Posted By : Threeland Travel / Da Nang
What to know ( things to do in Danang)? Have you heard about these names: “The city of bridges”, “The city of love”, “An international destination”, “An entertainment paradise”….There are so many names people give to Da Nang because of the so much the city has to offer.
Da Nang is a favorite destination not only for Vietnamese people but also for international tourists because of stunning nature, beaches, captivating cultural and historical attractions, world-class entertainment centers, international resorts and hotels, as well as impressive cuisines, especially about the price. If you are planning your Vietnam travel packages or tours to Da Nang only, you are in the right place for some of the most fundamental yet exciting information about this city!
Da Nang lies in the midland of Vietnam which creates fairly equal distance to either Hanoi capital in the north or Ho Chi Minh city in the south.
The city borders Thua Thien Hue province in the north, Quang Nam province in the south, East Sea in the east. Which means, Da Nang is the gateway to three world-famous UNESCO heritage including Hoi An Ancient Town, My Son Sanctuary, and the Imperial City of Hue and a plethora of local cultural and historical attractions.
Da Nang city hosts the Da Nang International Airport with various domestic and international routes connecting the cities with not only Vietnamese but also other Asian major destinations.
WHAT MAKES DA NANG SO SPECIAL?
Diversity of natural landscape
With approximately 60km of coastline and having monsoon tropical climate, Da Nang’s natural biodiversity is enormously impressive. From stunning sandy beaches to dramatic mountains boasting breath-taking views to open sea, from pictureque fishing villages to environmentally sensitive areas hosting some of the country’s rarest animals and floras, Da Nang has something to offer any nature lovers.
Da Nang is home to several spectacular beaches, but My Khe beach stands out as the beach was titled as “one of the most attractive beaches on the planet” by Forbes Magazine.
My Khe attacts millions of tourists every year due to its central location (5km from city center), white sand and coconut-fringed beach, and clear warm water all year round. Certain weather factors such as breaking waves, coast direction and strong win makes the beach a world-renowned favorite for surfing, snorkelling and jet-skiing.
Other beaches include Non Nước beach, North My An Beach, Lang Co Beach,...
Bana Hills in Da Nang needs no introduction. An emerging world-class entertainment center, Bana Hills is located 25 km to the southwest of Da Nang city center at an altitude of 1,487m, and is considered as “One temperate place in the tropical forest” because the climate is cool all the year round and you can enjoy four seasons within a single day.
With a huge complex of outdoor and indoor games, gardens, French styled castles featuring shopping and cuisines centers, Bana Hills is a perfect getaway for all kinds of travelers: family with kids, groups of friends, or couples for a day visit. Wherever you end up in Bana, you will be guaranteed a spectacular view to the endlessly green mountains that pictures can’t do the vistas justice.
Golden Bridge ( Hand Bridge ) on Ba Na hills is reowned as a must-see place and photo spot once you get chance to visit Bana hills.
Ticket prices:Adult: USD 30 & Children: USD 26 (1m-1,3m)
Fascinating culture and history
The culture and history of Da Nang is no less impressive than its nature. The ongoing industrial development towards international entertainment destination doesn’t mean the city compromises its cultural heritages. In Da Nang there are a varied selection of places for you to discover the ancient as well as modern culture and history of this charming city.
Linh Ung Pagoda
Linh Ung Pagoda is the city’s architectural jewl that houses the country’s tallest Lady Bodhisattva statue (67m in height). Located on the Son Tra Peninsula, Linh Ung pagoda offer wonderful views to the boundless ocean and beautiful mountain roads surround.
Linh Ung pagoda features perfect harmony between the modern and traditional architectures of Vietnamese pagodas, especially in the three-entrance gate, the main chamber and the ancestors’ house. The local people believed that the statue of Lady Buddha not only protects the fisherman but also gives them strength to overcome storms and strong waves.
Linh Ung Pagoda is the popular attraction for spiritual tourists, pilgrims, or simply anyone who wants to explore the city’s religious belief and culture.
Champa Sculpture Museum
The museum’s first building was opened in 1919 with the very first collection brought by French archaeologists and experts from L’École Francaise d’Extrême Orient (EFEO). Hundreds of sculptures have been gradually collected throughout the years ever since then.
Some artefacts were sent to Paris and others to the Ha Noi and Sai Gon (now Ho Chi Minh City) museums, but many typical objects were left in Tourane (now Da Nang). The first extension begun in the 1930s, with two new galleries providing space of display for the objects added in the 1920s and 1930s. In 2002, the Museum was again extended with the two-storey building provide an extra 1111 square metre.
The museum offers a wonderful opportunity for you to trace back time and visit the once prosperous kingdom of Champa.
Address: 02 2/9 street, Hai Chau District, Da Nang City ; Price: ~2 USD
International Events and Festivals
Besides natural and cultural offers, Da Nang is also renowned as a thriving destination for world-class events and festivals. With sustainable urbanization, modern business facilities, international hotels and resorts, and various attractions.
Da Nang has been hosting many notable events including APEC 2017, International Firework Festival, International Marathon, Miss World Finale, and the list goes on. Keep posted here to see if you are in for any of the event or festival while traveling in Da Nang, or if your corporate is looking for a MICE destination, Da Nang should be definitely taken into your consideration.
The city of bridges
Da Nang houses many impressive bridges that connects the two parts of the city across Han River. Dragon bridge and Tran Thi Ly bridge seem to be among the most spectacular ones. Dragon Bridge is 666m long, 37.5m wide and has six lanes for traffic. What attracts tourists is that The dragon on the bridge can breathe fire and water in 2 and 3 minutes respectively, making it an incredible highlight of Danang City. Fire and Water Performance is at 9.pm every weekends and holidays. Just take a seat in a riverside coffee shop and you are in a great position to watch the show. Tran Thi Ly, as a cable bridge however, has a more modern and unique architecture. The state of the art techniques are applied in the lighting of the bridge. The colours of the pylon and deck of the bridge change at night, making it a great attraction for tourists visiting Da Nang.
WEATHER AND TRAVEL PACKING TIPS FOR TOURS IN DA NANG
Da Nang has a tropical monsoon climate, typically high and rather invariable temperature. There are two seasons within a year: rainy season lasting from August to December and dry season from January to July.
From January to July: During the day, the sun blazes; so you should definitely bring sunscreen, sunglasses, or even long-sleeves if you don’t want to get sun-burnt during sightseeing. In the evening, t-shirt and shorts are highly recommended for flexibility. As you will be surely end up soaking up in the sea at some point, a sarong, bathing suit, bikini, shorts, and flip flops as they are always useful for beach and pool time.
From August to December: Be prepared with a raincoat or umbrella for sudden rain. Also, it is cool and chilly during November and December, a coat is necessary to protect your body.
Whatever time you plan to visit Da Nang, remember to bring a nice casual outfits for fun (and fashionable) city break and night out, and also some shoulders and knees covered clothes if you plan to visit temples, pagodas and other sacred places. Last but not least, a valid passport and travel insurance are indispensable, and a good camera to capture the unforgettable moments!
Also, you are invited to join our effort in protecting the environment by bringing your own refillable water. This also helps to save your budget! You may want to download the app Refill My Bottle where you can find free or slightly charged water refill stations in almost all Vietnam’s destinations.
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