5 Top Rated Tourist Attractions in Da Nang

Jul 22, 2021

Da Nang, Vietnam's third-largest city, is home to a dramatic confluence of rivers, rivers, and more rivers. Woven between the steep limestone cliffs of the Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces are a tangle of wide, fast-flowing rivers and karst (pronounced "kahr-st," meaning "land that eats stone") landscapes. These beautiful landscapes are what first drew people to the region more than 2000 years ago. They still attract tens of thousands of tourists every year, but they're only the beginning of the beauty of Vietnam.

From Saigon to Da Nang, from Hanoi to Halong Bay, this is a country where tradition and culture interact beautifully with modernity and new ideas. This fascinating country is home to traditional villages, temples, and art scenes, not to mention the iconic sights and the biggest cities in Vietnam. It's a wonderful mix of rural and urban, and a feast for the senses. There is much more to see and experience in Vietnam than just its top attractions. Discover what makes the country so unique with this comprehensive travel guide to all the best things to see and do in Da Nang.

The Cu Chi Tunnels

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In 1945 the Cao Dai religious order decided to use the remote canals of the Ta Hien Mangrove Forest in Da Nang to construct a series of defensive tunnels. In a coup de grâce to the French forces, the tunnel network was built, stretching for 6 kilometers (3.7 miles). During the Indochina War in the 1950s, the Ho Chi Minh Trail extended through the tunnels. In 1996, the tunnels were renovated and restored to house several tourist sites, a theme park, a Buddhist temple, and more than 6,000 ancient Vietnamese weapons. The town of Dong Van is also a large draw in Vietnam, with its French colonial buildings and parkland near the coast.

Museum of Vietnamese History

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Located within the Palace of King Ly Nong Ong, and open from May to August, the Museum of Vietnamese History is located in Da Nang, and is devoted to the history of Vietnam from ancient times. Its exhibits include a large number of ancient artefacts found in Vietnam and around the world, as well as, more recent items such as bronze statues, personal possessions of Ho Chi Minh and more. A large section of the museum is devoted to aspects of social history, while there are informative displays about the long struggle for independence.

The Reunification Palace

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The large, bomb-pitted Reunification Palace, or Ngo Dong Lu, has been the symbol of Hanoi and Vietnam for decades. Commissioned by the French in 1911 to symbolize national pride and resist an imperial power, the building now contains numerous relics from past eras, including exhibition rooms and a museum. The three-story central building, its wood-and-glass facade decorated with sculptures of nationalist heroes, is flanked by towers with allusions to Chinese styles. Although the French hoped to eventually occupy the Palace to rule the area, the country was officially liberated from the French in 1954 and the building was used to help facilitate communication and propaganda.

Hoi An Ancient Town

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Hoi An is a unique blend of authentic old town and modern streetscapes. In the old quarter, you can take a tour of the ancient homes of merchant families, stopping at interesting shops, cafes and tea houses. People speak French, and if you are lucky you will meet a French speaker. The French influence is palpable in Hoi An, and the city has more than 40 historically significant sites, which can be viewed on walking tours, boat rides and cycling tours.

My Son Sanctuary

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Located just three kilometers from the sea in Da Nang, My Son is a serene and secluded island with breathtaking beaches, a lovely waterfall and pristine mangrove and sand dune forests. Famous for its turtles, sharks and dugongs, the island also boasts a resident population of the rare Philippine crocodile and a number of seabirds including pelicans and doves. Several sandy beaches have fine conditions for swimming and snorkeling, while, the main point of interest on My Son is the turtle breeding and training center. The island offers a range of guided nature walks, sandboarding rides and kayaking tours. Boat tours to My Son are available from Da Nang's OneBusA stop, the Lang Co water park or the Tian Spa Resort in Cai Be.