If you are going to travel to Da Nang in the upcoming time, then you should prepare yourself for joining in some interesting Da Nang activities by checking out this list.
1. Visit Marble Mountains
The first idea when it comes to Da Nang activities is visiting Marble Mountains (Ngũ Hành Sơn). Marble Mountains are one of the most popular attractions in Vietnam, in general, and in Da Nang, in particular. Situated at South of Da Nang, the Marble Mountains are right on the street along My Khe (Mỹ Khê) Beach to Hoi An. In Vietnamese, the name Marble Mountains means five element mountains – a cluster of lime stone and marble hills which are 7km away from the centre of Da Nang city. There are tunnels, Buddhist shrines and caves in this destination. Here, you could explore 3 major grottoes that have been transformed into carved Buddhist sanctuaries. Also, there are places of worship dotted across the mountains which are a frequently visited site.
Today, one of the most popular Da Nang activities of tourists is climbing up the Marble Mountains and seeing the spectacular views across China Beach, also known Non Nuoc (Non Nước). Da Nang experiences dry and hot weather from May to late August. The stage of greatest rainfall is from September to January, with the wettest month being October and November. Thus, the best time for tourists to Marble Mountains is from February to May. Also, keep in mind that Da Nang does not get as cold or hot as other Vietnam’s parts.
Besides, there are drinks and trinket sellers around here who could get a little annoying yet the climb up to the peaks is still worth it. In order to explore all of the Marble Mountains, you should spend about 4 hours and start your trip early when it is not so hot, wear comfortable clothes and shoes, and bring a torch if you could.
2. Ride Around Son Tra Peninsula
Son Tra Peninsula (Bán Đảo Sơn Trà) is visible from just everywhere in Da Nang and is a wonderful sight, particularly when low lying clouds embrace the top of the mountain. Tourists can enjoy a good morning or afternoon motorbike on clear days in Son Tra with amazing views from every vantage point around the mountain.
Though it looks not too long, the ride might be longer than your imagination if you go the way around and is also steep in places. Just make sure that your motorbike has adequate power.
3. Discover Cham Museum
Despite driving through Da Nang and getting to the train station or airport is a priority of most travelers visiting Da Nang, I would like to recommend you a visit to the Cham (Chăm) museum as one point in your list of Da Nang activities.
The museum is situated in the city center on some prime real estate across from the Han River where Bach Dang (Bạch Đằng) and Tan Phu (Tân Phú) streets come together. In reality, most expats in Da Nang never give much thought to this destination, and to be fair it might be just worth an hour of your time budget, I think it still is an hour well spent. The museum seems bigger from the inside than it looks from the outside, yet nearly all of the displays are statues of half statues recovered from ancient Cham sites scattered across the central region of Vietnam. If you are traveling by motorbike, do not skip this place to discover more information about Da Nang and its history and culture.
- Location: 01 2/9 Street (End of Tran Phu Street), Da Nang City
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