Nowhere in Vietnam is changing as fast as Danang. For decades it had a reputation as a provincial backwater, but big changes are ongoing. Stroll along the Han riverfront and you'll find gleaming new modernist hotels, and apartments and restaurants are emerging. Spectacular new bridges now span the Han river, and in the north of the city, the landmark new D-City is rising from the flatlands. Venture south and the entire China Beach strip is booming with hotel and resort developments.
That said, the city itself still has few conventional sightseeing spots, except for a very decent museum and a stunningly quirky bridge. So for most travellers, a few days enjoying the city’s beaches, restaurants and nightlife is probably enough. Book an after-dark tour to see Danang at its shimmering neon-lit best. The city's street food scene also deserves close investigation.
Danang also makes a great base for day trips. The city is part of a long thin peninsula, at the northern tip of which is Nui Son Tra (called Monkey Mountain by US soldiers). China Beach and the five Marble Mountains lie southwest of the city.
Area: 1,285.4 sq. km.
Population: 973.8 thousand habitants (2012).
Administrative divisions:
- Districts: Hai Chau, Thanh Khe, Son Tra, Ngu Hanh Son, Lien Chieu, Cam Le.
- Rural districts: Hoa Vang, Hoang Sa.
Ethnic groups: Viet (Kinh), Hoa, Co Tu, Tay...
Da Nang City is located in middle of Central Viet Nam, between Ha Noi and Ho Chi Minh City, separated from Laos by the western Truong Son Mountains. It is surrounded by Thua Thien-Hue along the northern border and Quang Nam on the southern border. It is embraced by the East Sea with 150km of seacoast.
Topography is rather complex. The south is impressive Hai Van Pass with Mang Mountain 1,708m, Ba Na Mountain 1,487m. The east is Son Tra Peninsula, an ideal site of yellow sand beaches, historical remains, and rare bird and animal species. The south is Ngu Hanh Son (Marble Mountains). The seashore is Hoang Sa archipelago with a large fishery.
Da Nang 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. Average humidity is 83.4%.
Average temperature is about 260C, the highest is 28-300C in June, July, August, the lowest is 18-230C in December, January, February. In Ba Na Mountain, the temperature is 200C. Average rainfall is 2,505mm per year that concentrates during October and November.
Da Nang is an ancient land, closely related with the Sa Huynh cultural traditions. Many imposing, palaces, towers, temples, citadels and ramparts, the vestiges from 1st to 13th are still to be seen in Cham Museum
Da Nang has other various interesting attractions as Ba Na Tourist Resort, Ngu Hanh Son (Marble Mountains) as well as the Linh Ung Pagoda, Han River, and My An, Non Nuoc beaches, stretching on dozens of kilometers...
Road: Da Nang is 108km from Hue, 130km from Quang Ngai, 763km from Ha Noi, and 947km from Ho Chi Minh City.
The Da Nang International Airport is 2.5km south-west of the city center. There are domestic flights to some cities. There are direct flight from Bangkok, Hong Kong, Siem Riep, Taipei and Singapore to Da Nang City by Vietnam Airlines, PB Air, Siem Riep Air way, Far Transportasion and Sil Airway.
 Thong Nhat Express train, which connects Ha Noi and Ho Chi Minh City, stop in Da Nang.
There are marine routes to international and domestic ports. Tien Sa and Han River ports are located in a very wonderful position.

With stunning beaches, fantastic street food, the fabled Hai Van Pass coastal road on the doorstep and a growing collection of cafes, restaurants and bars, it’s no wonder the residents of Danang sport some of the broadest smiles in the country.

Danang is a true beach city, with the golden sands of My Khe sweeping south from the mountainous Son Tra Peninsula, dividing the city’s two distinct bays. The southern section of My Khe is now home to a host of upscale resorts, but much of the sand still belongs to the people who make it their playground, gym and source of livelihood fishing the waters.

In the early morning there is a palpable sense of positive energy. It’s impossible not to feel the buzz of Danang life and be swept along with it, so be sure to set the alarm clock early at least once on your stay.

Along the shore, fishermen sell the day’s catch, their beautifully crafted traditional coracle fishing boats lending added romance to the scene. Football and volleyball matches strike up all around and people jog, stroll or simply relax with an iced Vietnamese coffee as the morning breeze kicks up and waves lap the sands.

Street food

Danang is a dream destination for foodies. Banh mi—the Vietnamese baguette—is taken to a new level here, with seemingly every street-side vendor out-doing the next. Mi quang is another delight and every Danang local will offer an opinion on where to find the best. Each bowl of goodness features yellow rice noodles, pork, shrimp and a flavour-infused broth topped off with chopped peanuts, quails eggs and plenty of fresh herbs. Grilled and steamed seafood is another highlight, with scores of seafront eateries serving every night of the week.

Wine and dine

Alongside Danang’s hundreds of no-nonsense beer joints, there is no shortage of places to enjoy a more sophisticated drink, with modern resto-bars including Fat Fish which has several craft beers homegrown in Vietnam on tap.

For knockout views head up to the Sky 36 in the Novotel for a panorama across the city’s riverfront and bridges, including the Dragon Bridge (Cau Rong) which breathes fire on Saturday and Sunday nights.

The Son Tra Peninsula

Visible from both of Danang’s beaches, the Son Tra Peninsula strikes out into the ocean; its densely forested hillsides are home to rhesus macaques, long-tailed macaques, pygmy lorises, and the endangered red-shanked douc langur.

The red shanked douc langur is a marvel of nature and one of the world’s most striking primates. Although rare in number, with its crimson legs, bright white forearms and a golden face, they are relatively easy to spot if they do decide to hangout in the trees near the roads. Grab some binoculars, hire a motorbike or bicycle, and head out for a day of adventure and wildlife spotting. 

Cham culture and relics

A couple of hours from downtown lies Vietnam’s answer to Angkor Wat—My Son Sanctuary, a UNESCO-listed complex of abandoned temples dating from the 4th to the 14th century.

Hidden among the jungle, some towers are overgrown and many are in various states of ruin, but more than enough remains to whisk visitors back in time.  A trip here at sunrise or sunset is pure magic with the temples silhouetted against the mountain backdrop.

For a much less-visited site seek out Bang An temple in Dien Ban where a finely preserved linga-shaped tower stands proud next to a little cafe where visitors can buy a ticket and enjoy a coffee with the local farmers.

To learn more about Cham culture and to put My Son in context, visit the superb Cham Museum of Sculpture in Danang, home to the largest collection of Cham sculpture in the world. The graceful building that houses the collection is a delight in itself. 

Ba Na Hills

While Sapa is the country’s most famed former French hill station retreat, Ba Na has made a comeback in recent years thanks to the construction of a record breaking cable car that rises almost 1,300m over the course of its 5km length.

The view across the mountain and jungles from the cable car is spectacular and warrants the journey in itself, but for kids and big kids alike, the fun begins at the top with an alpine coaster, funicular railway, 18-hole golf course and much more. 

Hai Van Pass and Lang Co

The Hai Van Pass is one of the very finest stretches of coastal road anywhere in the world. Climbing for 9km out of Danang, it rewards with vistas of deserted beaches at the foot of its tree-clad slopes. The descent down to the other side leads to the Lang Co lagoon where floating restaurants serve the freshest of fresh seafood, making this a great day-trip for visitors to Danang. 


24 hours in Danang

Rise early and enjoy the buzz of My Khe beach before a ride out onto the Son Tra peninsula in search of primates. Escape the afternoon sun at the Museum of Cham Sculpture then head for a sundowner at Sky 36.

48 hours in Danang

With an extra 24 hours choose from a trip out to the UNESCO-listed My Son Sanctuary, a road trip to remember over the stunning Hai Van Pass coastal road, or a ride in a record breaking 5km long cable car up to the fantasy theme park of Ba Na Hills.

When To Go

Danang is a great destination nearly year round. The best months to visit are from March to May and September to October, when the weather is warm and crowds minimal. June - August is prime time for local tourists; it’s very hot then but very little rain and the sea is clear and calm. 

How To Get There

The Danang International Airport has a number of daily connections from Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, as well as other major cities in Vietnam. There are also a growing number of International connecting flights from Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, China, Bangkok and Singapore.

Source: vietnamtourism