Da Nang at a glance
Da Nang city is in the middle of Vietnam, which is 776 km from Hanoi to the north and 961 km from Ho Chi Minh City to the south. Da Nang borders Thua Thien Hue province in the north, Quang Nam province in the west and south, and the East Sea in the east. The city is the central location connecting three famous UNESCO world heritage sites, including Hue Imperial Capital, My Son Sanctuary, and Hoi An Ancient Town. Besides, Hoang Sa island district is also a part of this city.
As a result, Da Nang is a city with a prime location playing a crucial role in developing as well as maintaining tourism, economy, trading and military defense; for tourists, this city is always the top destinations in Vietnam. Let’s check out the video of Da Nang by drone!
Da Nang tourist map
Before starting to explore Da Nang, we would like to introduce you to Da Nang tourist map, the map includes Da Nang’s most popular destinations as well as other useful information such as restaurants, bars, and shopping. The points on the map we have researched very carefully, so don’t forget to download it for offline use!
Da Nang weather
Da Nang is a typical tropical monsoon climate with comparably high general temperature and little variation throughout the year. It has an intersection between two types of subtropical climate in the north and tropical in the south but is more affected by the tropical climate in the south. Therefore, there are two distinct seasons: the rainy season from August to December and the dry season from January to July. Besides, its location near the East Sea allows for an average temperature to not be too different, which is about 28 °C.
The ideal time to visit Da Nang is the dry season from December to July. The most perfect time is between February and May. During this period, the weather is lovely, less rain and chilly, which is also comfortable and convenient for moving and exploring around. The rainy season lasts from August to December with heavy rains and occasional storms.
The best time to visit Da Nang is from February to May, at which time the weather is mild, less rain
Transportation in Da Nang
In Da Nang, there is an airport – Da Nang International airport (with 2 terminals: Domestic and International), which is about 3 km from the city center.
The biggest bus station in Da Nang is Da Nang Central Bus Station, where you can take a bus to Hoi An and other provinces.
The public transport system consists of 12 bus routes and 2 routes for tourist.
The train station address: 791 Hai Phong, Tam Thuan, Thanh Khe District.
Renting a motorbike is also a great option for you when you come to this city. The cost of renting a bike ranges from 100.000 – 200.000 VND/day. You also have to leave from 1.000.000 – 2.000.000 VND as a deposit for renting a motorbike.
Top 10 must-visit attractions in Da Nang
Da Nang is the most famous coastal city in Vietnam, besides the beautiful beaches, this city has many attractions, which have captivated many tourists. Here are the top attractions in Da Nang.
Used to be voted as the sexiest magnificent beach in the world by Forbes magazine of America, My Khe Beach is one of the best beaches in Vietnam, which is only about 3 km from the centre of Da Nang city, looking down from above, is a spacious green strip with the brilliant beauty. You shouldn’t miss immersing this beautiful beach when coming to Da Nang.
My Khe Beach captivates a large number of tourists every year by its pristine beauty, fine white sand, and gentle waves in the very cool and fresh atmosphere.
Ba Na Hills is a famous tourist destination of Da Nang. Belonging to the Sun World entertainment brand system, which is more than 20 km from the city center, Sun World Ba Na Hills is the most luxurious resort and entertainment complex in Viet Nam.
Ba Na Hills was constructed on the top of the high mountain (Ba Na mountain). It attracts visitors by the beautiful fairy scenery along with the most extended cable in the world. Ba Na Hills is also considered one of the most prominent places in Da Nang.
Coming to Sun World Ba Na Hills, visitors will have the opportunity to visit and experience unique attractions. One of the most favourite places when visiting Ba Na Hills is the French Village, which recreates an ancient and romantic France with unique classical architecture such as squares, churches, towns, villages, and hotels.
Address: Hoa Vang District, about 20 km from the city center
Price: Adult: 800.000 VND, Child: 650.000 VND (1m – 1.4m)
Cable car operating time: 7:30 am – 9:35 pm. Don’t miss the last if you don’t plan to stay there.
3. Son Tra Peninsula
Being the only natural forest ecosystem surrounded by the sea in Vietnam, Son Tra Peninsula is about 10 km from the center of Da Nang city to the North – East. It has three sides that run adjacent to the sea. Interestingly, tourists can see Son Tra Mountain from any place in the city. The climate here is very clean, favourable and pleasant. According to one scientific research, every day, the forest reproduces enough oxygen to provide for 4 million people, a giant green lung of the city. This forest is also the habitat of several species of animals with 22 rare species listed in the red book, most notably primate populations with about 300-400 individuals.
4. Marble Mountains
Marble Mountains (Ngu Hanh Son), also known as Non Nuoc mountain, is a landscape including five limestone mountains. This place is famous for the Non Nuoc fine art village, which gives birth to a lot of renowned marble artworks both domestically and internationally. According to the remaining historical records, before the Vietnamese came here, the Cham people worshipped their gods in caves and temples. After that, a huge number of Vietnamese migrants to this area brought with them the culture and beliefs of Buddhism, constructing more temples and shrines.
Address: 61 Huyen Tran Cong Chua, Ngu Hanh Son District
Price: 40.000 VND, free for children under 6 years old
Opening hours: from 7:00 am – 5:30 pm
5. Asia Park
Asia Park is suitable for both kids and adults, which opens every day at 3 pm and closes at 10 pm, consists of three main areas: the modern outdoor amusement park, the cultural park, and the Sun Wheel – which is showing interference between modern and traditional features.
The cultural Park in Asia Park opens an impressive oriental space by the diverse culture, historical architectural works, unique art, and culinary activities of 10 Asian countries: Japan, Indonesia, Singapore, Korea, India, Nepal, Thailand, Cambodia, China, and Vietnam.
Address: 1 Phan Dang Luu, Hai Chau District
+ Weekday: 3 pm – 10 pm
+ Weekend: 9 am – 10 pm
Entrance ticket: 200.000 VND/ adult, 150.000 VND/children
Dragon Bridge is a unique bridge in Da Nang, which is seen as a symbol of the prosperity of this city. Indeed, Dragon Bridge has the heaviest weight compared to other bridges in Vietnam with a solid dome structure and a specially designed body using a combination of 5 steel pipes to decorate dragon scales. The bridge is decorated with a Lighting system of 15,000 LED bulbs.
What attracts most tourists at the Dragon Bridge is the ability to breathes both water and fire. However, the bridge only breathes on weekends, Saturday and Sunday nights, or holidays, at 9 pm.
7. Con Market
Like Ben Thanh Market in Ho Chi Minh City or Dong Xuan Market in Hanoi, Con Market is an unofficial symbol of Da Nang and the must-visit attractions in this city. The reason for making the market stand out from other markets in Da Nang is the food, Con market is known as the culinary paradise of Da Nang with many delicious dishes of the coastal city.
Address: 269 Ong Ich Khiem, Hai Chau District
Opening hours: 6 am – 9 pm
8. Hai Van Pass
Hai Van Pass (The Sea Clouds), is one of the most beautiful and most dangerous passes in Vietnam, located between Da Nang and Hue. The pass is famous for its beautiful winding roads, sudden curves, and blind corners.
If you have a motorbike while in Da Nang, the Hai Van Pass road will be a challenge for you, however, this pass is very dangerous for bikers, we recommend that you do not drive a motorbike yourself, but buy a tour to explore the whole pass.
There are a total of 3 pagodas named Linh Ung in Da Nang, one in Ba Na Hills, one in Marble Mountains, and the other in Son Tra Peninsula, but the pagoda in Son Tra Peninsula is most famous.
Linh Ung Pagoda (Son Tra Peninsula) is the biggest pagoda in Da Nang. Located on Son Tra Peninsula, the pagoda is converged between the charming nature and sacred culture of Buddha, which is one of the must-visit places in Da Nang.
Address: Hoang Sa, Tho Quang, Son Tra Peninsula
10. Han Bridge
Han River bridge, which was built by people of Da Nang, is the first cable-stayed swing bridge in Vietnam.
At midnight (11 pm) every weekend, means of transportation are not allowed from crossing the Song Han Bridge, and it swings on its axis to allow shipping traffic to pass along the river. Han River Bridge is a symbol as well as a pride to the people of Da Nang. Whenever night falls, the bridge glows brightly and colourfully.
Top 7 must-try dishes in Da Nang
In addition to beautiful beaches, Da Nang has long been known for its delicious dishes featuring the central region of Vietnam, which is saltier, spicier, and more charming.
1. Mi Quang
Mi Quang (Quang noodle) is a dish you cannot miss when travelling to this coastal city. It is made from rice flour and other ingredients including pork, chicken, shrimp, with a little broth made from stew bones – which creates a natural sweetness and strong flavour for the dish. The price for a bowl is 25.000 – 40.000 VND.
The famous Quang noodle shops must mention are:
- Thi Quang Noodle Restaurant: 251 Hoang Dieu, Hai Chau District
- Ba Mua Quang Noodle: 19 Tran Binh Trong, Hai Chau District
- Ba Vi Quang noodles: 166 Le Dinh Duong, Hai Chau District
2. Com Ga
Com Ga (chicken rice) is a typical dish of Quang Nam (Hoi An). Formerly Da Nang in Quang Nam so when separated to become a separate city, chicken rice is still a “soul” of this city; with elaborate processing: rice is cooked with chicken broth; chicken is shredded, mixed with lemons leaves, onions, laksa leaves, and some spices; with a small soup bowl, enough to please the most fastidious diners. This dish is so popular in Da Nang that you can find it anywhere. We recommend the following restaurants:
- Com Ga A Hai, address: 100 Thai Phien, Hai Chau District
- Com Ga Ba Buoi Hoi An, address: 253 Ho Nghinh, Son Tra District
- Ba Ky Tam Ky, address: 55 Nguyen Chi Thanh, Hai Chau District
3. Banh Trang Cuon
Banh Trang Cuon (pork rice paper rolls) have a simple ingredient, but it attracts so many customers coming to Da Nang by its own unique features. It is special because of soft, thin, greasy pieces of pork. When eating, we put a piece of rice paper on the plate, put sliced pork and vegetables in, then roll it and dip into the sauce.
There are many Banh Trang Cuon’s restaurants in Da Nang, but we recommend the following locations:
- Quynh Dai Loc, address: 176 Nguyen Hoang, Hai Chau District
- Banh Trang Cuon Tran, address: 4 Le Duan, Hai Chau District
- Banh Trang Cuon Mau, address: 35 Do Phuc Tinh, Cam Le District
4. Bun Mam Nem
Bun Mam Nem is a dish including rice vermicelli, roasted pork, Nem Chua, beef rolls, vegetables and Mam Nem. Mam Nem is a typical Vietnamese dipping sauce made from fish, but the taste is very strange, which you may love it or not when you try it for the first time! If you want to try it out, check out the restaurants that we recommend:
- Ngoc Da Nang, address: 20 Doan Thi Diem, Hai Chau District
- Ba Dong, address: 141 Huynh Thuc Khang, Hai Chau District
- Bun Mam Nem Ba Van, address: 23/14 Tran Ke Xuong, Hai Chau District
5. Banh Xeo
Banh Xeo has an attractive, crispy golden crust wrapped fillings such as bean sprouts, meat, and shrimp. When eaten, it is rolled in rice papers with many kinds of vegetables such as salads, cucumbers, green bananas, and pineapples, then dipped into the sauce.
When mentioning Banh Xeo in Da Nang, it is impossible to “forget” attractive Nem Lui, which makes of lean filet mignon grilled on charcoal.
You can find delicious Banh Xeo in Da Nang at Ba Duong Restaurant (K280 / 23 Hoang Dieu, Hai Chau District) or Ms Muoi (23 Chau Thi Vinh Te, Ngu Hanh Son District) with price from 10.000 VND/cake.
6. Bun Cha Ca
Bun Cha Ca is a unique dish of Da Nang – the city which is famous for many kinds of seafood, especially fish. A bowl of Bun Cha Ca includes fish (tuna) fried fish (mackerel), fresh bamboo shoots, pumpkin, and tomato; the broth is stewed from the pig bone and served with raw vegetables and herbs.
Don’t miss this dish when coming to Da Nang, and here are suggestions for you:
- Bun Cha Ca Ba Lu, address: 319 Hung Vuong, Thanh Khe District
- Bun Cha Ca Ba Phien, address: 63 Le Hong Phong, Hai Chau District
- Ong Ta, address: 113A Nguyen Chi Thanh, Hai Chau District
7. Banh Kep
Talking about famous street food in Da Nang, Banh Kep is the first choice. Various materials such as eggs, dried beef, and pate are wrapped in rice paper; then it is baked on embers or fried in oil. Although it is very simple, do not forget to try it when coming to Da Nang.
Banh Kep is the popular street food in Da Nang, you can find it anywhere on the street vendors for about 10.000 VND.
Annual activities, festivals in Da Nang
Festival of Avalokiteshvara – Festival in Da Nang
This festival takes place on February 19 of the lunar calendar every year. The location of the festival is Marble Mountains tourist site. The festival attracts numerous tourists as well as pilgrims coming to Da Nang.
Avalokitesvara Festival is a prayer for the people, peace, and harmony. It is held in 3 days, including two parts: ceremony and festival. The ceremony has the colour of Buddhist ritual with contents such as the procession of light, and the release ceremony. The festival takes place vibrantly with various activities with many traditional and modern features: singing folk songs, sculptures, dancing, opera, and calligraphy exhibition activities.
Fireworks Festival – Festival In Da Nang
The festival lasts for two days in a row in March, commemorating the liberation of Da Nang city; or on April 30 and May 1. It was first held in 2008 and quickly became one of the most expected festivals, attracting a large number of tourists to Da Nang.
The festival gathers the world’s biggest fireworks teams. Along with the fireworks festival are other accompanying activities: Food Festival, Big Music Night, Painting Exhibition… Each year has a unique and special performing theme.
Cau Ngu Festival – Festival in Da Nang
Taking place after the Lunar New Year, this is a typical festival of fishermen to show respect for the whales.
Cau Ngu Festival or Ca Ong festival (also known as Whale sacrifice) is the biggest festival of Da Nang fishermen. Cau Ngu Festival is held in coastal areas such as Man Thai, Tho Quang, and Thanh Loc Dan. The festival takes place in two days in the middle week of the third lunar month. It aims at expressing the gratitude of the villagers for the merit of the whale, praying for a bumper harvest season, and safety of boats.
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