Despite being the third-largest city in Vietnam, Da Nang is not always included in everyones travel plans This is a real shame because Da Nang is a uniquely fused city with old and new.
There is, of course, the wonderful food culture and many interesting restaurants and bars but there are so many more things to do in Da Nang Vietnam than eat and drink.
- Quick Information on Vietnam
- Where is Da Nang Vietnam
- The Best Time To Travel To Da Nang Vietnam
- Things To Do in Da Nang
- See The Dragon Bridge
- Visit The Linh Ung Pagoda
- Take A Cooking Class in Da Nang
- Visit My Son Sanctuary
- Enjoy The Museum of Cham Sculpture
- Snorkel at Cham Island
- Have Fun at Hoa Phu Thanh
- See The Golden Bridge
- Visit Marble Mountain
- Where to Stay in Da Nang Vietnam
- Wrapping Up
The coast is a big draw for many who come to Da Nang and of course there is the water sports.
But that’s not all on offer in Da Nang there is the Golden bridge or the My Son Sanctuary temples and much more.
Quick Information on Vietnam
- Currency: Vietnamese Dong
- Language: Vietnamese
- Population: Over 92 million
- Capital City: Hanoi
- Best time to visit Vietnam: Visit north Vietnam regions is between March and May and from September to November Between. And south Vietnam regions is between December and April.
- How to get there: You can enter by land through Cambodia, Laos and China. Or fly into Vietnam as there are flights to most major cities in Vietnam.
Where is Da Nang Vietnam
The Best Time To Travel To Da Nang Vietnam
Da Nang experiences rainy season from September to November and dry season from December to August. And has an average temperature of between 22°C to 30°C all year round.
The best time to visit Da Nang is from February to May during the dry season.
Things To Do in Da Nang
If you are lucky enough to be planning on visiting Da Nang, there are so many wonderful things to do in Da Nang Vietnam.
Here, is some of the fun things to do in Da Nang while you are there.
See The Dragon Bridge
The ‘Dragon Bridge’ is not only the longest and one of the most beautiful bridges in Vietnam but it has become one of the most iconic sights in Da Nang.
At 9pm every Saturday and Sunday, the 666-meter bridge lights up in a spectacular light, fire and water show that can be seen for miles around.
Whether you’re alone or with friends, it will make a real impression (and a wonderful picture for your instagram).
This should be number one on every visitor’s list simply because it can only be seen here in Da Nang.
Visit The Linh Ung Pagoda
The Linh Ung Pagoda is found at Son Tra Mountain and is one of the best things to do in Da Nang Vietnam, especially if you’re an Instagram addict.
The pagoda is most famous for having the tallest statue of the Goddess of Mercy in the region, built on a blooming lotus platform but there are also 21 small statues and one 67 meter high statue of the Buddha.
There’s a main hall and the grounds are filled with Buddha statues and bodhi trees and pagodas. The grounds are quiet, making it a great place to relax and meditate.
The views you get at the top of Son Tra Mountain are truly amazing. When you visit the Linh Ung Pagoda you can strike two ‘musts’ off your list.
Take A Cooking Class in Da Nang
While visiting Vietnam, many people enjoy the Vietnamese food especially the wonderful flavours and smells of the local food.
Taking cooking class from Jolie Da Nang Cooking Class in Da Nang, you will learn how to cook local Vietnamese food and be able to cook when you are back home.
The cooking class starts off at the local market. At the market you learn how to pick the fresh ingredients and learn how to make traditional Vietnamese dishes before being returned to your hotel.
The best think about the cooking class is that the class or groups are small.
Visit My Son Sanctuary
As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the My Son Sanctuary is a slice of history unique to Da Nang. The ruins are the remains of Hindu temples between the 4th and 14th centuries.
Largely decorated to the worship of the Goddess Shiva, these ruins are beautiful, culturally important and utterly Instagram worthy.
Just remember to bring a hat and water to keep the sun at bay as the tours can take a few hours. Guided tours are the best way to see the sanctuary.
All guides are bilingual and the tours are reasonably priced.
Enjoy The Museum of Cham Sculpture
The Champa kingdom reigned in Vietnam from 197 AD to 1697 and the building which houses this museum is a fine example of Cham architecture.
Inside, is a collection of Cham sculpture that is as diverse as it is beautiful.
This is the only museum of its kind in the world. Nowhere else in Vietnam or the world, showcases Cham Golden Age sculptures like this.
Walk the exhibition rooms and immerse yourself in the cultural history of this great nation. You won’t be disappointed.
A fairly modern museum with helpful English signage but not everything has signage in English. You will see the history of local ethnic groups, costumes, work and loads of artefacts.
Remember to pick up and English guidebook as a souvenir of your visit
Snorkel at Cham Island
With miles and miles of coast at its disposal, Da Nang is the perfect place to participate in water sports.
Whether you want to paddle board, scuba dive or surf there’s something for everyone around this city.
But of all the things to do in Da Nang Vietnam that involve its crystalline waters, snorkelling at Cham islands is the one that everyone should try!
Cham islands is a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve and a Marine Protected area thanks to its amazing biodiversity and beauty. This is a swimming session you’ll never forget!
Have Fun at Hoa Phu Thanh
An area of outstanding natural beauty a little south west of Da Nang, the Hoa Phu Thanh tourist area is not only a great place to get in touch with nature and the landscape but it’s home to some of the best river rafting in Da Nang.
This is an all-day activity that includes your lunch and all safety demonstrations are provided in English.
While rafting at Hoa Phu Thanh isn’t the most cultural of things to do in Da Nang Vietnam, it is one of the most iconic.
Thousands of visitors experience this every year and all leave happy with their experience!
See The Golden Bridge
The Golden Bridge is another amazing bridge near Da Nang. It is 150 metres long pedestrian bridge in the Bà Nà Hills resort. To get to the bridge, you need to enter the Sun World theme park and use the cable car it get to it.
The trip up to the bridge has amazing views. I would recommend waiting to do the bridge in the evening when there is less people as it gets very crowded during the day.
Besides the Golden Bridge, you can walk through gardens, there are food outlets and shops for souvenirs.
Plus the French Village that includes replicas of a number of French attraction locations and get on free rides in the Fantasy Park.
Visit Marble Mountain
The Marble mountains are about 7 km outside Da Nang city. The Marble Mountains are 5 mountains make up of mainly marble and limestone hills with caves, tunnels, temples and Buddhist shrines there to be explored.
Be prepared to climb very steep stairs or take the elevator to the top. In order to see the caves, pagoda and different temples there is a lot of walking and climbing.
There is some amazing views of the city and the bay, plus the caves are amazing. There is also a few food and drink vendors where you can buy water and snacks.
Where to Stay in Da Nang Vietnam
Da Nang has a good supply of guest houses, hostels and hotels. Here are a few places to give you an idea of what is available if you are planning to visit Da Nang Vietnam.
Remember to check the reviews and book a place that suits you interests while traveling.
Fivitel Boutique Da Nang
Rating 9.3, Prices start from $38 for Double room
Fivitel Boutique Da Nang features non-smoking rooms, a restaurant, free WiFi and an outdoor swimming pool.
Rooms have air con with a private bathroom. The hotel provides an indoor pool, fitness centre and a 24-hour front desk.
Rating 9.6, Prices start from $31 for Double room
Wings House offers accommodation with free WiFi, air conditioning, a bar and a shared lounge.
Some rooms have satellite flat-screen TV, a fully equipped kitchen with a microwave, and a private bathroom with a shower and a a hairdryer.
Luna House Danang
Rating 9.1, Prices start from $12 for Double room
Luna House Danang offers a terrace, air conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. The accommodation offers a 24-hour front desk, ticket service and organising tours for guests.
At the hotel, every room is fitted with a wardrobe. At Luna House Danang all rooms are fitted with a desk and a flat-screen TV.
Finally, Da Nang is a beautiful and vibrant Vietnamese city we recommend that you take the time while visiting Da Nang. Whether you are interested in snorkelling at Cham Islands, learning to cook Vietnamese dishes.
Just choose what you want to do and start enjoying what Da Nang has to offer.
And that’s it for now! I’d love to know if this guide on the fun things to do in Da Nang Vietnam has helped you. Let me know if you have any questions and let me know if there is more to add.