Danang is famous for being “the city of 5 No’s and 3 Yes’s”. The 5 No’s are no starving households, no illiterate people, no itinerant beggars, no drug-addicts and no robbers. The 3 Yes’s refer to the fact that every resident has their own house, a stable job and a cultured lifestyle. This leaves no doubt as to why Danang is considered one of the most fulfilling Vietnamese cities to live in.
Originally a port town this coastal spot boasts some of the most pristine white sand beaches in Vietnam. Whilst plenty of traditional site seeing spots remain, the vibe of Danang is increasingly urban and modern.
Not only are the beaches spectacular but is also great, a mixture of local and internationally luxury goods.
Danang is a great place to stop for a few days, relax on the beach and enjoy some great dining opportunitie.
The nearby international airport makes this a perfect location to stay prior to flying to your next destination. It’s also a good base to go on other tours and excursions.
How to getting Da Nang City ?
Airport: Danang International Airport is located just 2km from tom. It’s really inconvenient to catch local buses from the airport to the city so you should get a taxi. Taxis can either be booked via your accommodation or caught from outside the airport A should cost no more than $5 into the city center.
A flight from Hanoi to Danang takes just 1 hour 15 minutes and generally costs around $110.
Train: Danang train station is 5km from the city center and you can catch trains to most destination from here. Remember that oddly numbered trains go north and the even numbered trains go south, that way you know which side of the track you should be on.
If you really like trains then you can get to Danang from Hanoi on a 16-hour overnight sleeper train for around $42.
Bus: Tam Danang is the new and exceptionally busy bus station located 2.51m from the city. Unless you are planning on traveling to Laos there is no need to pre-book your ticket, just turn up on the day. A bus to Hue takes about 3 hours.
Private Cars: It’s flexible and depends on you. But price will be higher than otherway.
Things to do in Da Nang City
Visit the Lady Buddha
The impressive, pure white 67-meter statue of the Bodhisattva of Mercy, known as the Lady Buddha, could easily be compared to that of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro.
Located within the Ling Ung Pagoda on the side of the Monkey Mountain this magnificent 17 story high female Buddha is the highest statue in Vietnam. Each of the floors is dedicated to the worship of a different Buddha and on the 17th floor there are a set of steps leading up to Buddha’s head.
There is no entrance fee for the pagoda but donations are gratefully received and as with all pagodas, respectful dress is required.
Hit the Beach
There are plenty of gorgeous beaches in Danang and i€s the perfect place to top up your tan and watch the world go by.
My Khe is arguably the best and certainly the most popular beach, located just 6km from the city center on the coastal road.
The water is safe for swimming and is patrolled by lifeguards during the day.
The beach tends to be a little quieter during normal working hours but comes alive when people finish work want to blow off steam with a game of volleyball. There are plenty of great restaurants and bars if you want to stop for a snack or even have a romantic sunset dinner.
If you prefer somewhere a little quieter then the Red Beach is 14km northwest of Danang center and offers both peace and solitude. The Red Beach is so called because of reflection of the fiery sunset across the ocean. In the evening, the Red Beach is the first place the American Marines landed during the war. Nowadays i€s hard to imagine a military presence when the only other people you are likely to see on this beach are locals hunting for crabs.
Visit the Dragon Bridge
Recently opened in 2013 the Cau Rong (Dragon Bridge) is a magnificent golden dragon spanning the Han River. At the cost of 1.5 trillion VND this masterpiece is an impressive sight, especially at night when it is illuminated by 2,500 LED lights. If that doesn’t impress you then maybe the giant dragonhead that sprays both fire and water from its mouth will do the trick!
Climb Marble Mountain
Please see: Marble Mountain
My Son Sanctuary
Please see: My Son Sanctuary – World heritage in Vietnam
You can organise trips to My Son from Danang with transport and guided tours included. The drive is between I and 1.5 hours from Danang and the views are spectacular. Most tours don’t actually include the cost of the entrance fee into My Son $4.50 for tourists (and a reduced rate for Vietnamese nationals).
Things to eat in DaNang
- Mi quang (yellow rice noodles served with shrimp, pork or fish)
- Bun thit nuong (Noodles with grilled pork and special sauce)
- Banh trang cuon thit heo