Top places you must visit in Da Nang – Hoi An
Da Nang (Đà Nẵng, [ɗâː nǎˀŋ]) is the fifth largest city in Vietnam after Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Ha Noi, Can Tho and Hai Phong in terms of urbanization and economy.
Da Nang is located on the path of National Route 1A and the North–South Railway makes it a hub for transportation. It is located within 100 km (62 mi) of several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the Imperial City of Hue, the Old Town of Hoi An, and the My Son ruins.
Da Nang has been the most attractive destination in the world recently. More and more tourists make their trip to Danang city to experience the beauty of friendly people, unique culture and impressive landscapes. Once you go there, you should not miss these 10 must visit places:
1. Ba Na Hills (Bà Nà Hill)
Of course, Ba Na Hills is the first place for both Vietnamese and foreign visitors.
Ba Na Hills is a hill station and resort located in the Trường Sơn Mountains west of the city of Da Nang, in central Vietnam. The station, advertised as “the Da Lat of Danang province” by local tourism authorities, was founded in 1919 by French colonists. The colonists had built a Resort to be used as a leisure destination for French Tourists. Being located above 1500 metres above sea level, it has a tremendous view of the East Sea, and the surrounding mountains.
Due to the elevation of the Resort, the temperature is significantly cooler (10-15 degrees) than the environment near the coast.
The Ba Na Cable Car, opened on 29 March 2013, holds the world record for longest non-stop single track cable car at 5801 metres in length.
2. Old Town Hoi An (Phố cổ Hội An)
Old Town Hoi An (Hội An [hôjˀ aːn]), formerly known as Fai-Fo or Faifoo, is a city with a population of approximately 120,000 in Vietnam’s Quảng Nam Province and noted since 1999 as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Another attraction is the Hoi An Lantern Full Moon Festival, taking place every full moon cycle. The celebrations honour the ancestors. People exchange flowers, lanterns, candles, and fruits for prosperity and good fortune.
3. My Son sanctuary (Thánh địa Mỹ Sơn)
My Son sanctuary (Mỹ Sơn [mǐˀ səːn]) is a cluster of abandoned and partially ruined Hindu temples in Vietnam, constructed between the 4th and the 14th century AD by the kings of Champa. The temples are dedicated to the worship of the god Shiva, known under various local names, the most important of which is Bhadreshvara.
As of 1999, Mỹ Sơn has been recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site. At its 23rd meeting, UNESCO accorded Mỹ Sơn this recognition pursuant to its criterion C (II), as an example of evolution and change in culture, and pursuant to its criterion C (III), as evidence of an Asian civilization which is now extinct.
4. Son Tra Peninsula (Bán đảo Sơn Trà)
Son Tra Peninsula is allso known as Tien Sa Mountain, is considered as a hidden jewel of this coastal city.
The journey to discover Son Tra can be started with monumental view from Vong Canh Hill. Then, you can be immersed in white sand and blue sea at Ngoc Mountain and admire Hai Van Pass from distance. Symphony of the sun and wind will carry you to the Chessboard peak. Go along the paths of Vong Canh Hill , you will have a chance to relax at the giant banyan tree while hearing the birds singing, and if you’re lucky enough, you can see many endangered animals. At the end of the journey, you can admire the highest Buddha statue where the majority of spiritual locals and tourists often go to.
In addition, Son Tra Peninsula offers a fresh cool climate, with beautiful natural landscapes with rich flora and fauna, it converges all the elements for visitors to have fun activities, camping, picnic and fascinating adventure of pristine jungle.
5. Hai Van Pass (Đèo Hải Vân or Hải Vân Quan)
The Hai Van Pass (Đèo Hải Vân [ɗɛ̂w ha᷉ːj vən]), is an approximately 21 km long mountain pass on National Route 1A in Vietnam. It traverses a spur of the larger Annamite Range that juts into the East Sea of Viet Nam, on the border of Đà Nẵng and Thừa Thiên–Huế Province, near Bạch Mã National Park. Its name refers to the mists that rise from the sea, reducing visibility. Historically, the pass was a physical division between the kingdoms of Champa and Đại Việt.
The twisting road on the pass has long been a challenge for drivers traveling between the cities of Huế and Đà Nẵng. Since the completion of Hải Vân Tunnel, traffic flow and safety have improved.
6. Cham Islands (Cù Lao Chàm)
The Cham Islands (Cù lao Chàm) constitute a group of 8 small islands of Quảng Nam, which form a part of the Cu Lao Cham Marine Park, a world Biosphere Reserve recognized by UNESCO, in the South East Asia Sea in Vietnam. The islands are approachable from Cửa Đại beach. The islands are also recognized as Vietnam’s national scenic site.
The islands grouped under the Cham Islands are: the Hòn Lao (Pearl), Hòn Dài (long), Hòn Mồ (tomb), Hòn Khô mẹ, Hòn Khô con (dry), Hòn Lá (leaf), Hòn Tai (ear) and Hòn Ông (east wind). The Cham Islands are under the administration of Tân Hiệp Commune of Hội An city in Quảng Nam Province.
The occupation of the people of the islands is mainly fishing.
Cu Lao Cham Islands’ ancient landscape offers many sand beaches, forested hills and the sea. Facilities for camping, swimming and scuba diving are available. The corals and marine life are an attraction in these island waters.
7. Marble Mountain (Ngũ Hành Sơn)
Marble Mountain or Non Nuoc is a well-known attraction among local and foreign tourists. It is considered as a “spiritual” land of Quang Nam – Da Nang.
The Marble Mountain includes 5 spectacular mountains which are named after 5 elements of the universe: Metal, Wood, Water, Fire and Earth. They look like bonsais emerging between a vast hillock. Every mountain has its particular beauty in shape, position, material with many caves and temples inside. Water Mountain is the largest and also the most beautiful one. The fanciful and dreamlike space, sacred temples, monumental caves, green trees, white sea wavesand the temple bell all contribute to the fairy picture of wonderful land. Marble Mountain – Da Nang is truly a heaven of all tourists.
In addition, Village Non Nuoc at the foot of Marble Mountain is famous for stone carving.
8. Museum of Cham Sculpture (Bảo tàng Điêu khắc Chăm)
The Museum of Cham Sculpture is a museum located in Hải Châu District, Đà Nẵng, central Vietnam, near the Han River.
It is the largest exhibition museum in Viet nam. This museum was built by the French in Gothic style with total area of 6,700 sqm and 2,000 sqm of display area. The museum specializes in collection, storage and presents of sculptural relics of Cham Kingdom with a total of 500 samples.
The ancient specimens are exhibited in this tourist destination include decorative plaques, shrine, statue in sandstone and terracotta materials which are collected from the Cham towers in the Central of Viet Nam. Guests who visit Museum of Cham Sculpture get an opportunity for viewing many valuable antiques as Ganesa and Apsara goddess statues.
9. Than Tai Hot Spring Park (Công viên núi Thần Tài)
Than Tai Hot Spring Park in Danang is an attractive tourist destination.
Nestled in the Ba Na–Nui Chua Nature Reserve, Nui Than Tai Hot Spring Park Vietnam is a perfect venue for central Viet Nam region that cover an area of 60ha. The project is in the sea city but the climate here is specific climate of Ba Na with 4 seasons in a day.
Reminding the hot spring, we often imagine a fiery sky and the not suitable for central climate that is extreme heat. But coming to Nui Than Tai Hot Spring Park in Danang Vietnam, you will experience a sense of complete difference, being immersed in nature with majestic primeval forests of t the Ba Na – Nui Chua Nature Reserve and the cool streams. And only here you can feel the heat of mineral and cold of headwater streams clearly.
10. Asia Park – Sun Wheel (Công viên châu Á – Vòng quay mặt trời)
The amusement area is designed with different types of active vibrant recreational activities, including adventure games. Some widely liked games are readily available in Asia Park like rollercoaster, elevated trains, freefall tower, high-speed slides.
The Sun Wheel is huge roundabout is 115 meters high and is among the top 10 highest turnover in the world, become the new icon of Da Nang with the name “Danang Vision “.
Sun Group has proposed putting the multifunctional performance area in Asia Park to organize several events such as theater performances, opera, musical events, sports, movies, animal circus and dolphin performance.
11. Beaches (Các bãi biển)
Da Nang is Sea City, of course there are many beautìul beaches: My Khe beach, Bac My An beach, Pham Van Dong beach, Non Nuoc beach (near Marble Mountain – Ngu Hanh Son), Nam O beach, Xuan Thieu beach, Cua Dai beach (near Hoi An)
12. Con Market and Han Market (Chợ Cồn và chợ Hàn)
Situated right in the center, Con Market and Han Market have attracted more and more tourists. The markets are very diverse with various kinds of goods such as shoes, clothing, fabrics, handbags, souvenirs and gifts. The prices are relatively cheap because they are all wholesale markets.
Especially, Con Market is considered as a culinary paradise of Da nang with a long food court. Many specialties are served at the food court such as Quang Noodle, Gumbo, Grilled beef noodle,Vietnamese pancakes and sweet soup. Han Market is famous for its fresh seafood, fruits and specialties of Da nang like dried fish and other dried foods that visitors often buy as gift.
13. Impressive bridges (Những cây cầu ấn tượng)
Not only known as Sea City, but also City of Bridges. There are many Impressive bridges: Nguyen Van Troi bridge, Dragon bridge, Han bridge, Thuan Phuoc bridge, Tran Thi Ly bridge
14. Hòa Phú Thành
Of course, interesting place
Schedule 1: Han bridge –> Son Tra Peninsula –> My Khe beach –> Marble Mountain –> Old Town Hoi An –> Cua Dai beach –> Cham Islands (by boat)
See map: Schedule 1
Schedule 2: Han bridge –> Han market –> Museum of Cham Sculpture –> Con market –>Hai Van Pass –> Ba Na Hill –>Than Tai Hot Spring Park –> My Son sanctuary
See map: Schedule 2