Airport welcomes a large number of tourists coming every month. Besides domestic flights from other popular destinations in Vietnam like Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Nha Trang and Phu Quoc, it also has direct connections to many Asian hot spots like Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Singapore, Seoul and Tokyo. Since this airport is not far away from the city center, a taxi transfer from there only takes 10 – 15 minutes and costs a few bucks.

By train

Da Nang Train Station is also close to the city center and can be reached from any other destination in Vietnam. Thanks to the breathtaking beauty of Hai Van Pass, the Hue – Da Nang railway route is always listed among Vietnam’s top scenic train journeys and definitely worth experiencing, especially if Hue happens to be on your itinerary too. This train ride often lasts 2.5 – 3 hours and costs $3 – 8 per person.

By buses

Catching a bus to Da Nang is also simple and convenient if you are looking for a cost-effective method to get to this city. In addition to regular buses from nearby locations like Hue and Hoi An, bus companies also offer direct sleeper buses departing from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City for $15 – 20, with a moving time of 16 – 20 hours.

Things to see in Da Nang

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Dragon Bridge Da Nang

Renowned in Vietnam as the city of bridges, Da Nang features a few impressively designed bridges that cross the lovely Han River and adorn the city’s splendor. The most famous among them is Dragon Bridge, a unique structure that looks like a golden dragon and is widely recognized as the symbol of the whole city.

Constructed from 2009 – 2013, this 666-meter-long bridge contains 6 traffic lanes and provides the shortest road link from the airport to the city center. In addition to the majestic appearances, it also attracts tourists with a spectacular night show at 9 pm each Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening, in which the dragon’s head breathes fire and water continuously for 15 minutes straight.

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My Khe Beach

Making Da Nang in the top 5 destinations in Vietnam for beach holiday, My Khe Beach is a perfect getaway for those who love the feel of cool sea breeze and soft sand between their toes. Stretching a total of 900m, this is a long, typically tropical beach with fine white sand, green palm fronds bordering blue waters, and abundant marine life under the ocean.

My Khe Beach is only 5 km from the city center and can be reached easily by taxi or motorbike. The calm waves and year-round warm weather make it a favorite spot for swimming and suffering among both tourists and locals, not to mention the picturesque panoramic view. If you are a snorkeling enthusiast, you’ll adore its stunning coral reefs as well. There are seaside resorts in Da Nang for you to stay in and enjoy a complete beach leisure.

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Son Tra Peninsula

The windy and refreshing Son Tra Peninsula is one of the must-see of Da Nang Travel. Located 10 km northeast of Da Nang, Son Tra Peninsula wins hearts with rich flora and fauna, fresh climate, and magnificent views. The peninsula covers an area of 60 km2, stretches 13 km2 and consists of several unspoiled beaches, hills and peaks, among which Ban Co (Chess Board) Peak is the highest one at an altitude of 670 m. This peak is also the best spot to catch a glimpse of the entire city and its mesmerizing coastline from afar.

Since the peaks here are quite low, you can totally hike up them or rent a scooter to discover the whole area. If you are lucky enough, you’ll even come across a few endangered species along the way, most typically the Red-shanked douc langur – an endemic that’s called the “Five-colored Macaque” (Vooc Ngu Sac) in Vietnamese due to its colorful appearance. Those are looking for a retreat or high-end trip in Da Nang can opt to stay at the luxury view resort with stunning view on Son Tra Peninsula which is the Intercontinental Da Nang Resort.

Linh Ung Pagoda

Da Nang has a total of 3 pagodas named Linh Ung, but the Linh Ung Pagoda nestled in Son Tra Peninsula (also known as Linh Ung Bai But) is the most well-known among tourists with the largest scale, most beautiful architecture and most enchanting scenery. The pagoda opens from early morning to late evening and is always free for entrance.

This is also the place with the tallest Lady Buddha statue in Vietnam, which is placed on a giant lotus and faces towards the sea. The statue is 67 m high (equivalent to a 30-storey building) and took 6 years of construction to complete.

Hai Van Pass

Hai Van (which means “clouds from the sea” in Vietnamese) is a 21-kilometer-long mountain pass lying between Da Nang and Hue. Gained its fame after a Top Gear episode, this winding pass is now an unmissable route for motorcycle enthusiasts worldwide when they have the chance to set foot in Vietnam. Being a real challenge for the bravest travelers, it offers thrilling experiences with rocky cliffs on one side and an astonishing ocean view on the other.

Since the completion of the Hai Van Tunnel, conquering Hai Van Pass has been much safer now. You can rent a scooter in the city to explore the pass yourself, or catch a cab if you’re not comfortable with this vehicle.

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Marble Mountains

The Marble Mountains Da Nang are a group of five limestone mountains located only 8 km from the city center, a natural masterpiece gifted to this land. Named after the five Feng Shui elements (Metal, Wood, Water, Fire, and Earth), these mountains offer a great view of the area and are home to a variety of marvelous caves, tunnels, temples and pagodas. Among them, Thuy Son (the Water Mountain) is considered the largest and most gorgeous with the most tourist attractions to discover. 

The Marble Mountains opens from 7:00 am – 5:00 pm daily and costs about $1.6. You can walk up them yourself, or use the elevator for an extra $0.6. If you want to hire a tour guide, the fee would be around $2.

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Ba Na Hills

Lying about 40 km southwest from the center, Ba Na Hills is a huge theme park that combines relaxation and entertainment with modern services. It looks like a mountain village at an altitude of 1,500 m with medieval architecture, but inside it are French-styled villas, lavish restaurants, pretty gardens, a high-class resort, a vibrant game zone, and more. The newest and most prominent addition to this complex is the Golden Bridge, a 150-meter-long bridge held aloft by a giant pair of hands that was voted by TIME magazine as one of the “Top 10 best destinations of the world” in 2018.

On the way to Ba Na Hills, you’ll also experience the fantastic Ba Na Cable Car, which holds the world record for the longest non-stop single-track cable car at 5,801 m in length. This area opens all day and costs about $36.5 per adult, including round-trip cable car and admissions to the most popular destinations.

Local markets in Da Nang City

Two main local markets for you to do shopping and trying local food are Con Market and Han Market. Da Nang city is beloved by Vietnamese people for its scrumptious food and snacks. Therefore, it's highly suggested to stop by any of these two market for a try. You can find Han market at No. 199 Tran Phu Street, Hai Chau Ward, Da Nang City. Con Market is located at No. 290 Hung vuong Street, Vinh Trung Ward, Da Nang City. While Con Market is mostly available with cuisine and snacks, Han Market comes with more choices for food, clothes, souvenirs, dried seafood, etc. 

What to eat in Da Nang

As the food capital of Vietnam’s Central cuisine, Da Nang is absolutely a dream destination for passionate foodies from all over the world. From random street eats to fine dining at five-star restaurants, this place offers so many incredible choices that can easily capture your heart.

Mi Quang (Quang noodles)

My Quang is a noodle dish originating from Quang Nam Province – Da Nang’s friendly neighbor. It’s made with luscious rice noodles, a special broth that has a typical yellowish color from turmeric, and a kind of meat (possibly shrimp, chicken or pork…). Finally, the dish is garnished with lime, green chilies, boiled quail eggs, roasted peanuts and rice crackers.

Nem lui (Pork grilled on lemongrass skewer)

Coming from the ancient capital of Hue, nem lui stands out among countless meat recipes of Vietnam thanks to a clever use of the ingredients. After being grilled on a lemongrass skewer, the ground pork will be rolled in rice paper with lettuce, bean sprouts, cucumber slices, herbs, and then dipped in a flavorful peanut sauce.

Banh xeo (crispy pancake)

Banh xeo, literally “sizzling cake”, got its name from the sound it makes when being fried on a searing hot pan. This is a savory pancake made of rice flour, turmeric powder, coconut milk and other ingredients, then folded in half like a taco and served with sweet and sour sauce. It’s commonly stuffed with sautéed minced pork, prawns, diced green onion and bean sprouts.

Bun cha ca (rice noodles with fried fish cakes)

Vietnam loves rice noodles, so there’s no wonder why there are so many delicious versions of this dish scattered throughout the country. The rich broth of bun cha ca is made from fish bones and various veggies, typically pumpkin, cabbage, pineapple, tomato and dried bamboo shoots. It’s served with fried fish cakes (possibly mackerel, catfish, or featherback fish) and, like many other Vietnamese noodle soups, several kinds of herbs to enhance the taste.

Bun mam nem (rice noodles with anchovy sauce)

Bun mam nem is a star of Mekong Delta cuisine and much favored in Da Nang. Unlike bun cha ca, this noodle dish contains no soup and is often served cold and dry. It’s made of rice noodles, roasted or boiled pork, vegetables and, of course, anchovy sauce. As its name suggests, the exquisiteness of bun mam nem depends mainly on the taste of its sauce.

Seafood

As a beach paradise, Da Nang is a great place to get the taste of the fresh seafood picked up right from the sea. Just head straight to any restaurant along the beach, and you’ll find countless tasty recipes with amazing flavors at reasonable prices. Some of the most delectable dishes to try here are: grilled mussels, steamed clams, fried squid, hot grilled prawns, battered fried fish, and crab in tamarind.

Da Nang City in Vietnam is a lively and charming that tourists can stay from 3 days to a month depending on the trip interest such as Da Nang excursing or beach leisure in Da Nang. Apart from visiting around Da Nang, you also can take daily tour from Da Nang to Hoi An ancient town which is only 35 minute drive from Da Nang City. 

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