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Da Nang is a beautiful coastal city in Vietnam that once received the prestigious Asian Townscape Award.

It not only holds what’s said to be one of the world’s most beautiful beaches (My Khe Beach), but also offers a modern city with a rich history and is surrounded by mountains, rivers, waterfalls, and forests.

Coming from Vietnam myself, I would say spending two days in Da Nang is a great idea for an unforgettable trip to Central Vietnam.

Things to Do in Da Nang

1. Ba Na Hills

2 Days in Da Nang - Things to do in Da Nang

The famous Golden Bridge at Ba Na Hills – 2 Days in Da Nang

Ba Na Hills is the reason for many people to travel to Da Nang.

It is located about 30km from the center of Da Nang and is an eco-resort that combines entertaining and relaxing areas with modern equipment.

Furthermore, Ba Na has four separate seasons in one day; spring in the morning, summer at noon, autumn starts in the afternoon, and the winter chill begins in the evening.

When coming to Ba Na Hills, you will have the opportunity to discover a fantastic scene of mountains and experience the highest and longest cable car in the world.

The entertainment area includes an indoor amusement park known as Fantasy Park, which is combined with many gardens such as a fairy garden, a vineyard, and love gardens. Along with that, there is a charming village which was constructed in French architecture.

The best time to visit Ba Na Hills is from 9 AM to 5 PM, year round. And if you do plan to spend 2 days in Da Nang, you really can’t miss Ba Na Hills!

 

2. The Dragon Bridge

Dragon Bridge - Things not to miss in 2 days in Da Nang

One of the most famous symbols of Da Nang is the Dragon Bridge.

Do visit this bridge because it’s quite a show! The dragon constructed on the bridge breathes fire, and water.

But, you will have to time it right. This Fire & Water Performance normally takes place at 9 PM every weekend & on holidays. You can take a seat at a local drink shop at the riverside to watch the show.

And even if you are not visiting Da Nang at the right time to watch the show, the bridge is still very unique and well worth visiting.

3. Linh Ung Pagoda

Things to see in Da Nang: Linh Ung Pagoda

The Linh Ung pagoda is situated in an area called Buddha’s Sanctuary or Bai But on Son Tra peninsula.

The pagoda is well known for its architectural and artistic value. It is also famous for its beautiful Goddess of Mercy statue with a height of 67 meters (220 feet), that stands on a lotus-shaped platform.

4. Son Tra Peninsula

Places to visit around Da Nang: Son Tra Peninsula

Son Tra Peninsula is a beautiful peninsula with long, white sandy beaches and lush forests.

It is a must-visit when you are traveling to Da Nang. Picture a fantastic coastline with white sand and a transparent sea, combined with mysterious primitive jungle with lots of plants and animals.

The peninsula offers several famous beaches including Buddha Beach, North Beach, and South Beach. Thanks to the beautiful natural landscapes with rich fauna and flora and great climate, Son Tra Peninsula has all of the elements to make for a perfect tourist destination. Enjoy a  picnic, go camping and explore the pristine jungle.

As a day trip from Da Nang City, the best time to visit Son Tra Peninsula is from 2 PM to 6 PM.

5. My Khe Beach

Located about 8km east of Da Nang City, My Khe Beach was voted as one of the most attractive beaches in the world by Forbes magazine.

My Khe Beach is one of Da Nang’s must-visits, with its beautiful white sandy beaches, blue and clear waters, and high-end hotels.

There is also a great collection of water sports activities, making your trip to the beach even more memorable and fun.

6. Han Market

Where to go in Da Nang in 2 days: Han Market

Han Market, Things to do in Da Nang – Picture by Daderot

The Han Market is situated at the grand intersection of Bach Dang Street, Tran Phu Street, Tran Hung Dao Street, and Hung Vuong Street.

The market holds a very vital position in the history of Da Nang City and is popular among tourists and locals alike.

The market is an ideal place to visit in Da Nang for people seeking a few unique souvenirs before going home.

You can easily reach the Han Market by motorbike or taxi.

Map of Things to Do in Da Nang


 

What to Eat in Da Nang

1. Ricepaper Rolls With Sliced Pork (Bánh Tráng Cuốn Thịt Heo)

This is one of the most delicious specialties in Da Nang.

It is a mixture of ingredients which include fresh vegetables, belly pork and green bananas.

This dish is famous because of its carefully selected ingredients and perfect taste.

Where to Eat This?

Tran Restaurant
Location: 4 Le Duan Street, Hai Chau District
Open from 7:30 AM to 10 PM

This restaurant is famous for its fresh spring rolls with special pork fillet, greens, and anchovy sauce.

2. Quang Noodles (Mì Quảng)

What to eat in Da Nang: Mi Quang

Picture by Christopher Crouzet – What to eat in Da Nang

When traveling to Da Nang, you have to try Mì Quảng!

This dish originated in Quang Nam province. It is made with rice noodles, a variety of herbs, shredded banana blossom, and lettuce.

Mi Quang is served with green chilies, rice cracker, and lime, which enhance the taste.

Where to Eat This?

Mi Quang Ba Mua
Location: 21 Tran Binh Trong Street, Hai Chau District
Open from 6 AM to 9:30 PM

This is the best place in town for Da Nang’s famous specialty Mì Quảng.

Quang Noodle Style – 1A’s Mi Quang
Location: 1A Hai Phong Street, Hai Chau District
Open from 6 AM to 9 PM

This restaurant is the most famous place for Quang Noodle in the city with more than 15 years of experience.

Đặc Sản Trần – Tran Restaurant
Location: 4 Le Duan Street, Hai Chau District
Open from 9 AM to 10 PM

This restaurant is loved by both locals and visitors in Da Nang to enjoy many delicious dishes.

3. Pudding (Chè)

“Chè” is a traditional Vietnamese sweet dessert soup. There are varieties of “Chè” that are made with coconut cream, fruit (mango, durian, longan, lychee, or jackfruit), jelly (clear or grass), black-eyed peas, mung beans, kidney beans, or tapioca.

Where to Eat This?

Quán Chè Xuân Trang
Location: 31 Le Duan, Hai Chau District
Opens from 8 AM to 10 PM.

This is a favorite among Da Nang locals!

4. Vietnamese Pancake (Bánh Xèo)

Where to eat in Da Nang

Bánh Xèo, literally means “sizzling pancake”. It’s named after the loud sizzling sound it makes when the rice batter is poured into the hot skillet and it’s a dish you will see a lot in Da Nang.

The pancake are made from rice flour, water, and turmeric powder and generally stuffed with pork or shrimp, diced green onions and bean sprouts. But, there are vegetarian options as well.

Where to Eat This?

Madam Duong’s Pancake (Bánh Xèo Bà Dưỡng)
Location: K280/23, Hoang Dieu Street, Binh Hieu Ward, Hai Chau District
Open from 3 PM to 10 PM

In addition to Bánh Xèo, this restaurant also serves delicious fried spring rolls and BBQ pork.

5. Rice Spaghetti with Snakehead (Bánh Canh Cá Lóc)

Don’t worry, I’m not trying to make you eat spaghetti with a snake’s head!

Snakehead is a type of fish and this rich noodle soup is delicious!

The spaghetti is made from a mixture of tapioca flour and rice. The soup base can be cooked from crab, fish, and pork. The toppings can include mushrooms, fish cake, shrimp balls, Vietnamese ham, snakehead, and various other options.

Where to Eat This?

Bánh Canh Cá Lóc Thanh Hương
Location: 35 Le Hong Phong Street, Phuoc Ninh Ward, Hai Chau District
Open from 7 AM to 9.30 PM

6. Seafood

As a coastal town, Da Nang has a lot of fresh seafood.

When visiting Da Nang do enjoy some of the mouth-watering seafood on offer such as steamed clams, grilled mussels with peanuts and a special, ver tasty sauce, grilled spicy prawns, crab in a tangy brown sauce, fried battered fish, and baby squid fried in fish sauce.

Where to Eat This?

Madam Thoi’s Seafood (Hải Sản Bà Thôi)
Location: 96 Le Dinh Duong Street, Hai Chau District
Open from 10 AM to 10 PM

This restaurant is well-known for its great seafood and good prices.

7. Grilled Fish Cake Noodle (Bún Chả Cá)

Things to eat in Da Nang: Grilled Fish Cake Noodle

Picture by QSNguyen – What to eat in Da Nang

This noodle dish is one of Da Nang’s signature dishes.

It can be made with different types of fresh fish such as barracuda, mackerel, or lizardfish. The broth is cooked with different types of vegetables, including pumpkin, cabbage, dried bamboo shoots, tomato, and pineapple, which make it a very healthy and tasty dish.

Where to Eat This?

Grilled Fish Cake Noodle 109
Location: 109 Nguyen Chi Thanh Street, Hai Chau District
Open from 9 AM to 10 PM

This restaurant has been serving Bún Chả Cá for over 40 years and is the best place in Da Nang to enjoy this dish.

8. Vietnamese Gumbo (Bún Mắm)

Bún Mắm is a dish the locals love.

It’s a fermented, thick Vietnamese vermicelli soup made with pork, vermicelli, vegetables, unripe papaya, anchovy fish sauce, and peanuts.  It’s sometimes called “Vietnamese gumbo”.

Where to Eat This?

Madam Thuyen’s Vietnamese Gumbo (Bún Mắm Bà Thuyên)
Location: K424/03 Le Duan Street, Chinh Gian ward, Thanh Khe District
Open from 6 AM to 6 PM

This restaurant is known among the locals in Da Nang as the place to go for the best Bún Mắm.

Where to Stay In Da Nang

Da Nang is a popular destination in Vietnam and therefore offers a wide range of accommodation.

Most of the hotels in Da Nang city are located near My Khe Beach, Non Nuoc Beach, ran Hung Dao Street, Han River, or Bac My An Beach. 

A great thing about staying in Da Nang is that its 1 to 3-star hotels tend to have lower prices than other coastal cities in Vietnam.

You can find guest houses near the beach for only 9 to 15 USD per night.

And apart from (budget) hotels, guest houses and hostels, Da Nang also offers several high-end resorts such as Fusion Maia resort, Intercontinental resort and Premier resort, to name a few.

Booking.com offers a great overview of hotels, guesthouses, and hostels in Da Nang.

Enjoy Your 2 Days in Da Nang!

Da Nang is a beautiful coastal town that’s well worth adding to any Vietnam itinerary. And although 2 days in Da Nang will be enough to see the highlights, you might like it here so much that you’ll want to stay much longer! I hope that all my tips will help you plan an awesome trip to Da Nang, and I hope you will enjoy my country!

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Author: David Nguyen
David was born in Vietnam, a country with many unknown beaches, historic sites, and tourist attractions. Understanding that Vietnam nowadays is a famous tourist destination, he created the blog Vina.com with the purpose of introducing the beauty of Vietnam to friends around the world. If you are planning a trip to Vietnam, his blog will provide you with essential information on where to go and what to do.