The sound of waves crashing, sand running between your toes, the wind breezing through your hair, and the sun’s little kisses on your skin. It’s to no surprise that Da Nang is a hot (both, location and weather wise) spot amongst beach lovers and locals alike.
Here are some of the top attractions in Da Nang you can look forward to when visiting this sunny city.
My Khe Beach
Take a stroll down “one of the most attractive beaches on the planet” as selected by Forbes Magazine and also one of 10 most popular beaches in Asia by The Sunday Herald Sun of Australia.
If you’re not one for lazing by the beach, then you’ll be happy to know that there’re plenty of water sports activities available here too such as banana boat, parasailing, flyboard, wakeboarding and more. For the full list of activities, you can go here.
Pro-Tip: Look out for “thung chai” or basket boats by the beach.
Source: My Khe Beach
Perhaps the closest thing to Charizard from Pokemon, the Dragon Bridge spews a spectacular display of fire and water from its mouth on weekends or on holidays at 9.00pm. The Dragon Bridge is the longest bridge in Vietnam, measuring a lengthy 666m that crosses the Han River. It was opened for traffic on 29 March 2013 which was the 38th anniversary of the liberation of Da Nang City.
Show Time: 9.00pm (Weekends and Public Holidays)
Source: Da Nang Fantastic City
Ba Na Hills
A must visit, Ba Na Hills offers fun for the whole family with a French Village, Fantasy Park, and Golden Bridge. To get there, you would need to hop on the cable car that holds 4 Guinness World Records! Take a walk and explore the French Village, designed to look like the olden days of France. Thrill seekers can also pay a visit to Fantasy Park which is the largest indoor game zone in Vietnam.
Featured as one of the World’s Greatest Places in 2018 by TIME, the Golden Bridge is also located here. Constructed at the height of 1,414m from sea level, this 150m long bridge is a one-of-a-kind, having a massive pair of hands holding the bridge up.
Pro-Tip: Bring a sweater as it can get chilly up in the mountains.
- Opening Hours: 7.00am – 10.00pm (Monday – Sunday)
- Ticket Price: Click here for the ticketing price
Son Tra Mountain (Monkey Mountain)
Son Tra Mountain is diverse in its flora and fauna with more than 100 species here. What makes it most unique is that it is home to the primate langurs that are almost extinct in the world.
Another attraction here is Linh Ung Pagoda where the Quan Yin Bodhisattva statue stands at 67m, facing the sea. There are also 21 Buddha statues with different facial expressions and postures around as well. Being uphill, visitors can set eyes on the stunning blue waters of Da Nang.
Source: Origin Vietnam
Legend has it that a dragon emerged from Non Nuoc beach and laid an egg. After a thousand days and a thousand nights, the egg hatched and out stepped a beautiful girl. The egg shell was left and it grew into the mystical Marble Mountains.
The five Marble Mountains were named after the five elements: water, metal, fire, earth and wood. A walk, or a trip up the elevator (yes, there’s an elevator up) to the mountain offers a scenic view of the town and beach afar. There are also caves and places of worship to visit here.
- Opening Hours: 7.00am – 5.30pm (Monday – Sunday)
- Ticket Price:
- Water Mountain: 40,000 VND/ adult
- Hell Cave: 40,000 VND/ adult
- Elevator Fee (optional): 15,000 VND/ person/ trip
My Son Sanctuary
My Son is a partially ruined Hindu Temple that was constructed back in the 4th to 13th century by the Champa Kingdom in the Quang Nam Province. The temples were abandoned after the Vietnamese defeated the kingdom. It was later rediscovered, and a team of archaeologists soon began excavating the site. 71 structures were found, but unfortunately, the area was bombed during the Vietnam War. The remaining structures that stands still holds its charm and historical significance.
- Opening Hours: 6.30am – 5.30pm (Monday – Sunday)
- Ticket Price: VND 150,000
Source: Nomad is Beautiful
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