DA NANG HIGHLIGHTS: THE FIRST 4 PLACES YOU NEED TO SEE
Located in the geographical centre of Vietnam, Da Nang is a coastal city that is well-known for its proximity to historical sites, some of which have been inscribed to the UNESCO World Heritage list. On top of this, it’s also very close to some world-class natural attractions, including several beaches that are famous for they’re fine white sand, as well as mountain destinations that provide impressive views of the surrounding landscapes.
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In this short guide, we’ll fill you in on the top 4 attractions you need to see when you visit Da Nang for the first time.
My Khe Beach
You’re going to feel like you’re in the middle of Miami at Da Nang’s famed My Khe Beach, a 10-kilometre stretch of white powdery beach that runs from the base of the Son Tra Peninsula to the Marble Mountains. Touted to be one of the most attractive beaches on the planet, My Khe is kept in pristine condition by the local government, thereby attracting resort developments and tourists to the area.
The best thing about My Khe beach is that it’s a public beach, and you can just rent a beach chair or a lounge with an umbrella when the sun gets too hot. While the sea tends to get a little choppy on a windy day, you can still enjoy the warm water on the shores.
The Marble Mountains are among the natural wonders of Da Nang. Situated at the Ngũ Hành Sơn District, these five clustered marble and limestone hills are named after the 5 elements: Kim for metal, Moc for wood, Thuy for water, Tho for the earth, and Hoa for fire. And while there are pagodas and shrines on top of each “mountain,” only the Thuy Son is currently open to visitors.
To get to the top of Thuy Son, you can either pay for the elevator service or climb the 156 steps to reach the summit, where you are afforded spectacular views of the city below. You may also explore the caves in the mountain, where religious statues of the Buddha and some Hindu relics are housed.
The newest icon of Da Nang’s cityscape is definitely the Dragon Bridge, which was opened to traffic in March of 2013. Spanning an auspicious (or ominous, for western visitors) 666 miles, the bridge provides the shortest route from the Da Nang International Airport to some of the city’s main thoroughfares.
Every Saturday and Sunday at 9 PM, the bridge’s dragon head breathes out fire and water to the delight of visitors and locals. Around the bridge, there’s a festival atmosphere with street shows and street food vendors catering to the waiting spectators.
Monkey (Sơn Trà) Mountain
Standing 693 meters above sea level, the Son Tra Mountain provides incredible views of the sea while also being home to the rare red-shanked douc monkey. It’s located at the Son Tra Peninsula about 10 kilometres northeast of the city centre.
The scenic mountain makes for a great day trip with so many interesting attractions along the way. One of the newest and most popular tourist spots here is the Linh Ung Pagoda, which features the towering 67-meter statue of Lady Buddha. After visiting this religious site, you can stop over the Giant Banyan Tree, which is believed to be almost 1000 years old. Afterwards, you can stop by the Monkey Passage, where you can find the red-shanked douc monkey (if you’re lucky). Finally, as you reach the summit of Ban Co Peak, you will be greeted by the quirky statue of Confucius playing a chess game.
If you have more time, you can also check out the other attractions at the Son Tra Peninsula, which includes the Dong Hinh Museum, the French War Graves, and the Black Stone Beach.
These are just some of the attractions that will make you want to include Da Nang in your Vietnam itinerary. The city has so much more to offer—places to see and things to do that will appeal to every type of traveller, from beach bums and history buffs to foodies and nature lovers. Whatever kind of traveller you are, you’ll find that the city has something for you to discover and enjoy.