Top 8 Best Things To Do In Da Nang Suggested By Local People

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Best things to do in Da Nang is a top topic of interest for many international and domestic tourists, providing everything you need to know about danang. Da Nang is a dynamic seaport city in vietnam that promises to bring all visitors beautiful experiences and exciting discoveries.

I. Overview of the best things to do in Da Nang

Da Nang is quite a unique tourist city in Vietnam because it has a harmonious combination of mountains, rivers, and sea. Small city, less dust from vehicles, and friendly people. This creates a tourist destination that attracts tourists from all over the world.

With stunning natural landscapes and rich culture, Da Nang is an ideal destination for travelers who want to explore and relax. Ah, the beauty of this place is no joke! But have you ever wondered if you missed any tourist attractions in Da Nang just because you still need to fully update information about tourist attractions in this city?

Okay, let’s continue reading the following content. As a backpacker, I will highlight the outstanding tourist attractions in Da Nang that only some travel companies will tell you about. Most travel companies only take you to a few tourist destinations that fit their tour schedule.

Ah, I need to add that I will only talk about tourist destinations in this article. Regarding outstanding dishes, I will have an additional commentary on the topic “What to eat in Da Nang” to provide more detailed information. Here are the best Elitrawo recommendations for you when coming to Da Nang.

Part of Son Tra peninsula - best things to do in Da Nang
Part of Son Tra peninsula – Best things to do in Da Nang

Elitrawo is a blog by local people, so the written content is drawn from Elitrawo’s own experiences, combined with reviews of tourists who have traveled to Da Nang before.

II. Relax at My Khe Beach

When discussing beautiful places in Da Nang, My Khe Beach inevitably comes to mind. Seriously, Da Nang tourism is renowned for its pristine beaches, earning the city its reputation as a place worth living and a coastal tourist haven. You know, exploring My Khe Beach is undoubtedly one of the best things to do in Da Nang!

In the article “Best of the Best Beaches Asia” by Tripadvisor, under the topic Best of the Best 2023, this beach in Da Nang is honored to be mentioned. This recognition highlights My Khe as the most beautiful beach in Da Nang, a destination that caters to every traveler and is conveniently located close to the city center.

Relax at My Khe beach
Relax at My Khe beach

There are destinations to suit every traveler, close to the city center. Visitors who love water sports can visit My Khe beach, famous for outdoor activities in Da Nang, such as surfing, snorkeling, Flyboard water jet, …

In addition, My Khe Beach also has many restaurants, cafes, and facilities to serve visitors. You can enjoy the delicious dishes and specialties of Da Nang or enjoy a leisurely cup of coffee watching the vast blue sea.

My Khe beach
My Khe beach

Ticket price: free

To help visitors choose suitable accommodations in My Khe Beach, we recommend hotels and resorts many tourists vote for. Elitrawo has written articles about accommodation near My Khe beach based on different types and standards so that visitors can choose according to their needs. All the information you need about where to stay is in the article “Where to stay in Da Nang.”

III. The Marble Mountain

Map Thuy Son - Marble Mountains
Map Thuy Son – Marble Mountains

Ah, Da Nang! When searching for the best things to do in Da Nang, you’re likely seeking a blend of history, spirituality, and natural beauty. Well, guess what? Marble Mountains is a treasure trove for those who adore exploring beautiful places in Da Nang and are highly rated by tourists worldwide.

This fantastic locale offers a captivating journey for travelers who are nature enthusiasts and seekers of the sacred. Among the five mountains here, Thuy Son is the main attraction. Indeed, it’s one of the most interesting places in Da Nang city that you wouldn’t want to miss!

Marble Mountains
Marble Mountains
Thuy Son Mountain belongs to the Marble Mountains range
Thuy Son Mountain belongs to the Marble Mountains range

There are two ways to go up Thuy Son Mountain: one way to Tam Thai Pagoda in the West – The south direction has 156 steps, and one route in the east to Linh Ung Pagoda has 132 steps. These are the roads that King Minh Mang built in the past to go to Thuy Son to see the water, sky, and sea.

Climb the stairs at Marble Mountains
Climb the stairs at Marble Mountains

You have two options to explore this place: climb Marble Mountain by climbing the stone steps yourself or buy an elevator ticket and move up the mountain instead of walking. The steps are steep and uneven; this should be for someone with good health and balance.

Elevator at Marble Mountain
Elevator at Marble Mountains

Be cautious with the steps inside the cave, as they can be slippery, but seriously, the thrill of exploring this cave temple is unparalleled! With maps, rest areas, and refreshments available, you’re all set to explore these historical and spiritually significant caves comfortably!

Ticket Prices:

AttractionsAdultsStudentsChildren (<6 years old)
Thuy Son40,000 VND – 1.69 USD10,000 VND – 0.42 USDFree
Am Phu Cave20,000 VND – 0.84 USD7,000 VND – 0.30 USDFree
Elevator Service15,000 VND – 0.63 USD15,000 VND – 0.63 USDFree

Address: 81 Huyen Tran Cong Chua, Hoa Hai Ward, Ngu Hanh Son District, Da Nang City. 

Opening Hours: 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Ticket price to Thuy Son - Marble mountain
Ticket price to Thuy Son – Marble mountain

To stay near Marble Mountain, please refer to Da Nang beach resorts. This area does not have 4-star or 5-star hotels, there are cheap hotels, but it is not recommended because it will affect your experience.

This Marble Mountains tourist destination will have small spots for visitors to explore. I will talk about some essential names located on this mountain. Okay, that content is right down here.

1. Xa Loi Tower

Xa Loi Tower is an outstanding religious building in Da Nang City with unique spiritual and cultural values. To build the tower to worship the spiritual structure, the Xa Loi Tower has become a symbol of success and outstanding development in compassion and wisdom.

Xa Loi Tower has an extraordinary and harmonious architecture, combining many architectural elements from different cultures. With seven floors and a height of about 28m, the tower has a hexagonal shape and many diverse architectural features. The spirals on the top of the building have a Thai architectural style, Vietnamese-style curved roof, and ancient Greek-style pillars. Each tower floor also has special meanings in Buddhism, such as lost love, six paths, six roots, and six thieves.

The number 7 in Buddhism is considered lucky and has essential meanings. The Xa Loi Tower has seven floors, representing luck and the desire to achieve good things. This further confirms the sense of 7 in Vietnamese spirituality and culture.

Xa Loi tower
Xa Loi Tower

The Xa Loi Tower is not only a beautiful architectural work but also carries with it profound spiritual and cultural values. Conveniently located on the eastern slopes of Thuy Son Mountain, the tower adorns this beautiful natural setting. Currently, the yard of Xa Loi Tower is connected to the elevator bridge, bringing convenience to visitors.

Visiting the Xa Loi Tower, visitors will have the opportunity to admire the statues of Shakyamuni Buddha, Anan, and Kashyapa – the first two disciples of the Buddha – on the first floor. In addition, in the tower, there are statues of 18 Arhats. And full of bodhisattvas in the Great Compassion Mantra. The 7th floor is where to worship the jewel of the Buddha’s relics.

2. Vong Hai Dai

Vong Hai Dai, also known as the Sea View Station, is located on the eastern slope of Marble Mountains, near Xa Loi Tower and Linh Ung Pagoda. At Vong Hai Dai, visitors can enjoy the beauty of the blue sea, stretching sandy beaches, and look far away from Cu Lao Cham Island and the outstanding Son Tra peninsula in the middle of the ocean.

Vong Hai Dai is an attractive destination for those who love nature and history. Here, you can enjoy not only great natural beauty but also see important historical sites. Explore Vong Hai Dai and let your soul immerse in the beautiful landscape of Da Nang.

3. Linh Ung Pagoda – Marble Mountains

Located in the Marble Mountains, Linh Ung Non-Nuoc Pagoda is a spiritual destination and, at the same time, a famous scenic spot in Da Nang. It’s the earliest of the three pagodas named Linh Ung in Da Nang, making it a must-visit when exploring the best things to do in Da Nang.

Linh Ung Pagoda at Marble Mountains stands out with a 10m high statue of Shakyamuni Buddha in the center of the pagoda; along with two sides are statues of Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara and Bodhisattva Dia Tang. This is an attraction not only for tourists who love spiritual tourism but also a place where you can drop your soul into a peaceful space, away from the noise and bustle of the city.

Linh Ung Pagoda - Marble mountains
Linh Ung Pagoda – Marble mountains

Linh Ung Pagoda on Marble Mountain in the past was a place with many precious relics and artifacts and a place for meditation and chanting. With the beauty of nature and rich flora and fauna, the temple offers fresh, cool air all year round.

Not as majestic as Linh Ung Pagoda in Son Tra Peninsula or Ba Na Hills, Linh Ung Pagoda at Cam Thach Mountain has a mysterious and peaceful beauty. With nearly 200 years of history, it offers a mysterious and delicate beauty, allowing visitors to enjoy the quiet space and immerse themselves in spiritual emotions.

4. Am Phu cave

Am Phu cave, located in the heart of Thuy Son mountain, is considered the longest and most mysterious cave in Da Nang; it is one of the best things to do in Da Nang. With a cave arch from 45m to 50m high, this place has rich rock formations, simulating the realms that people will experience after death, following the law of cause and effect of Buddhism.

You know, Am Phu Cave is a harmonious blend of folk philosophy and Buddhism, offering visitors a chance to reflect on good and evil and contribute to building a better society. Indeed, visiting this cave is not just about admiring the magnificent natural structures but also about delving into exciting folk tales and profound philosophies.

5. Tam Thai Pagoda

The pagoda was built in 1630 with a majestic and solemn 3-story architecture. Outside is a three-door gate made in the style of a bell roof, which looks very ancient. In front of the temple yard is a statue of Maitreya Buddha made of sandstone. Inside Tam Thai Pagoda, there are worshiping Buddha Amitabha Tathagata, Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva, and Lord Dai The Chi. This place is roofed with lapis lazuli and decorated with two dragons.

Gate Tam Thai Pagoda
Gate Tam Thai Pagoda

This ancient temple is nearly 400 years old, with bold architecture typical of the Nguyen Dynasty, and still retains many archaic features worth seeing. That’s why even though passing 156 levels is a bit tiring, everyone wants to try to come here. In addition to the sharp lines and decoration, the pagoda also preserves the metal plate of King Minh Mang with the content praising the Buddha’s compassion and saving sentient beings.

Tam Thai Pagoda is also a sacred temple, a spiritual tourist destination that attracts many people and tourists. People come here to visit and admire the scenery and to worship and pray for peace and health for themselves and their families. At the same time, they also pray for good luck in life and work.

Tam Thai Pagoda
Tam Thai Pagoda

6. Huyen Khong Cave

Seriously, Huyen Khong Cave is a must-visit! Located in the Hoa Nghiem mountain range, this famous destination in Da Nang features a round arch, a flat background, and five holes, allowing sunlight to illuminate the cave, creating a shimmering and fanciful atmosphere.

Sunlight through the cave at Marble Mountain
Sunlight through the cave at Marble Mountain

There are statues of Mr. Good and Mr. Evil standing in the middle of the cave, reminding people to give up wrong thoughts when entering the sacred Buddha’s door. Visitors need to go down 5m deep behind Hoa Nghiem cave, through more than 20 steps, to enter Huyen Khong cave. The cave is likened to a giant upside-down bell with a circumference of about 25m, bringing value to spirituality, geosciences, and archeology.

 By the way, visiting Huyen Khong Cave on a sunny day lets you witness the beauty of the marble inside, earning it the name “Les montagnes de marbre” (Marble Mountains) by the French in the 19th century. This cave resembles nature’s harmonic symphony, especially during sunny summer days.

Huyen Khong cave
Huyen Khong cave

IV. Discovery Ba Na Hills

With a cool climate and beautiful natural landscape, Ba Na Hills is one of the great tourist destinations when coming to Da Nang. There will be many things to discover when coming to Bana Hills.

Ba Na Hills is immersed in a sea of clouds
Ba Na Hills is immersed in a sea of clouds

Everything about this place will leave you gasping with awe, from the entrance to the cable car ride and the incredible views wherever you look. The Golden Bridge is one of the most popular world-famous destinations in Ba Na Hills, where visitors can take pictures and enjoy the beautiful natural space of the Truong Son mountains.

Danang Golden Bridge
Danang Golden Bridge (Photo by LeHanVu on Pixabay)

What’s more, the architectural marvels here, such as the French Village, Linh Ung Pagoda, and the wine cellar, are unique and beautiful. The gardens, the arcades, the statues, the entertainers, the funicular… No joke, there’s a lot to see and do here!

Ba Na Hills is a great tourist destination to experience and explore, with many exciting and unique attractions. This is a definite must-visit if you want a destination that combines adventure, culture, natural beauty, and breathtaking cleanliness.

Ba Na Hills
Ba Na Hills (Photo by Vivu Vietnam on Unsplash)

However, there are numerous international tourists who feel it’s not cost-effective to purchase tickets to visit a location that replicates European architectural styles and houses a Disney park. Therefore, I’d like to offer some personal insights based on my experiences visiting this place.

Imagine traveling by cable car, observing the mountains and clouds beneath you. Upon arrival, beyond those mentioned European architectural elements, what strikes you are the renowned Golden Bridge, the Buddhist architecture at Linh Ung Pagoda-Ba Na Hills, and the incredibly serene views of clouds and mountains.

If you’re fortunate enough to visit on a sunny yet slightly chilly day, you’ll find the clouds literally at your feet. I recommend visiting during the summer months, from March to July, when the sunny weather will ensure you have the most enjoyable trip. If you love mountains, this destination will perfectly fit you.

Sculpture art at Ba Na Hills
Sculpture art at Ba Na Hills

Fare:

Sun World Ba Na Hills (included: round trip cable car, visit and experience architectural works such as Golden Bridge, Fantasy Park, Moon Castle…)

Note: Tickets to see the Wax Museum are omitted, Debay Cellar and bonus games.

Ticket TypeAdults (above 1.4m)Children (1m to 1.4m)Children (below 1m)
Entrance Ticket900,000 VND – 38 USD750,000 VND – 32 USDFree
Lunch Buffet Ticket350,000 VND – 15 USD210,000 VND – 9 USDFree

Operating hours: 8 AM – 5 PM

Address: An Son Hamlet, Hoa Ninh Commune, Hoa Vang District, Da Nang City.

You can stay at hotels in the city center near Da Nang airport. In addition, Mercure Danang French Village Bana Hills will be the choice if you want to stay overnight in Ba Na Hills.

V. Son Tra Mountain

Son Tra Peninsula is a treasure trove for those seeking the Best Things to Do in Da Nang. A quiet natural location where you can see the blue sea and the whole city. There are many beautiful attractions in the Son Tra peninsula.

Mui Nghe - Son Tra
Mui Nghe – Son Tra (@toanvinh.1001)

If tourists go on a tour, they will be organized to visit Linh Ung Pagoda on this peninsula. However, if you are self-exploring, Elitrawo will suggest other places on the Son Tra peninsula to explore independently. These places will create experiences to be noticed in Da Nang.

In addition to Linh Ung Pagoda, Elitrawo proposed more tourist attractions in the Son Tra peninsula, such as Ban Co Peak, Son Tra Banyan Tree, and Truong Sa Street near InterContinental Son Tra. These are also exciting destinations in the Son Tra peninsula.

Overview of Linh Ung Pagoda - Son Tra
Overview of Linh Ung Pagoda – Son Tra

Regarding the means of transport, you use to enter the Son Tra peninsula area. If you rent a motorbike, taxi, or car, a local driver will guide you; you do not need to worry. However, if you use a motorbike, there will be two cases you should note.

If you use Automatic Transmission Motorcycle, you can only use motorbikes to move from Linh Ung Pagoda to Ghenh Bang. In case you use Manual Transmission Motorcycle, you can move from Linh Ung Pagoda to Son Tra Banyan Tree, or you can also move in the direction of Yet Kieu Street to the top of Ban Co peak.

Additional information for you is that on Son Tra peninsula, there is a beach resort in Da Nang of the most luxurious form in Da Nang. That is InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, on the Top 5-star Resort Da Nang list.

Here are the attractions in Son Tra peninsula that every visitor should notice. Read on to the next part.

Ticket price to visit Son Tra peninsula: Free

Address: Tho Quang ward, Son Tra district, Da Nang City.

1. Ban Co peak

The old man plays chess at the top of Ban Co
The old man plays chess at Ban Co peak (@toanvinh.1001)

Ban Co Peak is a famous tourist destination in the Son Tra peninsula, Da Nang. Known for its pristine beauty and featuring a stone statue of an older adult sitting thoughtfully playing chess, Ban Co Peak attracts many domestic and international tourists.

This is a must-see destination in Da Nang, both scenic and relaxing. The road from Da Nang to the top of Ban Co is terrific. At the top of Ban Co, visitors can participate in the experience of an adventure sport in Da Nang, paragliding.

Paragliding takes place at Son Tra peninsula
Paragliding takes place at Son Tra peninsula (Photo by Quangpraha on Pixabay)

Upon arrival, visitors will be mesmerized by the beautiful panoramic view from the top of Ban Co. From here; you can admire the whole city of Da Nang, Dragon Bridge, and high-rise buildings.

The rugged landscape, the rocky rapids surrounding the foot of the Son Tra peninsula, and the immense blue sea create a picturesque scene. You can catch herds of golden monkeys and brown-shanked douc langurs living on this peninsula if you’re lucky.

Brown-shanked douc langur on Son Tra peninsula
Brown-shanked douc langur on Son Tra peninsula

To get to Ban Co’s top, you must follow Yet Kieu Street. When returning to the city, you can choose to follow Hoang Sa Street or return by Yet Kieu Street. On the way, you can enjoy the fresh air, beautiful sea view, and Da Nang city.

Do you know? While completing the article Best Things to Do in Da Nang, Elitrawo wanted to leave home immediately with his motorbike and head to Son Tra peninsula. But first, Elirawo must complete this article to provide helpful information.

Ban Co peak
Ban Co peak (@toanvinh.1001)

2. Linh Ung Pagoda – SonTraPeninsula

Linh Ung Pagoda in Son Tra Peninsula is a famous attraction in Da Nang. The pagoda is located on the top of Son Tra mountain, in Son Tra district, Da Nang City. This temple was built in 2004, completed in 2010, and is a unique architectural work.

The temple has a 67m high Buddha statue (equivalent to a 30-story building), a prominent symbol of the temple. Linh Ung Buddha was once a giant Buddha statue in Vietnam and is considered a symbol of compassion and protection.

Lady Buddha Da Nang
Lady Buddha Da Nang (Photo by Ozabot on Pixabay)

People here believe that the sacred temple has a statue of Buddha standing guard, protecting the people of Da Nang from the storms of nature, protecting the fishermen going to the sea to be safe, and the animals. Cargo ships in and out of the port are convenient.

Visitors will experience a peaceful and quiet space when visiting Linh Ung Pagoda. The grounds, statues, and history blend for a beautiful visit.

The landscape around the pagoda is the lush green mountain forest of Son Tra, with a fresh climate and air. Visitors can walk around the temple, admire the Buddha statue, and worship in pure spiritual space.

Linh Ung pagoda
Linh Ung pagoda

Ensure you come here with at least 2 hours to enjoy and soak up the place. Moving around here is also very easy and flat.

3. Scenery along Hoang Sa Road, near InterContinental Danang

This road is gorgeous, winding gently like a silk strip. Along the two sides of the road, with one side of the mountain and the other side are shady trees, you can sit and watch the sea from above. On weekends, this is a favorite place for locals; locals often come here to watch the ocean and take pictures with friends.

Road near Intercontinental - Son Tra peninsula
Road near Intercontinental – Son Tra peninsula (@toanvinh.1001)

VI. Hai Van Pass

One of the best things to do in Da Nang is exploring the thrilling Hai Van Pass! This pass is a magnet for travelers seeking challenging roads and is located on the Bach Ma mountain range, serving as a natural boundary between Thua Thien Hue and Da Nang. Spanning 21km and peaking at nearly 500m, it’s Vietnam’s most renowned and perilous pass, yet one of the most beautiful mountain passes in the country.

So what attracts them so much? Visitors can see the incredible natural scenery and experience the feeling of driving on a winding road. One side is the mountain; the other is the abyss and the sea; you can stop to watch the sea and the whole city of Da Nang from above.

Hai Van pass
Hai Van pass (@toanvinh.1001)

No joke, as you ascend, the landscape becomes increasingly unique, offering glimpses of pristine beaches, azure waters, and distant islands on the horizon. Upon reaching the top, you’ll encounter the historical Hai Van Quan, built in 1826 and brimming with historical imprints.

Fear – Nervousness – Excitement – Excitement – Joy… all of those words fully describe the feelings of tourists during the journey from Hoi An ancient town to Hue through Hai Van Pass. You will be happy to experience this feeling with your friends.

The winding section of Hai Van pass
The winding section of Hai Van pass (@toanvinh.1001)

Here’s a thought, if you’re traversing from Hoi An ancient town to Hue, this route offers a myriad of experiences. You can showcase your driving skills on a mountain road, enjoy the sea view, and visit the historical site of Hai Van Quan.

If riding a motorbike through the pass, avoid turning back at night because this road has no lights, and fog will obstruct the driver’s vision. Pro tip: Rent a car with a local driver to explore Hai Van Pass and witness the harmonious interference between the mountains and the sea.

The train passes through Hai Van pass
The train passes through Hai Van pass (@toanvinh.1001)

Many beautiful scenes at Hai Van Pass:

Watching the sunset from Hai Van Pass
Watching the sunset from Hai Van Pass (@toanvinh.1001)
Lonely pine tree photo spot - Hai Van pass
Lonely pine tree photo spot – Hai Van pass (@toanvinh.1001)

VII. Go Shopping at Con Market

Let’s remember shopping and savoring the cuisine at Con Market are among the top things to do in Da Nang. This market is a snapshot of local life in Da Nang, where visitors can find everything they want, especially the local food in Da Nang. There are many visitors’ feedback that they like the food at Con market.

Trust me, you have to enjoy the food here! This is the place to go if you want a taste of local life. If you’re pondering What to eat in Da Nang, this market has got you covered with various dishes.

Con Market
Con Market

The stall owners here are amiable and cute; they will try to explain visitors’ questions through guides or interpreters. You won’t believe the variety here; it’s a shopper’s paradise, from countless kinds of tea to shoes and clothes.

Price list of some words at Con market for your reference:

No.Food ItemPrice Range (in VND)
1Snails (various types)30,000 VND to 50,000 VND
(1.27 USD to 2.11 USD)
2Banh Canh20,000 VND to 50,000 VND
(0.84 USD to 2.11 USD)
3Banh Beo40,000 VND to 60,000 VND
(1.69 USD to 2.53 USD)
4Grilled Pork Noodles (Bun Thit Nuong)20,000 VND to 40,000 VND
(0.84 USD to 1.69 USD)
5Grilled Pork Rice Paper Rolls (Banh Trang Cuon Thit Heo)30,000 VND to 80,000 VND
(1.27 USD to 3.38 USD)
6Quang-style Noodles (Mi Quang)20,000 VND to 50,000 VND
(0.84 USD to 2.11 USD)
7Grilled Pork Sticky Rice (Xoi Thit Nuong)15,000 VND to 50,000 VND
(0.63 USD to 2.11 USD)
8Avocado Ice Cream (Kem Bo)8,000 VND to 20,000 VND
(0.34 USD to 0.84 USD)

Ticket price: Free 

Opening hours: 6:00 AM – 7:00 PM 

Address: 290 Hung Vuong Street, Vinh Trung Ward, Hai Chau District, Da Nang.

In addition to the places mentioned above, you can learn about Asia Park if you want a fun place for your children. If you are a history lover, visit the Cham Museum in the center of Da Nang city.

VIII. Conclusion on the best things to do in Da Nang

In conclusion, best things to do in Da Nang is part of the Da Nang Travel Guide series by Elitrawo, which also provides other Da Nang tourism-related information, such as: Where to stay in Da Nang?, How to get around Da Nang?

Honestly, this guide hopes to be helpful for international tourists visiting Da Nang. This city, with its stunning natural beauty and exciting activities, is bound to make your experience unforgettable. So, let’s arrange your schedule and prepare to discover the great things in Da Nang today!

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