What to See in Da Nang?

Da Nang, a hidden gem of Vietnam, often overshadowed by its famous neighbor Hoi An, is a jewel that increasingly captivates tourists. Despite being a nearly mandatory stop for travelers heading to Hoi An, this coastal city, with nearly three million annual visitors, remains surprisingly underrated.

Known as the ‘city of bridges’ for its six bridges crossing the Han River, each with its own identity and history, Da Nang is much more than just a network of bridges. It is a vibrant city, rich in fascinating museums, paradisiacal beaches, and historic temples that enchant anyone who lingers.

Da Nang, the third-largest city in Vietnam, is often overlooked by Western travelers eager to explore more iconic sites such as Hanoi, Saigon, and Halong Bay. What a pity! Because Da Nang is full of attractions and activities to discover.

Visiting Da Nang

During my first visit to Vietnam, Da Nang was not at the top of my list of destinations to explore. Too modern, too big, etc… However, I ended up discovering the unexpected richness and diversity of this city.

If, like me, you are in search of hidden treasures, let me guide you to visit Da Nang, a vibrant, culturally rich city ready to reveal its secret charms.

During my first visit to Vietnam, Da Nang wasn’t at the top of my list of destinations to explore. Too modern, too large, etc… However, I ended up discovering the city’s unexpected richness and diversity.

If, like me, you are on a quest for hidden treasures, let me guide you through visiting Da Nang, a vibrant, culturally rich city ready to unveil its secret charms.

What to do in Da Nang? Follow the guide.

Must-Visit Places in Da Nang

1. Marble Mountains

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The Marble Mountains undoubtedly claim the top spot on the list of must-visit attractions in Da Nang. This site is a must-see for anyone visiting this vibrant city.These five mountains are a unique blend of marble and limestone, adding distinctive beauty to the landscape. Among them, Thuy Son is the only one accessible to the public and is also the most impressive of the group.

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While exploring Thuy Son, be sure not to miss its many fascinating caves. The Huyen Khong Cave is arguably one of the most beautiful you will see here, offering visitors a breathtaking natural spectacle. It served as a hospital during the war.Make sure to climb to the top for a panoramic view of the surroundings of Da Nang, a truly unique experience.

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I also recommend the Am Phu Cave, the most WTF cave I’ve had the chance to visit in Vietnam.

Entrance fee: 40,000 VND per person

2. Lady Buddha

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Like a beacon dominating the Da Nang landscape, the Lady Buddha statue is a significant landmark that can even be spotted from the plane. This impressive statue is actually the largest representation of Buddha in Vietnam, standing majestically at 67 meters tall and overlooking Da Nang Beach.

At the base of Lady Buddha, you can visit the vast Linh Ung Pagoda, another iconic site in Da Nang. Despite their smaller size, the various Buddha statues within the pagoda are equally magnificent and worth seeing.

From the top, you will enjoy a magical panoramic view of Da Nang Bay. Even if you are not particularly fond of pagodas, this site is an absolute must-visit during your trip to Da Nang. The statue and its breathtaking view alone are reasons enough not to miss it.

Entrance fee: free

3. Son Tra Peninsula (Monkey Mountain)

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The Son Tra Peninsula is a gem of Da Nang. Here, you will find breathtaking landscapes, serene beaches for relaxation, and a selection of Vietnamese restaurants where you can enjoy local dishes almost at the water’s edge.

Taking a full tour of the Son Tra Peninsula is an adventure in itself—an experience I highly recommend if you are ready to go off the beaten path. At the summit, you will find yourself in a dense jungle, far from paved roads and the hustle and bustle of the city. It is a place of raw, wild beauty that is sure to amaze you.

For this adventure, I recommend renting a robust scooter or a powerful motorcycle, as some slopes can be challenging to climb. Once at the top, you will be greeted by a spectacular thousand-year-old Banyan tree, and the rare opportunity to observe Douc monkeys, a species endemic to this region.

You can also visit Ban Co Peak, where you will see a statue of Confucius playing chess…

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And if you are ready to fully immerse yourself in this wild nature, why not spend the night? You can rent a tent for 200,000 VND and experience a unique camping adventure.

I have personally tested this with Vietnamese friends, and I can assure you that sleeping here is a truly magical experience.

Since 2019, automatic scooters are no longer allowed on part of the Son Tra Peninsula, and a manual scooter or motorcycle is required.

With an automatic scooter, you can visit from Lady Buddha up to the Intercontinental Da Nang Hotel, but it is impossible to reach the summit.

4. The Beaches of Da Nang


Da Nang, Vietnam, is renowned for its heavenly beaches. Ranked among the most beautiful in Vietnam by various travel sites, including TripAdvisor and Rough Guide, these beaches are a true jewel of the Vietnamese coast.

With a total coastal length of 900 meters, My Khe Beach is one of the most beautiful and lively beaches in Da Nang. It has been named by Forbes as one of the six most charming beaches on the planet.

It is ideal for those looking to relax and enjoy some downtime, but My Khe Beach also offers numerous activities for the more adventurous. You can engage in surfing, parasailing, jet skiing, and many other water sports.

Another advantage of this coastal region of Da Nang is the presence of numerous seafood restaurants lining the beach. This provides the perfect opportunity to savor fresh seafood while enjoying the ocean view.

5. Hai Van Pass (Cloud Pass)

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Hai Van Pass, also known as the Cloud Pass, is a major tourist attraction in Vietnam that gained fame through its appearance on the UK’s Top Gear show a few years ago.

Stretching nearly 21 kilometers, Hai Van Pass is one of the most spectacular mountain passes in Vietnam, acting as a natural border between the north and south of the country. It is a place of grandiose beauty, offering panoramic views and unforgettable driving experiences.

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At the summit of the pass, you can visit French fortifications, which bear witness to Vietnam’s rich and complex history. On clear days, you will also be rewarded with a breathtaking view of the splendid Lang Co Bay.

6. Lang Co / Lap An

Located just beyond the Hai Van Pass on the Da Nang to Hue route, Lang Co Bay is a hidden gem of Vietnam.

Still preserved from the massive development seen in other cities across the country, Lang Co Bay offers an idyllic setting to enjoy its tranquil waters and picturesque seafood restaurants on stilts. It is the perfect place to spend a few hours relaxing on the beach—a truly magical experience.

Lang Co Bay is also a must-stop on the road trip itinerary between Hoi An and Hue (and vice versa).

7. Cham Museum

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The Cham Museum is the largest exhibition space in Vietnam, providing visitors with a fascinating glimpse into the history and culture of the Cham people.

Built by the French, the museum spans a total area of 6,700 square meters, with 2,000 square meters dedicated to the exhibition. This museum houses an impressive collection of over 400 Cham artifacts, each telling a unique story of this ancient civilization.

Recently, audio guides with explanations in English have been added to enhance the understanding of the exhibited items.

In addition to your visit to the Cham Museum, do not forget to explore the My Son Cham Sanctuary, another important site that showcases the Cham cultural heritage.

Address: 02 2/9 Street – Da Nang
Hours: 7 AM – 5 PM
Price: 60,000 VND per person

8. Da Nang Museum

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The Da Nang Museum is a must-visit for anyone visiting this central Vietnamese city. It offers a varied insight into Da Nang through several themes, such as the maritime ecosystem, the city’s history during the war, and the various ethnic minorities presented on the top floor.

This museum is a highly educational place, ideal for those looking to understand and appreciate the richness and diversity of Da Nang more deeply. Whether you are a history buff, an eco-tourist, or simply curious to learn more about this city, the Da Nang Museum is a destination not to be missed.

Address: 24 Tran Phu Street – Da Nang
Hours: 7:30 AM – 4:30 PM

9. Han Market

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Han Market is one of the largest (28,000 m²) and most famous markets in Da Nang.

Although Da Nang has many large supermarket chains and shopping malls, Han Market has been around for a long time and still maintains its position as one of the best shopping spots in Da Nang. It’s traditional, so it’s more tempting for you to explore.

The market has two floors comprising 576 stalls and 36 stands, with more than 30 different categories of products for sale.

I recommend visiting markets in Vietnam for two good reasons:

  • To immerse yourself in the local culture, here in Da Nang.
  • To taste local culinary specialties without breaking the bank.

However, I advise against making purchases in the markets, as you will likely pay more than the local price.

10. Prao Village (Cotu)

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Prao Village @ Réhahn Photography

Prao Village, as captured by Réhahn Photography, is located approximately 2.5 hours from Da Nang. It is the authentic home of the Co Tu, one of the ethnic minorities in Central Vietnam.

In Prao Village, you will have the opportunity to closely observe traditional houses and colorful costumes, offering a unique glimpse into the culture and traditions of the Co Tu people.

To get there, simply search for ‘Prao Village’ on Google Maps and follow the directions. The journey itself provides magnificent landscapes that are sure to amaze you.

According to French photographer Réhahn, who lives in Hoi An and owns the Precious Heritage Museum there, it is advisable to have a guide when visiting Prao Village. This is because the cultural nuances and historical context might be challenging to grasp alone.

I strongly recommend visiting the village for a deeply enriching cultural experience.

11. Ba Na Hills / Golden Bridge

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Ba Na Hills, located in Da Nang, is a theme park that offers a uniquely European experience with its recreated picturesque French village, Buddhist temple, French gardens, and an old French wine cellar. Ba Na Hills could be particularly appealing to those who miss France.

Do not forget to take the cable car, recognized as the longest in the world, for a spectacular view over the area.

Constructed at Ba Na Hills, the Golden Bridge (or Pont d’Or) is an architectural marvel that attracts visitors from around the globe. Emerging from lush greenery, this unique bridge, supported by two giant stone hands, appears to be suspended in the clouds. Spanning nearly 150 meters and situated over 1,000 meters above sea level, the Golden Bridge offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the surrounding hills and the city of Da Nang.

To be honest, I must admit that I am not the biggest fan of this park…

Price: 900,000 VND per person

12. Asia Park – Sunwheel

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If you are traveling with children, I recommend Asia Park, an amusement park in Da Nang. The park features rides for children as well as thrill rides for the more adventurous, such as Sky Treasure, Golden Sky Tower, or Singapore Sling.

One of the main attractions of the park is its Ferris wheel, which is the largest wheel in Vietnam. At the top, you will have a magnificent view of Da Nang.

Do not expect a park like Disneyland; it remains a modest but pleasant amusement park, especially if you are traveling with children.

Entry Price: 200,000 VND per person, which is relatively affordable.

13. Dragon Bridge of Da Nang

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Another must-see attraction in Da Nang is the Rong Bridge (Dragon Bridge) adorned with the famous yellow dragon. It’s an unmistakable symbol of Da Nang.

The bridge is even more spectacular at night when it is illuminated and changes colors several times per hour.

A special treat is the weekend performances where the dragon alternately breathes fire and water. These shows last about 15 minutes but are an unmissable stop.

The spectacle takes place at 9 PM on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

14. Helicopter Tour

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For a new perspective on Da Nang, I highly recommend a helicopter tour. This breathtaking journey allows you to discover Da Nang in an unmatched manner, aboard a Bell 505 helicopter, comfortably equipped with 5 seats, pilot included.

This aerial trip offers you the freedom to customize your experience. You can request the pilot to adjust the flight altitude to your preferences, whether for better photo opportunities, optimal video recording, or impressive live streaming as you fly over the itinerary’s points of interest.

One available option is a 12-minute aerial tour, priced at 2,140,000 VND, which takes you from Nuoc Man to Non Nuoc, passing over the Marble Mountains, following the course of the Han River, flying over the Linh Ung Pagoda, the Son Tra Peninsula, and finishing over My Khe Beach.

If you prefer a longer experience, a 30-minute flight is offered at a rate of 5,520,000 VND. This route includes all the previously mentioned sites, plus a flyover of the ancient town of Hoi An, before returning to Nuoc Man Airport.

You can book this experience through Da Nang Heli Tours.

15. Take a Food Tour

If you are in Da Nang and prefer to avoid the usual tourist-frequented restaurants, no problem. I suggest you venture on a culinary tour, also known as a ‘food tour’. Even though this tour won’t take you to Michelin-starred restaurants, it offers a priceless opportunity to meet locals and taste authentic and typical Vietnamese dishes.

The most popular and recommended tour is offered by Da Nang Food Tour. It’s a fantastic opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culinary culture and discover flavors you might not have tried otherwise.

16. Surfing in Da Nang

If you find yourself in Da Nang and are looking for an entertaining activity, why not give surfing a try? True, Da Nang is not Hawaii, but its waves are generally gentle and easy to surf, although on some days the sea might offer more exciting challenges.

The optimal period for surfing stretches from November to March. Renting a surfboard is very affordable, costing about 5 euros per hour. Besides surfing, you can also try kayaking, body surfing, or paddleboarding. In other words, there are numerous options for water sports enthusiasts.

If you are a beginner or wish to improve your skills, lessons are available at local surf hubs like Surf Shacks. These schools offer a range of courses suited for different skill levels, providing a safe and enjoyable way to learn and enjoy water sports while taking in the scenic views of Da Nang’s coastline.

17. My Son Sanctuary

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Located about two hours’ drive from the city of Da Nang, the My Son Sanctuary is a hidden masterpiece. Although smaller than the Angkor complex in Cambodia, it remains a significant historical and cultural treasure of the region.

My Son is a collection of ancient Hindu temples built between the 4th and 14th centuries by the Kingdom of Champa. Despite having been targeted by bombings during the Vietnam War, the sanctuary has preserved much of its original splendor.

Many magnificent temples, adorned with rich sculptural decorations, still stand and offer a fascinating glimpse into the art and architecture of the Cham people.

The universal heritage value of the My Son Sanctuary has been recognized by UNESCO, which listed it as a World Heritage site in 1999.

To visit My Son, you should budget an entrance fee of 150,000 VND. Despite the cost, a visit to the site offers an unmatched cultural experience, allowing you to appreciate Vietnam’s ancient history in a stunning natural setting.

18. Hoi An

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When discussing Da Nang, it’s impossible not to mention the city of Hoi An. These two cities are inseparable. Hoi An is located just 30km from Da Nang, and it would be a significant oversight not to visit.

The ancient town of Hoi An can be seen as a living museum, reflecting traditional Vietnamese architecture. In the 16th and 17th centuries, it was an important commercial port in Southeast Asia.

The silting of the port, which contributed to the development of Da Nang, unexpectedly helped preserve the old town of Hoi An. Today, visitors can admire the stunning architecture of the ancient houses with their yellow facades.

As night falls, the old town transforms into a magical spectacle. Strolling through its alleys, you will be amazed by the thousands of lanterns that light up the streets, creating a unique and unforgettable atmosphere.

In my opinion, it is the most beautiful city in Vietnam.

It was inscribed by UNESCO on the World Heritage list in December 1999.

19. Da Nang 3D Museum

One of the latest must-see attractions in Da Nang, for me, is the 3D Museum.

Housed in a 4,000 m² two-story building, the 3D Museum features 9 distinct thematic zones.

Imagine wandering through 3D settings, from Spiderman to King Kong, or being chased by a T-Rex, passing through aquatic or safari-themed rooms. There are several themed rooms designed to provide loads of fun.

I recommend it if you’re looking for a day filled with laughter. The first room might be underwhelming, but the following rooms are excellent.

It’s a great way to spend time if you’re traveling with children or looking for an indoor activity on a rainy day.

Useful Information

  • Address: Lot 10, Tran Nhan Tong, Tho Quang – Da Nang
  • Hours: 9 AM – 6 PM
  • Price: 200,000 VND per person (approximately 7.50 €)

In 2011, I fell in love with Vietnam after traveling extensively across the country for a month. In 2012, I decided to settle in Hoi An. In 2014, I launched "Good Morning Hoi An," a tourist site that reflects my passion for this magical place. I dedicate myself to guiding visitors through authentic experiences, helping them discover the unique charm of Hoi An as well as Da Nang, from its exquisite cuisine to its age-old traditions. This is my story, that of a Frenchman who found his second home. My email: goodmorninghoian@gmail.com

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