List of wonderful things to do in Da Nang - Life Outside Cubicle

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Some places are Ancient Some are Insipid Some are Bright and Colorful Some are Bustling And there are some which are simply "An Exquisite Piece of Art"

Da Nang, in Champa Language, means "Big River." This city has something for everyone and it is pretty tough to decide which are the best things to do in Da Nang. It is a great place to enjoy the city, rivers, mountains, and beaches. However most people end up choosing Da Nang as a transit stop to reach Hoi An or simply skip it in the process of rushing through more popular cities of Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and Ha Long Bay.

1. BaNa Hills

To the west of Da Nang are green hills including Bana Hills where you can take the longest cable car ride in the world to the summit. However the prices are steep (700.000 VND) and consumes almost an entire day. If you like adventure, you are gonna love the visit.

Cable Car Ride to reach the Ba Na Hills Mountain Resort

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Ba Na Hills – A Magical French Village in the Heart of DaNang

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2. Beaches of Da Nang

The east side of Da Nang has four beaches - Son Tra Peninsula, My Khe, My An, and Non Nuoc where you find people playing volleyball and soccer. However sunset looks exquisite from the shores of My Khe Beach.The beach road (Vo Nguyen Giap) is famous for its seafood delicacies.

My Khe Beach

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3. Son Tra Peninsula

Son Tra Peninsula is famous for its resident red shanked douc monkeys. There is a steep jungle leading to white sandy beaches and then there is a beautiful pathway leading up the hills. Rent a motorbike, ride up the foggy hills, then climb a few steps, and voila - you are on top of Son Tra Mountain. We had a chilly-foggy day, however one can expect panoramic views of entire city on a clear day.

Who is the better Red Shanked douc Monkey !?

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Rent a motorbike and ride up towards the hills up the Son Tra Peninsula

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The thrill of riding up the hills and the views along the way are simply amazing

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The green-foggy roads leading up the Son Tra Mountain

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The PEAK of Son Tra Mountain

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There is this statue of Confucius playing Parcheesi on the Son Tra Peak

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4. Linh Ung Pagoda

Located at a distance of 9 km from the city center, Linh Ung Pagoda is the largest pagoda in Da Nang city, both in scale and in the art of architecture. The pagoda brings a contemporary style combined with inherent tradition of pagodas in Vietnam. This is considered as a meeting place of heaven, earth's sacred air and people's heart.

This is the marvelous Linh Ung Pagoda with Sleeping Buddha in the front

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Linh Ung Pagoda – A light-hearted moment with the Laughing Buddha

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In the middle of the shrine of Linh Ung Pagoda there is a Sakyamuni Buddha statue, the right side has an Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva statue and the left side has a Buddha Tripitaka statue. Four Guardians and 18 Arhats are arranged by a rule to protect the main shrine. Each statue is the embodiment of different emotions "Joy, Anger, Love, and Hate."

The Center Shrine at Linh Ung Pagoda

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18 stone Arhat statues are one of the most distinctive features of Ling Ung pagoda

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Lady Buddha is also known as the statue of Bodhisattva. It sits on the slopes of Son Tra Peninsula and the pagoda complex was originally built in 18th century by Emperor Ming Mang. The 67 meter tall statue is believed to protect local fisherman during storms.

The statue is gorgeous, serene and powerful all at once. From different angles it seems to have different expressions

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5. Marble/Water Mountain

Marble mountain is a popular landmark residing at a distance of 10km to the southeast of city center. The poetic natural scenery, ancient temples and mysterious caves highlight the unique culture, history and spirituality of the area.

The Entrance costs 40.000 VND per person, if you wanna take elevator +15.000 VND

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Stairs en-route Water Mountains

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Lady Buddha inside caves of Marble Mountains

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The Greenery and Caves all along the Mountains is simply serene

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Standing Buddha inside one of the caves of Water Mountain

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Post Sunset vibes of Golden-Green at Water Mountain

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6. Han River, Bridges, and a lit-up city

The Han River boasts several bridges that link the two sides of the city, each trying to outdo the others in their neon-lit brilliance. The city is vibrant, happening and makes you feel elated. Rent a scooter, ride around the city watching the city lights, grab a coffee, and spend time standing on a bridge admiring its architecture.

Night View of Han River, there are river cruise options as well

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The Dragon Bridge (Cau Rong) keeps changing colors from golden yellow to turquoise blue to purple to green. It breathes Fire and Water at 9 PM every Saturday and Sunday.

The Dragon Bridge

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Tran Thi Ly Suspension Bridge

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Colorful and Laser Shooting – Neon Lit Han Bridge

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7. Han Market

Located along Bach Dang Street between the Dragon Bridge and Han Bridge, the market has a wide range of produce ranging from fresh fruits, vegetables, cakes, candies, coffee, garments, clothes and shoes. You wanna buy souvenirs and do shopping, do not look beyond Han Market.

From Souvenirs to Clothing to Fresh Produce, Han Market is one-stop-shop for all

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8. Hop on Sun Wheel

10th largest wheel in the world, this Sun Wheel in the amusement park (Asia Park) offers a great view of the entire city. It opens at 4:30 PM and the entire circuit ride is for about 15 minutes. Best time to hop on the wheel is after dark as the entire city will be glittering with multi-color Neon Lights.

Sun Wheel at Asia Park (Sun World)

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9. Good Food

For Indians and for those who prefer Vegetarian food, Vietnam can be a tough place. The main delicacies are all made of Pork, Beef, or Sea Food. Surviving on Fruits, Vegetables, and bland local vegetarian cuisine will be tough. Da Nang has restaurants serving all kind of cuisines, so everyone can find delicious food at Da Nang irrespective of their food choices.

We had to find an Indian Restaurant, as it was HIS Birthday

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10. Proximity to other cities

It is located within 100 km of several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the Imperial City of Hue (94 km), the Old Town of Hoi An (30 Km), and the My Son ruins (40 km). One can rent a motorbike from their hotel and ride for an adventure.

Let us know your views on this fascinating city.

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