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Welcome to Da Nang

It might be Vietnam’s third-largest city and one of its busiest cruise ports, but Da Nang is more than just an urban center. Located 479 miles (770 kilometers) south of Hanoi and 528 miles (850 kilometers) north of Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang oozes character, from its French colonial architecture to its lively night markets and atmospheric Han riverfront, lined with bars, restaurants, and nightclubs. It’s easy to take in the top attractions in a day, touring the Museum of Cham Sculpture, posing for photos by the Lady Buddha statue, and admiring Dragon Bridge, which is dramatically illuminated at night. Guided tours that combine popular sights like these save you the headache of navigating from one attraction to the next. You can even make it out to the jagged peaks of the Marble Mountains, which keep watch over the city’s southern border, on a day trip. Equally enticing are the sandy shores of My Khe beach and Non Nuoc beach. Just beyond the city, the Son Tra Peninsula harbors natural wonders such as Monkey Mountain and Lang Co beach, as well as Hai Van Pass. Hai Van Pass is one of Vietnam’s most memorable coastal drives, and motorbike tours give you the thrilling option to experience it the local way. A little farther afield, the majestic My Son Sanctuary and the forested hills of Bach Ma National Park abound with photo opportunities, while neighboring Hoi An is renowned for its atmospheric ancient town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Top 10 attractions in Da Nang

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Marble Mountains

Marble Mountains

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One of Da Nang’s top attractions, the five outcrops that make up central Vietnam’s Marble Mountains (Ngũ Hành Sơn) each are named after a different element: fire, wood, metal, water and earth. Visit the mountains to take in views of the landscape, to explore caves, Buddhist and Hindu grottoes, pagodas, and shrines, and even to shop.More
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My Son Sanctuary

My Son Sanctuary

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Visit the ruins of ancient towers and temples on the emerald hills of central Vietnam at the My Son Sanctuary (Mỹ Sơn), a complex of brick and stone temples built by Hindu Cham kings between the fourth and 13th centuries. Today, the UNESCO World Heritage Site makes an easy day trip from Hoi An or Da Nang.More
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Bach Ma National Park (Vuon Quoc gia Bach Ma)

Bach Ma National Park (Vuon Quoc gia Bach Ma)

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Home to a colonial-era hill station, the monsoon forests of Bach Ma National Park center on Bach Ma, or White Horse Mountain, which rises 4,757 feet (1,450 meters). Waterfalls, crumbling villas, hiking trails, and a wealth of wildlife, including pheasants, langur monkeys, and muntjac deer, make a magnetic spot to spend a day—or longer.More
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Dragon Bridge (Cau Rong)

Dragon Bridge (Cau Rong)

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One of the longest bridges in Vietnam, the 2,185-foot (666-meter Dragon Bridge (Cau Rong carries six lanes of traffic across the back of an undulating dragon. After sunset, the bridge is illuminated with hundreds of LED lights while on the weekend, fire and water spurt from the dragon’s mouth.More
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Lady Buddha

Lady Buddha

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Perched on the side of Son Tra Mountain (Monkey Mountain, the 220-foot (67-meter Lady Buddha statue is visible from anywhere in the city of Da Nang. Inside the statue—which sits beside the Linh Ung Pagoda—a flight of stairs leads up to 17 floors, each of which represent a different aspect of the Buddha.More
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Son Tra Mountain (Monkey Mountain)

Son Tra Mountain (Monkey Mountain)

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Used as an observation base in the American-Vietnam war, Son Tra Mountain (Monkey Mountain) overlooks Son Tra Peninsula near the city of Da Nang. Midway up the 2,790-foot (850-meter) peak, you find Linh Ung Pagoda, home to the Lady Buddha statue. Expect to encounter troops of monkeys dwelling in its jungle-covered cliffs.More
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My Khe Beach

My Khe Beach

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Central Vietnam’s My Khe Beach, near the city of Da Nang, is often considered one of Vietnam’s most beautiful beaches. With a wide sweep of white sand, calm and clear waters, coconut palms, and warm weather throughout much of the year, My Khe Beach is an ideal place to take a break from urban Vietnam.More
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Hai Van Pass (Deo Hai Van)

Hai Van Pass (Deo Hai Van)

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Winding over a mountainous stretch of highway just north of Da Nang, the Hai Van Pass (Đèo Hải Vân—literally “Sea Cloud Pass”) is one of Vietnam’s most scenic coast roads. It twists and turns over a spur of the Truong Son mountain range, delivering epic sea views from as high as 1,627 feet (495 meters).More
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Linh Ung Pagoda

Linh Ung Pagoda

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While the grand Linh Ung Pagoda complex might look traditional at first glance, it in fact opened in 2010. The sprawling grounds atop a hill near Da Nang and Hoi An contain a dazzling white, 219-foot (67-meter high Lady Buddha, other white stone statues, a large main hall with a Sakyamuni Buddha statue, and other features.More
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Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture

Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture

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Cham sculpture is Indian-style sculpture that draws on religious and mythological themes, originating from the coast of central and south Vietnam between roughly 192 and 1697 C.E. At the Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture, housed in an attractive colonial-era building, visitors can learn about this art form and the civilization from which it stemmed.More

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Recent reviews from experiences in Da Nang

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Stunning Marble Mountains
Crystal_S, Jun 2022
Marble Mountain and Lady Buddha from Hoi An or Da Nang
You drive along the coast and get to see the beaches of Da Nang as well as the mountain backdrop.
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Super pleasant day
Garrett_S, Mar 2020
My Son - Hoi An Private Tour Half-day
Hung is very attentive and his English is really good!
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Visiting ancient imperial city of Hue
Malcolm_H, Feb 2020
Full-day HUE IMPERIAL CITY from DA NANG
Great guide who informed us on interesting points about Vietnam on the long journey from Da Nang to Hue and detailed knowledge of Hue when we arrived- excellent value excursion and would recommend to anyone who wants a trio out to see the beautiful ancient imperial city of Hue
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Very nice place but too crowded at time of visit
BanSeng_T, Dec 2019
Golden Bridge & Ba Na Hills including buffets lunch full day from Danang City
Unfortuantely it was raining the whole day at Ba Na Hill, could not do much outdoor activities.
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An excellent tour
Kim_M, Sep 2019
Full-day HOI AN CITY TOUR & MY SON SANCTUARY from DA NANG
spoke English fairly well.
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Our guide, Ming, picked us up from...
Rico K, Apr 2016
Half-day MARBLE MOUNTAINS & LINH UNG PAGODA from DA NANG
He could speak English quite well and answered all of our questions.
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Great tour
Warren_M, Jan 2020
Shore Excursion CHAN MAY or TIEN SA to GOLDEN BRIDGE, MARBLE MOUTAIN,LADY BUDDHA
We had a terrific Vietnamese lunch and we really got to see the life in Da Nang.
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Fun and Friendly Tour!!
yeseni83, Oct 2019
Da Nang Local Food Tour
made sure I didn't miss the dragon bridge show (who doesn't want to see a dragon spew fire!
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