[:en]There are plenty of things to do in Danang, Vietnam. With the rate that this city is developing there will be more activities to come. Below is a very brief list of things to do in Danang that I plan on updating regularly. Please leave your comments below to tell me what you would like to see on this list. Click on the orange links for more info.
Self Guided Walking Tour
Danang’s riverfront is a great place to walk along and using the city’s wonderful bridges as a focal point is a good idea. Starting from the northern end of Bach Dang you get good views of the highest and longest bridge in the city, Thuan Phuoc. Walk south until you get to the Han Bridge and walk across it, continue walking along the river and cross over the photogenic Dragon Bridge. Head north and do some shopping at the Han Market or enjoy a coffee at one of the many riverside cafes.
The Marble Mountains or Non Nuoc are actually five granite peaks they are a great half day trip from Danang or as a stopover on the way to Hoi An. There are caves to explore, temples and lots of stairs. The drinks and trinket sellers can get a little annoying but the climb up to the top is worth it and there are plenty of photo opportunities.
Paintball, Bowling And Cinemas
Danang has 2 bowling centres, the older one is located above Co-OpMart on Dien Bien Phu street and is cheap but a bit run down. The newer location for bowling is at Parkson Shopping Centre, behind Big C. Cinemas which show English language films are located at Lotte Mart, Big C and VinCom Centre.Paintball is available in two locations and is a great way to spend the afternoon with friends.
BaNa Hills Mountain Retreat
BaNa Hills has recently undergone a few changes, notably a world record setting cable car, the world’s highest and longest non stop cable car. There used to be little to do at the top and the restaurant choices were limited and not particularly inviting. All this is about to change as a major hotel development and an amusement park are nearing completion. The giant Buddha that is visible from Danang is quite impressive.
There are 30 kms of beaches stretching from Danang all the way down to Hoi An and even further south. As you would expect, the beaches further from the city are best, particularly China Beach near the Marble Mountain area. All of the beaches are rarely crowded and most of them have some form of seating and umbrellas for rent.
Food Or Bicycle Tours
Even if you have been in Danang for a while, going on a tour can be a great way to get to know the city. Bicycle Tours are a great way to get in the nearby countryside without the risk of getting lost.Food Tours are great, especially if you have friends in town who want to get to know the local cuisine.
A spectacular drive (if you take the scenic route past METRO), brings you to a natural stream flowing from the mountains west of Danang. This place is very popular with Vietnamese at weekends and sees very few foreign tourists, which is a shame. A little over done, the flower spring is a series of man made pools of mountain water, with shaded areas, a restaurant, a football pitch and even horse riding available. Most Vietnamese tend to take their own food and pay for a shack to relax, enjoy their self catering And wonderful mountain views.
Motorbike Rides Outside The City
Danang makes a great place to be based for some adventurous and scenic motorbike rides. Be sure to check out Son Tra Peninsula (Monkey Mountain), the ride in the BaNa Hills area as well a ride over the Hai Van Pass to have lunch in Lang Co. The road up Hai Van pass is a great drive made much safer now that most truck traffic uses the newly completed Hai Van Tunnel. Less traffic means you can spend more time looking at the spectacular views and stopping to take photos. There are some refreshment places at the top and an old bombed out French built lookout.
Museums And Pagodas
If you like a good museum tour then Danang has limited choice. The Cham Museum is the city’s most well known place for historic artifacts but be sure to check out the Danang Museum as well as the Dong Dinh Museum on Son Tra. Linh Ung Pagoda is also worth a visit, it has plenty of statues and spectacular views of the city.
Danang currently has 3 world class golf courses, Montgomery Links, Danang Golf Club and Laguna Lang Co Golf Club. A fourth course located near BaNa is nearing completion and will truly make Danang a great golf destination.[:]