Introduction about Da Nang Tourism
Situated in the South Central Region of Vietnam, Da Nang has mountains, plains and seas. Tourist attractions of Da Nang Tourism include: Ba Na Hills, My Khe Beach, Fantasy Park- The Biggest Indoor Amusement Park in Asia. Da Nang has a lot of seductive destinations such as: Hai Van Pass, Giant Primitive Jungle in Son Tra Peninsula and Ngu Hanh Son Mountains. Especially, Da Nang is surrounded by three world heritages: Hue, Hoi An, My Son and by Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park. Every year, this city hosts an International Fireworks Competition which attracts many tourists visiting here.
Transportation: Means of Transport of Da Nang Tourism
This city is not only blessed beautiful landscapes by nature but also takes advantages of convenient transportation. You can travel to Da Nang by any transport like airplane, train, coach or motorcycle.
Train: From Ha Noi or Sai Gon to Da Nang, it takes 14 to 20 hours depends on the speed of the train. From Sai Gon, it takes longer than from Ha Noi because of further distance.
The price of a ticket from Ha Noi to Da Nang is about 15USD to 30usd depends on the type of seat (Booking tickets here).
The price of a ticket from Sai Gon to Da Nang is about 45USD to 60USD depends on the type of seat (Booking tickets here).
Airplane: The price of a ticket for flight from Ha Noi to Da Nang is about 60USD to 100USD depends on the airline. It takes about 1,5 hours, similar to Sai Gon-Da Nang route.
JetStar – Hotline: 19001550 – booking at website: www.jetstar.com
Vietnam Airline booking at website: www.vietnamairlines.com.vn
VietJetAir – Hotline: 1900 1886. Booking at website: www.vietjetair.com
Coach: often called North-South sleeper coaches. The price of a ticket is often appropriate to its quality of service. You can consider to different coaches such as: Hoang Long, Mai Linh, HLinh, Thuan Thao, Phuong Trang, Sinh Café,…
From Ha Noi, you can catch a coach to Da Nang at Giap Bat Coach Station or Nuoc Ngam Coach Station.
From Sai Gon, you can buy tickets to Da Nang at Mien Dong Coach Station.
Note: You should book tickets or call coach owner because you may be crammed in a coach full of people if tickets are sold out.
The price of a ticket is about 46USD to 60USD. It takes 18 to 20 hours from Ha Noi or Sai Gon to Da Nang.
(Passing the pass and discovering the city by motorcycle are two most favorite experiences in Da Nang Tourism. Picture by Glenn Phillips)
The center of Da Nang city
Motorcycle: This is convenient and easy way to visit places of interest of Da Nang Tourism. You can rent motorcycle at hotels or motorcycle-renting places. The cost for this service is about 8USD to 10usd for one motorcycle a day. Some of motorcycle-renting company in Da Nang:
- Lam Nguyen motorcycle-renting company: phone number: 0922.214.171.124 and 0965.977.768 (Mr. Do). Address: Ho Huan Nghiep St, Ngu Hanh Son.
- Binh Minh Company: 09126.96.36.199-0938.006.843 (Mr. Khoa). Address: 82 Thach Lam, Son Tra, Da Nang near My Khe Beach.
- Truong Dat Company: 0969.722.744 (Mr. Tuan) and 0969.822.844 (Mr. Dat). Address K65/86 To Hien Thanh (near My Khe Beach), delivering motorcycle to hotels and airport.
- Anh Tuan Company near Da Nang airport. Address 143/16 Tieu La. Phone number: 0905.70.80.90 (Mr. Tuan) or 0988.000.835-0988.000.875 (Hoang Anh)
Taxi: Some of popular taxi in Da Nang:
-Mai Linh Taxi – (0511).188.8.131.52
-Hang Khong Taxi – (0511).184.108.40.206
-Song Han Taxi – (0511).220.127.116.11
-Vinasun Green Taxi – (0511).18.104.22.168
The weather, the occasion for travel
Da Nang is located in the South Central Region of Vietnam so that its climate is typical tropical monsoon with high temperature and less instability. Every year, there has two seasons: the rainy season lasts from August to December, the dry season lasts from January to July. To avoid the affects of rainstorms, you should visit to Da Nang from February to August. This is the most suitable time for visiting to this city. However, if you want to travel with the lowest cost, you should come here from January to April. Because during this time, the weather is quite cool, no rainstorms and the costs of most services are quite cheaper than ones during June to August.
The Sightseeing: Historical Monuments, Beaches, places of interest of Da Nang Tourism
The central area: Thanh Khe District and Hai Chau District
Museum of Champa Sculpture: the only museum in the world which houses the last collection of Champa arts, saves Champa Culture.
Address: 2, 2/9 St, Hai Chau District, Da Nang.
Han River Bridge: it was built in the main core of Bach Dang Street, combines Hai Chau District with Son Tra District. This swing-bridge is the pride of Da Nang people. It is more beautiful and mysterious when the night comes down. Especially, at night, this bridge swings 90 degrees on its axis to allow the ships to pass along the river. Since 14/10/2015, The Office of the Da Nang People’s Committee has made the rules that the time for Han River Bridge swings would be sooner so that people and tourists can see the swing-bridge easily. Han River Bridge swings from 23 pm to 24 pm on Saturday and Sunday every week (sooner than 1 hour). Transport going through the bridge will be stopped 15 minutes before the bridge swings.
The Dragon Bridge: This bridge opened to traffic in 2013. It provides the shortest road links from Da Nang International Airport to other main roads in Da Nang city, and a more direct route to My Khe Beach and Non Nuoc Beach. “ The Dragon” of the Bridge can breathe fire and emit water like a real dragon at 21pm on Saturday, Sunday and holidays.
Con Market: This is the largest market in Da Nang and The Central Area of Vietnam. People come to Con Market not only for shopping but also for visiting.
(Con Market is the largest market of Da Nang city and The Central Area of Vietnam. Photo by dananghoian.com)
Address: Con Market is in Hai Chau II Ward, Hai Chau District, located in the crossroad of Hung Vuong Street and Ong Ich Khiem Street.
Son Tra Peninsula/ Monkey Mountain:
It is 10 kilometers from Da Nang city to the East. Son Tra is well known as “the precious pearl” because of the stunning natural landscape and the diverse plant system. The peninsula is located in Tho Quang Ward, Son Tra District, and 4.439 ha in an area of land. It has long beautiful shore with crystal-clear sea water. Hai Van Pass covers Da Nang city and Da Nang Gulf.
Linh Ung Pagoda: Linh Ung Son Tra Pagoda or Linh Ung Bai But Pagoda (distinguished from Linh Ung Ngu Hanh Son Pagoda and Ling Ung Ba Na Pagoda) is the greatest pagoda of Da Nang city about the size and the architecture.
(If you love spiritual tours, this is the best choice for you. With the wonderful position, the great size and the special architecture, Linh Ung Pagoda is the ideal destination for tourists. Linh Ung Pagoda. Picture by Ee Shawn)
Fairy Stream (Suoi Tien) and Stone Stream (Suoi Da): These beautiful wild streams in Son Tra Mountain are tourist attractions in the route of many tours to Son Tra Peninsula.
Buddha Beach (But Beach): Located in a beautiful channel, Buddha Beach is a intersection of sea and forests.
(Buddha Beach. Photo by Panagiotis Papadopoulos)
The beaches in the east coast of Da Nang city
My Khe Beach: It is 3 kilometers from the center of Da Nang city. Going through Han River Bridge, then going on Pham Van Dong Street about 1,5 kilometers to the East, you will come to My Khe Beach. This beach is famous for white sandy beach, steady waves, warm sea water and gorgeous coconut rows. Especially, My Khe Beach is once voted by Forbes to be one of six most attractive beaches in the world.
Pham Van Dong Beach: this beach was opened at a cost of 12 billions VND. It attracts lots of local and foreign tourists. Location: Phuoc My Ward, Son Tra District, Bien Dong Park.
Bac My An Beach: This beach is situated in Bac My An Ward, Ngu Hanh Son District, Da Nang. The advantages of this beach are the white sandy beach, the transparent sea and the stable temperature all year round.
With the hotel-near-beach system along the beach, tourists can completely enjoy wonderful holidays with friends and family at here. Da Nang, a tourist destination of the country, welcome warmly hundreds of thousands of tourists every year with the fresh seas and Da Nang best hotels. Coming to Da Nang to feel the love and the taste of sea in every breath.
Ngu Hanh Son District
Tam Thai Pagoda: It is located in the west of Thuy Son Mountains, which is one of five most famous mountains of Marble Mountains (Ngu Hanh Son Mountains)
Non Nuoc Village: This village is famous for stone sculpture making and stone-cutting crafts. Address: Hoa Hai Ward, Ngu Hanh Son District.
Non Nuoc Beach: This beach is 5 kilometers in length with many resorts and fantasy pine forests. This beach takes advantages of white sandy beach, steady waves, crystal-clear sea water that attract many tourists visiting to Da Nang.
The suburb of Da Nang
Ba Na Hills – God Mountains (Nui Chua): This is a range of mountains in Hoa Vang District. It is 40 kilometers from Da Nang city to the southwest. In Ba Na Hills, there has four seasons within a day: the morning is the spring, the midday is the summer, the afternoon is the autumn and the night is the winter. This is a famous destination of Da Nang Tourism.
Hai Van Pass: This is a pass where Truong Son Mountains lasts to the sea. Hai Van Pass is the border between the North and the South. It’s steep and rough.
Cam Ne Village: It is 14 kilometers from the center of Da Nang to the southwest. It belongs to Hoa Tien Commune, Hoa Vang District, Da Nang. This village is famous for producing traditional flowered sedge mats which was used in royal palace of Nguyen Dynasty.
Tuy Loan Ancient Village: This village is located in Hoa Phong commune, Hoa Vang District, about 15 kilometers from Da Nang city. It is over 500 years old. When visiting to Tuy Loan Village, you should taste some ofspecial foods of Da Nang Tourism: the girdle-cake and Quang Noodles.
Gieng Troi: It is in Ba Na – Nui Chua National Reserve where has the famous resort – Ba Na Hills. The wild scenery at here is the inspirations of backpacking tourists, and suitable for ones who love trekking, climbing, camping, mineral bath.
Starting from the parking lot of Ba Na Hills, backpacking tourists have to pass 7,5 kilometers of the rough passes to get this destination. After going through the first slope, the rest of the road is easier to go. This place is still wild and isolated.
Nam O Reef: It’s 2 kilometers from Nam O Village (belongs to Hoa Hiep Nam Ward, Lien Chieu District, Da Nang – located between Da Nang and Hai Van Pass) to the southeast. Nam O Reef has lots of algae so that many fishes and sea animals live here.
Food: Restaurant, Nosh, Special food of Da Nang Tourism
Da Nang has two biggest markets in the center of city. These are Han Market and Con Market. This city has lots of supermarkets opened within recent years such as: Da Nang supermarket, Metro supermarket, BigC supermarket, Intimex supermarket, Rosa Bai Tho supermarket, Nhat Linh supermarket, Dai Duong supermarket,… These are major shopping centers of Da Nang city.
Restaurants in Da Nang sell a lot of special foods such as: Quang Noodles, pork rolled girdle-cake, Vietnamese pancake, barbecued veal, grilled fish noodles, “kho me” pancake, Nam O Fish sauce,… These special foods can be used as a gift by tourists.
Foods of Da Nang
- Quang noodles
Some stores at Hoang Dieu Street, Phan Thanh Street, Trung Nu Vuong Street open in the morning and close 9 am or 10 am. The others at Nguyen Huu Tho Street, Nguyen Cong Tru Street open all day. The price ranges from 0,5 usd to 1 usd for a bowl of Quang Noodles, and about 0,2 USD for a girdle-cake. Some ideal stores: 1A Hai Phong Street, Ba Vi (155 Trung Nu Vuong Street). It costs from 1usd to 2usd for a bowl.
- Nam O Raw Fish
You must come to Nam O to enjoy the real Nam O Raw Fish. Or you can come to Nguyen Tat Thanh or Nam O Bridge to taste this food with only 2usd/bowl.
- Grilled Fish Noodles
The stores at Hoang Dieu Street (near Hoang Anh Gia Lai Buildings) open from 7am to 21pm. The others at Hung Vuong Street open over night. Some stores at Tran Cao Van Street (opposite to Tam Hoa Market) just open in the morning from 6am to 10am. The price is 0,8 usd for a bowl. The famous store at 109 Nguyen Chi Thanh Street, Hai Chau District open from 6am to 22pm. The price for a normal bowl is 1usd and 1,2usd for a special bowl. The rush hours of this store is from 7am to 9am and from 17pm to 20pm.
- Pork Rolled Girdle-cake
The best choices are stores at Chau Thi Vinh Street or Hai Phong Street, Duy Tan Street, Le Duan Street, Do Thuc Tinh Street,… such as Banh Trang Mau (35 Do Thuc Tinh Street), Banh Trang Tran (4 Le Duan Street). The price is from 1,5usd to 4usd.
- Vietnamese pancake
The stores at Hoang Dieu Street, Hai Phong Street,… sell Vietnamese pancake at the cost of 0,2USD . The best choice is Banh Xeo Ba Duong at 11 Hoang Dieu Street (new address: K280/23 Hoang Dieu Street). Note: you should notice the shop sign to avoid going to the wrong store.
- Banh Beo
You should taste Banh Beo at Con Market (Hung Vuong Street), or the stores at Hoang Dieu Street, Hai Phong Street, Ong Ich Khiem Street (just open at the noon from September to February). It costs 0,1VND for each small bowl.
- Cau Mong Barbecued Veal
The best stores are at Cau Mong , Dien Ban District, Quang Nam Province, about 15 kilometers from Da Nang. The other choice is Cau Mong Barbecued Veal Mrs. Ngoc at 228 Dong Da, Ong Ich Khiem.
- Che Xoa Xoa Hat Luu
Although there are many stores selling “Che xoa xoa hat luu”, the most delicious stores are at Con Market, or Tran Binh Trong Street (at the three-way crossroads between Tran Binh Trong Street and Ngo Gia Tu Street), Phan Thanh Street,.. The price is 0,2USD/serving.
- Mit tron
The stores at Ong Ich Duong Street (opposite to Hoa Tho Textile Company), Pham Van Nghi Street,… sell the most delicious “mit tron” with reasonable price, just 0,2USD for a serving.
- Banh trang kep
It costs 0,3usd for a serving. If you want to taste delicious “Banh trang kep”, you should try ones at Dien Bien Phu Street (near Thang Long Hotel) or Banh trang tuong, Banh trang dap Mrs. Tu (354 Le Duan Street). It just costs 0,2USD to 0,3usd for a serving.
- Kem xoi
The stores at Ngo Si Lien Street, Hoa Khanh Street sell “kem xoi” at the cost of 0,3 usd to 0,5USD for a serving.
- Tau hu cocktail
“Tau hu cocktail” is sold at some stores at Nguyen Van Linh Street. The price is 0,6usd/serving.
- Yogurt “muoi” and iced jack
Yogurt “muoi” is sold at some stores near Nguyen Van Troi Bridge. The price is 0,5usd for a serving (10 jars). These stores also sell iced jack at the price of 0,2usd/serving.
- Oc hut
The price for a dish of “oc hut” is 1usd upwards. With “oc da”, “oc buu”, the price will increase a bit. There have many stores selling this food, but the best choice is the store at Le Duan Street.
The best place to take photos in Da Nang
Ba Na Hills
Ba Na Hills is known as a paradise because of its special weather: 4 seasons in a day. This destination is one of the best choices to take photos of many young tourists when they visit to Da Nang.
Pham Van Dong Beach
This place attracts many tourists not just because of the beautiful scenery but also the impressed doves. Especially, if you want to take photos with doves, you should be here at 7:30am or 16:30pm each day.
Taking photos with the reeds field
In Da Nang, there has a large reeds field at Tho Quang Street. At the end of Autumn, this place will be the attract destination of photographers. Young people, tourists, local people or wedding photographers all come here to have photos “looking deep” in the reeds field.
“Cap turns into a dragon” Statue abnd The Love Bridge
The statue, which is one of the city’s new tourism icons, has become a new addition to the east bank of Han river. The statue’s body was sculpted with strong scales. Its head is modeled after the dragon from the Ly dynasty and can emit water. Its tail is the stylized sculpture of two hands placed symmetrically, which sends a message of peace, prosperity and solidarity.
The Love Bridge is known as a hotspot where the young couples symbolize their love and dream about happiness. Its fantasy landscape combine with the beauty of the Dragon Bridge make it becomes best place to take gorgeous photos.
The famous bridges in Da Nang
Da Nang is famous for the bridges such as: The Dragon Bridge, Thuan Phuoc Bridge, Tran Thi Ly Bridge, Han River Bridge,… Every bridge has special and unique features which make them become attracts destination to take photos.
Son Tra Peninsula
Lasting from The Green Lake to Intercontinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, Son Tra Peninsula has long beautiful roads and famous beaches (such as “But” Beach, “Rang” Beach), that make it becomes an ideal place for taking gorgeous photos.
Da Nang has a lot of resorts. The wonderful architecture of those resorts will give you beautiful photos.
Hoa Trung Lake
Hoa Trung Lake belongs to Hoa Lien Commune (Hoa Vang, Da Nang), about 20 kilometers away from the center of Da Nang city. It is known as a copy of The Tibetan Steppe of Da Nang. The lake is surrounded by green grass.
This is ideal place for tourists to have experience of rowing a dugout canoe cross the green lake. The dugout canoes are made by pisciculturist. They use these canoe to cross the lake to come to where they breed their fishes.