Da Nang City is one of Vietnam’s major international gateways, the largest city in central Vietnam and a major port. The city originates from the Champa kingdom which was established in 192 AD. Now it is Vietnam’s 3rd largest city by population plus with a wonderful stretch of beaches and resorts. It is located 30km from Hoi An, 108km from Hue, 763km from Hanoi, 947km from Ho Chi Minh City.
When to visit
There are two distinguished seasons: dry season (from January to July) and rainy season (from August to December). Sometime, cold weather occurs in short time.
Places of interest in and around Da Nang
Museum of Cham Sculpture which showcases artifacts of the ancient Champa Kingdom.
Opening times – daily 07:00-17:00 (entry fee 40,000 VND)
Dragon Bridge. 666m long over the Han River. At weekends the town enjoys a display of fire breathing from the dragon’s mouth.
Son Tra Peninsula. Recognized in 1997 as a natural reserve and a habitat of more than 100 species of fauna
Lady Buddha pagoda, famous for the Goddess of Mercy statue, faces the Eastern Sea. On the left is Cham Island, to the right is the Hai Van Pass. It symbolizes belief and the nation.
Opening times – daily 07:00-17:00 (free entry)
Marble Mountains (Ngu Hanh Son) is a well-known pilgrimage site with peaks, caves, tunnels and temples composed of a group of five limestone and marble hills (10km south of Da Nang). Named after the 5 elements of metal, wood, water, fire and earth, Marble Mountains exist in a coastal area renowned for stone cutting and sculpture.
Opening times – daily 07:00-17:00 (entry fee 15,000 VND)
Hai Van Pass. Is one of central Vietnam’s major outstanding attractions. Its name means Ocean Cloud Pass and stretches for 21km.