City Guide: Da Nang
Da Nang is a major city in Vietnam, which isn’t as popular as some cities in the country. However, there are still a couple of places I’d definitely call worth visiting. Check out this City Guide to learn more about visiting Danang!
If you are planning a trip through Vietnam, Da Nang might not be one of your major destinations. The metropolis is a great starting point to visit famous Hoi An, but you shouldn’t just use the city as a passing point, but instead stay for at least one day. While cities like Hanoi, Hue or Saigon are even more spectacular, I generally enjoyed exploring Da Nang for a couple of hours. In this city guide, I’ll explain what to see and where to go!
Beaches in Da Nang
If there is something that Da Nang is really famous, it’s beaches. The city has several beaches, which are located along the coast for dozens of kilometers.
Most of the beaches are semi-private and part of larger resorts, but there are also some accessible beaches. Especially further North, you can find a couple of very interesting beaches with local touches like fisher boats and more.
Even if you are not into spending time at the beach, this part of the city is definitely worth seeing.
Visiting the famous Linh Ung Pagoda
Just a few kilometers further from the Northern beaches, you can find the Linh Ung Pagoda. It’s not actually located in Da Nang, but a few kilometers outside.
However, that doesn’t mean that visiting it would be any less amazing. The pagoda is without any doubt the highlight of visiting Da Nang.
It consists of several beautiful buildings, which showcase the local culture and religion.
There’s also a very large white monument, which is truly beautiful, too. The several trees and the nature around the pagoda make a visit even more enjoyable.
The view of the bay is another welcome addition. While you won’t need more than two hours to explore the Pagoda, it’s a must-visit in my opinion.
Cathedral & Chang Museum Da Nang
The city center of Da Nang is definitely less impressive than in many other cities. The main highlight, in my opinion, is the cathedral. That’s mainly because of it’s funny pink color.
That’s something you don’t really find anywhere else. While the Da Nang Cathedral isn’t especially big, it’s definitely worth seeing.
Not fare from here, you can find one of the cities culture highlights: The Chang Museum. It showcases the history and culture of the Chang people living in Vietnam.
It’s not exactly a big museum and it’s definitely not in a good condition or on-par with other museum, but it’s worth visiting for an hour or so.
Buy local goods at the Han Market
If you like local markets or markets in general, you might want to visit Han Market in the city center. It’s a nice market hall with several different vendors.
Here, you can buy basically everything from souvenirs to food to cloths. Once again, this might not have been the most fascinating market you’ve ever seen and it’s no comparison to fascinating markets like the ones in Cusco, but it’s worth checking out.
Da Nang Promenade and Dragon Bridge
Da Nang is separated by a big river, which is why there is a very nice promenade of the city center. Here, you can go for a walk and enjoy the scenery. Little parks with some sculptures are a nice addition.
In the distance, you’ll also see the fascinating dragon bridge.
This is definitely one of the nicest bridges you’ll find in Vietnam.
Overall impressions of Da Nang
Visiting Da Nang in Vietnam was all in all a very enjoyable experience. Sure, it’s not the most fancy city and there’s no fascinating old town, but the Linh Ung Pagoda is totally beautiful, the cathedral is worth having a look at and the beaches are lovely. If you are heading to Hoi An or Hue, just stop here for a night and you won’t regret it!
Do you have any questions about Da Nang? Feel free to ask or share your impressions in the comments!