The best things to do in Danang
Danang is a city on the move after once having been written off as a sleepy corner of Vietnam without much to offer. Where simple shophouses once existed, modern skyscrapers, office towers, and high rise apartments now dominate the skyline.
As of last year, a new international airport was opened to meet the demands of domestic and international tourism. In short, it is a place that typifies all that is happening in modern Vietnam: progress; development; and optimism.
Although Da nang lacks some of the more conventional tourist attractions itself, it is conveniently located to many nearby towns and cities with attractions for all interests.
Cham Museum of Culture
The Cham people occupied and ruled Central Vietnam from the 2nd Century AD to the mid 1800s. Cham civilization and culture was heavily influenced by their contact with Hindu & Javanese traders and settlers. This influence can be seen in the remaining statutory, artwork and architecture gathered by French archaeologists during the colonial period. This makes for a window into a world that was essentially demolished as the Chams were driven into what is modern day Lao and Cambodia.
Climb the Marble Mountains
Five limestone hills, each named after an element surround Danang. Those wishing to visit shrines and pagodas from Vietnam’s imperial era will find plenty of rewards tucked into the caves. But even more rewarding are the breathtaking views from atop the mountains. Trails and walkways make these accessible to hikers of all ability levels.
If there is one thing that Danang has an abundance of it is top tier five star resorts. The Fusion Maia, Furama, and Vinpearl resorts are all noteworthy. Whichever that you choose, you will be sure to experience only the best that Vietnam has to offer in luxury and decadence. Expect to find friendly and helpful staff, excellent food that offers a range of choices for all diets and lifestyles, as well as spacious and comfortable rooms with either a garden or sea view.
Located on the shores of the South China Sea, water sports are a central part of the Danang experience. Depending on what resort or hotel you are staying at, day trips out to the beach and fishing trips are held daily by a number of tour guides in the area.
Most tours will depart from Tien Sa Port. It is possible to get a local fisherman to take you out for a day or half a day fishing on the open sea.
If fishing is not your thing, other water sports such as swimming and scuba diving are also available by request.
Visitors are often pleasantly surprised to learn that golf has become a major tourist attraction in Danang. Montgomerie Links is the crown jewel here and was voted Vietnam’s best golf course.
Not to be outdone, the Danang Golf Club is considered one of the top golf courses in the world. Danang Golf Club features a 7,160-yard, 18-hole, links-style layout. Designed by Greg Norman, the course captures the true spirit of the game with blown-out bunkers, firm and fast fairways that bleed gently into wild seaside vegetation, rugged waste areas, swales and hollows.
Day trips out of the city come in all kinds of shapes and sizes. Take advantage of the many kinds of motorbike and bicycles tours that are available in the city. In particular, Easy Rider Tours is one of the best known and most reputable establishments offering day trips to local waterfalls and temples that are not accessible by other means of transportation.