Destinations in Danang: Important Tourist Places and Attractions

Overview

Danang was voted in the Top 10 most attractive destinations of Asia. This is Vietnam’s 4th largest city, a center of economy, culture, education, science and technology in the Central - Central Highlands region and has the highest per capital income in Vietnam and listed as one of Vietnam’s most rapid cities. It’s home of Danang Beach, heralded by Forbes Magazine as one of the "10 Most Luxurious Beaches in the World”.

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The city itself has neither the ambiance of Hanoi nor the hustle-bustle of Ho Chi Minh City, but has its share of sights and is close to the charms of Hoi An and the imperial capital of Hue, making it a popular vacation spot for those looking to explore the attractions of central Vietnam or soak up some sun while hanging out on the city's beaches.

Tourism

Da Nang still hides great potential for tourism development. For years, tourists have bypassed Da Nang on their travel itineraries, preferring to spend their time viewing the ancient imperial court at Hue or walking the streets of the old town in Hoi An. And yet, as those who call it home are aware, Da Nang has plenty of interesting and beautiful sights of its own.

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Nestled between the Annamite Range and the South China Sea on the banks of the Han River, Da Nang's natural beauty is hard to miss; a trip up into the mountains and down to the beach should be on your to-do list.

Culturally, Da Nang once lay at the northernmost reaches of the Kingdom of Champa; the Museum of Cham Sculpture, located downtown, should be mandatory if you're planning on visiting the ruins at nearby My Son.

Ba Na Hill Station (About 40km W of Da Nang)

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Ba Na is 1,487 m above sea level in the Truong Son Mountains. It was formerly a 1920s French resort and once boasted 200 villas, restaurants, and clubs. It is known as the second Dalat or Sa Pa in central Vietnam.

Its temperate climate, unspoiled forest, and spectacular views over the South China Sea and the Lao mountains made Ba Na a popular retreat for both the French and the wealthy Vietnamese.

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Today the area still attracts locals and tourists alike thanks to a new cable car system that was opened in 2009 and set two Guinness World Records for its height and length. Great view from the top but it's really useless to stay overnight since the accommodations are shabby and terribly overpriced (USD80-150 per night).

You need to get a taxi to Suoi Mo Station (USD25 one-way from Da Nang) then pay 550,000 dong per adult (250,000 dong for children between 1-1.3 m tall, free admission for children under 1 m tall) for the ticket to the cable car and the Fantasy Park.

Han River Promenade, along Bach Dang Rd (Between Dragon Bridge and Danang Port)

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The beauty of the Han River has inspired poets and composers throughout Da Nang's history. The promenade on the western bank of the river is well built up, stretching from the Dragon Bridge in the south to the city port in the north.

The promenade passes underneath the famous Han River Bridge, a swing bridge built in the late 1990s, one of four bridges across the Han you can glimpse from here (the others are the Thuan Phuoc, Dragon, and Tran Thi Ly bridges).

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All of the bridges light up with colourful patterns at night, making a walk by the river a delightful (and certainly romantic) escapade. During the Tet season, the promenade is festooned with sculptures and art. The annual Fireworks Festival is also based here, but you're better off seeing the show from afar, as it tends to get quite crowded.

Linh Ung Temple, Hoang Sa Rd (Bai But, Son Tra Peninsula)

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Stunning views of the sea, the sky, and a 67-m tall statue of "Quan The Am" facing the ocean. The pagoda was built in 2010.

Marble Mountains (Ngu Hanh Son) (9 km S of downtown and across the street from many of the larger beach side resorts)

The group includes Kim Son (Mountain of Metal), Moc Son (Mountain of Wood), Thuy Son (Mountain of Water), Hoa Son (Mountain of Fire), and Tho Son (Mountain of Earth).

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Several Buddhist temples have been built into the caves and grottoes, and it's a popular pilgrimage site. The real fun, though, is at the Am Phu cave, where you can make the steep climb up toward the light and a view from the top of the mountain, surrounded by approving sacred images; or head in the opposite direction, physically and spiritually, down to the crude Hieronymous Bosch-esque statues of sinners getting their due in the caverns below, with appropriately eerie lighting. 

Museum of Cham Sculpture (Bảo Tàng Chăm), #2, September 2nd Rd (Near the roundabout at the corner of Trung Nu Vuong and Bach Dang St)

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Founded in 1915 by the École Française d'Extrême Orient, it houses a collection of stone sculptures from the Hindu-practicing Cham civilization, which occupied much of central Vietnam in the first millennium CE through about the 14th century.

The sculptures are nearly all made of sandstone, and some have weathered badly over the centuries, but you can still appreciate the delightful artistic quality of the figures, which include shiva, garudas, nagas, lions, monkeys, and elephants.

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The collection also includes striking examples of the ancient Hindu icons of fertility: lingam altars decorated around the sides with rows of breasts. The sculptures were mostly removed from the facades or interiors of Cham ruins (which would have been looted otherwise.) The ruins themselves, such as nearby My Son, now tend to be crumbling piles of bricks and somewhat disappointing, giving little sense of the spectacular artwork produced by the Cham civilization. 

Da Nang has successfully built significant tourism events, including International Fireworks Competition which has been held continuously since 2008. In May 2012, Da Nang first deployed International Parachute Competition.

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In addition, the city is also surrounded by three world cultural heritage: Hue, Hoi An, and My Son. Far a little bit is Bach Ma National Park, and Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park - world natural heritage. Da Nang thus is considered an important transit point on the Central Heritage Road.

Festival

Traditional festivals in Da Nang have existed for thousands of years and been handed down from generation to generation. Festival of Da Nang’s fishermen is known as Ca Ong festival.

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The festival is held over two days in mid-March in the lunar calendar in coastal regions, such as Thai Man, Tho Quang, Thanh Loc Dan, Xuan Ha, Hiep Hoa....Through the festival, there are many unique traditional games characterizing waters as basket shaking, sailing, swimming, or tug of war...

The biggest festival in Da Nang is Avalokitesvara (Quan The Am) festival which was first held in 1960. In 2000, the festival is recognized as a national festival and is now one of the 15 largest festivals in Vietnam.

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The festival is annually held from 17 to 19 February (lunar calendar) in Avalokitesvara Temple, located in Marble Mountains scenic landscape complex. In the Avalokitesvara festival, the most outstanding activity is Avalokitesvara statue ceremony. Besides, there is also lantern performance, traditional boat racing, or martial arts demonstrations...

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In recent years, Da Nang has created itself new unique festivals. Boat racing festival was annually held on Vietnam National Day on Han River. International Fireworks Competition was held on April 30 drew thousands of people to Da Nang. In detail, the Fireworks festival 2013 has attracted nearly 400,000 tourists to Da Nang city.

How to get there

The way to get there is quite simple, there’s more than a dozen flights daily from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) & Hanoi alone, and as one guest put it “The taxi ride to the [Saigon] airport, took longer than the flight to Danang”.

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Travelers coming to Danang will fall in love with the nature, friendly people and food here. Nowhere else in Vietnam could you find such big city but still clean and peaceful. Danang has everything from the mountain to the beach, from the luxury city to the local countryside, from the cool air in Bana Mountain to the sunny beaches…

Let's try to enjoy the warm morning on the beach, then cool afternoon in the mountain, then windy evening on the river...each minute in Danang will be unforgettable memory for all tourists.

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It will cost you a day just to name special dishes here and of course more and more time to enjoy them all. Some famous specialties all over Vietnam is Banh Trang Thit Heo, Banh Beo, seafood... Each dish is the great combination of local agriculture but cooked in a very unique way which make you feel totally satisfied with every meals. No matter you are food lover, gourmet or just a normal traveler, you will find Danang as a heaven on earth for food.

Danang is considered by local Vietnamese people as “A city which is worthiest for living”, and we have good reason to announce that.


Oh, Danang!

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