The Ultimate List of the Best Things to Do in Da Nang

Don’t miss out on the historic sites and beautiful natural wonders of Da Nang. Start planning your trip with our list of the best things to do in Da Nang!

Da Nang is a beautiful coastal city and incredible backpacking destination in Central Vietnam. It has historical past as a shipping port and as Vietnam’s third largest city. However, travelers sadly often missed it out. Whilst it is full to the brim of natural wonders for tourists short on time, Da Nang serves as a transit location for many looking to visit the tourist hotspot of Hoi An, which is just 30 kilometers away. Nonetheless, there are so many reasons why Da Nang should be a must-see destination in Vietnam for travelers. If you’re looking to explore a city off the beaten track that’s filled with beautiful and historical wonders, then read on to reveal the best things to do in Da Nang.

Be wowed at the Cau Vang ‘Golden Bridge’ in the Ba Na Hills

Cau Vang ‘Golden Bridge’ in the Ba Na Hills
Cau Vang ‘Golden Bridge’ in the Ba Na Hills

Vietnam’s Da Nang received global attention when this amazing new attraction opened in June 2018. The bridge has become a viral attraction with news outlets from all over the world reporting on Vietnam’s latest attraction which puts you ‘in God’s hands’. The Golden Bridge stands over 3,000 feet above sea level. It boasts magnificent views over the Ba Na Hills and Da Nang. It suspends visitors over the jungle by two huge God-like hands that emerge from the trees below and cradle the metallic gold bridge. This latest attraction is sure to put Da Nang firmly on the map! Due to the recent fame, Ba Na Hills has become a tourist spot with long queue. That’s why it is better to buy tickets in advance.

Explore the caves in the Marble Mountains

Caves in Marble Mountains
Caves in Marble Mountains

Arguably the most visited attraction to date in Da Nang, the Marble Mountains are five mystical limestone outcrops which sit just 7 kilometers from the city. Each mountain is named after one of the five elements of the universe: fire, water, wood, metal, and earth. The main mountain, water, has two paths that lead tourists up a steep flight of stairs to the top of the mountain to observe a spectacular view of the surrounding plains. Some of the mountains have Buddhist pagodas built on the top of them. Others have caves and tunnels winding through them that are filled with intricate carvings on the walls. There are nooks and corners in this mountain where the access is prohibited. It is better to take a guided tour into Marble Mountain to discover the true history behind this amazing maze.

See the fire-breathing dragon at Dragon Bridge

Fire-breathing dragon at Dragon Bridge
Fire-breathing dragon at Dragon Bridge

One of the most iconic symbols of central Vietnam, Dragon Bridge is a 666-meter long bridge in the center of Da Nang. Both day and night, this bridge is a big attraction for visitors to Da Nang. Not only is it beautifully lit come nightfall, but every Saturday and Sunday night at 9pm the dragon spits actual fire in the Dragon Bridge fire show! Do not miss it! After that, you can continue the festival-like atmosphere downstairs under the bridge in one of the many bars.

Take a road trip to Hai Van Pass

Hai Van Pass connects Hue and Da Nang
Hai Van Pass connects Hue and Da Nang

Hai Van Pass is a 20-kilometer stretch of road which connects Hue and Da Nang. It is famous among those who wish to explore Vietnam by motorbike. It is usually top of the list for the best things to do in Da Nang. Along the Hai Van Pass, you’ll witness spectacular views of mountain ranges, green hills, and sparkling beaches as you wind through the route, which reaches 496 meters at its highest peak. If you don’t fancy the two-hour drive along the pass and back on two wheels, then there is a train which takes the exact same route and enables to see all of the same beauty and wonders.

Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the My Son ruins

The My Son ruins
The My Son ruins

A common day trip from both Hoi An and Da Nang, the My Son ruins are Vietnam’s answer to Angkor Wat. Whilst they may not be as mighty as the likes of Angkor Wat, they provide a great insight into Vietnam’s ancient history and is a pleasant place to explore. My Son ruins are a 40-minute drive from Da Nang either by scooter or with an organized tour. You can begin with the museum at the entrance.

Admire the Lady Buddha at the Son Tra Linh Ung Pagoda complex

Lady Buddha at the Son Tra Linh Ung Pagoda complex
Lady Buddha at the Son Tra Linh Ung Pagoda complex

Da Nang’s Son Tra Peninsula is iconically marked by a towering 67-meter Lady Buddha which is part of a temple complex. Built in the 18th century, the Lady Buddha is the largest Buddha statue in the whole of Vietnam. It guards Da Nang’s shores and protects the local fisherman. Set in beautiful gardens and with a terrace to admire the view of the bay, this offers definitely a great sight of Da Nang.

Soak up the sun at one of Da Nang’s beaches

Beach in Da Nang
Beach in Da Nang

Da Nang is surrounded by beautiful beaches and is also home to some of the cleanest beaches in Southeast Asia. Unless you go between 12pm and 3pm, most beaches will be very busy. Also, it’s important to note that there is no natural shade, so you’ll want to rent a parasol. However, if you go across to the northern side of Da Nang or the Son Tra Peninsula, the beaches there are much quieter.

Are you ready to explore Da Nang yet? Make sure you include this destination on your Vietnam travel itinerary. With this list of the ultimate best things to do in Da Nang, you’ll be sad to leave!