Da Nang borders Thua Thien Hue province in the North, Quang Nam province in the West and South, and the East Sea in the East. The city is located in the middle of the country, on North-South trunk roads on the road, rail, sea, and air, and lies at one end of the East-West Economic Corridor, an economic corridor connecting Vietnam with Laos, Thailand, and Burma (Myanmar). Da Nang is also the central point connecting three UNESCO World Heritage sites: Hue Citadel, Hoi An ancient town, and My Son Sanctuary.
Da Nang is the fifth-most populated city in Vietnam, with an area of 1,255.53 km2 (484.76 sq mi) and a population of 1,064,100 as the latest update in 2017.
Da Nang has a tropical monsoon climate with two seasons: wet season from September to December and a dry season from January to August. Temperatures are highest between June and August with mean temperatures of 28 to 30°C (82 to 86°F).
Top things to do in Da Nang
Enjoy the beach
Da Nang is a coastal city with a 60-km long shoreline. With smooth and sandy beaches running across the coast, Da Nang beach is voted by Forbes (U.S.) to be 1 of 6 most beautiful beaches in the world.
Magnificent views onboard the train
Da Nang also locates itself as the center point on the national railway network. Hai Van Pass stretches in the length of 20km and reaches an altitude of 500 m above sea level where the rail route follows the coast passing through sections of tunnels when the gradients are too steep for a railway line to be constructed. Although the railway line doesn’t ascend and descend as much as the road, the route is nonetheless spectacular with numerous sheer drops, long sharp bends, and fantastic views of the mountains and secluded areas of coastline. If you love travelling by train, then this is something you have to do when you are in Central Vietnam.
Explore the Son Tra Peninsula
Son Tra Peninsula is 10km from the center of Da Nang City to the northeast and is 693m high above sea level and can be seen from every place in the city. With its sea-oriented appearance, Son Tra acts as a giant screen protecting Da Nang from storms and cyclones coming from the sea. Son Tra is put under the national protected forest regulation since it is a natural preservation area. On Son Tra, there still remain more than 30km² of natural forests, nearly 300 types of plants, and several hundred kinds of fauna, including rare animals.
Learn about Cham culture
The Cham Museum in Da Nang is the largest collection of Cham sculpture and artwork in the world. The museum displays an intensive and diverse collection of Champa sculpture dating from the 7th to the 15th centuries, when a matriarchal society prevailed. The museum was established at the end of the 19th century by the Ecole Francaise d’Extreme Orient with a collection of artifacts gathered in central Vietnam, from Quang Binh to Binh Dinh. They were then displayed at Le Jardin de Tourane on a small hill by the Han River. This is the site of the present museum. At present, the museum displays approximately 300 sandstone and terra-cotta sculptures
Marble Mountains is a group of five limestone peaks situated seven kilometres from downtown Da Nang. The five karsts (called Ngu Hanh Son in Vietnamese) are named after the five elements: Kim (metal), Thuỷ (water), Mộc (wood), Hoả (fire) and Thổ (earth). Over centuries, Marble Mountains has held special significance for the people of Central Vietnam. The ancient Cham revered the karsts as a spiritual site, and Vietnamese emperors from Hue and legendary generals passing through paid visits to the peaks, adding to their store of legends.
Today Marble Mountains is home to a network of caves, tunnels, towers, and pagodas built by Mahayana Buddhists and the Nguyen Dynasty Kings. The structures and shrines blend harmoniously with nature: Vine tendrils drip from above, frangipani and poinciana trees drop their blossoms on the stone paths, and the pagodas’ ornate roofs sparkle in the tropical sun. It’s a setting that easily captures the imagination.
Ba Na Hills
As part of Sun World Amusement Park Group and over 20 km away from Danang downtown, Sun World ba Na Hills is the most significant resort and recreational complex of Vietnam. At the height of 1,487 m from the sea level, Sun World Ba Na Hills is coined the “heaven on earth” owing to its spectacular climate and otherworldly natural landscape. Just travel to Sun World Ba Na Hills and revel yourselves in the typical rotation of four seasons in a single day and numerous festivities, recreations and relaxation and cuisine.
For four years in a row from 2015 to 2018, Sun World Ba Na Hills was bestowed the accolade of Top Tourist Resort of Vietnam by the Vietnam Association of Tourism. Through 11 years in operation and unabated development, Sun World Ba Na Hills have emerged to be a commonplace for domestic and foreign visitors in Danang.
Da Nang food tour
Da Nang has a way of delighting visitors, especially foodies. Spread between green foothills, lazy rivers and a sun-kissed coast, Đà Nẵng draws on culinary traditions from all over Central Vietnam. There’s a lot to look forward to here: seafood hauled fresh from the sea, much-loved sweets, cafes old and new, and street food that will make your mouth water.