While Ho Chi Minh City and Hoi An are often the first cities that come to mind when people think of Vietnam, Danang offers a refreshing change of pace for those who prefer a more relaxed and laid-back atmosphere. If you’re not particularly drawn to cultural sites or the hustle and bustle of big cities, Danang is definitely worth considering as a travel destination.

From stunning beaches and natural wonders to historical and cultural sites, Danang has it all. Whether you’re a foodie looking to sample Vietnam’s finest food, a history buff interested in the neighbouring cities’ rich cultural heritage, or an adventure-seeker looking for thrilling sports, Danang has something for everyone.

This article contains everything you can do in Danang, Vietnam. My full itinerary is listed down at the end of the article.

1. Cafe hop along Han River

Bac Xiu at Cong Ca Phe

Most travel articles will start off their list with very mainstream touristy options. But, I believe that the vibrant cafe scene in Danang deserves the first mention.

Al fresco dining is very popular in Danang. Most cafes are open-aired (but sheltered), and many of them have seats by the road. You don’t have too worry too much about the weather. Danang is constantly more cooling than most tropical countries since it’s a coastal city.

Strolling up the Han River, you’ll find a cluster of cafes and restaurants. Of which, Cong Ca Phe is famous amongst locals and tourists alike. While it is a coffee chop chain, the quality of the coffee remains uncompromised. 

Tradition Vietnamese coffee, also known as Den for black coffee, and Bac Xiu for white coffee (condensed milk), starts from VND29,000. You can also get their signature Coconut Coffee (VND55,000).

The two other cafes that are located beside Cong Ca Phe are Ut Tich Cafe and L2B Coffee & Cake. Both menus are very similar to Cong Ca Phe; just having a different ambience. 

Cong Ca Phe

Location: 98-96 Bạch Đằng, Hải Châu 1, Hải Châu, Đà Nẵng 550000, Vietnam (Cong Ca Phe)
Opening hours: 7am-11:30pm

2. Thrifting in Danang

Vintage dresses and unisex jewellery at Nhim Retro 2hand

There are two kinds of thrift stores. The non-curated ones where prices can go as low as $1. But of course, you’ll have to sift through piles of clothes for the gems. On the other end of the spectrum, there are the curated vintage stores, where everything is already sorted out for you, everything is clean. But, prices shoot up to $30.

The thrift scene is Danang offers curated clothes at “non-curated prices”. Ralph Lauren shirts from $2, Dickies 874 work pants from $5, a range of legitimate sports bombers from $5… This is what I bought for $25: Ralph Lauren shirt, Ellesse windbreaker, Yomiuri Giants baseball windbreaker, Beverly Hills Polo Club white polo shirt, and

There are only about five thrift stores in Danang that are worth visiting, and we highly recommend Bo Vintage for apparels, and Nhim Retro 2hand for accessories.

Nhim Retro 2hand

Location: 12 Phan Tứ, Bắc Mỹ An, Ngũ Hành Sơn, Đà Nẵng 550000, Vietnam
Opening hours:
8:30am-5:30pm (closed on Sunday)

3. Day trip to Hoi An Old Town

The streets of Hoi An Old Town comes to life at 6pm

About 40 minutes drive from Danang City, you’ll find yourself in the beautiful city of Hoi An, a charming and historic city located on the central coast of Vietnam.

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is known for its well-preserved ancient town. In addition to strolling the lantern-lit streets and admiring the historic buildings, tourists can also enjoy activities such as taking a cooking class to learn how to make traditional dishes, getting custom-made clothing from one of the many tailors in town, or taking a bike ride to the nearby beaches and countryside.

While you’re there, remember to savour a cup of Egg Coffee (VND59,000) — one of the best egg coffees I have had in Vietnam — at Hoi An Roastery.

Hoi An Roastery

Location: 135 Trần Phú, Phường Minh An, Hội An, Quảng Nam, Vietnam
Opening hours: 7:30am-8:30pm

4. Surfing, and other water sports along My Khe Beach

Photo: Danang Outdoors Adventure

If you’re a water sports enthusiast, My Khe Beach should definitely be on your list of must-visit destinations in Danang, Vietnam.

Known for its excellent waves, this beach is a popular spot for surfing, particularly during the monsoon season from September to March. Surfboards and other equipment can be rented from local shops along the beach, and there are also several surf schools offering lessons for beginners. Out of the few that are listed online (based on just the prices, duration, and location), I chose Da Nang Outdoor Adventures. You can either book the lessons on their official website, or through TripAdvisor.

For $52.55, the lesson includes a surfboard, a wetsuit, and two-hours with the instructors. Each class has a maximum capacity of six to ensure that all the students have enough time to learn from the instructors. The two-hour lesson starts off with a 30-minute introduction to the water sport, and learning the basics on land, before attempting to surf in the water. Alternatively, you can rent the surfboard for $5 for four hours.

Surfing is not the only water activity available at My Khe Beach. Jet skiing, parasailing, and banana boat rides are also popular options for those seeking a thrill.

Da Nang Outdoor Adventures

Location: 35 An Thượng 5, Bắc Mỹ An, Ngũ Hành Sơn, Đà Nẵng 550000, Vietnam
Opening hours: 8am-6pm

5. Relax at Hyatt Regency Danang

Relaxing at Hyatt Regency’s 1 King Bed Ocean View room

If you prefer a more relaxed pace, and are not particularly drawn to sightseeing, cultural sites, cafe hopping, or shopping, treat yourself to a resort to fully immerse yourself in your rejuvenating getaway in Danang.

Hyatt Regency Danang, a beachfront resort with a gorgeous sea view, premium Italian dining, authentic Vietnamese fare, water sports, and a spa.

Nothing screams “tranquility” like waking up to the serene rhythm of the tide. Hyatt Regency Danang’s 1 King Bed Ocean View provides an uninterrupted view of the beach. We had the full view from our balcony, and we could even see parts of it from the bathtub and our bed. You can read the full review of our stay at Hyatt Regency here.

You can easily spend one or two days in the resort even though it’s conveniently located near popular tourist attractions. For starters, a gorgeous pool, a fitness centre with a sauna in the changing room, the VIE Spa (advanced reservation is recommended), and water sports activities such as a body boarding, kayaking, and standup paddle boarding. If you’re not sure what you want to do, let the resort decide for you. Once you check in, you’ll find a schedule for their recreation activities which start from 6:45am to 8pm. These activities include yoga, beachfront meditation, boxing classes, volleyball and movie night.

Hyatt Regency Danang

6. Hue City Day Tour

One of the palaces at Hue’s imperial city

Hue City is a famous tourist destination in Danang, Vietnam, and for good reason. The city served as the imperial capital of Vietnam during the Nguyen Dynasty, and its rich history and cultural heritage are evident in its stunning architecture.

You can of course, rent a car, or book a private driver to tour the city alone. But, we recommend joining a day tour for a more convenient mode of transport, but more importantly, having a tour guide to tell the story of Hue to fully immerse yourself in the city.

If you’re looking for a day tour that showcases the best of Hue City in Vietnam, look no further than Klook’s Hue City Day Tour. The tour starts at 8am and ends at 6pm. Tourists will be able to visit the following attractions:

  1. Lang Co Bay
  2. Khai Dinh Tomb
  3. Thien Mu Pagoda
  4. Hue Citadel

Lang Co Bay & Hue City Tour

7. Bana Hills

The iconic Golden Bridge at Bana Hills. Photo: Klook

The face of the city — or should I say hands — is located in Bana Hills, just about 50 minutes away from Danang city centre. 

When you’re see anyone post about their trip to Danang, you’re most likely to see a giant pair of stone hands holding up a majestic bridge. This is one of the two highlights, and also an iconic feature of Danang — the Golden Bridge.

To reach to this popular attraction, you have to either drive to Bana Hills Cable Station, and take the cable car up. An admission ticket required for this attraction. You can purchase all these together, or separately on Klook.

Just the tickets to Bana Hills itself cost $47, which also includes the round-trip cable car and admission to all the attractions except for the Wax Museum and Rain Sheltering Tea House. Meanwhile, the full package, inclusive of lunch and shuttle bus from Da Nang, costs $73. We recommend paying the small additional cost for a more convenient and stress-free trip.

Bana Hills tickets

Location: 5 Trường Sa, Street, Ngũ Hành Sơn, Đà Nẵng 550000, Vietnam

8. Nui Than Thai Hot Springs Park

Photo: Klook

Located just outside of Danang, Nui Than Tai Hot Springs Park is a must-visit destination for travelers looking to unwind and relax.

The park features a variety of natural hot springs that are said to have healing properties, as well as a range of spa treatments and wellness activities.

Visitors can soak in the hot springs and enjoy the beautiful natural scenery surrounding them, or indulge in a variety of spa treatments such as massages, facials, mud baths, and more.

The hot springs park is also perfect for thrill-seekers. Aside from its spa features, the park offers exciting attractions like mountainside wave pool, twisting swimming pool slides, Long Tien Cave, and more. The complimentary 9D to 12D movie experience is also a really popular attraction amongst tourists and locals.

Tickets start from $20 on Klook.

Nui Than Thai Hot Springs Park

Location: QL14G, Hoà Phú, Hòa Vang, Đà Nẵng, Vietnam
Opening hours: 8:30am-5:30pm

9. Cham Island

A popular snorkelling spot due to its diverse marine life and clear waters. Photo: Klook

If you’re looking for a good mix of natural beauty and adventure, head down to Cham Island.

Located off the coast of Danang, Cham Island is home to an array of marine life and coral reefs, making it an desirable spot for snorkeling and scuba diving.

The island’s attractions includes its pristine beaches, scenic hiking trails, and traditional fishing villages. Visitors can also admire a number of historical and cultural sites, such as the Hai Tang Pagoda and the Cham Island Marine Museum, which showcases the island’s unique ecology and history.

The Cham Islands day tour on Klook starts from Hoi An, as Cham Islands is nearer to Hoi An than Danang city centre. For just $36, the tour includes a pick-up from your hotel, a speed boat to the island, site-seeing, a fresh seafood lunch, and snorkeling.

Cham Island day tour

10. Dragon Bridge performance and market

Photo: Vinpearl

The Dragon Bridge is also another iconic landmark of Danang.

As the name suggests, it’s designed in the shape of the dragon, with its steel arches spanning across an impressive distance of 666m. At 9pm on weekends, the Dragon Bridge spits fire and water, while the body changes colour.

Some tourists opt for the boat tour. But honestly, you can just watch it along Tran Hung Dao road.

After the 15-minute performance, head towards the Dragon Bridge Night Market, also known as Cho Dem Son Tra in Vietnamese. They are famous for seafood, but they also have a wide variety of Vietnamese street food. On top of that, visitors can also shop for quirky local handicrafts, and test their skills at carnival games.

Location: 27 Cầu Rồng, An Hải Trung, Sơn Trà, Đà Nẵng 550000, Vietnam

11. Han Market

If you’re looking for a truly authentic shopping experience in Danang, Vietnam, then Han Market should be at the top of your list.

This bustling market has been a fixture in the city for over a century and offers a wide range of products, from traditional handicrafts to fresh produce, seafood, and clothing. The first floor sells dried goods and coffee, perfect for souvenirs, while the second floor sells local handicrafts and clothes. Be prepared to say “no”, as the vendors are very aggressive when it comes to promoting their products. 

If you’re feeling hungry, be sure to sample some of the delicious local street food on offer, such as banh mi (Vietnamese sandwiches), and pho (noodle soup).

Location: 119 Đ. Trần Phú, Hải Châu 1, Hải Châu, Đà Nẵng 550000, Vietnam

7-day itinerary in Danang 

Day 1

  1. Cafe hopping along Han River
  2. Han Market
  3. Thrifting at MOMONO and Taim Cup vintage clothing stores
  4. Dragon Bridge performance 
  5. Dinner at Cho Dem Son Tea

Day 2

  1. Marble Mountains
  2. Hoi An Old Town
  3. Bana Hills (evening package)

Day 3

  1. Breakfast at 43 Factory Coffee Roaster
  2. Da Nang Museum
  3. Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture
  4. Thrifting at CCG Clothing Danang and Bo Vintage
  5. Dinner at Toi Bo Bit Tet ($5 steak)

Day 4

  1. Hue City day tour
  2. Dinner at MO homemade pasta & dessert

Day 5

  1. Surfing lessons with Da Nang Outdoor Adventure
  2. Cafe hopping at Le Quang Dao cafe street
  3. Thrifting at Nhim Retro 2hand
  4. Dinner at Bikini Bottom Express

Day 6

  1. Cham Islands
  2. Dinner at Hyatt Regency (Green House)

Day 7

  1. Activities in Hyatt Regency

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