Mountain-framed beaches, buzzing nightlife
and cultural treasures
To truly appreciate Danang’s rapid transformation into a modern metropolis, take a stroll along the Han riverfront with its mountain-framed high-rise skyline, exclusive shops and upscale bars and restaurants. Pause to take in the spectacle of the Dragon Bridge, a marvel of engineering lit by thousands of lights each night – it even breathes fire on weekends.
Despite the dazzling contemporary cityscape, Danang hasn’t forgotten its past. The Museum of Cham Sculpture is packed with hundreds of artefacts, while busy Chợ Cồn, the city’s largest market with around 2,000 stalls, is still its beating heart. Even if you’re just browsing, you’ll probably find it hard to resist ordering a bowl of Mì Quảng – Danang’s signature noodle dish holds a special place in every local’s heart.
For incredible panoramic views, head to the forested slopes of Sơn Trà, home to several temples but also a place that takes its popular name – Monkey Mountain – from certain residents you’re likely to encounter. At the foot of the mountain are some of Danang’s most celebrated seafood restaurants, a quieter alternative to the hectic nightlife beside the river and the beach.
There are more views to be had by climbing the 156 steps of Thủy Sơn, the most accessible of the legendary Marble Mountains, where you can also explore limestone grottoes filled with Buddhist shrines. And while Danang is a fast-growing metropolis, opportunities to immerse yourself in the countryside are never far away. Just outside the city, you can catch a cable car to soar above the treetops into the heart of the Bà Nà Hills reserve.