If you’ll be spending time in Da Nang during your visit to Vietnam, lucky you! There is so much to do and see in and around the city. Here are some of the experiences we’ve enjoyed:
Custom Tailoring: Bring digital photos of ideas for new pieces and/or bring favorite pieces from home that you want to have copied. Plan to visit a tailor early in your trip and budget for 2 more visits over 2-4 more days for a fitting and final adjustments. We use a fantastic tailor in Da Nang who speaks very good English. If you request in advance, his wife may be available to help you to shop for fabric at the store down the block. His name is Mr. Loi and their business is “Tre Tailor,” located HERE.
Hoi An Ancient Town: So much has been written in guidebooks and major travel websites about this UNESCO World Heritage site and ridiculously charming area that we’re going to assume this is already high on your list!
Hai Van Pass: Some of the most beautiful ocean and mountain views in the world can be found on this overpass mountain road connecting Da Nang and Lang Co. Made famous by the British television series Top Gear (now on Amazon as The Grand Tour) through their 2-part Vietnam special which aired in 2008.
Lady Buddha: Visit the striking 220′ statue and beautifully landscaped grounds that surround her.
Son Tra Peninsula: Stunning views, home to the Lady Buddha, a tropical rain forest, rare monkeys, and butterflies.
Swim and sunbathe or go parasailing at My Khe Beach.
Snorkel or SCUBA dive around the Cham Islands.
Take a Da Nang Food Tour! We highly recommend the company Da Nang Food Tour run by American expat Shaun Stevens and his Vietnamese business partner Anh. They offer morning and evening tours which are completely customizable to your liking. Always a great experience!
Cool off and explore amazing natural caves and the Chinese inspired pagodas build into the Marble Mountains.
Sign up for an excursion with Kit Davidson’s Da Nang Adventure Company to visit and swim in waterfalls, hike to stunning vistas, and explore the untouched nature in the region.
Asia Park: If you like amusement parks, this one is terrific! Well thought out themes for different sections of the park and fun rides including the Sun Wheel, which is one of the world’s largest Ferris Wheels. Not yet overly touristed, there are rarely lines for any of the activities!
Ba Na Hills: A surreal mountaintop adventureland. Spendy by Vietnam-standards, and a little Disney World-ish. Some enjoy it, some prefer a less commercial experience. We haven’t yet been, but this is the location of the newly-opened, “Hands Bridge” that whose photos went viral on social media in 2018. Their website will tell you all you need to know.
Markets! Local markets offer a unique perspective into Vietnamese culture and are extremely different than those found in the West. While the Con Market and Han Market are the largest and most well known in Da Nang, seek out the smaller neighborhood markets for the most authentic experience. We live next door to and absolutely love the Chợ Bắc Mỹ An.
- Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture (in Vietnamese: Bảo tàng Điêu khắc Chăm Đà Nẵng). Learn about the Ancient Cham culture while exploring their striking works of sculptural and decorative stone art. Located here. Open Daily 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. | 40,000 VND admission.
- Ho Chi Minh and the Fifth Military Zone Museum: An outdoor museum where you can get up close with American, French, and Vietnamese military vehicles and aircraft. Grounds are beautifully landscaped and feature a pond and fruit trees.
- Da Nang Museum: A larger museum in the city-center of Da Nang, this collection offers an anthropological history of the region.
- Da Nang Fine Arts Museum (in Vietnamese: Bảo tàng Mỹ thuật Đà Nẵng). Located here. Features contemporary paintings and sculpture along with ceramics and folk art by Vietnamese artists. A beautifully curated collection that’s a must-visit for art lovers. Open Daily 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. | 20,000 VND admission.
If you can spare an additional 1-2 days: Check out the imperial city and tombs of Hue, which is a few hours north of Da Nang.
If you can spare an additional 3+ days, start or end your trip in the culturally-rich and culinarily fabulous (albeit chaotic) capital city of Hanoi which is about a 1-hour domestic flight north of Da Nang.
You can read more about Da Nang Vietnam in our blog post HERE.