Sightseeing in Da Nang
The Vietnamese city of Da Nang is located in the central part of the country. Da Nang is a fairly large city that is popular among the tourists from around the world, because it has a lot to offer. Da Nang is famous for its beautiful beaches and stunning bridges spanning the river that flows through the city.
Da Nang: hotels, restaurants and ways to get around the city
Da Nang is a beautiful and spacious city. You can stay here in one of its many hotels. Some of the hotels are located by the sea and are perfect for those who love spending time at the beach. There are also small hotels in the city itself. Usually, those travelers who came to Da Nang not so much for some tan and bathing, but for the impressions of exploring the surrounding area live there.
The city is full of street eateries where you can taste authentic traditional Vietnamese cuisine at affordable prices. Usually these small cafes serve rice with chicken or pork or spring rolls with meat and vegetables. There are also more diverse restaurants in Da Nang, where you can dine not only rice, but also delicious steaks with mashed potatoes, pizza or, for example, try some Indian cuisine.
You can get around the city by taxi, but there is also public transport in Da Nang, although this industry is rather poorly developed. You can rent a moped at hotels and guest houses. The traffic here is not as crazy as in Ho Chi Minh City or other major cities in Vietnam. But still, if you have little experience of driving in Asia, be extremely careful and be sure to wear a helmet.
The beaches of Da Nang in the city are usually almost deserted, except the for locals who come here to swim early in the morning and at sunset. The beaches are covered with fine light sand and sunbathing here is a real pleasure! My Khe Beach, equipped with changing booths, sun loungers, cafes and restaurants, is the most popular beach in Da Nang. A little to the South there is the Chinese Beach, famous for its impeccable cleanliness and fine sand. The most elite hotels are located on the coastline of this beach.
Da Nang: sightseeing
Da Nang is an interesting city in terms of cultural and historical sites. Before you start exploring the surrounding area, you can first walk around the city on foot. To begin with, there is a very beautiful river embankment. In the evenings, bridges are illuminated with colored lights, and beautiful music plays from speakers along the river. Many locals come here, the elderly to play board games, and the young people to admire the beauty of bridges. One of the bridges is made in the form of a dragon. On Saturdays, it becomes a part in the fire show, which attracts a lot of viewers.
There is a Museum of Cham Sculpture in Da Nang. Here you can see the sculptures created by representatives of the ancient Cham people. These sculptures date back several centuries.
After having some pleasant walk and tasty local meal, go exploring the surroundings of Da Nang. Most likely, a tall statue of the goddess Quan Am will immediately attract your attention. It is clearly visible from the city beach. This snow-white statue is located on a hill and symbolizes kindness and mercy. The pagoda located on a hill next to the goddess Quan Am is called Linh Ung. It’s a new temple, built in 2004. The old one was destroyed during the war. Once on the hill, you’ll be amazed by the stunning view of the sea and the city of Da Nang.
Another famous attraction near Da Nang is on the road to another city, Hoi An, which aslo popular with tourists, about half an hour’s drive from both cities. These are the Marble Mountains. Not even the mountains themselves are famous, but the huge caves that are hidden in these mountains. There are Buddhist temples located right in the caves, that adds mystery to these natural grottoes. You can’t go around the caves in half an hour and it’s better to go on a tour, take a stock of water and put on comfortable shoes. You can go up and down to the caves by stairs, or by an elevator. On particularly hot days, it is better to choose the second option to have more energy to explore the caves.
Next to the Marble mountains there is an open air shop. Some of the goods here are more like a museum exhibition: here you can see magnificent sculptures of the Buddha, the goddess Quan Am, or politicians of the world. You can buy sculptures and various marble products, including jewelry, here.
Ba Na Hills and fantasy park are another attraction in the vicinity of Da Nang. A cable car leads to the top of the mountain, offering spectacular views of green forests and valleys. The Park on the mountain is based on the novels of Jules Verne. On the territory there are observation decks, hotels, attractions, and there is also a twenty-four-meter statue of Buddha. While the children are having fun in the Park, the adults can play golf have a spa treatment.
We have separate articles about the Dragon Bridge and the Golden Bridge in Da Nang. They are magnificent and worthy of your special attention!
Da Nang is an interesting city for travelers, it is not as popular among tourists as the southern resorts, but it makes this place even more charming.