Da Nang Travel Guide - What to do in Da Nang, Vietnam

by - April 02, 2017

Hi loves,

I just came back from my Da Nang and I am really excited to share the about the trip. It is my first time to Vietnam and I was really excited about it because I have been trying to convince my husband to visit Vietnam this year and my dream came true! I was sent for a training in Da Nang, Vietnam.

If you're looking for a relaxing trip with slower pace, this is it, there are plenty of beaches to relax on and sight seeing to be done in Da Nang.  The only challenge was communication but thanks to technology, there's google translate.

Mobile Data
Got my simcard at the airport, it's 180,000VND, comes with unlimited data for 5 days.

Transportation
Grab car and taxi were my mode transportation for the trip, taxi is double the price of grab car hence grab car will be a better choice but some drivers might not be able to find certain locations and it's quite difficult because they can't speak english. To make things easy, I asked the grab driver to be with me the entire trip and I'll pay a little bit more.

Hotel
Stayed at Hotel Grand Mercure for 5 days and 4 nights. The hotel was wonderful, service was really accommodating and the staffs were really attentive, the rooms were 2,000,000VND per night with breakfast included. My room was facing Han river and Trần Thị Lý Bridge and the view was incredible at night when the lights are turned on.



1. Cham Museum of Danang

The museum collects a small fee of 40,000VND upon visit. Although it was small but it was definitely worth the visit. The museum contains the relics collected from My Son, a abandoned and partially ruined Hindu temples constructed between the 4th and the 14th century AD by the kings of Champa to worship god Shiva. It was a great place for someone who appreciates history and desire to understand culture.
 

2. Han Market

Han market is a great spot to shop for souvenirs, there are 3 sections, the wet market, the dry market and on the first floor you'll get to purchase clothing and fabrics and in the middle there was a little food court. Most of my shopping were made here, the souvenirs were actually cheaper than Hoi An, got myself a good bargain for purchasing cashew nuts 1kg 280,000VND, lotus seeds 500g 190,000VND, dried mangoes 500g 160,000VND and coconut biscuits 25,000VND. Do remember to do some haggling because the price given are usually marked up plus they will give you a great discount if you purchase in bulk.



3. Da Nang Pink Cathedral

Located just down the road from Han Market, you can easily spot the one and only church in Da Nang. The cathedral was built by French priest Louis Vallet in 1923, with a pink-painted edifice that earns its reputation as one of the most unique catholic churches in Vietnam.


4. Linh Ung Pagoda 

This my favorite and it's something you must not miss when you are in Da Nang, the pagoda is located on a hill of Son Tra Peninsula, halfway up the moutain, facing the sea. It was a 15 minutes drive from the city, made it up with a grab car for 120,000VND. The pagoda opens till 7pm for visitors to enjoy the stunning views and romantic sunsets.


 
5. Lady Buddha 

The tall white statue of Goddess of Mercy (67m high, 35m lotus diameter, equivalent to a 30-storey building) watches over the local fishermen at sea, they believe she protects them by giving them strength to fight the waves and winds. There are 17 floors in the statue lap, each floor has an altar with 21 Buddha statues which have different shapes, facial expression and posture.
      
6. Hoi An 

Hoi An is located just 45 minutes from Da Nang. It is a historic district, once a South-East Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century, its buildings and street plan reflecting a unique blend of There is also the fine wooden Japanese bridge, with a pagoda on it, dating from the 18th century. I was told by the tour guide that the bridge was built to subdue a world-spanning ‘mamazu’ dragon monster, whose head was in India and tail in Japan. The tail was said to cause earthquakes in Japan. Vietnam is located in the area of the mamazu’s back so the bridge was built to pin the mamazu down preventing earthquakes.


Hoi An Roastery is a famous coffee shop located inside the Ancient Town and famous for its coffee beans and their coffee. After much walking in town I was too tired to walk anymore while waiting for my tour guide to arrive I stayed there and had tea. The coffee was great but I still preferred the ones by the road, those were much stronger but the carrot cake was delicious, it was light and moist and most of all it was not too sweet.


I also stumbled upon this art gallery and I love it. Ha Ha - Art in everything is located right beside the Japanese Bridge so it is easy to spot. The artist, Ha, has a amazing portfolio, his work was unique and beautiful and it is also priced very reasonably. I got myself two fridge magnets for 50,000VND each.


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38 comments

  1. I miss the street food and scenery in danang and hoi ann.

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    1. Me too I love the bread and coffee by the street.

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  2. all pics are so nice. YOu make me wanna go to have a view myself. :D

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    1. Can bring your boys for a family trip. The weather is cooling like genting.

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  3. Beautiful~ I will put this as my itinerary :)
    Thank you so much

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    1. Definitely worth a visit because it's cheap as well.

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  4. Wow! didn;t know this place is so nice! heard so much about this and am gonna look more into this place.. thanks!

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    1. Me too! Surprisingly it's good and I would love to go back again.

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  5. I've not been to Vietnam before too! Da Nang has been on my bucket list for a long time. Seeing your lovely photos, my resolution to visit is even stronger.

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    1. Haha good to hear that, this place is worth going, great food reasonable price and most of all the weather is not too hot.

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  6. What a nice trip and places that you have visited.

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  7. I wanted to visit Hoi An when I was in Ho Chi Minh. Miss Vietnam coffee the most!

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    1. The place is beautiful and it's pretty cheap as well, I couldn't agree more vietnamese coffee is the best.

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  8. Da Nang looks like a nice place. shall plan a vacation there

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  9. Omg i am also planning for my vietnam trip and am glad i visit your page. Indeed, the oink church is one of a kind :)

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    1. The church was beautiful but it wasn't open on the day I visit. Got to check their opening hours.

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  10. Went to Danang during CNY, but it seems like Danang is quite big huh? Went to some places totally different from what u have posted 😂😂 anyway, As long as we enjoy our trip :) cheers

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    1. Ya there's a lot to do actually I missed out a few places and I'm planning to return.

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  11. Danang looks great ;D
    But i got my air ticket to Ho Chi Minh City this coming october D:

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    1. Ho chi minh is also fun I'll love to visit soon.

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  12. Nice photos!
    i planning to go with my friends also.

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    1. It's very fun babe I missed out a few places gonna plan another family trip.

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  13. 哇~我喜欢那个粉红教堂的外观~

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  14. I like the mirror of the toilet so muchhhh haha!
    BTW, is the bread over there tasty? Quite a lot of ppl telling me that the bread in Vietnam is number 1 ... haha

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    1. Yes it is planning to blog about the food there. There's a lot of pretty cafes too.

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  15. to be honest, i never quite found a place in vietnam that make me want to visit.. except perhaps hanoi... but now you convince me danang is the place to go... heheheh

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  16. I visited Hanoi last year, plan to go back again like Da Nang this beautiful place :)

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  17. Thanks for sharing the tips! Will take this as reference when I travel to Da Nang.

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  18. Never really gave myself a chance to explore Da Nang before. Will definitely stay longer the next time i visit

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  19. I miss Vietnam coffee and france toast!!

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  20. I've never been there before, will refer to your article if next time I plan to go, thanks for your sharing :)

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  21. That's one of my dream place to visit! Heard that the island there damn nice also :)

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  22. Wish to go Danang too..a nice place to visit ^^

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