Marble mountains and bleached beaches – Danang is on the rise
Danang is Vietnam’s fourth largest city and it’s growing quickly in both size and significance. Now is the time to get acquainted with this up-and-comer.
For a start, it’s naturally beautiful, sandwiched between the coast and the Central Highlands. A lot of money has been invested in the development of Danang’s infrastructure so the city is clean, easy to navigate and it’s home to luxurious holiday resorts with plush golf courses to match. The people of Danang are proud of their city and routinely live up to their reputation for being Vietnam’s friendliest city folk. Danang’s attractions, like war-scarred Marble Mountain and its long, quiet beaches, are often missed by tourists in their rush to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hoi An and the imperial city of Hue. Don’t miss out; give Danang the time it deserves.
Things to do
An area of outstanding natural beauty, the Son Tra Peninsula is a nature preserve that’s home to more than 1,000 species of flora and fauna, many of which are endangered. Visit stunning beaches, explore the coral reefs just offshore or head up the jungle-clad mountainside to the peak of Son Tra. It’s about 700m above sea level and offers spectacular, panoramic views.
For old times’ sake
With its old Japanese merchant houses, crumbling Chinese temples and other quintessential examples of Vietnamese life, Hoi An is one of the country’s must-see UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It’s just a short journey from Danang, so grab a taxi or jump on a bus and stay there for a few nights.
Hit the road
If you had time to explore just one street in Danang, Bach Dang Street would be the one to choose. It runs along the west bank of the Han Van River and is home to the Swing Bridge as well as the Rong (Dragon) Bridge. Explore the Han Market, where you’ll find plenty of delicious snacks to keep you going as you to take in all the eye-catching French colonial architecture.
The Museum of Cham Sculpture opens in new window is not to be missed. It boasts one of the world’s finest collections of artifacts from the Champa kingdom, which ruled the region from the 7th century up to 1832. Cham ruins are scattered throughout southern Vietnam but tend to be tough to find. Here you can see them without getting lost in the jungle.
Drink in breathtaking views of the city and the surrounding area as you travel a distance of 5,801m into the Ba Na Hills opens in new window on what is touted as the world’s longest, non-stop, single-track cable-car journey. Once you reach the former French hill station of Ba Na Hills Resort, you’ll be treated to even more stunning, panoramic views if the weather is clear.
Travel time 15 minutes
Taxi Approx VND 30,000 (USD $1.50)Back to top
When to go
Danang experiences hot and dry weather from May to late August. The period of greatest rainfall is from September to January, with the wettest months being October and November. That leaves February to May as the best time to visit. And, take heart, Danang doesn’t get as hot or cold as other parts of Vietnam.
In February, the city hosts an international fireworks competition while June sees the arrival of a beach festival featuring plenty of water sports activities along with cooking demonstrations, parties and cultural performances.Back to top
Danang is small enough that it can be easily navigated on foot or on motorbike. If you’re up for the latter, you’ll be able to take in so much more. Drivers tend to be knowledgeable and fun-loving. You could also explore the city by bus but this may not prove quite as comfortable or fun.Back to top