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First Time in Da Nang

first-time-da-nang-dragon-bridge-1 The Dragon Bridge on Han River in Da Nang

Da Nang City is a coastal city in Central Vietnam.

Population of Da Nang Province (2019): 1.13 mil, Da Nang City: 988,000

Ethnic groups: Viet (Kinh)

Highlights: Museum of Cham Sculpture, Ba Na - Chua Mountain, Non Nuoc Beach, Marble Mountains, etc.

Climate

The average annual temperature is 25.8oC (78.4oF). The warmest month of the year is July, with an average temperate of 29.1oC (84.4oF), and the coldest month of the year is January with temperatures averaging 21.8oC (71.2oF).

With a generally warm and temperate climate, the summer has a good amount of rainfall with precipitation of about 2,153 mm (84.76 inches) per year. Most of the precipitation is in October.

Transport

Da Nang City is 30 km from Hoi An, 85 km from Hue, 965 km from Ho Chi Minh City, and 740 km from Hanoi.

Most people will travel from Hanoi to Da Nang through 4 options:
1) Take an international flight to Da Nang's International Airport.
2) Take a domestic flight from Hanoi's Noi Bai International Airport or Ho Chi Minh's Tan Son Nhat International Airport.
3) Take a bus or ride a motorbike from to Da Nang's Bus Station from Hoi An.
4) Take a train ride to Da Nang's Railway Station

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Air

Da Nang International Airport is 2.5 km southwest of the city center.

International flight routes to Da Nang: Singapore, Bangkok (Thailand), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Jakarta (Indonesia), Manila (Philippines), Phnom Penh, Siem Reap (Cambodia), Beijing, Hangzhou, Guangzhou, Hong Kong (China), Taipei (Taiwan), Seoul (South Korea), Tokyo (Japan), Melbourne (Australia), etc.

Domestic flight routes to Da Nang: Hanoi, Hai Phong, Vinh, Tuy Hoa, Nha Trang, Buon Ma Thuot, Pleiku, Da Lat, Ho Chi Minh City, Can Tho, Phu Quoc, etc.

Bus

At the Da Nang Bus Station, there are many daily bus routes connecting other cities in Vietnam. Plus, international buses to Laos (Vientiane, Thakhet, Savan, Pac Se) depart daily at 8 AM.

Da Nang Bus Station (view map): 159 Ton Duc Thang Street, Lien Chieu District

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Motorbikes

You can plan a day trip by motorbike from Hoi An to Da Nang or vice versa. The roads are well-developed and quite safe to travel. See How to Travel from Hoi An to Da Nang.

At Da Nang City, motorbikes for rent are available for around VND 150,000 per day at the hotels or hostels.

Taxi

Taxis are available almost everywhere in the city. Some of the taxi brands are Mai Linh, Vinasun, Tien Sa, etc. 

Train

Da Nang Railway Station (view map): 202 Hai Phong Street, Thanh Khe District.

Boat

There are boat tours of the Han River. Contact to Tien Sa Boat or Song Han Cruise

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Accommodations in Da Nang City:

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Attractions in Da Nang City:

Museum of Cham Sculpture

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The Museum of Cham Sculpture was built in 1915 under the sponsorship of the French school for Far Eastern Studies in Vietnam. It was expanded in 1936 and opened to the general public in 1939. The collection at the museum exhibits 300 original sandstone sculptures and baked clay dating from the late 7th century to the early 15th century.

Hai Van Pass

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Hai Van Mountain Pass is situated on the road between Hue and Da Nang. From here, there is a magnificent view of the sea, the clouds, and the tunnel, which is the longest tunnel road in Southeast Asia measuring 6.28 km.

Marble Mountains

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The Marble Mountains, also called Ngu Hanh Son, is located 8 km southeast of Da Nang. In the early 19th century, King Minh Mang named the 5 mountains according to the 5 elements of nature: Metal (Kim Son), Wood (Moc Son), Fire (Hoa Son), Earth (Tho Son), and Water (Thuy Son). Of the 5 mountains, Thuy Son is the largest and considered the most beautiful.

Huyen Khong Cave

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Nestled in the Marble Mountains system, Huyen Khong Cave is one of the most ancient and unique worshipping temples in Vietnam. At certain times of the day, sunlight will sneak through the cave's craters, creating a magnificent natural light show for visitors to witness.

Non Nuoc Marble Carving Village

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The ancient village situates on the foot of the Marble Mountains. Here you can witness first hand how the handmade marble crafts come to life and buy home quality yet affordable souvenirs such as cooking utensils, decorative statues, and jewelry.  

Ba Na Hills

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Situated on the Chua Mountain, Ba Na Hills used to be the retreat sanctuary for French colonists in1919 and now it is an internationally famed resort welcoming visitors from all over the world to the wonders of Da Nang.

Three parts of Ba Na Hills:

Lower part: Linh Ung Pagoda, Le Jardin D'Amour (Garden of Love), Debay Cellar, Golden Bridge,...

Upper part: French Village, Fantasy Park,...

Mountaintop: Tru Vu Tea Corner, Spiritual Zone,...

Ba Na Cable Station (view map)

Fees for a round-trip ticket: VND 700,000/adult and VND 550,000/kid (inclusive per ticket: admission, some games in Fantasy Park, and a funicular train to Debay Cellar and Le Jardin D'Amour

Bridges crossing Han River

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A stroll around the Han River can lead you to many bridges with impressive designs

  • Tien Son Bridge in upstream Han River, serving mainly as the expansion of Tien So Port
  • Tran Thi Ly Bridge: 2 km North Tien Son Bridge, with the unique cable structure resembling a mini-tower of the river
  • Nguyen Van Troi Bridge: 20 m from the Tran Thi Ly Bridge, and it is the first bridge to be built on Han River. Nguyen Van Troi Bridge is now converted into a pedestrian area.
  • Dragon Bridge is the star on the Han River, connecting Da Nang Airport with the luxury resorts by the Son Tra Penisula. There are 6 driving lanes and 2 pedestrian lanes. Every Saturday and Sunday, there are light shows as well as the incredible performances of the dragon on the bridge spraying fire and water.
  • Han River Bridge connects Le Duan and Pham Van Dong streets. The middle part of the bridge swings on its axis every day from 1 AM to 4 AM to allow big ships to go through.
  • Thuan Phuoc Bridge is 2 km from the Han River and is the longest cable-stayed bridge in Vietnam with a length of 1,855 m. The bridge has an LED lighting system reflecting the image of a bird's wings spreading out on the water surface.

Son Tra Peninsula 

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Son Tra Mountain (view map) and Ban Co Peak (view map) and Nha Vong Canh (view map)

Popularly known as a favorable place for a relaxing vacation, Son Tra Peninsula is located at the entrance of Da Nang Harbor. Its geographic location is ideal for protecting the city against winds and storms making up of yellow sand beaches, peaks, and mountains. The natural ecological region is 693 m above sea level. From the top of Son Tra Peninsula, there is a magnificent panoramic view of Da Nang City, the Marble Mountains, and Ba Na Mountains.

At the foot of Son Tra Mountain is a seacoast of 5 km long with these beaches: Bai Bac, Bai Xep, Bai But, and Tien Sa. Among these, Tien Sa, which means descending fairy, is considered the most beautiful.

In Bai But, there is the highest statue of Avalokitesvara in Vietnam, located at Linh Ung Son Tra Pagoda (view map).

Linh Ung Son Tra Pagoda

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Linh Ung Son Tra Pagoda, also called Linh Ung Bai But Pagoda, covers an area of 20 hectares halfway up the mountain at Son Tra. From the gate of the pagoda, visitors are rewarded with a panoramic view of Da Nang's beach and the Marble Mountains. The pagoda complex was built in 2004 and inaugurated in 2010. The complex consists of a sanctum, place of worship, preaching hall, library, the Arhat Garden with 18 white monolithic stone Arhat statues, the 17-floor tower with a different Buddha statue placed on each floor, etc. The highlight is a 67 m high Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva statue standing on top of a 35 m diameter lotus-shaped platform.

Tang Chon Cave

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Behind the Linh Ung Pagoda is the centuries-old Tang Chon Cave. Inside the cave are small archaic shrines worshipping local gods and the Buddha. Cham statues and relics can also be found here. 

Tam Thai Pagoda

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Tam Thai Pagoda was once considered as the national pagoda under Minh Mang King's reign, where his sister, Princess Ngoc Lan also went to to study Buddhism. The pagoda was also the center for important meetings during the many patriotic movements before and during the colonial period. 

Pho Da Pagoda

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Built in 1927, Pho Da Pagoda doesn't only serve as a religious worship temple but also a school for Buddhism study in Vietnam.

My Khe Beach

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My Khe Beach is proudly crowned as one of the most stunning beaches in Vietnam, and it has been a favorite stop for retreat ever since the American troops have discovered the place. There are ample hotels and resorts in the vicinity with luxury services for ultimate relaxation. If you're into adventures, try the various watersports at the beach which include surfing, stand-up paddling, water-skiing, and so much more.

Other Attractions in Da Nang Province:

Asia Park

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Asia Park is a multi-purpose amusement premise that embodies Asia's vibrant cultures. There are 3 parts of the park: Amusement Park, Cultural Park, and Central Zone.

Opening time:

- Mon - Fri: 3:30 PM - 10.30 PM

- Sat - Sun: 9:30 AM - 10.30 PM

Tickets:

- Under 1 m: free

- Between 1 m - 1.3m: VND 150,000/person

- Over 1.3: VND 200,000/person

Eating and Drinking in Da Nang:

- Mi Quang (Quang Noodles)

mi quang in da nang

Quang Noodles is the signature noodle soup in Central Vietnam, and Da Nang's recipes bring a distinctive taste to the dish 

- Sliced Boiled Pork Wrapped in Rice Paper with Herbs (Banh Trang Cuon Thit Heo)

- Noodles Soup with Fried Fish Cake (Bun Cha Ca)

- Assorted Pork with Salad

Shopping in Da Nang:

Han Market (view map) and Con Market (view map) have a selection of fresh produce, seafood, streetfoods, and items of clothing. There is also a myriad of shopping malls and supermarkets in the city for more luxurious shopping.

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Son Tra Night Market (view map) Is where you can find cheap souvenirs and a host of street food

Festivals in Da Nang Province

Da Nang International Fireworks Festival happens annually around mid-April by the bank of the Han River, near Asia Park. The main highlight is the fireworks competition with participants from international countries. Other festival activities include auxiliary, parachuting, art, and cuisines.

Quan Am (Avalokitesvara) Festival is from the 18th - 20th days of the 2nd lunar month and consists of 2 parts: the festival and the religious ceremony. Activities at the festival include camping, boat race, evening lantern festival, art performances, and other cultural activities.

Ca Ong (Whale) Festival happens every year for 2 days in the middle of the 3rd lunar month at the coastal villages of Man Thai, Tho Quang, Thanh Loc Dan, etc. As one of the most important festivals of the fishermen, it is an act of thanking the whales, linking the prosperity of the fishing villages and the peaceful life of the fishermen.

Tourism Department: 16th floor, Da Nang Administrative Center, 24 Tran Phu Street, Hai Chau District

Tourism Promotion Center: 32A Phan Dinh Phung Street, Hai Chau District

Post Office: 155 Nguyen Van Linh Street, Thanh Khe District

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