If you’re looking for things to do in Da Nang when it rains, this guide offers some cool ideas. Da Nang’s monsoon season occurs between September and March, with rainfall coming in short bursts throughout the day. However, a little rain won’t put too much of a damper on your vacation as the city offers plenty of museums and art galleries to spend a few hours in.

    If you’re traveling with children, the city also has several shopping malls with onsite entertainment such as movie theaters, bowling alleys and arcades. From luxurious spa treatments to relaxing coffee sessions at a quaint cafe, read on to discover some of our favorite rainy day activities in Da Nang.


    The Museum of Cham Sculpture in Da Nang

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    Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture was founded during the colonial French rule in 1915. It houses numerous artifacts dating back to Vietnam’s Champa era. Many of the exhibits are considered masterpieces of their era and are showcased according to the region in which they were found in a total of 10 separate interior exhibition rooms. 

    All of the sculptures on display fall into one of the following categories: icon, pedestal, pediment, or fragment, with the area in which they were found determining where they are exhibited. The museum also has an onsite cafeteria and gift shop selling imitation pieces and English-language guidebooks.

    Location: 02, 2 - 9 Street, Hai Chau District, Da Nang, Vietnam

    Open: Daily from 7.30 am to 11 am and 1:30–5PM

    Phone: +84 (0)236 357 4801


    Fifth Military Division Museum of Da Nang

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    The Fifth Military Division Museum of Da Nang was built in 1977, offering visitors a glimpse of Vietnam’s tumultuous past. It features extensive displays of war relics, news articles, and photographs taken by soldiers of the Fifth Military Division. The museum also commemorates Vietnam’s most beloved leader with a replica of Ho Chi Minh's residence and a separate Ho Chi Minh Museum. 

    Divided into 4 main sections, its outdoor display area houses authentic aircraft, military tanks, and weapons used during the French and American wars. Most of these exhibits are in pristine condition, with must-sees including the A-37 Dragonfly light-attack aircraft, Cessna O-1 Bird Dog observation aircraft, and the M48 Patton gun tank.

    Location: 1 Duy Tan Street, Hai Chau District, Da Nang, Vietnam

    Open: Daily from 8 am to 4.30 pm


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    Cooking classes in Da Nang

    Cooking classes in Da Nang provide a perfect activity for those rainy days. You can make the most of your precious vacation by picking up some new culinary skills. Many 5-star resorts and hotels in Da Nang offer Vietnamese cuisine classes, but if you prefer a more authentic experience many tour companies can arrange for a session with a local family within the city. 

    Depending on the weather, you may get to visit a local market and/or farm to shop for fresh produce before your cooking class begins. Hotel pickup, ingredients and equipment are usually included in the package.


    Spas in Da Nang

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    Spas in Da Nang allow you to unwind and enjoy arguably one of the best ways to spend a rainy day in the city. Most hotels in Da Nang have their own onsite fitness and wellness centres, where you can enjoy massages, facials, scrubs, and hair treatments at reasonable rates. 

    If you’re out in the city centre, local day spas are plentiful and most of them are close to prominent landmarks.


    Art in Paradise Da Nang

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    Art in Paradise Da Nang is an internationally-acclaimed 3D art museum with over 150 bold and realistic paintings. Spanning 4,000 square meters, it’s divided into 9 zones, namely: Main Hall, Safari, Ancient Egypt Optical, Active, Fantasy, World, Classic, and Aqua. 

    Visitors can spend hours deciding and executing their best poses and taking entertaining photos of each other at this interactive museum. The museum is open daily.

    Location: Lo C2-10 Tran Nhan Tong, Son Tra, Da Nang, Vietnam

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 6 pm

    Phone: +84 (0)911 641 100


    Da Nang cafes and bars

    Cafes and bars can be found throughout Da Nang City, making them great spots to unwind any time of the year, especially during a rainy day. Some of the most popular cafes in Da Nang are set along the Han River where you can enjoy beautiful views of landmarks such as Dragon River Bridge and Marble Mountain. 

    You can spend a few hours savoring hot coffee, cakes, and pastries with a book in hand. In the evening, Da Nang’s riverfront bars offer affordable booze and western snacks, as well as live entertainment until late.


    Shopping malls in Da Nang

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    Da Nang’s shopping malls may seem minuscule compared to those found in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, but you still get to enjoy some good bargains during your vacation. Many of these shopping malls have entertainment on offer with movie theaters and arcades, so you can easily spend several hours here during the rains rather than being confined inside your hotel room. 

    Do note that goods here are sold at fixed rates, so save your bargaining skills for when you’re exploring Da Nang’s local markets.

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