Da Nang is a coastal city in central Vietnam known for its sandy beaches and history as a French colonial port. It’s a popular base for visiting the inland Bà Nà hills. Here the Hải Vân Pass has views of Da Nang Bay and the Marble Mountains, 5 limestone outcrops that are home to pagodas and caves containing Buddhist shrines.
There is no cities in Vietnam is changing as fast as Danang. For decades the city had a reputation as a provincial backwater, but big changes are ongoing. Walk along the Han river and you will find new modernist hotels, and apartments and restaurants. Spectacular new bridges now span the Han river, such as Dragon bridge, Han River bridge, Tran Thi Ly bridge.
The city itself still has few sightseeing spots, except for a very decent museum and a stunningly quirky bridge. So for most travellers, a few days enjoying the city’s beaches, restaurants and nightlife is probably enough. Book an after-dark tour to see Danang at its shimmering neon-lit best. The city’s street food scene also deserves close investigation. For more information of Da Nang’s street food guide, please click here.
Danang also makes a great base for day trips. The city is part of a long thin peninsula, at the northern tip of which is Son Tra Mountain. China Beach and the five Marble Mountains lie southwest of the city. It’s only 2 hours and half from Hue – the Imperial city, 45 minutes from Hoi An – Vietnam’s most atmospheric and delightful town. There are many choices for day trips travellers if they choose Da Nang as a base. For more day trips guide, please click here.