Da Nang is a coastal city in central Vietnam known for its sandy beaches and history as a French colonial port. My Vietnamese friends told me that Da Nang is the most livable city in Vietnam.
One of the things I noticed on the first day is the traffic. Lesser congestion means cleaner air, the roads are cleaner than Hanoi and Saigon as well. Not soo stressfull when going around the city.
A must-do for any first-time visitor to Da Nang is climbing the steps to the top of Marble Mountains, where they can enjoy spectacular views across Non Nuoc Beach or My Khe Beach. 2-3 hours is more than enough to be in this place.
If you are not claustrophobic, there are some caves to visit too.
Opening Hours: Daily 07:00 – 17:00 Location: 9km south of Da Nang, Hoa Hai District Price Range: VND 15,000
After some mountain hiking, my friends and I decided to have some seafood… yes… Danang is famous for it’s seafood too… notice the red shell looking crab in the photo… You need to book it in advance in order ot have it.
You can find many seafood restaurants in this area…. usually stone throw away to each other. I saw at least 5 restaurants over there.
Linh Ung Pagoda – Bai But (Lady Buddha)
After our lunch, we headed to Linh Ung Pagoda, the tallest Buddha statue in Vietnam, Lady Buddha Da Nang is around 15-20 mins from that area that we had our lunch… actually if you go out of the restaurant, you can probably see the big statue in it’s glory from a distance. It is about 9 km away from My Khe beach, or 14 km from Da Nang city center. Lady Buddha Da Nang statue is inside Linh Ung pagoda courtyard with a height of 67m, the lotus diameter is 35m, equivalent to a 30-storey building.
The road to the pagoda was amazing with beautiful scenery of Da Nang from the mountain. The pagoda itself was located on a hill that overlooked the ocean and the city. It was usually packed of tourists, but we still found some peaceful and quiet corner to relax and enjoy. Highly recommend to visit it! I think it’s safe to say…1-2 hours is enough to be there… oh by the way…. you can’t see the sunset there… the only place in Vietnam where you can get that experience is in Phu Quoc Island.
Hội An Ancient Town
Probably one of the best places I been to so far in Da Nang, I’ve always been fascinated of the old and ancient things…. Hoi An Ancient Town is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a South-East Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century. The buildings around and the streets, the way it was built and planned reflect the influences of both indigenous and foreign, that combination producted this unique heritage site.
Highly recommend coming here… Absolutely loved it, there’s a lot of little shops and lovely narrow roads with old buildings. Seeing it at night blew me away as the city is covered in lanterns. To get here from Da Nang City Center, it may take you almost an hour depending on the traffic. We went there after 4 pm on weekend and the place was pretty crowded.
New Phuong Dong Nightclub
Decided to end the day with a bang…Since I’ll be flying the next day… decided to drink with my friends as if there’s no more tomorrow. They told me that this night club is one of the biggest in Da Nang… if not… in the whole Vietnam.
New Phong Dong is a really cool Night Club! If you want to see and feel how locals party you must come to this place. Amazing music, both local and foreign hits, you will have great party with beautiful girls and artists who work there. Very big club.
Opening Hours: Daily 19:00 – 03:00
Wrap it up….. Managed to visit 4 awesome places…. pretty tiring…there are actually more great places to visit but I didn’t have enough time…. recommended when you’re still young. If by any chance you decided to visit South East Asia… and Vietnam is in the list… be sure to add Da Nang City in your bucket list… you won’t regret.