What to Do in Da Nang/Hoi An
Collected by Tommy Alexander , AFAR Staff
Yellow sand, warm blue water and a bustling local crowd make An Bang Beach an awesome and free afternoon when visiting Hoi An. Ride bikes the 4km stretch along beautiful rice fields. The beach gets especially busy around 5:00pm after the hottest...
288 Nguyễn Duy Hiệu, Cẩm Châu, Hội An, Quảng Nam, Vietnam
The Old Quarter of Hoi An is incredibly well preserved and photogenic. Head there at nightfall when the lanterns are lit and begin snapping some incredibly beautiful photos. Between the lanterns, the gorgeous architecture, the boats, and the...
Deo Hai Van, tt. Lăng Cô, Phú Lộc, Thua Thien Hue, Vietnam
A 13-mile section of Vietnam's National Route 1A between Da Nang and Hue, the Hai Van Pass might be short in distance, but it’s long on views. Rising up and down the Truong Son range, and with a name that translates to "Ocean Cloud" Pass,...
Chùa Linh Ứng, Hoàng Sa, Thọ Quang, Sơn Trà, Đà Nẵng, Vietnam
A journey to Son Tra Peninsula is a must for many reasons, not least the opportunity to visit Linh Ung Pagoda. The temple is the largest in Danang and is spectacularly located on a knoll with fantastic views back towards China Beach and the Marble...
Phước Hòa 5, Khuêõ Trung, Cẩm Lệ, Đà Nẵng 550000, Vietnam
One of the world's more singular religions, Cao Dai mixes ideas from other religions including Buddhism and Taoism and also cosmology. Although the religion has its main base at Tay Ninh in southern Vietnam, Danang has its own temple, which is...
52 Huyền Trân Công Chúa, Hoà Hải, Ngũ Hành Sơn, Đà Nẵng 550000, Vietnam
...or take the elevator (seriously!) to experience this network of temples and intricate sculpture. Incense is sold throughout the complex, and people sell all kinds of marble wares on the street level.
Võ Nguyên Giáp, Phước Mỹ, Sơn Trà, Đà Nẵng 550000, Vietnam
With its popularity growing all the time, stand up paddleboarding (SUP) has emerged as a prime beach leisure activity. Exciting and beneficial to health, it is also easier to pick up than surfing. Danang Surf School can organise boards and paddles...
Vong Nhi hamlet, Tống Văn Sương, Cẩm Thanh, Hội An, Quảng Nam, Vietnam
Hoi An's peaceful atmosphere makes it a perfect place to do yoga. Hoi An Yoga is one of the foremost schools in the town. Classes are available for all levels and take place either in the school's studio or at The Field, a restaurant surrounded by...
Vietnam is no slouch when it comes to pampering weary limbs, with nearly as many massage therapists in Hoi An as tailors. Standards vary according to price, but the strong competition means that you can get a very reasonable kneading for a highly...
Da Nang, Hải Châu, Da Nang, Vietnam
Central Vietnam was once the seat of the Kingdom of Champa, which held sway over the area for over 1000 years before being absorbed and annexed by the Vietnamese state in 1832. This fine museum has the world's largest collection of Cham artefacts...
Duy Thu, Duy Xuyên, Quảng Nam, Vietnam
A UNESCO World Heritage site in a mountain valley about 40 miles west of Da Nang, My Son is a vestige of the Champa kingdom, a culture that was heavily shaped by Hindu beliefs and practices. Built between the 4th and 14th centuries, the temples...
Da Nang, Hải Châu, Da Nang, Vietnam
The Han River is undoubtedly the most defining characteristic of Danang and the broad waterway is especially alluring in the evening. Several cruise boats ply the water, offering guests the chance to observe the lights on the city's various...
119 Trần Phú, Hải Châu 1, Hải Châu, Đà Nẵng 550000, Vietnam
Danang's main market, known as Cho Han, is a typically Vietnamese retail experience. Here guests will find 28,000 square metres of shopping opportunities under one roof. Everything is on offer here from tourist tat, to jewellery, flowers and fruit...
Mai Đăng Chơn, Hoà Hải, Đà Nẵng, 550000, Vietnam
As there's a near continuous stretch of sand between Danang and Hoi An, it is sometimes tricky to define separate beaches. One of the nicest areas to kick back for a day is Non Nuoc Beach, which is situated roughly around the same area as the...
Sơn Mỹ Memorial, Tịnh Khê, Quảng Ngãi, Quang Ngai, Vietnam
Close to Hoi An, tranquil Son My (My Lai) was the setting for one of the most horrific crimes of the American War when US troops killed at least 504 villagers in an orgy of violence. The Son My memorial -- a dramatic stone sculpture of an elderly...
Võ Nguyên Giáp, 550000, Vietnam
When American troops were in Vietnam, Danang was one of two in-country destinations for R&R (the other was Vung Tau near Ho Chi Minh City). The stretch of beach near the city (famously known as China Beach), was a favourite of troops. These days...
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