DANANG: NATURE, BEACH AND CULTURE
Located on the Mandarin Road between the two Unesco listed cities of Hue and Hoi An, Danang is a perfect combination of nature, beach and culture. Nestled in a beautiful natural setting, the one that was known as Tourane during the colonial era is well worth a visit to discover all the little treasures that this dynamic coastal city has to offer.
Discovery of the Son Tra Peninsula
Stretching over 60 km² and culminating at an altitude of about 700 meters, the Son Tra peninsula, still very wild, is a true natural sanctuary offering superb panoramas with, on one side, the luminous green of the particularly dense vegetation and, and on the other, the azure blue of the East Sea. To be seen is the great white Buddha 67 meters high before arriving at the Linh Ung pagoda which enjoys a sumptuous view of Danang Bay. One comes especially to the Son Tra peninsula for the richness of its fauna and flora typical of the mix between the climate of the North and the South. You will try to observe the many species of gibbons, monkeys, deer, etc. that inhabit the green lung of the city of Danang.
Visit of the marble mountains
Unmissable to visit during your trip to Danang, the marble mountains, or Ngu Hanh Sơn in Vietnamese, is a group of five marble and limestone hills that represented for the ruler Gia Long the five elements (water, fire, metal, wood and earth). The marble mountains are a high place of Buddhist and Hindu pilgrimage where many sanctuaries, temples and pagodas have been carved out of the limestone. Make the effort to climb the 156 steps that lead to the top of Thuy Son, the only marble mountain accessible to visitors. It comprises three rocky peaks and offers a stunning panoramic view of the countryside and coastline and the other marble mountains. Explore the mysterious caves of Tang Chon, Huyen Khong and Am Phu with pagodas and temples inside. At the foot of the mountains, you can observe the work of craftsmen who carve impressive statues out of marble blocks, including religious statues.
The exceptional museum of Cham art arranged by Henri Parmentier.
Located in an old colonial-era building, the Danang Museum of Cham Art houses the world's largest collection of Cham art and sculpture. Conceived and proposed in 1902 by the archaeologist and architect Henri Parmentier and completed in 1919, this museum exhibits two thousand antiques representing the evolution of Cham art between the 7th and 15th centuries. A very interesting visit if you then plan to discover the Cham shrine of My Son, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is located in the countryside of the charming town of Hoi An.
Day trip to Ba Na Hills
Take advantage of your stay in Danang to visit the Ba Na Mountain Resort where the Ba Na Hills amusement park is located. Found only 25 kilometres from Danang and rising to 1400 meters in the Truong Son Annamite mountain range, Ba Na Mountain Resort was created by the French in the early 20th century during the colonial era. Today it has become one of the largest amusement parks in Vietnam where you can spend a good time with family, friends or couples. Among the many attractions, don't miss to visit the famous Golden Bridge, Câu Vàng in Vietnamese, a spectacular 150 meters long pedestrian bridge. An architectural work of art held by two giant hands, known as "hands of the gods", giving the structure a stunning effect that will amaze visitors.
The Cloud Pass
The pass of Hải Vân or, Cloud Pass, makes the natural border and a climatic barrier between the province of Huê and the city of Danang. Peaking at 500 meters above sea level, the Cloud Pass offers breathtaking panoramas, especially on the Lang Co peninsula and the azure of the East Sea.
The sumptuous beaches of Danang
Danang is one of the most famous seaside resorts in Vietnam. White sandy beaches stretching for miles welcome you to spend lazy hours. Already during the Vietnam war the beaches of Danang were a resting place for American soldiers who came here to have a good time. The most famous is the beach of My Khe, which the GIs called "China Beach".
Numerous restaurants line the beaches where you can enjoy the fresh seafood for which Danang is famous.
Best season: We advise you to stay in Danang during the dry season, from March to mid-September. Beware, heavy rains from October to early January.