Da Nang didn’t top the list of “The most livable city in Vietnam” for no reason. The coastal city is not only the best place for business operation but also a tourism gem. If you’re wondering about what to do in Danang, this list from hellodanangvietnam.com should equip you with all you need to plan your perfect Da Nang itinerary.
1. Nature and Outdoor Activities
The long coastline of 30km with numerous pristine and fascinating seashores stretching from the north to the south is an invaluable gift that nature kindly bestows on Danang. Some of the most attractive beaches in Danang are My Khe Beach, Non Nuoc Beach, Bac My An Beach, Xuan Thieu Beach, Nam O Beach, and Son Tra Peninsula. Danang has some of the best Vietnam beaches, which are extremely safe and clean, those caught littering will be fined.
My Khe Beach
According to Forbes, My Khe is one of the six most beautiful beaches on the planet. With the white smooth coastline of 900m long and a system of hotels and luxurious resorts, the beach attracts thousands of domestic and international tourists every year.
Son Tra Peninsula
Son Tra Peninsula (Source: Internet)
Son Tra Peninsula, on the other hand, is almost pristine and untouched. The Peninsula covers an area of 60km2 and offers majestic landscapes with primary forests, crystal clear blue water, and fine sand. North Beach, South Beach, and But Beach are three famous destinations for swimming, fishing, exploring the verdant forests, snorkeling, and observing coral reefs.
Lang Co Beach
Located 30km away from Danang and 70km away from Hue, Lang Co Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Vietnam. The beach is in front of Lap An Lagoon (sprawling over 800ha) and close to Bach Ma National Park, Hai Van Pass, and Elephant Springs. With a gently sloping shoreline stretching over 10km, the beach is home to Lang Co Bay, one of the most beautiful bays in the world.
Lang Co Beach (Source: Internet)
Lang Co is well-endowed with impressive natural settings, including a striking mountainous landscape and a marvelous view of the diverse aquatic life. Thanks to that, the region is perfect for mountainous and water-based activities such as camping, trekking, hiking, canyoning, swimming, diving, sailing, etc.
Also known as Ngu Hanh Son, located 8km southeast of Danang, the Marble Mountains represent the 5 basic elements of the universe: Metal, Water, Wood, Fire, and Earth. The area is home to several Buddhist and Hindu sanctuaries, pagodas (Tam Thai, Tu Tam, and Linh Ung), grottoes (Huyen Khong, Tang Chon, etc.), caves (Hell Cave) and tunnels.
Marble Mountain (Source: Internet)
Thuy Son, also the most beautiful, is the only marble mountain accessible to visitors via two flights of stairs built for the visit of King Minh Mang. The mountain has the most caves, which are filled with spectacular Buddhist statues and meticulous carvings. You can take the lift but climbing the staircases will be rewarding. The view from the top is absolutely stunning: the tranquil Non Nuoc Village, the adjacent luxuriant mountains, the peaceful countryside, and the beautiful China Beach.
Hai Van Pass
Hai Van Pass (Source: Internet)
Snaking through a fortress of mountains in between Hue and Danang, the winding Hai Van Pass is the most scenic road in Vietnam. The pass spans over 21km at an elevation of 496m above the sea level and juts into the South China Sea. The ride along the twisting road is famous for its steep inclines, hairpin switchbacks, sharp and blind curves.
Hai Van means Sea Cloud, you’ll be encountering lots of mist rising from the sea. The ocean of mist and fog reduces the visibility on the pass, making the ride even more dangerous so it’s best to avoid it in the early hours of the day. Your fear will be replaced by amazement soon as the epic view slowly unfolds in front of your eyes: the entire city, South China Sea, Son Tra Peninsula, and Tien Sa Port.
Son Tra Peninsula
The astonishing peninsula is an absolute gem located only 13km away from the city center to the North-East. Son Tra is blessed with an enrapturing coastline and primitive jungles which were recognized as a nature reserve thanks to its diverse range of fauna and flora. With an elevation of 693m above the sea level, visitors can get a glorious panoramic view of the evergreen forests, Danang, the Cham Island, and the pristine sandy beaches.
A must stop is the giant 1000-year-old Banyan tree, a representation of the living spirit world according to the locals. Son Tra Peninsula is also home to the renowned Linh Ung Bai But Pagoda, one of the most beautiful pagodas in Vietnam, possessing enormous architectural and artistic values.