Famous places in Da Nang City

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          Da Nang, is Vietnam’s third largest city and the largest city in Central Vietnam. It is one of the country’s most important ports and is the main commercial and educational centre of central Vietnam. Ringed by mountains on one side and the South China Sea on the other, Danang borders Thua Thien Hue Province across the Hai Van Pass to the north, Quang Nam Province to the south and west, and the ocean to the east. The city is well known for its clean environment, tree-lined boulevards, dramatic river bridges and beautiful beaches, and good public services. It is often referred as one of the best Vietnamese cities to reside in. Currently, the city has an estimated one million inhabitants.

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Topography/Geography
Danang borders Thua Thien Hue Province across the Hai Van Pass to the north, Quang Nam Province to the south and west, and the ocean to the east. Danang topography is dominated by the steep Annamite mountain range to the north and northwest, featuring peaks ranging from 700 to 1,500 meters (2,300 to 4,900 ft) in height, and low-lying coastal plains, with several white sand beaches along the coast. To the south is the impressive Hai Van Pass with Mang Mountain 1,708m and Ba Na Mountain 1,487m. The east holds the Son Tra Peninsula with sandy beaches, historical remains, and rare bird and animal species. The southern area is Ngu Hanh Son (Marble Mountains).

Da Nang is also an important gateway city to the Central Highlands of Vietnam and the Lao People’s Democratic Republic. The port of Da Nang is home to an important fishery for the region.

The main demographic ethnic groupings are Kinh, Chinese, Co Tu and Tay.


Climate
Danang is located in the zone of typical tropical monsoon, temperate and equable climate. The city's weather bears the combination of the north and the south climate characters with the inclination to the former. There are two seasons: the wet from August to December and the dry season from January to July, cold waves are occasional but they are of average and short lasting. Temperatures are typically high, with an annual average of 25.9°C. Temperatures are highest between June and August (averaging 33 to 34°C), and lowest between December and February (averaging 18 to 19°C). Cold, wet and windy in winter brings even lower temperatures in December and January.

 

Tourism
The tourism sector is a vital component of Da Nang's economy.  Though it does not boast French colonial buildings like Hanoi or a busy nightlife like Ho Chi Minh City, Danang still retains its own charm. Da Nang has long been considered a pleasant pass-through point for travellers on Vietnam’s tourist trail, but it also has its own attractions such as Ba Na Tourist Resort and the Museum of Cham with its rich collection of Cham artefacts. Located 12 km westwards from the city, Marble Mountains is one of the most charming tourist attractions in Danang.

For those who crave for more outdoors activities, My Khe beach is a good place to spend time. To the North and South ends of the city, Monkey and Marble mountains store some historical and religious symbols. If you need to escape the heat, Ba Na resort high in the mountains offers some respite.

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DA NANG CITY


Coordinates:  16°04'N 108°14'E

Region             South Central Coast
Area                 1,285.4 km2
    
Population (2015)

• Total            1,030,000
• Density       800/km2

Demographics    
• Ethnicities  Kinh, Chinese, Co Tu, Tay

    
Calling code                         0511

Website         www.danang.gov.vn

 

Top Attractions

Hai Van Pass journey between Danang and Hue is over jungle-clad mountains offering panoramic views out to the sea. Known as one of the best coastal roads in the world for driving, the 21-km-long Hai Van Pass rises up to 1,600 feet high  Hai Van translates to Ocean Cloud, a reference to the mists which often rise up the slopes from the sea below. Once a natural boundary, the top of the pass retains a number of lookout points which offer spectacular views.  A  second road was built in 2005 which incorporates the Hai Van tunnel and saves an hour of travel time. The new road has made the Hai Van Pass a quieter scenic route, though there are still truckers required to use the longer route as well as the sightseers and local users.

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China Beach (My Khe Beach) China Beach once a popular R&R spot for US soldiers and after the war became a magnet for backpackers. The long stretch of golden sandy coast now features luxury hotels, spas and 5* golf courses. It may not be Vietnam’s most attractive beach, but it’s still beautiful and a great place to spend the day surfing or relaxing in the sun and sand.

Ba Na Hills resort - Originally a colonial French hill station established in 1919, Ba Na Hill is now an impressive mountain resort which caters for local and foreign visitors alike. The resort is reached via the Ba Na Cable Car, opened in March 2013, and holds the world record for longest non-stop single track cable car at 5801 metres. The cable car ride is spectacular in itself as it rises over the mountainous ridges, lush jungle and cascading streams. At the summit, the view goes over Da Nang and all the way to the coast. Fog banks can obscure the view, but like Sapa the mystical atmosphere they produce can actually add to the experience.

The resort is full of attractions to keep visitors fully occupied. The Fantasy Park is the perfect playground, carnival rides, video games and activities ranging from air hockey to rock climbing. For young children, there is an area with ball pits and mini sides.

For the more spiritually inclined, there is the Linh Ung Pagoda with a 27m tall statue of Thich Ca Buddha. Historians can enjoy tours of deserted French villas and a descent into a historical wine cellar. Nature lovers can discover the various species of flora and fauna, a diverse collection including rare plants, pheasants, deer and monkeys.

There are various food outlets around the resort from smaller cafes for a snack to restaurants for full service. For visitors wishing to spend more than one day at the resort there are luxury hotel rooms available.

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Dien Hai citadel was originally built in 1813 under the reign of Emperor Gia Long. In 1823, it was moved further inland and was brick reinforced brick in the square Vauban style of architecture. The citadel had two entrances, the main one leading to the south and the other to the east. Dien Hai Citadel has contributed to the defeat of the French invaders in Da Nang in 1858-1860. Still today it represents the tradition of the fight by the Da Nang people for independence. The Citadel was recognised as a national historical relic by the Ministry of Culture and Information in November 1998.

 

Bridges -  One of Da Nang’s most outstanding features that strikes  any first time visitor to Danang is its collection of awesome, beautiful, and  arguably “eccentric” bridges. In addition to the swing-bridge of Han River, Da Nang also contains the Dragon-shaped Bridge, the Tran Thi Ly sail-shaped bridge, and Thuan Phuoc Bridge – the longest cable-stayed bridge of Vietnam. These are all lit in a bright array of colours at night and provide quite a spectacle. The area around the Han River bridge is well paved to provide a pleasant riverside promenade and is the location of Da Nang’s cultural centre.

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Linh Ung pagoda is built on 12 hectares  of the Son Tra Peninsula, it is the largest in Da Nang both in terms of scale and artistic architecture. The pagoda is renowned for its beautiful 67-metre-tall Goddess of Mercy statue standing on a lotus-shaped platform.

Entry is via giant three-door gate which leads into the courtyard where, under the gaze of the Goddess of Mercy Statue, the peaceful surroundings offer the opportunity to view the seascape below with numerous moored fishing boats and on to the Marble Mountains in the distance.  Locals believe that this Goddess of Mercy statue, which faces out to sea, will take care of fishermen and give them the courage to deal with any storms. 

Inside the statue, which is equivalent to a 30-storey building, there are 17 levels, allowing visitors to admire the view from different heights. Each of the levels houses 21 Buddha statues, with different appearances, expressions and gestures.  

 

Marble Mountain (Ngũ Hành Sơn; "Five elements mountains") is a cluster of five marble and limestone hills located south of Da Nang city. The five 'mountains' are named after the five elements; Kim (metal), Thuy (water), Moc (wood), Hoa (fire) and Tho (earth). All of the mountains have cave entrances and numerous tunnels, and it is possible to climb to the summit of one of the peaks. Several buddhist sanctuaries can also be found within the mountains. The area is also famous for stone carving and sculpture making.

The mountains were very near an American Air base during the Vietnam War. The Marble Mountains contained a hospital for the Vietcong, within very close proximity not only of the American air field but also China Beach.

The Marble Mountains are home to several Buddhist and Hindu grottoes. A stairway leads to the summit of Thuy Son, the only mountain accessible to visitors, which allows a panoramic view of the area and the other mountains.

 

 

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The Museum of Cham Sculpture, was built in 1915 with the financial support of the French Far-East Research Institute in Vietnam. This museum houses the most extensive collection of Cham art worldwide.

The Museum was built in the Cham architectural style which originated during the 5th  - 15th centuries, when the matriarchal society prevailed. The museum displays approximately 300 sculptures. The sculptures were collected from Cham Temples and towers throughout Central Vietnam, more specifically the area stretching from Quang Binh to Binh Thuan. All the sculptures are displayed in ten showrooms named after the places of discovery. There are also further sculptures to be viewed outside.

Golf Da Nang has become a leading area to enjoy golf in Vietnam. It hosts some leading golf courses including, The Montgomery Links, Danang Golf Club and Laguna Lang Golf Course. All provide a good service for those wishing to enjoy a round or two of golf with their visit to the City.

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Cuisine

Da Nang's rising popularity as the holiday destination for both domestic and international tourists has seen a similar rise in the city's choice of international restaurants. Most of the Western restaurants are located from the Dragon bridge up to the Han River bridge. However, despite the rise in international food outlets it is still easy to find good local specialities and restaurants. As in most Vietnamese cities, the good street food is easily located near the main markets, in Da Nang this includes the alleys and roads around the Han Market. Being a major fishing port there is also a good selection of fresh seafood in many of Da Nang’s restaurants  and cafes.

One speciality dish of the area is Be Thui - Cau Mong (Rare Beef - Cau Mong). It is best sampled in Cau Mong town, 15km from Danang where there are several restaurants specialising in this dish, though it is available in Danang city too.  Slices of beef are prepared so that both flesh and skin are retained where the contrary to its name this dish is actually roasted on a spit. After cooking the meat is thinly sliced and usually eaten with fresh vegetables such as green bananas, coriander and basil and is dipped into fish sauce with chilli, garlic, ginger and lime.

 

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Other dishes worth sampling in Danang include: Mi Quang (Quang-noodle) is made from rice flour and cut into long slim pieces. It is added to a stock cooked from chicken, shrimp, crab, fish, pork or beef bone, Quang noodle can be called Chicken, Fish or Beef noodles depending on its specific flavouring. Also try, Banh Trang Cuon Thit Heo (pork wrapped in a thin pancake) a thin-sliced pancake wrapped with noodle pieces and boiled pork meat. This dish served with with fresh vegetables and a dipping fish sauce.

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Nightlife in Da Nang

1.      Bars

Sky 36

This is the highest bar in not only in Da Nang, but in Vietnam. It is located on the rooftop of Novotel Premier Danang Han River and has a fascinating and magnificent panorama of the city. But the view is not the only one privilege of bar! It has both, lounge and nightclub areas, delicious food, big choice of drinks and cocktails. This is the finest and the most extravagant way you could experience the city and is perfect for sharing a special moment with your loved ones.

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Address: 36 Bach Dang street, Hai Chau district | 35th & 36th Floor Rooftop, Novotel Danang Premier Han River, Da Nang, Vietnam

Hours: 6 pm – 2 am

Tulip Brewery

This is a huge Czech-style brewery pub that has a big, really BIG choice of beers, German sausages and Vietnamese dishes. It has a noisy lively atmosphere and is popular with locals and tourists.

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Address: 174 Ð 2/9, Đà Nẵng, Vietnam

Hours: 11 am – 11 pm

Luna Pub

If you are missing the Western culture, you should visit Luna Pub, which is a half-bar, half-restaurant. It has an excellent Italian menu, and after you finish your dinner, you can move to even better bar with a big choice of drinks and cocktails. It organizes a Live Music Open Stage every 2nd tuesday.

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Address:  9 Trần Phú, phường Thạch Thang, Đà Nẵng, Vietnam

Hours: 11:30 am – 12 am

Memory Lounge

This landmark bar-restaurant juts over the river near the Song Han bridge. It works better as a bar, as the restaurant prices are stratospheric and the cooking rarely hits the expected heights. During the day, it's fine for a coffee, or later on a beer with a view. Note that Vietnamese bands and crooners are often part of the evening entertainment.

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7 Bach Dang St, Hai Chau Dist - Danang City, Vietnam

Tel: (84-8) 511 357 5899

Fax: (84-8) 511 357 5898

Email: order@loungememory.com

Bamboo 2 Bar

Sociable, but predictable expat bar with clientele of boozy regulars, cheap beer and a busy pool table. A good place to catch live sport on TV.

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216 Bạch Đằng, Phước Ninh, Đà Nẵng, Vietnam

+84 90 554 47 69

Golden Pine Pub

One of the most popular places among locals, expats and travelers is always full of happy people and is always welcoming you with crazy parties, great music and positive atmosphere! The bar also has several pool tables, where joyful battles between locals and foreigners are often going on.

Address: Bạch Đằng, Hải Châu 1, Hải Châu, Đà Nẵng, Vietnam

Hours: 9 am – 10 pm

Four Seasons Pub & Eatery (Bon Mua)

Four Seasons Pub & Eatery is run by a Vietnamese American family. Situated right opposite the most beautiful beach in Da Nang city, Viet Nam.

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Address: Đường, 204 Phan Trọng Tuệ, Hòa Cường Nam, Hải Châu, Đà Nẵng, Vietnam

Phone:+84 121 472 8087

The venue is designed with wide open-space overlooking the seascape, it’s an ideal place for enjoying a cold draught beer and delicious dishes after a hard working day.

Eat and drink in a cozy, peaceful and relaxing atmosphere and enjoy panoramic view of the beach at the same time.

Four Seasons Pub & Eatery specialises in grilled seafood and meat & BBQ, served with cold draught beer and other different local and imported beers and liquors.

2.      Clubs

Camel Club

If you like crazy parties, loud music and dancing till late night, then better save Camel Club’s address, as it is one of the most famous party destinations in Da Nang. It is usually full on weekends and is popular mostly with local young people. The entrance fee is approximately $1 (20,000).

Address: 16 Ð Lý Thường Kiệt, Đà Nẵng, Vietnam

Hours: 7 pm – 1 am

New Phuong Dong

New Phuong Dong is the largest and one of the newest clubs in Da Nang, located in the very city centre. It regularly holds joyful parties with famous local DJs, as well as offering the relaxing and chilling atmosphere in the lounge area. The club has impressive contemporary design and is an exciting place to explore the nightlife of the city.

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Address: 20 Đống Đa, Thuận Phước, Hải Châu, Đà Nẵng, Vietnam

Hours: 8 pm – 3 am

Fashion Night Club (F9 Club)

The club is located quite far from the city centre, but at the same time it offers a unique opportunity to discover a different, non-touristic Vietnam. The club is always full during weekends, it has a big dancefloor and a great choice of drinks at affordable prices.

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Address: 37 Nguyễn Tri Phương, Thạc Gián, Đà Nẵng, Vietnam

3.      Music

Waterfront

Waterfront is located in the heart of Da Nang on the banks of Han River. It is set over 2 levels, with an upstairs restaurant and downstairs bar that features live music events every Friday. This place is a right mix of the Western style and Eastern spirit.

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Address: 150 Bach Dang, Đà Nẵng, Vietnam

Hours: 9 am – 11 pm

Memory Lounge

A stylish and trendy restaurant regularly holds music events with famous local singers and musicians performing jazz and soul music. Located on the banks of the river, it has a beautiful view on the night city and offers a fine dinner menu.

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Address: 07 Bạch Đằng, Hải Châu 1, Hải Châu, Đà Nẵng 59000, Vietnam

Hours: 7 am – 10:30 pm

On the Radio

Danang's go-to spot for live music and draught beer, and a good place to meet younger residents with a decent grasp of English.

35 Thái Phiên, Đà Nẵng, Vietnam

+84 90 522 57 97

4.      Cocktails, Beers & Cafe

Top Bar - A La Carte Beach Hotel

Go straight to The Top for the best views of the beach's sprawling arc. Cocktails and imported beers all impress tourists and Danang's smart set as they jostle for position on the sun-loungers, funky cane furniture, or in the infinity pool. After dark, the views become even better, as China Beach's glittering necklace of neon and lights sparks up.

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Corner of Vo Nguyen Giap Street & Duong Dinh Nghe Str, Son Tra District, Da Nang, Vietnam.

Cong Cafe

The Danang offshoot of Hanoi's quirky Communist-themed cafes is a top spot for a riverside caffeine fix – try the superb coffee with yogurt – or a well-priced beer or cocktail later in the day. It can get smoky, so try and grab a seat near the windows.

Address: 1 Hải Châu 1, 98 Bạch Đằng, Hải Châu 1, Đà Nẵng, Vietnam

Nep Cafe

An old trombone, a Che poster and a bicycle poking out of an exposed brick wall are just some of the oddments decorating this indie hang-out right across from Christie’s. Live bands play upstairs three times a week.

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Address: 15, Đường Hoàng Văn Thụ, Phường Phước Ninh, Quận Hải Châu, Đà Nẵng, Vietnam

Phone:+84 91 891 11 85

Chillout Cafe

This hospitable Vietnamese-Western-owned place has a relaxed atmosphere, filling food, quiz nights, book exchange and great local information.

Address: 36 Thái Phiên, Phước Ninh, Hải Châu, Đà Nẵng, Vietnam

Phone:+84 511 3843 393

Transportation

Road: Da Nang is 108km from Hue, 130km from Quang Ngai, 763km from Hanoi, and 947km from Ho Chi Minh City.

Air: The old air force base has now become a modern international airport. Da Nang International Airport is just 2.5km south-west of the city centre. As well as domestic flights there  are direct international flights to Bangkok, Hong Kong, Siem Riep, Taipei and Singapore.

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Train: Da Nang is an express stop on the main north-south train line between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City (and vice versa). Express trains are numbered with an SE prefix, and local trains, which cost less but take a lot longer, are prefixed TN. The latter may be the only choice if the  destination station is not an express stop. Varying price rates are available, depending on the speed of the train, and whether purchasing sitting or sleeping accommodation etc.

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Bus: Da Nang Central Bus Station (Ben Xe Tam Da Nang) is located on Dien Bien Phu after it turns into Highway 1A. The bus station is one of the busiest in Vietnam outside Hanoi and Saigon. Both the north and the south of the country are serviced from the same terminal, there are departures for all domestic routes all day until late at night.

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Water: Da Nang is the fourth largest seaport in Vietnam. There are marine routes to both international and domestic ports. Da Nang is used as a stopping point for many international cruises. There are boats on the river which take round trips and offer a interesting perspective to see the city and its colourful bridges during the evening.

Han River

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Tien Sa Port

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Accommodation

Danang has a fast-expanding selection of modern luxury hotels along the riverside, though good budget hotels difficult to find in this area.  Though away from the riverside Da Nang has plenty of hotels which are aimed at midrange travellers and domestic tourists. Danang is one of the cheapest cities with plenty of reasonable budget options.  Hotel standards tend to be high, and the staff are generally both polite and friendly.

Internet

Like elsewhere in Vietnamese cities free wifi is available just about everywhere in Da Nang, from cafes or cheap guesthouses  to luxury hotels most  offer a free connection.

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