Da Nang Bucket List: 15 Best Things to Do in Da Nang, Vietnam

Da Nang Tourist Attractions: Best Things to do in Da Nang, Vietnam

Bach Ma National Park photo via Klook
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What is Da Nang famous for?

In recent years, Da Nang has caught the attention of many travelers due to its fast-paced growth. For many years, the city has been used by visitors as a transit stop while traveling to other destinations in Vietnam. For this reason, the city and its beauty have been missed by visitors to the country.

The Golden Bridge in Da Nang by Andreea Popa via Unsplash
The Golden Bridge in Da Nang by Andreea Popa via Unsplash

If you are seeking a destination with beautiful beaches and striking hills without the being disturbed by large crowds, then Da Nang will not disappoint you. Here’s our list of top 15 Best Things to Do in Da Nang, Vietnam:

Check out Lady Buddha / Guan Yin statue

Guan Yin statue in Da Nang
Guan Yin statue in Da Nang
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This is something you don’t see every day. This magnificent Guan Yin statue also known as Lady Buddha guards the shores of the city and the fishermen in the sea and can be seen from as far as the main beach.  The Lady Buddha sits stands on top of a temple from the 18th century. It is the tallest statue in the entire country and offers a nice place to visit for religious purposes.

Pay the Dragon Bridge a visit

Dragon Bridge in Da Nang Vietnam
Dragon Bridge in Da Nang Vietnam

A trip to Da Nang is not complete with visiting the Dragon Bridge. Chances are you will see it from a distance or your hotel room, but watching it up and close is a sight to behold. Everyday weekend, the Dragon spits fire at 9 pm, making the bridge one of the most visited sites in the city on Saturday and Sunday.

Visit Marble Mountains

View from the Marble Mountain
View from the Marble Mountain

Marble mountains consist of five marble and limestone hills in Hoa Hai district, just 9 kilometers south of the city. The five peaks are named after natural elements including earth (Tho Son), metal (Kim Son), water (Thuy Son), fire (Hoa Son), and wood (Moc Son). Atop the hills, you will find several 17th century Buddha and pagoda temples.

Relax at the Asia Park Sun World Da Nang Wonders

The Golden Bridge in Da Nang
The Golden Bridge in Da Nang

Asia Park is among the largest amusement parks in South East Asia. The good thing about the park is that the large rotating wheel provides striking views of the city, especially at night. And the best thing about the park is that it is never crowded, regardless of time, day, month, or season. You can also ride in small trains to take you around the park or take the Cable Car to see the birds-eye view of the mountains and the sea.

Swim in Cham Islands

Cham Islands by Kok Leng Yeo via Wikipedia CC
Cham Islands by Kok Leng Yeo via Wikipedia CC

If you love swimming, diving, or snorkeling, Cham Islands will be great for you to visit. The islands are located about an hour by boat off the coast of Da Nang. The best way to explore the Cham islands and make the most out of your trip is by booking a trip rather than going by yourself.

Party like crazy (but with moderation)

Nightlife in Dan Hang is crazy. There numerous nightclubs that you can dance your night off or just enjoy a cold drink by the riverside. The most popular clubs in Da Nang are the Sky 36 and Golden Pine. Drinks are cheap and in abundance.

Check out Hai Van Pass

Hai Van Pass in Vietnam
Hai Van Pass in Vietnam

At 500 meters above sea level, Hai Van Pass is the highest pass not only in Da Nang but also in the entire of Vietnam. During a clear day, you can enjoy the views of the city as well as the verdant mountains, Son Tra Peninsula, South China Sea, and Tien Sa Port.

Enjoy the coffee Vietnamese coffee culture

Vietnamese Coffee
Vietnamese Coffee

If you are a solo traveler, grab a book and look for a nice coffee shop in the city. Vietnamese coffee is famous worldwide and in Da Nang, you have a chance to sample the best there is. There are numerous shops to choose from including local shops with plastic tables and chair and luxurious cafes.

Shop around

Shopping in Da Nang
Shopping in Da Nang

Da Nang has several local markets from which you can do some shopping. You can find cheap authentic items in markets like Han and Con markets. If you are staying for a few more weeks, buy some local food produce and try making your own Vietnamese cuisine. But remember to haggle the prices down especially if you look touristy.

Scooter the outskirts of Da Nang

Da Nang has countless places you can visit with a scooter, that is if you have motorbike skills. If you don’t have driving skills or you are afraid of the traffic, consider hiring a taxi or booking a tour that will take you to all the beautiful places around Da Nang.

Enjoy nature at Bach Ma National Park

Bach Ma National Park photo via Klook
Bach Ma National Park photo via Klook

This national park is located 65 kilometers from the city of Da Nang and is thought by many to be the wettest place in Vietnam. Sitting across 22 hectares of land in Bach Mountain, the park is one of the greatest natural sites and a precious ecological spot in Vietnam. In the park, you can explore numerous hiking trails such as Vong hai Dai, Do Quyen, and Ngu Ho. If you are a nature lover, this park is a must-visit place in case you are in Da Nang.

Chill at the Beach

Da Nang Beach
Da Nang Beach

When you visit Da Nang, you will feel as if you are in some kind of an exotic island, but that will just be illusions created by the stretches of beaches and mountains in the backdrop. The beaches in Da Nang are very clean and less crowded, offering ample place to unwind after a long day.

Check out the Da Nang Cathedral

Da Nang Cathedral photo by Ngoc Thuan via Unsplash
Da Nang Cathedral photo by Ngoc Thuan via Unsplash

Also known as Rooster Church, this cathedral is the largest in central Vietnam, having been constructed by French. Enter inside the church for breathtaking paintings and biblical illustrations in art forms. The cathedral is so large that is can accommodate around 4000 churchgoers.

See My Son Sanctuary

My Son Village Vietnam
My Son Village Vietnam

One of the still-remaining ancient Cham structures, the My Son sanctuary is a charming place to visit. Due to it being the only remaining of the ancient Cham Kingdom, the site was inaugurated as World Cultural Heritage site.

Enjoy the Vietnamese food

Vietnamese Street Food
Vietnamese Street Food

The first thing everyone one wants to do after landing in a foreign city is to try out some local foods. If you are a foodie, Da Nang will take care of your gastronomical needs and even more. If you are in the city, try as much as possible to sample the street food.

Da Nang Travel and Tour Packages

Marble Mountain and Hoi An Day Tour from Da Nang

Marble Mountains Tour Packages photo via KLOOK
Marble Mountains Tour Packages photo via KLOOK

Learn more about Vietnam’s Buddhist origins and ancient history on this tour. Get to visit Marble Mountain and its complex of five marble and limestone hills that represent the five main elements of the universe – Iron Mountain (Kim), Wood Mountain (Moc), Water Mountain (Thuy), Fire Mountain (Hoa), and Earth Mountain (Tho).

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Check out our complete list of recommended Hotels and Resorts in Da Nang, Vietnam via Agoda or you may also see available Airbnb properties in the city.

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