6 Amazing Things To Do In Da Nang, Vietnam

In recent years, Da Nang has become a rising destination for beach lovers and weekend escapists. 

Vietnam has never been short of lovely cities to explore. From Ho Chi Minh to Ha Long Bay; each offers a different travel experience. But in recent years, Da Nang has been thriving as a quick destination for a beachy weekend or a day trip from Hoi An. For a list of fun things to do in Da Nang, keep reading on!

The Marble Mountains

81 Huyền Trân Công Chúa, Hoà Hải, Ngũ Hành Sơn, Đà Nẵng 550000, Vietnam

Marble Mountains 五行山 refers to five limestone hills with each named after an element: water, fire, earth, wood and metal. The magnificent Lady Buddha (see below) is the main attraction as well as the Linh Ung Pagoda with a local legend from Minh Mang – Nguyen Dynasty – when a Buddha statue showed up to the shores of the peninsula. Local fishermen believed this was a sign, then built a Buddhist shrine in the village. Afterwards, the sea calmed and the waves subsided to ease their work in the ocean.

The pagoda embodies both traditional and modern Vietnamese architectural styles, and it is the largest in Da Nang. In addition, there are several caves to explore in the Marble Mountains.

Marble Mountain Da Nang
Marble Mountain. PHOTO WENDY HUNG

Lady Buddha

Vườn Lâm Tỳ Ni, Hoàng Sa, Thọ Quang, Sơn Trà, Đà Nẵng, Vietnam

Close to The Marble Mountains is the Lady Buddha which is located at the Linh Ung Pagoda. At the height of 67 meters, it is as tall as a 30-floor building. The statue faces the sea with her back towards the mountain. Her gaze is downward with one hand in praying position while the other holds the holy water, symbolizing her blessings of peace into the shore for fishermen at sea. This is a beautiful vista point to admire the entire city of Da Nang from above.

Lady Buddha Da Nang
Lady Buddha. PHOTO WENDY HUNG

Citron

Bai Bac, SonTra Peninsula, Thọ Quang, Sơn Trà, Đà Nẵng, Vietnam

The Vietnamese restaurant inside Intercontinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort is called: Citron, where the outdoor dining booths are shaped like the iconic Vietnamese conical hat: nón-lá. What an Instagram dream and a magnificent view of the water, even at night. The restaurant itself, serves traditional dishes from North, Central and South Vietnam.

The hotel itself is unique in that the four floors are categorized in Heaven, Sky, Earth and Sea – all accessible by a funicular train named Nam Tram. Architect Bill Bensley intended for the resort’s gardens to seamlessly blend into the surrounding rainforest.

Citron Restaurant Da Nang
Citron Restaurant. PHOTO WENDY HUNG

Ba Na Hills

Thôn An Sơn, Hòa Vang, Da Nang, Vietnam

For fun with the whole family, head over to Ba Na Hills. In 1919, the French colonists built a resort to entertain French tourists. The amusement part is located 1,500 meters above sea level and is fun for both adults and children.

Ba Na Hills
Ba Na Hills. Photo by Le Porcs on Unsplash

Hit the Da Nang beaches.

Famous for its pristine beaches, spending a few days on soft sands is a must-do in Da Nang. Fan favorites include: My Khe Beach known for clear and warm water all-year-found, Non Nuoc Beach which is a 5-kilometer coastline that lies right below Marble Mountain. Another luxurious option is to rent a villa with private access to the beach, then you can enjoy the sun at any hour you’d want!

Hit the Beach Da Nang
Hit the beach. PHOTO WENDY HUNG

Day trip to Hoi An.

Thôn An Sơn, Hòa Vang, Da Nang, Vietnam

As one of the most well-preserved port cities in Vietnam, Hội An showcases remnants of Cham Dynasty’s archeology, French colonial influences, Japanese and Chinese cultural impacts and finally, its very own Vietnamese memoirs. For more details, check out 6 Amazing Things To Do In Hoi An, Vietnam.

Hoi An Lantern Market
Hoi An’s Lantern Market. Photo by Steffen B. on Unsplash
Wendy Hung

CEO, FOUNDER, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

As the founder of Jetset Times, Wendy is an avid traveler and fluent in five languages. When she's not traveling, Wendy calls Paris and Taipei home. Her favorite countries so far from her travels have been: Bhutan, Iran, and St. Bart's because they were all so different!

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