Here in Da Nang, the best attractions are pretty much a blend of French colonial architecture, hundreds of years of ancient Pagodas, calm beaches with crystal clear waters and of course a piece of magnificent view from atop of a mountain. Let us explore Da Nang which is known as the tourist center of attraction in the South Central of Vietnam. Here is a guide to the ultimate list of things to do in Da Nang. From visiting a historical museum to hiking up the magnificent Marble Mountains, Tripfez takes the lead and show you what to do in Da Nang and here’s a suggestions of Halal places to eat to feed the hungry tummy!
1) Visit the Cham Museum
We don’t know about you, but generally, when one’s visit a place, the easiest way to learn about the lifestyle, culture and practices is by visiting its museum. Thus, we believe that by visiting the Cham Museum Da Nang, it helps you to learn the roots of the Vietnamese in Da Nang dating back as far as 192 AD. Why do you need to come over and pay a visit? Did you know that it is known as the only museum of its kind in the world? Yes. That’s convincing enough we supposed. This museum was founded in 1915 during the colonial French rule and it is separated into 10 exhibition rooms. There are approximately 300 terracotta and stone figures from the 7th – 15th centuries are exhibited based on their regions founded.
2) Laze around at the My Khe Beach
My Khe Beach got its name from the American groups who visited the place during the Vietnam War. This lovely spot boasts a 20-mile length of a white sandy beach. It is known to be one of Vietnam’s most scenic beaches. It has a lot of sophisticated seafood restaurants and resorts around for you to explore too. Among the famous activities to be engaged in this beach are fishing, snorkeling, jet-skiing, surfing, and sunbathing. Nearby the beach, you can opt to check out several World Heritage Sites like the Hue Imperial City, Hoi An Ancient Town, and also the Phing Nga Caves. All of these can easily be traveled to by bus.
3) Take a good photograph at the Dragon Bridge
With 666 meters in length, the Dragon Bridge is the longest bridge in Vietnam. It is a famous spot among avid-photographers. This is a six-lane bridge and it crosses the Han River with a construction resembling a golden dragon. The locals believe that this structure symbolizes nobility, power, and wealth. It is advisable to check out this bridge during night time on the weekends as when the night falls, it will be illuminated with colorful LED while it spits out water and breathes fire. The show commences at 21:00 onwards.
4) Hike up the Monkey Mountain, Son Tra
A national park in Da Nang Vietnam, the Monkey Mountain or as called by the locals as Son Tra Peninsula is a beautiful place to visit and it is located at 693 meters above sea level. The winding road up to the mountain seems to be a popular thing to be experienced by motorcyclists and for the hikers, you can enjoy hiking up the lush jungles while spotting unique species like the red face monkeys! Nestled at the top of the mountain is the Linh Ung Pagoda. It is popular among the tourists as it hosts the tallest sculpture of the Goddess of Mercy.
5) Be mesmerized by the beauty of the Marble Mountains
Situated at about 9 kilometers south of Da Nang, the Marble Mountains are a group of 5 limestone and marble hills within the Hoa Hai District. It is named after the natural elements of the surrounding. The peaks have their specific names such as:
- Thuy Son (water)
- Moc Son (wood)
- Hoa Son (fire)
- Kim Son (metal)
- Tho Son (earth)
Across the mountains, visitors can see a lot of 17th-century Buddhist sanctuaries and pagoda temples. These are the places most locals get their fortunes told and pray. If you are a first timer in Da Nang, it is a must thing to do to climb up the steps to the top of Marble Mountains. At the top, you will be presented with the splendor views of the My Khe and Non Nuoc Beach.
6) Visit the Phap Lam Pagoda
Even though it is situated in the center of a hectic city, the ambiance of the Phap Lam Pagoda is surprisingly serene and inviting. You can see that the locals will come over to pray in the morning and monks can be seen going about their daily routines. This Pagoda is placed within a 2-storey architecture along the Ong Ich Khiem Street and it features manicured gardens, lush greeneries, and unique Buddhist sculptures. There are a few vegetarian cuisines at local restaurants and many food carts surrounding the Phap Lam Pagoda, nevertheless, the Halal aspect of them is yet to be verified.
7) Explore the Huyen Khon Cave
Aside from amazing mountains and beaches, Da Nang also has beautiful caves. Huyen Khon Cave is one of the many. This cave used to be occupied by the Vietcong during the American War. The sunlight that streams through the cave is simply magnificent.
Now, after all the exploration, do you feel hungry? If yes, let’s explore Halal cuisine in Da Nang. We have to admit that it is not easy to find Halal eateries in this city as the Muslim population is rather small. As obvious as it can be, the locals here practice Buddhism as their main religion. If you would like to eat Halal food in Da Nang, you can head over to two restaurants namely Mumtaz Indian and Family Indian Restaurant. To get the address of these restaurants, visit:
There you have it! A list of cool things to do and experience in Da Nang, Vietnam and as the icing at the top, we have provided two Halal restaurants you can check out around the vicinity too. We hope that this piece gives you a heads up on what to expect on your next trip to Da Nang!