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Da Nang | Introduction

Da Nang is a seaside city in central Vietnam, the fifth largest city in Vietnam, situated at the mouth of the Han River. Da Nang was once part of the ancient maritime silk route. Today, it is a modernized city, but still rich in historical and cultural heritage and natural landscapes, including Wuxing Mountain, Lingyin Temple, and the beautiful My Khe Beach. The white sand beach with crystal clear water attracts countless tourists. Da Nang city has many attractions such as Han Market, Dragon Bridge, Da Nang Cathedral, which are also worth spending one or two days to visit.

What to do in Da Nang? | Da Nang Tourist Attractions

Da Nang Airport is the main airport in central Vietnam, located about 3 kilometers from the city center. There are many airlines providing international and domestic flights between Da Nang and other cities. When traveling to China and Vietnam, you can use Da Nang as a starting point to travel to Hoi An Ancient Town, My Son Sanctuary, Hue Imperial City, and other famous attractions in Central Vietnam, and there are many chartered buses available.

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The weather in Da Nang is a tropical monsoon climate, with an average temperature of about 25 degrees Celsius throughout the year, with the hottest months being July and August. in December, the average temperature is about 20-25 degrees Celsius, and there may be some rainfall, but it usually does not affect the traveling activities. If you do get caught in a downpour, an umbrella is far more convenient than a raincoat, so it's best to bring a lightweight raincoat, and you can buy a hat as a souvenir from the local area.

It was December when we arrived in Da Nang, it was the rainy season, the street scene was a bit humid and chaotic, and the shopkeepers were trying their best to be friendly and sell their products despite of their poor English, that's my first impression of Da Nang. The streetscape looks a bit like Taiwan a few decades ago. Compared to other Vietnamese cities we visited, Da Nang is quiet and the people we met are very simple.

Da Nang | City Transportation

Transportation in Da Nang is relatively easy, most of the sightseeing spots in the city center can be reached on foot, and for those that are a bit farther away, it is easy and convenient to use Grab, which is Southeast Asia's version of Uber, at a reasonable price. If you prefer to have your own transportation, there are also many motorcycles available for rent.

Da Nang | Accommodation

If you are planning to stay in Da Nang city, the more popular location is in the center of Da Nang near the Han Market, this area is near both Han River and Da Nang Cathedral, it is very convenient for tourists to reach the main attractions within walking distance. If you are like me and prefer a quieter environment, you can look for the beach on the east side of the city. The high class hotels next to the beach are about 10 minutes ride to the downtown area, but with a beautiful sea view and top notch service at an affordable price.

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The hotel we stayed in Da Nang, Furama Hotel, is located near Myeik Beach. When we were booking the hotel, we were hesitating between it and the one near the Korean market, but we decided to choose the one near the beach with a sea view. After all, hotels in Vietnam are relatively cheap and it is rare that we can enjoy high quality rooms and facilities at a relatively cheap price. As soon as you enter the hotel, you can feel the splendor of the hotel, in addition to the large swimming pool and the obligatory private beach, there is also a spa service. At night, you can go to the private beach to enjoy the night view of Da Nang on the white sand, which is a great plus.

The service is very good, the room is very big, and there is an L-shaped sofa in front of the big balcony facing the sea view. We stayed here for two nights, and when we woke up in the morning, the floor-to-ceiling windows with the sea view gave us a great impression of Vietnam from the very beginning. The room was so cozy that we didn't even want to leave the house, so we took our dinner back to the room.

Da Nang | City Attractions

Hàn Market

Korean market is a traditional market in Da Nang, it sells all kinds of groceries from north to south, from clothes to food. The Korean market is really big, we entered through the side door and walked around every side of the market before we found the main door. Since we wanted to experience the local life and culture, we spent our time shopping for things we didn't want to take back with us, like seafood and squash, and ended up not buying anything. However, this is actually a good destination for souvenirs, you can get some nice dry goods or clothes, just be careful of bargaining.

Da Nang Cathedral (Nhà thờ Thánh Tâm Chúa Giêsu)

Da Nang Cathedral, built in 1923, is the only Catholic church in Da Nang built during the French colonial period, and is still the symbol of Catholicism in Vietnam. The architectural style of the church is a blend of European and Asian elements, with a soaring steeple and Vietnamese-style roof, and the pink color of the exterior is quite distinctive. The pink exterior is quite distinctive. At night, the church is brightly lit, making it even more solemn.

The church is open from 5am to 10pm every day, but unfortunately it was close to Christmas when we visited and the church was being prepared for Christmas Mass, so it was not open to the public. Inside the church, you can see the stained glass windows, sculptures and frescoes, but visitors are not allowed to enter the church during Mass.

Cầu Rồng | Hàn River

Another must see attraction in Da Nang is the Dragon Bridge. Dragon Bridge is a bridge in the center of Da Nang that crosses over the Han River. It was built in 2000, it is 666 meters long and is supported by two dragon-shaped pillars, hence the name Dragon Bridge. The best time to see the bridge is at night, there is Da Nang night market nearby, so you can go to the night market to have a meal and then come here to see the bridge. At night, the bridge is illuminated, creating a beautiful and splendid Da Nang night view. On weekends, at 9pm, there will be a fire show and water show on the Dragon Bridge, which is the most popular time for tourists, and the sightseeing ferries on the Han River are also lined up on the river to enjoy the show. The fireworks show consists of a minute and a half of fire, a break, and a minute and a half of water.

The Han River itself is an important river between China and Vietnam, and there are plenty of places to eat and play on both sides of the Han River. The west side of Dragon Bridge is near to Han Market, while the east side is near to Night Market, where you can have a cup of Vietnamese coffee and enjoy the river view. It depends on the weather, on our first day in Da Nang, it was raining heavily, so the river view was not very attractive. The river view was not very attractive. It was only in the evening that the river view became more attractive.

Da Nang Night Market

Da Nang Night Market is located at the east side of Han River, not far from the Dragon Bridge. It is a great place to enjoy Vietnamese snacks, handicrafts and souvenirs, and don't miss the Vietnamese barbecue and seafood. The night market usually opens in the evening and closes around 10pm. Most of the shopping at the night market is done with cash.

Meixi Beach (Bãi biển Mỹ Khê)

Meixi beach is the most popular beach in Da Nang, located about 6 kilometers north of the city center, with a length of 9 kilometers. The beach here is soft white sand, which is very comfortable to step on, and it is quite relaxing to swim or walk along the beach to enjoy the beautiful sea view. The official opening time of Meixi Beach is between 6am and 6pm. If you want to visit the beach at night, you have to stay at a nearby hotel. If you want to visit the beach at night, you have to stay at a nearby hotel. The hotel we stayed at was right on the beach, so we could enjoy a walk along the beach at night.

Champa Carving Museum (Bảo tàng Điêu khắc Chăm)

The Champa culture is an ancient culture in the southern region of Vietnam, which began in the 2nd century BC and lasted until the 15th century. The Champa people believe in Hinduism and Buddhism, and their culture and art style are also influenced by India. When we came here, we found that there are many tourists from India. The Champa Sculpture Museum is a showcase of Champa culture, with exhibitions of Champa sculptures, fabrics, metalwork and ceramics. If you want to go to the sacred site of Mount Beauty later, you can come to the Champa Carving Museum first to learn more about it, which will be helpful for your future visits.

Da Nang | Nearby Attractions

Ngũgĩ Hành Sơn (Five Mountains)

The Five Elements Hill is one of the symbols of Da Nang. It is made up of marble and limestone, with many Buddhist monasteries built on it, creating a unique landscape. The reason why it is called Five Elements Mountain is because there are actually five hills formed by marble, which are gold, wood, water, fire and earth. Tourists mainly go to the Water Mountain to visit the natural caves and see the marble Buddha carvings. The distance from the city center to the Five Mountains is about 8 kilometers, which can be accessed by motorcycle or Grab. If you want to get to Wuxing Mountain more conveniently, you can also join a local tour that will arrange transportation and guides. Arranging a chartered bus with other attractions that are farther away is also a good way to get there.

The official opening hours of the Five Elements Mountain are between 7am and 5pm. There are actually two routes to the Shui Shan scenic spot, one is the Yin Fu Cave at the foot of the mountain, and the other is the tour route on Shui Shan, which is separate.

Water Hill Visiting Route

We first went up the hill, you can take the elevator for an additional fee, and if you walk, the trail is steeper. We took the elevator to the top of the hill and then walked all the way down. After taking the elevator, there are 14 points of interest along the route.

After exiting the elevator, you will see the first stop, the pagoda, then you will go to Lingying Temple, next to Lingying Temple, there is a cave with hidden pearls, and you will see the nine dragons and the statue of the Goddess of Mercy here. Lingying Temple is one of the famous temples in Da Nang. Actually, there are three temples called Lingying Temple, and this is one of them. Before you take a few steps, you are already impressed by the numerous Buddhist carvings here, the number of carvings is really huge. It seems that since ancient times, when Vietnamese people saw a cave where they could put a Buddha statue, they would definitely carve a few statues and put them inside. Wuxing Mountain is made of limestone, so it is only natural that there is a cave system behind the mountain walls, making it a sacred Buddhist site.

After that, we started to walk upwards, passing by the sea view platform, which is a good location to enjoy the Da Nang city view.

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On the summit, centered on the Santai Temple, a radial route leads to several large caves, including Yuntong Cave, Lingyan Cave, Huayan Cave, and Xuankong Cave. Xuankong Cave is the most important of these caves. Before entering Xuankong Cave, you have to pass through Xuantong Pass, and inside the cave there are at least four or five small temples dedicated to the Great Buddha. Inside the cave, there are at least four or five small temples dedicated to the Great Buddha. In the middle of the cave, there is the Santai Temple, which is also very beautiful, and the small moon lake next to it is worth seeing.

The river watchtower across from the Santai Temple is the most beautiful viewpoint on the Five Elements Mountain. You can see the four mountains of gold, wood, fire and earth from here.

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Next to it is Ton Tam Pagoda, which has a thatched roof in a different style.

This is the end of the visit to the top of the mountain, so I walked down the marble steps. It is easier than I thought to walk up here, but it is still possible to walk up the hill, but it is still less time consuming to take the elevator to complete the walk in one direction.

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cave of the underworld

The cave at the foot of the mountain takes about half an hour to walk through. Once inside the cave, you will first see the rooftop, which is a very long staircase up the mountain wall, and you can walk all the way to the outside. You can walk all the way to the outside. Then you can walk in and admire the Buddha statues in the main cave, which is quite spectacular. On the right hand side of the cave, there is a narrow staircase that can go down, turn around and go down, the wall is engraved with the three big characters of the Hell Gate, so this is the door to hell ah, there are deeper caves below, carved with many statues of ghosts.

Camellia Peninsula Lingying Temple (Khu Văn hóa phẩm Phật giáo)

Camchay Peninsula Haven of Hope Temple is one of the three Haven of Hope Temples in Da Nang area and the most beautiful Buddhist temple, situated on the hilltop of Camchay Peninsula, overlooking the beautiful beach and city. The architecture of this temple is a beautiful blend of Da Nang's local culture and the traditional style of Southern Vietnam. From the beach of My Khe, you can see the huge statue of Goddess of Mercy on the other side of Cam Ranh Peninsula.

Built in the 17th century, Lingying Temple is an ancient Buddhist temple that houses many statues and Buddhist artworks. Visitors can visit the interior of the temple to admire the beautiful statues and magnificent Buddhist art. Lingying Temple is much bigger than I imagined, and it takes at least 40 to 50 minutes to walk around. The temple is open from 7am to 5pm daily.

From the top of the hill where Lingying Temple is located, you can see the beautiful sea view of Da Nang.

Bà Nà Hills

Located about 35 kilometers south of Da Nang city, Ba Na Mountain is a vacation spot that combines tourism, entertainment, and recreation, and is known as the "Little Europe of Vietnam" because of the European style of its attractions. Ba Na Mountain is 1,487 meters above sea level, and there are ropeways and cable cars on the mountain, so visitors can take a cable car or ropeway from the foot of the mountain to the top. The main attractions include the French Village, the Mystery Garden and the Golden Bridge. The French Village, which consists of a number of French-style buildings, is the most popular attraction on Mount Panama. The Golden Bridge, a stone and metal bridge with two giant hands holding it, is a landmark of the mountain. The Mystery Garden is a labyrinth of rocks and trees with a beautifully landscaped garden at the entrance. In addition, there are many other attractions such as the Giant Buddha, roller coasters, and water parks for the whole family.

It took us one day to visit Banasan, so we had to give up due to time constraints, and the photos were sponsored by our friends.

Thánh địa Mỹ Sơn (My Son Sanctuary)

My Son Sanctuary is the ancient site of the Champa Kingdom in central Vietnam, about 50 kilometers away from Da Nang city. The buildings and sculptures here are representative of the Champa culture, which dates back to the 4th century AD. It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the most important ancient monuments in Vietnam. Built in a valley, the buildings of My Son Resort are mainly made of red bricks and sandstone, including many temples and pagodas in a unique Champa style, demonstrating the artistic and architectural achievements of the Champa culture. There are a lot of things to see and do at Misen Resort.Another Featured ArticleIntroduction.

Hoi An Ancient Town (Hội An)

Located about 30 kilometers south of Da Nang city center, Hoi An Ancient Town is one of the most beautiful old towns in Vietnam and a World Heritage Site. The history of the town dates back to the 15th century when it was a prosperous port city and one of the largest trading centers in Southeast Asia. Many Chinese houses, religious buildings and commercial buildings from the 15th to 19th centuries remain in the town, which is one of the most representative old towns in Vietnam with a blend of Chinese, Japanese and French architectural styles. For more information about Hoi An Ancient Town, please refer to my articlemy other post here.

Hue (Thuận Hóa)

rationalizationIt is a city in central Vietnam and one of the most important cultural and historical cities in Vietnam. It was once the imperial city of Vietnam and the capital of the Nguyen dynasty. The history of Hue dates back to the 2nd century B.C., when it was a prosperous port city and an important transit point for trade between China and India. Hue's cultural and architectural styles are a blend of Chinese and French elements, showcasing Vietnam's long history and diverse culture. Hue is a great place to visit, check out mymy other post here.

Da Nang | Cuisine

Besides attractions, Da Nang is also famous for its Vietnamese food. Since Da Nang is a coastal city, fresh and delicious seafood, from grilled shrimps to steamed clams, are rare Vietnamese delicacies. In addition, there are other Vietnamese food that can be found in other cities in Vietnam, such as Bánh Mì, a Vietnamese sandwich, Vietnamese rice noodles, Vietnamese coffee, and so on. In Da Nang, we tried many delicious restaurants and snacks, which are organized inthis postIn the middle of giving everyone.

Da Nang | Can't forget the Vietnamese massage!

When you are in Da Nang, don't forget to try the Vietnamese massage. Frankly speaking, after spending more than 3 weeks in Vietnam, the massage in Da Nang has always been the most affordable and good quality in my mind. There are a lot of massage parlors that are worth to try, the Herbal Spa that we tried, the price is 72 dollars for two hours for two people, and the masseur is very professional, the tea and snacks before and after the massage made us very satisfied, it is very unforgettable. The business here is very good, so it is best to make a reservation beforehand to avoid delaying your trip.

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