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Danang is the 3rd largest city in Vietnam. The city has changed a lot over the years and attracts a huge amount of tourists. Ringed by mountains on one side and the East Sea on the other, Danang, Vietnam has numerous sites of natural beauty and historical interest. In this article, Toplisttips would like to introduce you top 10 places to visit when travelling to Danang, Vietnam. Let’s see:
10. Han River and the Han River Bridge
Visiting Danang, one should not miss the dreamlike Han River and the Han River Bridge – the first swing-bridge in Vietnam which was built mostly by money of the people here. The bridge was built on the main axis of Bach Dang Street and connected Hai Chau with Son Tra district. The Han River Bridge has a sparkling beauty and is a highlight in youthful Da Nang city.
At about 0h30 daily, the middle part of the Han River Bridge turns 90 degrees on its axis, along the flow of the river paving the way for large ships. At about 3h30, the bridge will come back at the same place. Getting some fresh air on the Han River bank and waiting for the moments in which the bridge swing is a pleasure of many locals as well as tourists. It brings you excitement, indescribable feelings so that many people believed that not watching swinging moment of the Han River Bridge means you have not visited Danang city yet.
9. Marble Mountains
Marble Mountains is located about 7km from the center of Danang city. It is next to Non Nuoc tourist area and situated in Hoa Hai ward, Ngu Hanh Son district.
The Marble Mountains consists of five mountains: Kim Son (mountain of metal), Moc Son (wood mountain), Thuy Son (water mountain), Hoa Son (fire mountain) and Tho Son (mountain of Earth). It looks like the oasis emerged between a immense dune that waves crashes on shore all year round. Visiting the Marble Mountain, visitors often come to the big mountain Thuy Son, Tam Thai Pagoda, the Huyen Khong Cave, the Linh Nham cave, the Van Thong cave, the Lang Hu cave, the Van Nguyet cave… At the foot of Ngu Hanh Son, there is a stone carving village – Non Nuoc with lots of works of sculpture art that are carved by hard-working local craftsmen.
8. The Cham Islands (Cu Lao Cham)
Lying 18km offshore of Hoi An and just visible from the mainland, the Cham Islands (Cu Lao Cham) are only a quick boat ride away. The archipelago is comprised of eight islands — only one of which is habitable — and is a UNESCO-recognized biosphere reserve, where coral reefs provide safe harbor for various species of endangered fish. These islands offer the perfect one-day retreat for snorkelers and divers of all levels.
The islands themselves are mostly mountainous and forested, and fringed by quiet and protected white sand or rocky beaches. For those who enjoy marine activities, there are many available with swimming, diving, water skiing, and kayaking being popular choices.
The Cham Islands are also considered a cutural-historic site with relics dating back to the ancient Cham civilization. The islands also host several historical sites built hundreds of years ago, such as the Lang Ong and Hai Tang pagodas, and Huong fishing village.
The Cham Islands are a beautiful untouched paradise with fresh air, wonderful beaches, beautiful wildlife, and friendly local residents.
7. My Son Hindu Sanctuary
My Son Hindu Sanctuary, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a great sample of the ancient Champa civilization. It was an independent state from around the 2nd to the 17th century, at which time it was occupied by Vietnam. The impressive Hindu-themed ruins feature many beautiful stone sculptures, temples and towers in tropical jungle surroundings.
My Son was also a political centre and a royal burial ground and the complex consists of more than 70 structures devoted to Hindu gods and goddesses and the most noticeable one, Shiva, was considered the protector of the Champa’s kings. Their skilful use of red bricks and sandstone is remarkable.
6. Son Tra Peninsula
Son Tra Peninsula is the name of a mushroom shaped peninsula in Son Tra district which is 10 kilometers from the city center of Danang to the northeast. Coming to Son Tra, visitors have chance to travel like “up to jungles, down to sea” and experience activities such as discovering Son Tra old jungle; swimming at My Khe beach; visiting Bai But, Linh Ung pagoda; joining fishermen’s work; scuba diving and seeing coral; visiting Tien Sa lighthouse and taking a panoramic view of the city from the top of Son Tra mountain; getting to Mui Nghe – where Da Nang sunrise is first caught…
5. My Khe Beach
My Khe Beach is recognised as one of the most ideal beach of Da Nang City, international tourists came here for convalescence and relaxation…My Khe Beach is located about 6km east of Da Nang and about 24km north of Hoi An. It is a nine-kilometre stretch of smooth sand with an average width between 50m and 70m. The gradient is gentle, and its sheltered position in the lee of the Son Tra peninsula softens the autumn winds that restrict swimming further down the coast.
It is an ideal and huge beach with smooth sand and a slight slope. Behind the beach is a dark green poplar forest, and besides, the Kinh River carries crystal water to the sea. The beach has coral, abundant plants and creatures along bankside and under sea. Especially, the beach is next to the city centre, in roads easy to come and by various means of transport. Sea water in My Khe is cool with little wave so you can bath all year’s round, especialy in summer from May to August. The lack of large waves, less than average pollution, and an annual mean temperature around 25oC, makes it a safe place to swim for adults and children alike.
4. Hai Van Pass
Hai Van Pass is 20km in length, located in the border between Thua Thien Hue province and Danang city. With a height of nearly 500 meters above sea level, Hai Van Pass is the most beautiful and the most dangerous pass of Vietnam as well. From the top of Hai Van Pass, you can see the impressive landscape with beautiful coast of the country. Those are Lang Co pictureque fishing village, Danang – modern city next to the Han River, Son Tra peak covered by clouds all year round, stretch of Non Nuoc white sandy beach, protruding rocks of the Marble Mountain… Currently, despite of the Hai Van tunnel, many tourists still choose the treacherous pass over the high mountains, abyss to see firsthand those picturesque landscapes.
3. Ba Na Hill
Escape from Da Nang city and spend the day on the beautiful Ba Na Hills. Marvel at the exquisite architecture of the Linh Ung Pagoda, stand before the vast 30-meter statue of Buddha, and enjoy a traditional lunch after your visit to the Tinh Tam Garden.
Perched 1500m up a mountain 48km west of Da Nang, Ba Na Hill Station provides a welcome change from the coast. The site was first developed by the French in the 1920s, who escaped the summer heat for its cool, mountain air. Given the weather, you may have to content yourself with a more atmospheric scene of mountains wreathed in mist, but while it’s raining on the lower slopes, the summit may be above the clouds, enjoying brilliant sunshine.
2. Nuoc stone carving village
The village was formed in the 18th century by an artisan from Thanh Hoa named Huynh Ba Quat. The whole village living by this occupation until the 19th century. In Non Nuoc, art products made of marble are abundant such as Buddha statues, saint statues, statues of people, animals, objects, smooth round colorful stone bracelet with intricate elaborate carvings,… Visiting the Marble Mountain, visitors can witness the artisans craft beautiful works from natural stone, then choose souvenirs made of stone for their relatives comfortably.
1. Reef Nam O
Nam O village is situated in Nam Hoa Hiep Ward, Lien Chieu District, Da Nang – between Danang and Hai Van Pass. About 2km to the southeast from the center of Nam O village, there is a reef which is called reef Nam O by fishermen living in this area. There are lots of seaweed located in reef Nam O, therefore it is home to many valuable species of fish and seafood. Based on the experience of local people, you should visit the reef Nam O at the time the tide come down. At that time, you can see beautiful sand dunes and rocks. After visiting reef Nam O, you can use the boat back to the west along the Cu De river, take an eco – tour to visit ethnic villages of Ka-Tu people in Hoa Bac commune, Hoa Vang district.
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