Travel Guide

Where To Go, Where To Eat And Things To Do In Da Nang


Ask a Vietnamese person where they would prefer to live and one answer that keeps coming up is Da Nang. Drawn by the fine reputation as the most livable city in Vietnam, mild climate, and stretching beaches, thousands of people flock there each year to visit or settle, making Da Nang more populous than ever.

Things to do in Da Nang

Son Tra Peninsula

The French that occupied Son Tra in the 19th century called it Angle’s landing for a reason. Son Tra is under a conservation order and home to several secluded white-sand beaches. This means two things; one, Son Tra is protected from the rapid growth of Da Nang and two, you can easily find a place with just you, the beach and the breeze.


Son Tra Peninsula (Source: Internet)

If you are more of an adventure type, a motorbike trek is there to serve you. Hire a scooter and get on the winding road to Son Tra mountains where will provide you the commanding view of the peninsula on clear days. The road is usually deserted and a bit dangerous as it features some of the steepest slopes in Southeast Asia.

Nature lovers would have something to see and do there too. As Son Tra is a natural reserve, it is almost freed from the construction of resorts and hotels. Son Tra is the habitat or more than 100 species of fauna and the most famous is the red-shanked douc so remember to keep an eye out for one! Son Tra is one of the must-see destinations in Da Nang.

Ngu Hanh Son

Ngu Hanh Son from afar

Ngu Hanh Son from afar (Source: Internet)

Ngu Hanh Son is a set of mountains that are named after the five elements: Metal, wood, water, fire, and earth. The most visited is Thuy Son (water mountain), which features 3 caves and a secret “stairway to heaven”-a rugged climb to the top of the mountain. You can find a large Buddha statue in the last cave-Am Phu. The other smaller mountains have more caves, tunnels, and grottos to offer. See the mountains for yourself to understand why it is a popular pilgrimage site.

When to go

The city has two distinct seasons, the wet (September to March) and the dry one (April until August). Remember to have umbrella and raincoat with you in the monsoon months (wet season) since short bursts of rain are commonplace. February to March is the best time to travel to Da Nang with the maximum hours of sunlight and a minimum number of wet days. April, May, and June also have several dry and sunny days but it will be bloody hot as the temperature can reach over 40 degree Celsius. 

Where to eat

As with other major cities in Vietnam, Da Nang has a diverse and excellent cuisine. Here we have gathered a list of 15 worth-trying dishes in Da Nang for you to choose from. Some useful addresses for your stay in Da Nang are:

Bun mam nem:

–    Ba Thuyen restaurant: Le Duan street, Thanh Khe Ward.

–    Ngoc restaurant: Doan Thi Diem street, Hai Chau Ward.

Cao lau:

A bowl of Cao Lau

A bowl of Cao Lau (Source: Internet)

–    Cao lau Ly: Thai Thi Boi street, Thanh Khe Ward.

–    Nhung restaurant: Huynh Thuc Khang Street, Hai Chau Ward.

–    Hoi An quan: Yen Bai street, Hai Chau Ward.

Com ga:

–    Com ga Hong Ngoc: Nguyen Chi Thanh Street, Hai Chau Ward.

–    Com ga A Hai: Phan Chu Trinh, Hai Chau Ward.

–    A Hue restaurant: Ton That Dam Street, Thanh Khe Ward.

Mi Quang:

–    Mi Quang Ba Mua: Tran Binh Trong Street, Hai Chau Ward.

–    Mi Quang Nguoi Da Nang: 2 thang 9 Street, Hai Chau Ward.

Bun cha ca:

Bun Cha Ca

A bowl of Bun Cha Ca (Source: Internet)

–    Ba Phien restaurant: Le Hong Phong Street, Hai Chau Ward.

–    Ba An restaurant: Le Hong Phong Street, Hai Chau Ward.

Da Nang is a fast growing city but still preserves some of its nature scenes. Da Nang has some things to offer both nature and city lovers.

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Author Since: Jan 16, 2019

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