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Da Nang Travel Guide

Da Nang Travel GuideDa Nang is one of the cultural and educational centers of Vietnam, and it is also one of the biggest cities in Vietnam. Da Nang has a long coast with many beautiful beaches such as Non Nuoc, My Khe,... Coming to Da Nang, you will have opportunities to enjoy the beautiful scenery such as Ngu Hanh Son, Ba Na, Son Tra peninsula, Hai Van pass, beaches and many historical relics.

Da Nang is one of the cultural and educational centres of Vietnam, and it is also one of the biggest cities in Vietnam.

The city is located along Han River so that the French often called Da Nang as "Tourane". Da Nang has an area of 1.200 km2 and its total population is about 800.000 people. It is not only convenient location but also easily accessible port. Situated on the path of national route 1A and the North-South railway, it is known as a hub for transportation. Da Nang city shares the border with Thua Thien Hue in the North, Quang Nam province in the South and The Eastern Sea. It is far 764 kilometers from Hanoi to the North, 964 kilometers from Ho Chi Minh City to the South and 108 kilometers from Hue ancient capital to the North-South.

Da Nang terrain has either coastal or mountains. The high and slope mountain is in the South and North-South, from here, many mountains lasts to the sea. The mountainous terrain accounts for large area with the high of 700-1.500 meters.

Da Nang is situated in the typical tropical monsoon area with the high temperature. Its temperature has combination between the Northern climate and Southern climate. Every year, there has 2 seasons: the rainy season lasts from August to December and the dry season lasts from January to July. The average temperature is about 25,90C and the highest temperature is in June, July, and August at 28-300C. The area of Ba Na has the temperature about 200C. The average rainfall is 2.504,57 mm and the highest rainfall is in October and November

The nature blesses for Da Nang to locate near three world culture heritages: Hue ancient capital, Hoi An old quarter and My Son Holly Land. It not only is the center of three world heritages but also has many famous destinations that tourists cannot forget when visiting the city. Da Nang has Hai Van pass which is well known as "the grandest pass". Besides, it has Son Tra peninsula that is an ideal place for tourists. On the foot of Son Tra, there has Da spring, Bai But, Bai Rang, Bai Bac, Bai Nom… In addition, Ba Ba - Suoi Mo eco-tourism is considered as Da Lat, Sapa of the Central Vietnam, in which Ngu Hanh Son Mountain is known as "the famous destination in Vietnam". Da Nang has a long coast with many beautiful beaches such as Non Nuoc, My Khe, Thanh Kh, Nam O with many sparkling nature. Around Son Tra peninsula, there have coral area which is suitable for develop all kinds of services. Mineral in Da nang includes: white sand, granite, pebbles, clay, mineral water.

Han River and Bridge of Han River-the first bridge in Vietnam-the pride of Vietnamese, are two symbols of Da Nang. Bridge of Han River represents the new life, aspiration of the Da Nang. The beauty of the bridge seems perfect in the space of Han River. This bridge not enhances for transportations, promote the potential economy but also is a cultural mark of the Da Nang. Beaches are the source of inspiration that Da Nang has. They are not only clean but also the most attractiveness beach in Vietnam. The city along Han River- the beautiful city is an ideal destination for tourists in their vacation.

Coming to Da Nang, you will have opportunities to enjoy the beautiful scenery such as Ngu Hanh Son, Ba Na, Son Tra peninsula, Hai Van pass, beaches and many historical relics. In addition, Da Nang is the best choice for tourists, they can enjoy the wonderful time on the top of mountain, in the forest or the coast, they also enjoy quality services when relax in the resort of Da Nang. Furthermore, tourists can join into festivals of Da Nang such as: Cau Ngu festival, Quan The Am festival, Hoa My village festival, An Hai communal house, Muc dong festival and Tuy Loan village festival.


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Thanh Binh Beach

Thanh Binh beach has 1 kilometer length, is located in the city, belonging to Thanh Binh Ward, Hai Chau, Da Nang city. This beach is tranquil and has an ideal length.

With the convenient climate for people, tourists will have opportunity to enjoy fresh air and join to play sports on the sand-bank. Da Nang has a lot of beaches but cannot help omitting Thanh Binh beach- one of the most beautiful beaches in Da Nang.

 

Non Nuoc Beach

Non Nuoc beach belongs to Hoa Hai ward, Ngu Hanh Son, Da Nang city. It lasts 5 kilometers and it has arc shape along the foot of Ngu Hanh Son Mountain. The Nature blesses for Da Nang three the world natural heritage: Hue ancient capital, Hoi An old quarter and My Son. In addition, there have many beautiful beaches such as: Nam O, Xuan Thieu, Thanh Binh, Tien Sa, Son Tra, My Khe, Bac My An, Non Nuoc...

Somewhere in Da Nang beach has many coral, diversity of seafood. All beaches are very close to the central city, you can go by many ways. Non Nuoc beach has a combination between wave levels, climate, season… they are suitable for all kinds of water sports. Besides, tourists can visit Ngu Hanh Son, ancient pagoda, cave, village or floating on the Co Co River.

 

Non Nuoc Stone Carving Village

Non Nuoc Stone Carving VillageNon nuoc village belongs to Hoa Hai ward, Ngu Hanh Son, Da Nang city. The Non Nuoc stone has been used since the middle of the 17th century. Stone can be found anywhere in cave of Marble Mountain, this village is located at the foot of Marble Mountains. The products of village help beautify the Marble Mountains landscape.

According to craftsmen of Non Nuoc village, the profession appeared nearly 200 years. This village formed in the end of the 18th century. The 19th century, this profession kept their alive. Today, Non Nuoc village located on the foot of Ngu Hanh Son, belonging to Hoa Hai, Ngu Hanh Son. This place worshiped “Thach Nghe” and on January 6th lunar annual year, Non Nuoc village often holds ceremony.

It is said that Non Nuoc village formed and established due to using and combining with material, capital and market to create the current famous trade-make. In Non Nuoc village, tourists will be chosen valuable souvenir which are made from professional craftsman. Each sculpture art is the result of each craftsman. Each art represents the love with profession, nation and ancient profession.

 

Museum of Cham Sculpture

The museum of Cham sculpture is located at No.02, 2/9 Da Nang city. In 1892, Charle Lemire collected Champa sculpture artifacts which are in Tra Kieu, My Khuong...and then he displayed them at the city garden, which is situated on the hill near Long Thu Pagoda. Camile de Paris added some sculpture artifacts of the Cham in Phong Le, Bang An… Initiatively, this museum was only rectangle architecture completed in May 1916.

The ancient contour in the design of two French architects still retains until now. Coming to museum of Cham sculpture as stepping into ancient culture, it converges all kinds of Cham quintessential culture.

Currently, the museum displayed about 300 original sandstone works and terra-cotta. All works have the date from the 7th century to 15th century.

Museum of Cham sculpture is the creativeness which base on Champa ancient art. It is small architecture but unique. Some architects appreciated that it was one of the most beautiful architectural museums in Southeast Asia and the world.

The museum is the unique place in Vietnam as well as in the world research about Champa culture. Artifacts displayed in the museum including sculpture arts such as reliefs, animals, human statue… They represent the development stages of Champa sculpture from the first period to the final period. It helps tourists as well as researchers know the whole stages of Champa art.

Two displayed samples rooms: My Son and Dong Duong were opened. These are displayed specious artifacts of two places which are arranged with modern facilities and techniques in display, light… This arrangement offers tourists new insights with ancient antiques. Each antiquity has noted clearly the date and place, so that anyone can also know about something about the Cham culture.

Associated with traditional trade village such as: pottery, brocade…, the ancient museum creates special space for tourists. In addition, tourists can visit Long Thu pagoda relic.

 

Linh Ung Bai But Pagoda

Linh Ung pagoda is located on the hill, with the shape of turtle. Linh Ung pagoda in Son Tra peninsula was inaugurated, it is considered not only as the first processing of Vietnam Buddha in the 21st century but also as the place that gathers quintessence of the earth.

Linh Ung pagoda faces to The Eastern sea, on the left is Cham Islands, on the right is Hai Van Mountain. Passing the fall and rise of time and history, Linh Ung-Bai But pagoda was built and standing on Son Tra Mountain like the evidence for the combination between belief and nation. It marked the development of Vietnam Buddhism at the 21st century.

Linh Ung-Bai But pagoda is considered as one of the biggest pagoda in Da Nang city in both of scale and architecture. This pagoda has a combination between modern style and traditional style. The main area has a large capacity and it is the most solemn place.

Especially, in Linh Ung-Bai But pagoda, there has Guan Yin statue that is considered as the highest statue in Vietnam (67 meters height approximately 30 stories). This statue put its back to the mountain, faces to the sea. Above the Guan Yin statue is Buddhahood statue with the high of 2 meters.

From here, you can contemplate the whole city, mountain and Son Tra peninsula. In addition, from the distance, you will see Ngu Hanh Son Mountain along with white sand-bank. The beautiful landscape creates a unique impression that you cannot find in other place. It can be said that Linh Ung-Bai But pagoda was built in the tourism relic of the city- Son Tra peninsula tourism place. The pagoda becomes to famous destination for tourist and spiritual place for the Da nang.

 

Marble Mountain (Ngu Hanh Son)

Marble Mountain belongs to Hoa Hai Ward, Ngu Hanh Son, is far about 7 kilometers from Da nang city to the Southeast. Ngu Hanh Son is located on the yellow sand - bank with 2 kilometers length, 800 meters width. The kind of stone in Ngu Hanh Son has various colors and it is the source of sculpture and arts.

Ngu Hanh Son includes 5 mountains: Kim Son (Metal Mountain), Thuy Son (Water Mountain), Moc Son (Wood Mountain), Hoa Son (Fire Mountain) and Tho Son (Earth Mountain). Number No.05 is the important number in orient and 5 mountains contain unique sense.

Metal Mountain (Kim Son) is located in the Southeast, on the bank of Co Co River. Travelling by boat, tourists can contemplate the beautiful scenery. Ben Ngu, the place, the Kings often stayed each time come to Ngu Hanh Son. Today, it did not exist; however, people can see one ironwood pillar near the Quan Am pagoda.

On the foot of Kim Son Mountain, there has a cave with 50 meters length, 10 meters width and 10-15 meters height. The entrance has natural stone steps, the stalagmite creates Guan Yin statue, which is beautiful and lively.

Wood Mountain (Moc Son)

Moc Son is located near the sea, Thuy Son Islet to the East. The East and South is sand cave, the North is fields and the West is villages. Although it has the name “Wood Mountain”, it has fewer trees. The top mountain is divided into cog-shape as cock spur, so that it also has the name “Mong Ga” Mountain (cock spur mountain).

On the mountain, there has no pagoda; it only has white marble stone as the shape of people. The local people often call “Co Mu” or Guan Yin. In addition, there has small cave named Ba Trung Mountain. In two wars in Vietnam, local people and revolutionary cadre often used this place as shelter.

Water Mountain (Thuy Son)

Water Mountain is located on the area of 15 hectares and it is the highest mountain in Ngu Hanh Son. The mount has 3 tops as three Tam Thai stars so that it is named Tam Thai Mountain. The highest mountain in the northwest is Thuong Thai mount, Trung Thai is in the South and Ha Thai mount is in the East. The pagodas and caves concentrated in Thuy Son. Thuong Thai mount has Vong Giang Dai, Pho  Dong tower, Tu Lam pagoda, Tam Tam padoda, Tham Thai padoda, Hanh Cung padoda, Hoa Nghiem cave, Huyen Khong cave, Linh Nam cave and Lang Hu cave. On Trung Hai Mount, there have two entrances: Thien Phuoc Dia, Van Can Nguyet and some caves such as: Van Thong cave, Thien Long Cave, Van Nguyet Grotto. Ha Thai mount has Vong Hai Dai, Linh Ung Pagoda, Ngu Coc cave, Tang Chan, Fairy well and Am phu Cave.

Fire Mountain (Hoa Son)

Hoa Son includes two mountains and one stone line combining them. The mountain near Kim Son to the West is Duong Hoa Son, located on the Co Co River. On the Western mountain side to the North, opposing to Kim Son, there has 3 words of Han script “Duong Hoa Son” which are sculptured into the mountainous wall. In the mountain, there has grottos and Pho Son Da pagoda.

Earth Mountain (Tho Son)

Tho Son is located on the Northern Kim Son islet and Southern Thuy Son islet. This is the longest mountain in Ngu Hanh Son. The Western Tho Son is Ba Cha River. In the mountain, there has entrance that faces to the South-West; its name is Coc grotto or Bo De grotto. During two wars in Vietnam, Bo De grotto was considered as natural shelter for local people and revolutionary cadre.

On the Northern Tho Son, to the Da Nang, there has Long Hoa pagoda. It was built in 1992. This terrain contributes to the beauty of whole picture of Non Nuoc- Ngu Hanh Son Mountain.

 

Han River Bridge

Da Nang is located on the west side of the Han River and the beaches are to the east. In the middle night, traffic is restricted to get from crossing the Han River Bridge and it swings on its axis to allow shipping traffic to pass along the river. The area around the bridge is beautifully paved into a riverside promenade and is the location of Da Nang’s cultural centre.

Han River Bridge is the first bridge that Vietnamese architects and workers designed. Han River Bridge was built by the people of Danang and holds a special place in their pride for their city. The bridge is the unique swing bridge to be built in Vietnam and it is also an important part of Danang’s cityscape.

The Han River Bridge is the symbol for new vitality and the developing desire of the city-was built with the contribution of the entire city’s people. It is not also facilitates transport and potential for tourism but also a cultural spot of Danang people today left behind for the future generations.

 

Dien Hai Citadel

Dien Hai citadel was built in 1813, near the Da Nang beach. In 1823, it was moved to mainland. In 1835, it was renamed into Dien Hai citadel. In 1847, Dien Hai citadel was expanded with Circumference of 556 meters, 5 meters height. It has 2 entrances, one faces to the South (the main entrance), and the other faces to the East. In the citadel, there has food, weapon and 30 big cannons. The citadel was built by bricks base one the Vauban design.

Currently, Dien Hai citadel relic is located at the Thach Thang Ward, Hai Chau. The Western and Eastern wall still retain intactness. Recently, Dien Hai citadel relic has been remodeled.

Dien Hai citadel marks the spirit of the Da Nang and people in whole nation against the French to protect independence, freedom of Vietnam. This place is important citadel that contributes to defeat the French in 1858-1860. Nguyen Tri Phuong general of army statue was built here to commemorate glorious historical period of the city. Dien Hai citadel was ranked into historical relic on November 16th 1988 and was given relic stele stone on August 25th 1998.

Today, there have some evidences of Dien Hai citadel on Ly Tu Trong Street and Thach Thang ward, Da Nang.

 

Ba Na Hills

Ba Na - Chua Mountain tourist area belongs to Hoa Vang, Da Nang, it is far about 50 meters from the central city to the west. Located on the high of 1.487 meters above sea level, the temperature of this place is cool, the average temperature in the summer is about 180C, Ba Na - Chua Mountain is an ideal eco - tourism in the Central Vietnam

In order to step into Ba Na top, tourists should pass through 15 kilometers. This terrain is considered as small highland. Tourists not only enjoy fresh air but also contemplate the beautiful scenery. In addition, tourists can also enjoy the large space of Da Nang city, Vung Thung bay, Son Tra peninsula, My Khe beach, Ngu Hanh Son, Thu Bon River, Cham Island.

Ba Na has various flora and fauna. In the old-growth forest, there includes 256 species of fauna, 61 species of animal, 178 species of birds and 17 species of reptile. The flora includes 543 species. Besides, Ba Na has many rare animals such as: Crested Argus, Asian Black Bear, northern buffed-cheeked gibbon…

In 1986, Ba Na was recognized as natural reserve area, in which tropical forest and rare animals are protected. At the beginning of the 20th century, in order to serve the French’s vacation in the Central Vietnam, many hotels, villas were built along mountain side, Nui Mountain and Ba Na hill. After the war, this place was destroyed. Da Nang has recently restored and remodeled some ancient French villas, Buddhistical cultural area, hotels, bars…

Here, the Da Nang often holds fire camp night to propagate mountainous specialties and help tourists discover this place. From Vong Nguyet hill, tourists will be taken to central area. This system includes 16 cabinets, which serve about 320 guests per hour.

Annual year, Ba Na welcomes thousands of tourists in the whole nation and other countries. One night in Ba Na, tourists can hear the breath of mountain and wild animal. Ba Na is an attractive destination when you come to Da Nang city. Coming to Ba Na, tourists will be travelled by telpher. Ba Na telphers were built base on standard of Austria technology. With the total investment capital of 300 billion vietnam dong, Ba Na telpher has22 pillars, 94 cabinets and it can serve 1.5000 guests per hour and it just take about 15 minutes to go from the foot of Ba Na mountain to the Ba Na eco-tourism. According to the world telpher association, this Ba Na telpher system named in Guinness World Records. It is the world’s longest one-wire telpher network in the world (5,042.62m) and the telpher with the highest gap between the lowest and the highest stations (1,291.81m).

Ba Na telepher is an ideal destination. From here, tourists can enjoy the colorful picture as well as sparkling views. Sitting on the cabin, you will be contemplated the grandeur of mountain, rainfall, the old-growth forest… They will bring tourists the adventurous feeling as in the fairyland. Tourists will has wonderful experiences with four seasons within one day and has an abundant fauna and flora system.

 

Hai Van Pass

Hai Van Pass is located along the Hai Van mountain side, between Thua Thien-Hue and Da Nang city. It is the highest and the most beautiful pass in Vietnam (about 500 meters above sea level), and it is the final mountain belonging to Truong Son. Hai Van Pass is also known as 'Cloud Pass' with one side is mountain and other is sea. In the 'Phu Bien Tap Luc', Le Quy Don said that: Hai Van is the bound of Thuan Hoa and Quang Nam.

At the 13th century, this place belongs to Champa dynasty. In the top of the Pass, the trail of ancestors still retains. The entrance looks to Thua Thien with three words “Hai Van Quan”, the entrance look Quang Nam with the words “Thien Ha De Nhat Hung Quan” (The King Le Thanh Ton granted for this place). According to folk, people said that when Nguyen Hoang Lord protected Quang Nam, Hai Van Pass had a little people passing and it is also the place for wild animal. After the King Minh Mang had been throne, he also visited the beauty of Hai Van Pass and built stone entrance in the top of Pass with the words “De Nhat Hung Quan” (the most beautiful pass). This stone entrance is still on the top of the pass and was recognized as national historical relic. Tourists can contemplate the entire of Da nang city, Son Tra mount.Hai Van Pass is an ideal destination for tourists. From Da nang, along the national highway no.01A to the North. Here, tourists also see Tien Sa, Son Tra peninsula, Cham Islands… and the sand-bank. Coming to Hai Van, you will be sunk into natural space and historical trails of ancient Vietnamese.



Danang Transportation

Road: Danang is 108km from Hue, 130km from Quang Ngai, 763km from Hanoi, and 947km from Ho Chi Minh City.

Air: The Danang International Airport is 2.5km south-west of the city center. There are domestic flights to some cities. There are direct flight from Bangkok, Hong Kong, Siem Riep, Taipei and Singapore to Danang City by Vietnam Airlines, PB Air, Siem Riep Air way, Far Transportasion and Sil Airway.

Train:Thong Nhat Express train, which connects Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, stop in Danang.

Water: There are marine routes to international and domestic ports. Tien Sa and Han River ports are located in a very wonderful position.


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