First Time in Da Nang - What To Do

Da Nang Survival Guide

If this is your first time in Da Nang, you’ll find that the main reason for most travellers staying here is its proximity to the well-known My Khe Beach, Lang Co Beach, Hoi An, and My Son. Da Nang has a 30km-long coastline, where you can enjoy diving, yachting and other water sports. Its public beaches can get very crowded over weekends and holidays, but there are plenty of quiet beaches further away from the city.

The city also has plenty of historical sites and shopping venues that merits several days of sightseeing. You can find good bargains and authentic Vietnamese food at Da Nang’s local markets. In the evening, rooftop bars offer great sunset views of the city, beaches and mountains. If you’re unsure of what to see, do, eat and shop during your stay, we’ve compiled a survival guide for your 1st day in Da Nang.

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Da Nang at a Glance

Da Nang offers a good mix of cultural and sightseeing opportunities. You can find centuries-old pagodas and French colonial buildings in the city centre, while expansive beaches and national parks are less than 20 minutes away. Hotels here range from mid-range city hotels to luxurious resorts with fine-dining venues and easy access to the beach.

  • Nice combination of beach and city
  • Very clean beaches
  • Close to UNESCO Heritage Sites such as Hoi An and My Son
  • Good choice of mid-range and budget restaurants
  • Beaches are packed during weekends and holidays
  • Long distances between places of interest

Things You Can Do in Da Nang

There are many things you can do in Da Nang besides lounging on the beach. The city centre is home to religious sites such as Phap Lam Temple and Da Nang Cathedral. There are also many museums dedicated to former leaders and artefacts dating back to the Cham civilisation. If you’re a fan of outdoor activities, beaches such as My Khe and Non Nuoc are great swimming and surfing. Daytrips to UNESCO-listed Hoi An and My Son Sanctuary are also popular attractions here.

  • Non Nuoc Beach

    Non Nuoc Beach in Da Nang takes up five kilometres of Hoa Hai Ward’s coastline, featuring soft white sands, a gentle Read More»

  • Dragon Bridge in Da Nang

    Dragon Bridge in Da Nang is the longest bridge in Vietnam, offering a dazzling display of lights, fire, and water that Read More»

  • Phap Lam Pagoda

    Phap Lam Pagoda is a two-storey temple in Da Nang City Centre, featuring towering trees, manicured gardens, and Read More»

Best Places to Shop in Da Nang

Da Nang’s shopping scene isn’t much to shout about, especially if you’ve been to Hanoi or Saigon. There are two traditional markets in the city centre, where you can enjoy some bargain shopping and sampling local dishes. Other than a few souvenir shops and standard shopping malls, options are limited in Da Nang.

  • Han Market

    Han Market is a significant landmark in Da Nang, having been in operation since the French occupancy in the 1940s. This Read More»

  • Con Market

    Con Market is a prominent shopping venue in Da Nang City Centre where you can find over 2,000 stalls selling an array of Read More»

  • Non Nuoc Fine Arts Village

    Non Nuoc Fine Arts Village comprises over 500 manufacturers, artisan workshops and retail outlets selling marble goods Read More»

Best Places to Go at Night in Da Nang

Nightlife in Da Nang boasts a collection of rooftop bars, bars, and vibrant nightclubs where you can enjoy a night out with likeminded locals. Many stay open as late as 03:00, especially during weekends. For entertainment, DJs here spin mostly funk, EDM, house, and trance tunes. You can also catch live bands covering your favourite classic rock songs.

  • Sky36 Club Da Nang

    Sky36 Club is the highest rooftop bar in Da Nang City Centre, attracting a steady clientele of affluent travellers and Read More»

  • Brilliant Top Bar Da Nang

    Brilliant Top Bar offers a good selection of cold beers, bar snacks, and western delicacies as well as expansive views Read More»

  • Waterfront Danang Restaurant & Bar

    Waterfront Danang Restaurant & Bar boasts a modern dining terrace on the upper level and a lively sports bar Read More»

Great Restaurants We Like in Da Nang

Da Nang’s dining scene consists of local joints, roadside stalls and street markets to expat-owned eateries, beachfront cafes, and fine-dining restaurants. We highly recommend trying its regional specialities, which feature a lot of wild caught seafood, farm-raised poultry, local herbs and fresh vegetables. Hotels and resorts in Da Nang also offer international cuisine, including Japanese, French, Thai, Spanish, American, and Chinese.

  • Pool House Da Nang

    Pool House at Hyatt Regency Danang Resort and Spa is a daytime dining venue that serves authentic Vietnamese and Thai Read More»

  • La Maison 1888 Da Nang

    La Maison 1888 offers exquisite French fine-dining within the luxurious InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort. Read More»

  • Quan Com Hue Ngon

    Quan Com Hue Ngon is a prominent local haunt in Da Nang City Centre, serving an array of authentic Vietnamese BBQ dishes Read More»

Hotels in Da Nang We Recommend to Our Friends

Da Nang hotels are diverse as you get to choose between staying in the city or its nearby beaches. If you’re looking for mid-range or budget hotels, you’re better off staying in the city and make your way to the beach via taxi or public buses. Five-star resorts line Da Nang’s coastline, particularly in Non Nuoc Beach and My Khe Beach. Regardless of your budget level, these hotels offer great service, essential facilities, and clean guestrooms. Below are three hotels in Da Nang we would recommend to our friends, so that you too can enjoy a memorable holiday.

Fusion Maia Resort

Fusion Maia - Spa Inclusive Resort is an all-villa resort dedicated to one paramount factor: relaxation.This five-star property in Read More...

Bantique Hotel

When you stay at Bantique Hotel in Da Nang, you'll be in the business district, within a 5-minute drive of Vincom and My Khe Read More...

Frangipani Boutique Hotel

With a stay at Frangipani Boutique Hotel in Da Nang, you'll be within a 5-minute drive of My Khe Beach and Han Market.Featured Read More...


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