Guide to travelling Da Nang

Located in the South Central region, Da Nang has mountains, plains, and sea. Famous tourist attractions when traveling to Da Nang include Ba Na tourist area, My Khe beach, and Asia’s largest indoor entertainment area Fantasy Park. Da Nang also has many enchanting landscapes such as Hai Van pass, primeval forest in Son Tra peninsula, and Ngu Hanh Son. In particular, Da Nang is surrounded by 3 world cultural heritages: Hue, Hoi An, and My Son, and a little further is Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park. Every year, Da Nang organizes the Fireworks Festival, which attracts many visitors from all directions to attend.

Means, transportation when traveling to Da Nang

Any means can take you to Danang. Besides the advantages of the landscape, the convenience of transportation is also an advantage of this city. You can go by plane, train, bus, motorbike, …

Train: It takes about 14-20 hours by train from Hanoi or Saigon to Da Nang depending on how fast or slow the train is. Going from Saigon is longer because of the longer distance. Fares from Hanoi to Da Nang: 300 – 650,000 VND depending on seat types.  Fares from Saigon to Da Nang: 900 – 1,300,000 VND depending on the type of seat.

Airplane: From Hanoi to Da Nang, fares range from 700,000 VND to 2,200,000 VND, depending on the airline. It takes 1 hour and 30 minutes to get to Da Nang. The same is true for the Saigon – Da Nang route. (You can contact to book here)

Coach: the coach to Da Nang is usually a North-South bed car. Ticket price and quality do not differ much, you can refer to the ticket prices of firms: Hoang Long, Mai Linh, Hlink, Thuan Thao, Phuong Trang, Sinh Cafe …

In Hanoi, you can take a bus to Da Nang at Giap Bat station, Nuoc Ngam bus station.

In Saigon, you buy tickets at Mien Dong station.

Note: should buy in advance, or call the station in advance to avoid running out of tickets.
Ticket prices range 500 – 700 VND, 18 – 20 hours from Hanoi / Saigon to Da Nang.

Exploring Da Nang by motorbike

Exploring the city by motorbike is a very popular experience in Da Nang.

Go around the City of Da Nang

Motorbike: convenient and easy to explore the tourist attractions of Da Nang. You can rent at hotels or motorbike rental points, priced from 90,000 VND – 150,000 VND / car/ day. Some points for motorbike rental in Da Nang you can refer to:

– Lam Nguyen motorbike rental company, Tel: 0942.35.35.35 and 0965.977.768 (Meet Anh Do) – Address: Ho Huan Nghiep Street – Ngu Hanh Son.
– Binh Minh Motorcycle Company: 0986.86.29.86 – 0938.006.843 (Anh Khoa). Address: 82 Thach Lam, Son Tra, Da Nang, close to My Khe beach.
– Truong Dat Motorcycle Company 0969.722.744 (A. Tuan) and 0969.822.844 (A. Dat), Address K65 / 86 To Hien Thanh (very close to My Khe beach), pick up and delivery at the hotel and airport.
– Anh Tuan Motorbike Company is near Da Nang airport. Address 143/16 Tieu La. Contact: 0905.70.80.90 (A. Tuan) or 0988.000.835 – 0988.000.875 (Hoang Anh).

Taxi: Some popular taxi companies in Da Nang.

Taxi Mai Linh – (0511). 3.56.56.56
Airport Taxi – (0511) .3.27.27.27
Taxi Song Han – (0511) .3.72.72.72
Taxi Vinasun Green – (0511) .3.68.68.68

Weather and best time to travel

Da Nang is a city in the South Central region, so it has a tropical monsoon climate with typical high temperatures and little fluctuations. There are two distinct seasons each year: the rainy season from August to December and the dry season from January to July. To avoid the effects of storms, the best time to travel to Danang is from February to August annually. However, if you want to travel economically, you should go around January to April because Da Nang’s atmosphere is quite cool, there are no storms and especially the service price is softer than June to August.

My Khe beach, Da Nang

My Khe beach, Da Nang.

Sightseeing: Monuments, beaches, tourist attractions of Da Nang

Center area: District Thanh Khanh and Hai Chau

Museum of Cham Sculpture (often called Ancient Cham Museum): the only museum in the world about Cham culture, preserving relics of the ancient Kingdom of Champa.

Museum of Cham Sculpture

Museum of Cham Sculpture.

Address: No. 2, Road 2/9, Hai Chau District, Da Nang

Song Han Bridge: Han river bridge is built on the main axis of Bach Dang street, connecting Hai Chau district with Son Tra district. The spinning bridge is the pride of Danang people. The beautiful bridge shines and stands out in the middle of the city when night falls. The special feature is that every night, the Han River Bridge rotates 90 degrees around the center of the bridge for large ships to pass. Starting on October 14, 2015, the Office of the People’s Committee of Da Nang City said that it has officially adjusted the Han River bridge turnaround time earlier to serve the people and visitors to enjoy the more convenient rotating bridge.

Song Han Bridge

Song Han Bridge.

Accordingly, the Han River Bridge turns from 23:00 to 24:00 on Saturdays and Sundays every week (1 hour earlier than before). At the same time, suspend all vehicles passing through the bridge 15 minutes prior to the time the bridge starts to turn until the turn is over.

Dragon Bridge: a new bridge inaugurated in 2013, connecting the road from Da Nang airport to the beaches of My Khe and Non Nuoc. The “dragon” on the bridge is capable of spewing fire and spraying water like real at 9 pm on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays.

Dragon Bridge

Dragon Bridge.

Con Market: is the largest shoppin0g mall in Da Nang city and the Central region. The current number of visitors to Con market is not only for shopping but also for traveling.

Con Market

Con Market.

Con Market is the largest shopping mall in Da Nang City and the Central region.

Location: Con Market in Hai Chau II ward, Hai Chau district, located at the intersection of Hung Vuong – Ong Ich Khiem street.

Son Tra Peninsula

Located 10 km east of Da Nang city center, Son Tra is considered a “jewel”, with a long, winding coastline, and diverse flora and fauna. The peninsula is located in Tho Quang ward, Son Tra district with an area of 4,439 hectares of land. It has a long, clear coast all year round, along with Hai Van Pass that surrounds Da Nang city and Da Nang Bay.

Dawn on Son Tra peninsula

Dawn on Son Tra peninsula.

Linh Ung Pagoda: Linh Ung Pagoda Son Tra, also known as Linh Ung Pagoda Bai But (differentiated from Linh Ung Pagoda Ngu Hanh Son and Linh Ung Pagoda Ba Na) is the largest temple in Da Nang city in both size and art architecture.

Linh Ung Pagoda

If you are a fan of spiritual travel, this is definitely an ideal destination for you. With its beautiful terrain, large scale, and outstanding architecture, Linh Ung Pagoda is an interesting destination.

Fairy Stream and Stone Stream: two beautiful pristine streams located in Son Tra mountain, are familiar stops in the schedule of tours to Da Nang to Son Tra peninsula.

Bai But (Bay But)

Nestled in a very beautiful strait, Bai But is the place where the sea meets the mountains and forests.

Bai But in Da Nang

Bai But in Da Nang.

Beaches in East Danang

My Khe Beach: 3 km from the center of Da Nang city, over the Han River turning bridge, going straight to Pham Van Dong, about 1.5 km to the East, you will reach My Khe. This beach is famous for its fine white sand, mild waves, warm water all year round, surrounded by romantic coconut trees. In particular, My Khe was also voted by Forbes as one of the six most attractive beaches on the planet.

My Khe beach in Da Nang

My Khe beach in Da Nang.

Pham Van Dong Beach: This is a public beach built with a cost of 12 billion VND, is a place that attracts local residents and tourists everywhere. Location: Phuoc My Ward, Son Tra district, in the East Sea Park.

Pham Van Dong Beach

Bac My An Beach: is a beach in Bac My An ward, Ngu Hanh Son District, Da Nang. Fine white sand and clear blue water with little difference year-round temperature is the advantage of this beach.

Bac My An Beach

With a system of hotels near the sea stretching out the beautiful beaches of Da Nang, visitors can be completely assured with friends and family to enjoy wonderful holidays here. As a major tourist city of the country, Da Nang warmly welcomes hundreds of thousands of domestic and international tourists each year with fresh sea space and the best Danang hotels. Come to Da Nang to feel the love and taste of the sea in every breath.

Ngu Hanh Mountain Area

Tam Thai Pagoda: located in the west of Thuy Son mountain, one of the five famous mountains of Ngu Hanh Son.

Tam Thanh Pagoda

Non-Nuoc Stone Handicraft Village: is the place producing famous marble handicrafts domestically and internationally. Location: Non-Nuoc handicraft stone in Hoa Hai ward, Ngu Hanh Son district.

Non Nuoc Beach: 5km long with tourist area with cool pine hills below Ngu Hanh Son. Smooth white sand beach, gentle slope, smooth waves. The seawater is not polluted and is clean, attracting domestic and foreign tourists to Da Nang tourism.

Non Nuoc Beach

Non Nuoc Beach.

The area far from the center of Da Nang city

Ba Na – Nui Chua: This is a mountain range in Hoa Vang district, 40 km southwest of Da Nang. In Ba Na, visitors will feel four distinct seasons in a day: morning – spring, noon – summer, afternoon – autumn, evening – winter. This is a famous destination of Da Nang tourism.

Ba Na in the clouds

Ba Na in the clouds.

Hai Van Pass: This is where the Truong Son mountain range protrudes to the sea steeply and dangerously.

Hai Van pass

The “legendary” round section on Hai Van pass.

Cam Ne Mat Village: 14km southwest of Da Nang city center, Cam Ne mat village in Hoa Tien commune, Hoa Vang district, Da Nang city. This place has long been famous for all kinds of traditional flower mats, which were present in the internal court of the Nguyen Dynasty.

Cam Ne Mat Village in Da Nang

Cam Ne Mat Village in Da Nang.

Tuy Loan ancient village: The ancient village is located in Hoa Phong commune, Hoa Vang district, about 15km from the center of Da Nang city. The ancient village of Tuy Loan is over 500 years old. Coming to Tuy Loan ancient village, you should not miss the opportunity to taste the specialties of rice paper and Guangdong noodle, the famous far and near of Da Nang tourism.

Tuy Loan Village Communal House

Outdoor Well

Outdoor Well is located in the Ba Na – Nui Chua sanctuary, Da Nang, home to the famous Ba Na Hills tourist area. Wild scenery is the inspiration for travelers, with types of picnics such as trekking, mountain climbing, camping, bathing.

Outdoor Well

Starting from the parking lot of the Ba Na cable car, the traveler must conquer 7.5 km of the winding mountain pass, cross the stream, and cross the forest to reach the outdoor well. Passing the first slope, the rest of the way is very easy to go.

Nam O Reef: About 2km from the center of Nam O village (Hoa Hiep Nam ward, Lien Chieu District, Da Nang – between Da Nang and Hai Van pass) about 2km to the Southeast, there is a strip of reefs, fishermen in the area called Nam O reef. Nam O Reef has a lot of algae, so it is home to much valuable fish and seafood.

Nam O Reef

Nam O Reef.

Shopping centers in Da Nang

Da Nang has two largest markets located in the city center: Han market and Con market. In addition, there are big supermarkets that have just opened in the past few years such as Da Nang supermarket, Metro supermarket, BigC hypermarket, Intimex supermarket, Rosa Bai Tho supermarket, Nhat Linh supermarket, Ocean supermarket.

Delicious food in Da Nang

Da Nang has special dishes such as Quang noodles, pork roll rice paper, Pancakes, veal, fish ball noodles, dried sesame cakes, Nam O fish sauce that can be purchased as gifts.

Quang Noodles

Quang Noodles sell in the morning until 9 am – 10 am on Hoang Dieu Street, Phan Thanh, Trung Nu Vuong, Hoang Hoa Tham; Some places sell all day such as on Nguyen Huu Tho street, Nguyen Cong Tru. The price fluctuates depending on the place, depending on the big and small bowl about 13,000 – 25,000 VND / bowl, the rice paper sold with 3,000 VND / item. Noodles No. 1A Hai Phong; Ms. Vi’s Noodles: 155 Trung Nu Vuong; Reference price: 20,000 – 30,000 VND / bowl.

Ms. Vi's Quang Noodles 166 Le Dinh Khuong Da Nang

Ms. Vi’s Quang Noodles 166 Le Dinh Khuong Da Nang.

Nam O fish salad

If you want to eat Nam O fish salad, you must go to Nam O area. If not, you can go to Nguyen Tat Thanh or Nam O bridge. One part costs about 40,000 VND.

Nam O fish salad

Nam O fish salad.

Fishball noodle soup

The shop on Hoang Dieu Street (right next to Hoang Anh Gia Lai building) sells all day from 7 am – 9 pm; all-night shop on Hung Vuong street; The shop only sells in the morning from 6 am – 10 am on Tran Cao Van Street (opposite Tam To market). Price from 15,000 VND / bowl. Traditional fish noodle soup 109 Nguyen Chi Thanh – Hai Chau district. Price: 20 thousand / ordinary bowl and 25 thousand / special bowl; Service time is from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., peak hours are 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Pork rice paper rolls

To be full of taste, you should choose the shop on Chau Thi Vinh Te Street or Hai Phong, Duy Tan, Le Duan, Do Thuc Thinh … with prices ranging from 30,000 to 80,000 VND. Pork rice paper rolls at Mau restaurant, 35 Do Thuc Tinh, and Tran rice paper no.4 Le Duan.

Pork rice paper rolls

Pork rice paper rolls.

Pancakes (Vietnamese: bánh xèo)

Prices are about 5,000 VND / piece on Hoang Dieu Street. The most famous shop here is at K280 / 23 Hoang Dieu.

Beo cakes (Vietnamese: bánh bèo)

Not to mention the street vendors, the Beo cakes area at Con market (Hung Vuong street gate), Hoang Dieu, Hai Phong, Ong Ich Khiem. These shops sell from noon, only from September to February every year. Each bowl of banh beo is only about 1,500 VND.

Beo cakes

Beo cakes.

Mong Bridge singed calf

The best Mong bridge singed calf dish is bought in Mong Bridge, Dien Ban district, Quang Nam province, 15km from Da Nang. It is also bought at Ms. Ngoc 228 Dong Da, 99 Ong Ich Khiem.

Pomegranate seed drink (Vietnamese: Xoa xoa hạt lựu)

There are many shops serving pomegranate seed drink, but the best one is still in Con market, or some shops on Tran Binh Trong street (right at the intersection of Tran Binh Trong and Ngo Gia Tu), Phan Thanh … with the price of about 5,000 VND / glass.

Jackfruit mixed

The most delicious is on Ong Ich Duong street (opposite Hoa Tho textile), Pham Van Nghi … The price is very affordable, only about 10,000 VND / jackfruit dish.

Kep rice paper (bánh tráng kẹp)

Kep rice paper is priced at 8,000 VND / dish or more. The most delicious is in the alley near Thang Long Hotel, Dien Bien Phu Street. The shop of Tuong rice paper, Dap rice paper of Ba Tu isc at 354 Le Duan; price 3,000 – 5,000 VND / item.

Kep rice paper

sticky cream

The price ranges from 7,000 VND to 12,000 VND / 1 cup at Ngo Si Lien Street, Hoa Khanh.

Tofu cocktail

You can visit Nguyen Van Linh street to enjoy delicious tofu dishes from 14,000 VND / 1 plate.

Salted yogurt and cold jackfruit

Salted yogurt is widely sold near Nguyen Van Troi bridge with a super cheap price of only 10,000 / tray. Each tray contains 10 jars. In addition to yogurt, these shops also sell delicious frozen jackfruit for 5000 / bag.

Suction snail

The average price of a snail dish is  20,000 VND or more. In Da Nang there are many snail shops, but the most praised one must include the snail shop on Le Duan street.

Danang Hotel

As a famous tourist city, Da Nang hotels are very diverse. Depending on your personal conditions, you can easily choose a suitable hotel for yourself. Here have been the most popular hotels in Danang over the past time:

  • Melia Danang Resort
  • Mercure Da Nang BanaHills
  • Vinpearl Condotel Riverfront Đà Nẵng
  • InterContinental Đà Nẵng Sun Peninsula Resort
  • Golden Bay Hotel Danang
  • Risemount Danang Resort

Beautiful place to take pictures in Da Nang

Ba Na Hills tourist area

Dubbed a fairyland with a very special four-season climate, Ba Na Hills is a place where many young people take pictures when coming to Da Nang. Spacious natural space with a fresh green color plus beautiful scenery in Ba Na will surely make the ideal backdrop for your photos.

The infinity pool at the A la carte hotel

Located on the top floor of the A la Carte hotel right on My Khe beach, the infinity-style swimming pool is small but quite special, with a wide view of the sea. Here, you can sit and sip a cup of coffee, relax and enjoy the cool sea air. New space, considered as the first infinity swimming pool on the top floor in Vietnam, so this place is a very “hot” destination for many people.

Pham Van Dong Marine Park

East Sea Park attracts visitors not only thanks to the beautiful scenery towards the romantic beach, but also impresses visitors in the flock of pigeons. If you want to take pictures with pigeons, you should be here at 7:30 or 16:30 every day.

Take pictures of the reed grass season

In Da Nang, there is a very large reed lawn located on Tho Quang beach. In the last days of autumn, this reed grass field starts to become a gathering place for that the people like take photos. Young people, tourists, locals, newlyweds gathered here to have pictures in the middle of the field.

The Area of Stone Statue Carp Turning to Dragon and Love Pier

The Area of Stone Statue Carp Turning to Dragon and Love Pier is the highlight of the landscape of the East Bank of the Han River. The carp body is sculpted with solid scales. The dragon head is inspired by the Ly dragon and designed to spray rain. The fishtail is stylized, bringing the meaning of peace, prosperity, solidarity …

This is a meeting point that couples cannot ignore when traveling to Da Nang.

Famous and beautiful bridges in Da Nang

It can be said that Da Nang is a famous city with bridges such as Dragon Bridge, Thuan Phuoc Bridge, Tran Thi Ly Bridge, Han River Bridge, … Each bridge has its own mark and style. There are also great photo locations for those who love to take pictures.

Son Tra Peninsula

Stretching from Green Lake to Intercontinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, with a long and beautiful road, along with famous Da Nang rocky beaches such as Bai But, Bai Rang,…. This will be a great place for you to list in the list of beautiful photography places in Da Nang.

The resorts

Along with the tourist development cities such as Nha Trang, Da Lat … Da Nang also has many beautiful resorts. The beautiful architecture at the resorts will definitely give you beautiful, sparkling photos.

Hoa Trung Lake

Hoa Trung Lake is located in Hoa Lien commune (Hoa Vang, Da Nang), about 20km from the city center, like the Tibetan steppe in the heart of Da Nang with green, flat grass, stretching straight surrounding the artificial lake bed.

On dry days, the lakeside area becomes large, like a vast, calm steppe. This is the ideal place for you to experience canoeing on the green river. The dugout canoes are made by fishermen. They use dugout canoes to move around the lake to visit fish rafts.

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