The buzzing street food scene and glimmering evening skyline of Vietnam’s third-largest city exist in perfect harmony with its peaceful natural landscapes and rich historical sites. Share your own Da Nang adventures with #AscottLifestyle.
Grab a hearty meal of Bò Né at the popular Lan Hương Cafe and satisfy your appetite with a hot plate of beef, pork ball, egg and baguette. Next, delve into the roots of Vietnam’s rich Indic history in the Museum of Cham Sculpture which houses intricate sculptures from the 5th to 15th centuries. Make a stop at the Da Nang Cathedral, another centre of religious importance nearby. Affectionately termed Con Gà (Rooster Cathedral) after the weathercock atop the steeple, its candy-pink facade and gothic architecture is unmistakable.
Those seeking a respite from bustling city life will find serenity at the Marble Mountains, a cluster of five limestone and marble hills. The most well known is Thủy Sơn, where breathtaking coastal views, caves and temples await the explorer. A ten-minute walk will transport you to the pristine sands and transparent waters of Non Nuoc Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world and a hotspot for water sports enthusiasts. Back in the city centre, look for Ba Duong. The humble stall in a small alley is famous for their Banh Xeo, a pancake dish with pork, shrimp and herbs.
Soak in the cool breeze with a scenic motorbike ride up Son Tra (Monkey) Mountain, a lush national park, home to the rare red-faced monkey and other unique flora and fauna. Admire the expansive Linh Ung Pagoda which harmonises the modern and traditional designs of Vietnamese pagodas. It is most famous for its majestic Goddess of Mercy Statue, the tallest statue of Buddha in Vietnam. The stunning statue of white marble contains 17 levels and 21 miniature Buddha sculptures. Savour a few moments of tranquility as a wonderful panorama of the city, mountains and surrounding seas unfolds.
Use your haggling skills at Han Market and experience the vibrant local way of life. Da Nang’s largest market sells a variety of items ranging from food and fabrics to souvenirs at inexpensive prices. In the evening, enjoy a spectacular view of the Dragon Bridge as it comes alive with brilliant rainbow lights. Large crowds gather to watch the steel dragon spew water or fire from its mouth during weekends and festivities. Take a stroll along Han River and appreciate marble carvings of animals and deities, or hop on a Xích Lô or rickshaw ride, winding through the streets of this lively city.