Get the Best of Beaches and Temples in Da Nang
Da Nang is Vietnam’s third largest city, however it lacks the crowds of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Instead, this laid back coastal town lends itself to the natural beauty of beaches and fantastic day tours to some of Vietnam’s most stunning cultural sights.
To get the vibe of Da Nang, go for a walk beside the Han River to see it gleaming with lights from the nearby hotels, restaurants and apartments. Be sure to get your hands on some of the local culinary delights. While Vietnamese food in general is well known internationally, Da Nang cuisine in particular is popular because of its strong flavours. Fresh seafood is commonly used, as Da Nang is a port town, so head to My Khe beach for some great oysters, grilled cuttlefish, clams and spicy fish soup. Non Nuoc Beach is another worthwhile location. This long, pristine beach has white sand, clear water and palm trees that make it look just like a postcard.
The Marble Mountains are less than an hour out from the city and highly recommended for temple treks and access to beaches. Many beautiful Buddhist temples are built into caves and grottoes, such as Am Phu cave which eerily depicts heaven and hell. Climb up to the light for a view of the mountains or descend into the dark to see statues and scenes from hell.
The Mỹ Sơn ruins are less than 70km west of Da Nang and are an important archaeological site thousands of years old, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are over 20 temples and stupas still standing, although many of the statues and sculptures have been moved to the Museum of Cham Sculpture in Da Nang itself. Just another reason to visit this intriguing city.