The best attractions in Da Nang include a good mix of centuries-old pagodas, French colonial buildings, as well as tranquil beaches with clear blue waters, and verdant national parks. Da Nang is known as the tourist capital of South-Central Vietnam, with a west coast location that makes for beautiful sunsets against an impressive backdrop of lush mountains.

    If you’re looking to soak up the sun while on vacation, Da Nang’s pristine beaches offer a wide range of fun-filled activities and sightseeing opportunities. The best time to visit is between May and August, when the sun is out all day, the waters are calm, and lifesavers are readily available from 5 am to 8 pm daily. Read on to discover Da Nang’s most popular attractions.

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    My Khe Beach

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    My Khe Beach boasts a 20-mile stretch of white sand that’s approximately 6 km east of Da Nang. Named by the American troops who visited during the Vietnam War, it's considered to be one of Vietnam's most picturesque beaches. Hosting a number of high-end resorts and seafood restaurants, My Khe Beach is also a popular spot for sunbathing, fishing, snorkeling, jet-skiing, and surfing. Visitors can also check out numerous World Heritage Sites such as Hoi An Ancient Town, Hue Imperial City, and Phing Nga Caves, all of which are easily accessible via bus.

    Location: Nguyen Van Thoai, Da Nang

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    Marble Mountains

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    Marble Mountains are a cluster of 5 limestone and marble hills within Hoa Hai District, about 9 km south of Da Nang. Named after natural elements, the peaks are individually known as Thuy Son (water), Moc Son (wood), Hoa Son (fire), Kim Son (metal) and Tho Son (earth). There are also a host of 17th-century Buddhist sanctuaries and pagoda temples dotted across the mountains, where locals pray and have their fortunes told. A must-do for any first-time visitor to Da Nang is climbing the steps to the top of the Marble Mountains, where they can enjoy spectacular views across Non Nuoc Beach or My Khe Beach. Alternately, there’s an elevator service available for those unable to walk to the top.

    Location: 81 Huyen Tran Cong Chua, Hoa Hai, Ngu Hanh Son, Da Nang 550000, Vietnam

    Open: Daily from 7 am to 5 pm

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    Son Tra Mountain

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    Son Tra Mountain, also known as Monkey Mountain, is a breath-taking national park in Da Nang that stands at 693 meters above sea level. Locally known as the Son Tra Peninsula, the winding roads surrounding prove to be a popular spot for motorcycling while hiking enthusiasts can enjoy the verdant jungles and also spot rare species such as the red face monkeys. Linh Ung Pagoda is also set on Son Tra (Monkey) Mountain, which is a prominent attraction in Da Nang for housing the tallest statue of the Goddess of Mercy. Built atop a lotus-shaped platform, there are a total of 21 miniature Buddha sculptures within the beautiful, 67-metre-tall, white statue.

    Location: Tho Quang, Son Tra, Da Nang, Vietnam

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    Dragon Bridge

    Dragon Bridge measures 666 meters in length, making it the longest bridge in Vietnam. A popular spot for photographers, the 6-lane bridge crosses the Han River and is constructed in the shape of a golden dragon, which locals believe symbolizes power, nobility and good fortune. While it’s a magnificent sight at any time of the day, Dragon Bridge is particularly cool – and busy – during weekends as it's illuminated with colorful LEDs and it breathes fire and spits out water from 9 pm onwards (on Saturdays and Sundays only).

    Location: Da Nang City Center, Da Nang, Vietnam

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    Phap Lam Pagoda

    Phap Lam Pagoda is set within a 2-storey building along Ong Ich Khiem Street, featuring plenty of trees, manicured gardens, and beautiful Buddhist sculptures. Despite its location within bustling Da Nang city centre, the atmosphere here is very serene with locals praying in the morning and monks going about their daily lives. The courtyard of the pagoda houses a 1.1-metre-high seated Buddha statue and brass statues of the Goddess of Mercy (Avalokitecvara) and Dai The Chi Bodhisattva. Visitors can also enjoy vegetarian cuisine at local restaurants and food carts surrounding Phap Lam Pagoda.

    Location: 574D Ong Ich Khiem Street, Da Nang, Vietnam

    Open: Daily from 5 am to 11.30 am and 1 pm to 9.30 pm

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    Non Nuoc Beach

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    A 20-minute drive from Da Nang City, Non Nuoc Beach boasts international acclaim as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Featuring soft white sands, a gentle slope, unpolluted waters and mild waves, visitors can do plenty of leisure activities such as sunbathing, jet-skiing, and surfing whilst enjoying local seafood dishes. Non Nuoc Beach takes up 5 kilometers of Hoa Hai Ward’s coastline, ending at the foot of Marble Mountains, which hosts ancient pagodas, sacred caves, and handicraft villages.

    Location: Hoa Hai Ward, Ngu Hanh Son, Da Nang, Vietnam

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    Hai Van Pass

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    Hai Van Pass stands at 500 m above sea level, making it the highest pass in Vietnam. It’s located on the border between Thua Thien-Hue Province and Da Nang City, where you can enjoy panoramic views of verdant mountains and clear blue skies as well as Da Nang City, Tien Sa Port, Son Tra Peninsula, and the South China Sea. The pass also hosts a dilapidated French-built fort that was later used as a bunker by South Vietnamese and U.S. armies during the Vietnam War. Due to its sudden curves and blind corners, Hai Van is also notorious for its fair share of accidents – look out for small altars set along the roadside which are dedicated to perished victims.

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    Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture

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    Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture commemorates the culture, lifestyle, and practices of Vietnam's indigenous Cham tribe, who have roots dating back as far as 192 AD. Founded during the colonial French rule in 1915, it is known as the only museum of its kind in the world. Cham Museum Da Nang is divided into 10 interior exhibition rooms, where 300 terracotta and stone sculptures from the 7th to the 15th centuries are showcased according to the region in which they were found. The museum also offers daily guided tours for groups, from 8 am to 10 am and from 2 pm to 4.30 pm.

    Location: 02, 2 Thang 9 Street, Binh Hien, Hai Chau, Da Nang, Vietnam

    Open: Daily from 7.30 am to 11 am and 1.30 pm to 5 pm

    Phone: +84 511 357 4801

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    Da Nang Cathedral

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    Da Nang Cathedral is one of the most unique catholic churches in Vietnam, featuring a pink-painted edifice, stained-glass windows, and an imposing bell tower topped with a rooster weathercock. Built by the French in 1923, it’s also known as Con Ga Church (Rooster Church) and serves the local Catholic community to this very day. The cathedral is located along Tran Phu Street, about a 15-minute walk from the iconic Dragon Bridge. Entrance to Da Nang Cathedral is free of charge and its high tower offers a stunning view of the city, Han River, and verdant mountains.

    Location: 156 Tran Phu Street, Hai Chau, Da Nang, Vietnam

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 6 am to 4.30 pm, Sunday 11.30 am to 1.30 pm

    Phone: +84 511 387 3445

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    Fifth Military Division Museum of Da Nang

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    The Fifth Military Division Museum of Da Nang offers visitors a glimpse of Vietnam’s tumultuous past, featuring displays of war relics, news articles, and photographs taken by soldiers of the Fifth Military Division. The massive museum is divided into four main sections, including outdoor and indoor display neighborhoods, a replica of Ho Chi Minh's residence, and a Ho Chi Minh Museum. Housing authentic aircraft, military tanks, and weapons used during the French and American wars, must-sees include the A-37 Dragonfly light-attack aircraft, Cessna O-1 Bird Dog observation aircraft, and the M48 Patton gun tank.

    Location: 3 Duy Tan, Hai Chau, Da Nang, Vietnam

    Open: Daily from 8 am to 4.30 pm

    Phone: +84 511 624 014

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