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You’ve found yourself in the city and are curious about what to do in Da Nang? Do you hit up the coast first, or wander the bustling streets? Maybe you’re feeling hungry and want to try the famous Vietnamese cuisine! Or if you are an adventurous person


Danang City is located in middle of Central Vietnam, half way between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, separated from Laos by the western Truong Son Mountains. It is embraced by the East Sea with 150km of seacoast. With over one millions people, Danang is the largest City of Central Vietnam where the first U.S troops arrived in 1965. Even Danang is the largest city in Central Vietnam, tourism is not popular here as in Hoian and Hue which are much more popular. However, from Barney's Hostel in Danang you will be easily able to book a transfer or a daily tour.

If you are looking for the best things to do in Da Nang, then look no further than this article!



The five limestone mountains located southwest of Danang are named after the five elements by an emperor of Vietnam’s past. These mountains once held temples and even pagodas carved deep into the mountains. The French, Viet Cong, and Americans all left their mark on the mountains as lookouts and hiding places. Exploring caves, temples, tunnels and even climbing up the only open mountain offer something different and beautiful to view.


Son Tra, with the total area of 4370 is a promising destination because of its amazing scenery. In Son Tra, tourist may visit Son Tra Nature Conservation area being the home of hundreds of rare plants and animals or explore Son Tra’s natural beauty. Climbing on the peak of Son Tra mountain, looking toward the city far away, feeling the cool air of sea and mountain will be great experience to each visitor. Nowadays, a nice path is built around the peninsula, tourists might stay in roadside restaurants and hotels or come to Linh Ung pagoda so as to enjoy spiritual atmosphere.



Made famous in an episode of the TV show, Top Gear, the Hai Van Pass has now become a bucket list item for thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts (and amateurs) and adventurers looking for alternative things to do in Da Nang.

This 21km mountain pass between Da Nang and Hue offers some of the most incredible ocean views in all of Vietnam.

A new highway tunnel that has been built to bypass the road ensures that traffic numbers now are low, although the ride can still be quite technical; especially if you are inexperienced or the weather turns bad.

Rent a scooter from Barney's hostel Danang and leave early in the morning if you plan on being back in Da Nang the same day.



At the end of the Son Tra Peninsula in Da Nang, Vietnam, a tall white statue of the Goddess of Mercy looks upon the sea and the port with her gentle eyes, protecting the local fishermen and giving them strength to fight the waves and winds. She also marks the entrance to the Son Tra Linh Ung Pagoda, which is one of the most beautiful temples in that part of Vietnam.

The Lady Buddha’s statue, surrounding gardens and pagodas make a great impression.

The complex was built in the 18th century during the reign of Emperor Ming Mang and has recently been restored. Stone stairs and a beautiful gate lead to a wide courtyard, lined with bonsai trees and sculptures of 18 spiritual rites that express love, hate, anger and joy. The plaza is crowned with a stunning pagoda, which is busy with praying devotees and visitors.

If you love panoramic views, fear not. You can admire Da Nang from the terrace, located at the feet of the Lady Buddha. There is quite a lot of moisture in the air in Da Nang, which creates a lot of mist, so the pictures will always look a little foggy. The views are still magnificent though.


When people think of Vietnam, surfing is not something that immediately springs to mind. But still, it is possible to go surfing in Vietnam!

There is a growing surf community here who take advantage of the consistent and fun beach breaks along My Khe Beach.

If surfing isn’t your scene you can always go for a swim or simply relax on the spotlessly clean sand.

No missing out on some chill out time when you’re at the beach! Seriously – spending time at the beach is one of the best things to do in Da Nang!

If you really feel like splurging out make sure you check out all the incredible beachside resorts in Da Nang.

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