Lies in the central path of Vietnam. Da Nang was the landing point of both the French and the Americans during their stints in Vietnam. When the French established a garrison in Da Nang (then called Tourane), more soldiers died from disease than the associated fighting in establishing the garrison. There is now a small cemetery dedicated to them. During the Vietnam War, Da Nang was the home to one fifth of all US servicemen based in Vietnam. This made Da Nang on of the heaviest defended cities in South Vietnam, yet it eventually fell to the North Vietnamese in 1975 with hardly a bullet fired. Da Nang marks the halfway point between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City and was the first place to organize its own local communist party committee. The city is fairly featureless, and if you are coming from the tranquil setting of Lang Co, Hoi An, or anywhere for that matter, Da Nang is an extreme disappointment. It is a busy, dusty, colorless city, the fourth largest in Vietnam, and one of the largest business centers. Unless you are in Da Nang for business, chances are you will pass straight through. Da Nang does have a fascinating Cham Museum that contains an excellent collection of Cham art. However, the main reason for staying in Da Nang is in the surrounding region. MyKhe Beach, the Marble Mountains, Hoi An and My Son are all within striking distance of Da mange, though it is more pleasant to stay in Hoi An and visit these sights. Lang co beach: If you were not planning on staying in Lang Co, a drive through may change your mind. The main street is lined with palm trees enticing you to go for a swim in the crystal clear waters that lap onto fine white sandy beaches. Lang Co is on a sand spit peninsula with a sparkling lagoon on one side, and a long beach lining the South China Sea on the other. This is one of the most beautiful places in Vietnam, and is yet to be developed extensively for tourists, which is probably a good thing.Hai Van Pass: Travelling by road between Lang Co and Da Nang, you will have to get over the Hai Van Pass. This pass is created by a spur from the Truong Son Mountain Range that extends to the coast. This extremely mountainous road, with its sensational views, is the cause of many local vehicles breaking down. So if you are on one, allow yourself plenty of time. The view from the top of the pass is extraordinarily beautiful and well worth a stop to take it all in.

THINGS TO DO IN DA NANG

SIGHTSEEING

The Golden Bridge Hands: The Golden Bridge, or Cau Vang, located in the Ba Na Hills of Da Nang is famous for its sculpture of two giant hands cradling a golden bridge. The sculpture has acted as a tourist magnet and the bridge is flocked with groups of people strolling or taking selfies. Made up of eight sections, the bridge is about 150 meters long and snakes through the forests of Ba Na Hills. Vietnam’s newly debuted Golden Bridge is popping up on screens around the world. Two giant stone hands jut out of the mountainside appearing to cradle a delicate strand of gold that is now packed with eager camera-wielding tourists. The bridge offers breathtaking panoramic views of the valley below as well as the rolling Trường Sơn mountains.

The Marble Mountains in Da Nang: The Marble Mountains is one of the popular attractions in Nang, and it is a cluster of five hills. These hills are made of a combination of marble and limestone. It is a well-known pilgrimage site comprising of tunnels, caves, peaks and temples.

My Son Sanctuary in Da Nang: Recognized as a World Heritage Site, My Son sanctuary is indeed captivating and it is enriched with rich cultural values. People, who are interested to know more about the Southeast Asian culture, should take a visit to this place. It is declared as a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO.

Museum of Cham Sculpture: In order to witness the culture, language and heritage of Vietnam, one must take a tour to Museum of Cham Sculpture. The indigenous people of Vietnam, Cham and their lifestyles are greatly reflected and displayed in this museum.

My Khe Beach: Stretching for almost 20 miles, My Khe Beach in Da Nang is the most popular beach and for all the right reasons. As far as the eye can see there is silvery-white sand frolicking with blue waters. The beach was awarded by Forbes as being one of the most luxurious beaches in the world. The beach is clean, serene, and tidy, filled with cosy cafes and luxurious restaurants. It is also a prime surfing destination and has prime accommodation facilities. The efforts taken by the Da Nang Lifesaving Association and Da Nang Government has made My Khe a clean, serene, and luxurious getaway.

Dragon Bridge: Renowned as the longest bridge in Vietnam, the Dragon Bridge offer some amazing display of fire, lights and water. Any visitor to this place should not miss out the wonderful display that will give a lifetime experience. The bridge is about 666 meters in length and it is constructed in the shape of a golden dragon.

Han River Bridge, Da Nang:Han River Bridge is one of the four impressive bridges in Da Nang and a major tourist’s attraction. It is a cable supported swing bridge that not only provides transport but also represents the city as well. Rightly considered as the pride of the city it is the first swing bridge built in Vietnam by the people of Da Nang. The city of Da Nang is at the west of the bridge and the beaches are at east. At night, when brightly lit up, it looks fabulously beautiful with its changing colors.

Hai Van Pass: Hai Van Pass or Sea Clouds Pass offers an impressive landscape of verdant mountains and clear blue skies, overlooking Da Nang City, Tien Sa Port, Son Tra Peninsula, and South China Sea. Crossing over a spur of Truong Son mountain range between Thua Thien-Hue Province and Da Nang City, it stands at 500m above sea level.

Lady Buddha: Da Nang’s Non Nuoc Stone carving village is a must visit tourist spot when you are travelling to this beautiful town of great beaches and picturesque landscapes. The 67 metre long statue of Bodhisattva of Mercy (Lady Buddha) on the Son Tra Peninsula is recognised worldwide. It is made out a single piece of marble. The Lady Buddha statue has vast significance to Buddhism. The diameter of the statue is 17 ft. and encompasses 17 floors. Each floor worships a different Avatar of Buddha. The highest floor has a flight of stairs that leadsto the statue head.



SHOPPING:

  • Lotte Mart Da Nang: Lotte Mart Da Nang is hailed as the coastal town’s biggest shopping mall, offering ample entertainment, shopping, and dining opportunities for locals and travellers alike. The five-storey complex features an extensive collection of cosmetics, electrical and household appliances, apparel, accessories, and shoes from popular international brands such as Samsung, Levi's, Nike, Magoza, Debor, Sense, Josephi, and The Face Shop. A massive supermarket is located on the fourth floor while the top level hosts a bowling alley, arcade centre, and skating rink for the little ones. Located in Nai Nam Street, Lotte Mart Da Nang is accessible within a ten-minute taxi ride from Da Nang International Airport.
  • Han Market: Han Market is well liked for various goods including fabric, clothes, footwear, fresh fruits and flowers, especially special fish sauce which plays as a specilaty in Da Nang cuisine. This market is not only known for a large abundance of commodities but the reasonable prices also. Among more than 50 markets in Da Nang City, Han Market is truly a good place for shopping.
  • Con Market: Con Market, officially known as Da Nang Commercial Centre, is the busiest market in Da Nang. Located at the corner of Hung Vuong and Ong Ich Khiem street, two main streets in the centre of city, this market is very convenient for both locals and visitors to have great time of shopping.
  • Da Nang Souvenirs & Café: Da Nang Souvenirs & Café overlooks the tranquil Han River and sells authentic local souvenirs at attractive prices. This quaint shopping venue is fitted with floor-to-ceiling glass windows, wooden and steel fixtures, as well as carambola and bougainvillea trees within its premise. You can find plenty of tee shirts, soft toys, key rings, fridge magnets, and coffee mugs here, all of which make great gifts for loved ones back home. Great for escaping the city’s busy traffic, the café has an extensive drinks list that range from iced coffee and fruit juices to Italian sodas and mojitos.

CUISINE:

Da Nang Seafoods:Da Nang is known by many tourist attractions, besides, the seafood is rich, fresh is also the "plus points" attractive visitors. There are many unique seafood markets located here. It's very familiar place for locals and visitors. Such as. shellfish, snails, To fish, shrimp... are is extremely fresh and delicious with very reasonable price.

Nem Lui: Nem lui is a traditional snack that originated from Hue, but is available in Da Nang’s markets, street vendors, and Vietnamese restaurants. Also known as lemongrass pork skewers, the meat is a mixture of milled pork, pigskin, pig oil, salt, pepper, sugar, and a locally grown spice called thinh. The skewers are then grilled on a coal stove before served with a side of rice paper, fresh herbs and vegetables. As with any delicacy in Vietnam, you can also add chilli slices and/or dip it in nuoc cham sauce for added flavour.

Cơm Tấm or Broken Rice: Chao tom is a type of grilled appetiser that’s made of shrimp and garlic paste wrapped around a piece of sugarcane. Soft, rich, with a sweet-savoury flavour, the meaty paste is then removed from the sugarcane, wrapped in lettuce leaves with local herbs, and dipped in nuoc cham dipping sauce. Chao tom is often paired with local beer or wine. Alternatively, you can also chew on the sugarcane to enjoy its sweet juice.

Banh Canh: In Da Nang, there are many different kinds of Banh Canh. Such as: Banh canh with fish, crap, pork ... Banh Canh can be cooked from rice flour, flour, but more commonly is the filter powder (made from cassava). Broccoli is almost as big as chopsticks, long and chewy. Eating Banh Canh must be "just eat, just blowing" because only when began to eat, the new yarn is dropped into the hot pot. Otherwise, the Banh Canh will bloom, thickly. This dish is more popular when eaten with croaking. The soup can be cooked from shrimp, meat, pork bones, chayote... Particularly with fish soup, fish meat is always very thoroughly, spice and aromatic. Therefore, in addition to the sweetness of water, the tough taste of bread, people also eat the pieces of fish are stored to glue, salty, spicy. This dish is sell at all times of the day from early morning until midnight. So visitors to Danang can comfortably choose this dish for abnormal hunger during the day without fear of what to eat.

Noodle soup with beef: Beside Hue Noodle soup with beef famous, the central Noodle soup with beef Quang Nam - Da Nang is also a very special too. Noodle soup with beef in Quang Nam - Da Nang often eat noodles, with meat or pork bones, lemongrass smell and a little bit of flavor, but do not get up like Hue. When added to the onion, chili to soak to stimulate the taste. Pork rolls are cut in half, on each side of the nail so that the feet of the pork have only two nails or a circular top of the pork well, filled with skin and meat. Why is it that pigs are not pork, that way is Chinese way. The Chinese believe that the essence of each animal clusters in its legs so the foot is the most complementary part in the animal's body. Therefore, we see many dishes made of animal feet and delicious too.

Banh Beo - Banh Bot Loc: Banh Loc or powdered filter cake with the main material is filtered, made from cassava roots, also known as tapioca roots. After cassava is filtered, boiled, chilled and then kneaded with live powder, the cake must be hand-caked, not too doughy or too dry. It's make sure that when steamed up in the squeezed, see Clear shrimp meat package inside. When eating bite in two, the powder must be soft, but tough. When preparing the Banh Loc, be careful not to let the flour out the leaves, the leaves even hot cake cool to peel easily. Cake filter is often used with fish sauce is very delicious with green pepper. Banh Nam is made from white rice flour, wrapped in rectangular green banana leaves. Baked shrimp made with minced shrimp and fried bacon with purple onions, then crumbs the bread and steamed into steamed about 20 minutes for soft cakes. The hot cake at the break out is the harmony of the fragrance of leaves. It's fat from the bread, a piece of soft melt in the mouth accompanied with salty or fish sauce is delicious.

NIGHTLIFE:

  • Sky36 Club, Novotel Da Nang: This is one of the major attractions for visitors since this club is on the 35th floor of the luxurious Novotel. The club is a 15-minute taxi ride from the Da Nang International Airport and attracts the top cream of the society who want to party at Da Nang’s finest. The little cherry on top is that you get a full view of the beautiful city including the Han River and the Monkey and Marble mountains.
  • New Phuong Dong Nightclub: This bar is one of the best Da Nang nightclubs you can visit during your trip, as it is very well established and has been running since 1994. The most special part about this nightclub, is their audio-visual setup, with some interesting laser lights all over the club. Apart from a wide variety of cocktails and beers, the music in this club is also varied, with genres like EDM, rock, jazz, funk and hip-hop.
  • Waterfront Danang Restaurant & Bar: If you’re a sports fan who is looking for a good bar to watch the match at or are someone who wants to enjoy some scrumptious food with their drink, then you will love this place, which is one of the top bars in Da Nang, and is mentioned in almost every Da Nang nightlife guide. There is a rooftop section where people can enjoy good food and music, and downstairs bar where matches are screened.

TRANSPORTATION:

  • Car/ Taxi: Car is a popular app used in Da Nang due to its convenient and quick features. Besides, it helps you save a bit of money in comparison with taxis. You can easily get a Grab on the streets as long as you have the app ready in your smartphone. However, it requires an Internet or data connection to use this app.
  • Bus: Bus is the cheapest way to transport. However, it takes longer time and consumes more effort in getting to a place and waiting for the bus. For the subsided bus routes, the service starts from 5 AM to 9 PM with a frequency of 10 minutes per trip in peak hours and 20 minutes per trip in off-peak hours. They’re Route 05, 07, 08, 11 and 12.
  • Motorbike: Motorbike is the most popular Da Nang transportation and also the best way to see the city. Riding a bike brings to the most exciting experience of discovering the city. However, in case this is the first time you’re in Vietnam and not familiar with vehicles like motorbike, it’s very risky to ride a bike. The local traffic is not like in your country that requires many skills to control a bike. You have to good at situational awareness, reflexes, balancing, guts of steel, etc. So if you’re not ready, don’t risk your life.
  • Private Car: In case you travel in a group or with your family, a private car is the best way to have a day-trip. Despite that, you should rent a car service with a local driver instead of driving by yourself because the Vietnam law and traffic condition is different. To arrange a private car, you can ask help from the accommodation or contact the rental companies by yourself.
  • Cyclo: Cyclo is known as transportation served for tourists sightseeing than a daily vehicle. It is a unique pedal-powered reclining chair that usually seen move along the Han River. With a relaxing speed, you can watch the beautiful scenes along the road. It gives you a totally different feeling compared with other transportations. It likes an unwinding activity that you can travel from place to place while watching people passing by and enjoying the surroundings.