An Insider’s Guide to Da Nang

Whenever visitors go to Vietnam and enjoy local street food, surf the beach or visit historical sites recognized by UNESCO, Da Nang should definitely be an attractive stop for tourists. Da Nang is a modern city famous for its white sand beaches and public art architecture, notably the Dragon bridge that breathes fire every weekend, stated Observer.

Located in Central Vietnam, Da Nang is a popular destination for day trips of discovery, close to familiar destinations such as the ancient town of Hoi An, Hue Imperial City, and My Son Sanctuary – the complex architecture of the Chams people. And although these locations are all less than 2 hours by car from Da Nang, the city also has tons of culture to explore without moving a distance, such as the 17-storey Buddha statue and the temple-pagoda complex of Ngu Hanh Son (Marble Mountain) that can be hiked.

According to the Observer, getting to Da Nang has never been so convenient, with new direct flights launched from Seoul and Tokyo. Now, instead of a second stop in Ho Chi Minh City or Ha Noi Capital, international travellers on long-haul flights can reach Da Nang without additional connections.

Da Nang hosts some of Vietnam’s top luxury resorts, a stop at the Intercontinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort is the first suggestion from the Observer in the journey to discover Da Nang. The sprawling 189-room resort designed by Bill Bensley Architects completed a renovation in 2022 that added a lounge and club room as well as villas and a fresh spa concept.

Although many hotels in the area have private beaches, visitors should visit My Khe Beach, a bustling public white sand beach in the city centre. In addition to swimming in the warm tropical waters all year round, visitors can also participate in activities such as jet skiing, windsurfing and even surfing. After all the activities, relax at one of the dozens of cafes or juice bars, and don’t forget to enjoy seafood at a famous area eatery.

Besides, as suggested, to immerse yourself in Vietnamese culture and spirituality, visit Linh Ung Pagoda, a modern Buddhist temple opened in 2010 on Son Tra peninsula. The main attraction is the 17-story-tall Lady Buddha statue atop a lotus flower – at 220 feet.

Another destination that should not be missed when visiting Da Nang is Ba Na Hills. Sit still in the world’s longest cable car ride up to Ba Na Hills while enjoying views of Da Nang and the ocean beyond. Located 5,000 feet above sea level, the former French colonial hill station and retreat was turned into a theme park-style resort in 2009. Visitors can visit the famous Golden Bridge – a 500-foot pedestrian walkway arching out from a cliffside and seemingly held up by two giant hands.

More prominent in the journey of discovery is APEC Sculpture Park, an extension of the pre-existing APEC Park. In 2022, the park includes a performance stage, fountains and a stretching steel arch inspired by the shape of a flying kite. In addition, there is the Museum of Cham Sculpture, which stores the largest Cham cultural artefacts in the country.