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The third largest city in Vietnam, and one of the country’s main ports, Da Nang has been an important metropolis for generations. Boasting several beautiful beaches, a vibrant downtown and a gleaming waterfront, the city offers visitors the chance to experience the dynamic side of modern Vietnam. One of the friendliest cities in the country, Da Nang is a great place to explore Vietnam’s street food culture, party with locals or simply lie back and relax in the sun.
Downtown – Recent years have seen an explosion in the number of skyscrapers and developments in downtown Da Nang. Despite its modern looks, downtown is still home to a great choice of traditional street food stalls and a friendly atmosphere. Explore the area’s back streets where colonial buildings and old world charm can still be found if you look hard enough.
China Beach – Made famous by American GIs during the Vietnam War, China Beach remains one of Da Nang’s most popular swimming, sunbathing and socialising destinations. Hire a moped to explore more remote sections of the beach or enjoy a drink at one of the many bars and cafes that dot the sands.
Marble Mountains – Located to the south of Da Nang, the Marble Mountains are a cluster of five limestone peaks dotted with Buddhist and Hindu sanctuaries. Explore the grottoes and pagodas that cover the landscape or pick up a hand carved marble souvenir from one of the villages at the mountains’ base.
Han Riverside – One of the most vibrant parts of Da Nang, Han Riverside is home to many of the city’s most popular bars, clubs and restaurants. Visit the area for an atmospheric afternoon drink, or head to the riverside when the sun goes down and party with Da Nang’s friendly locals.
Though it doesn’t boast as many world famous sights as either Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang does still have a handful of attractions that are well worth a look during your time in the city. Visit the ruins of the historic Hindu temples at My Son, explore the developments and skyscrapers of downtown Da Nang or head to China Beach to see the stretch of sand that played a crucial role in the morale and health of American soldiers during the war. The Marble Mountains, Monkey Mountain and Dragon Bridge are also some of Da Nang’s main landmarks.
Thanks to its vibrant street food scene, Da Nang is a fantastic destination if you’re interested in Vietnam’s mouth watering cuisine. Take a food tour to sample the best the city has to offer, or head to one of the many eateries in downtown to discover Da Nang’s culinary delights for yourself. Rent a moped to explore the sights of Monkey Mountain and the nearby beaches, visit the city’s outstanding Cham Museum or try your hand at water skiing, diving, fishing and kite board on the local My Khe beach.