When one mentions Vietnam, what do you think of? Well, I bet the first few places that come to your mind must be Hanoi of Ho Chi Minh City. Actually, Central Vietnam, Da Nang also has a gem to offer!
Pink Catholic Cathedral
Da Nang Cathedral is an edifice painted a pretty shade of pink which makes it very striking and easily recognisable from afar. Also known as the Rooster Church, it is the only church in Da Nang.
It has earned its reputation as one of the most unique churches in Vietnam.
Tip: While entrance is free, there are usually a lot of locals attending mass at any one time, so either turn up early to get seats of just admire the view from outside.
Opening hours: 0500 – 1730 (Mon-Sat), 0500 – 1700 (Sun)
Address: 156 Đường Trần Phú, Hải Châu 1, Hải Châu, Đà Nẵng 550000, Vietnam
Apart from taking a ride up the world’s longest cable car ride, the Golden Bridge Hands is a reason you MUST go to Bana Hills.
With two colossal hands carved out of stone jutting out of the cliff, cradling a “delicate gold thread” that is the bridge, the structure stands at a majestic height of 4600 feet above sea level.
Tip: Head down early (before 7am), to experience the best of the bridge without overcrowding. Perfect for taking photos too!
This fairytale-like hill station is modeled on an old French city complete with medieval castles, cobblestone streets and august courtyards. The complex also features Buddhist statues and temples which makes for a zany combination of old East and West.
Apart from a towering Buddha statue at the hill station, there is also a love garden.
Opening hours: 0730 – 2130
Address: Hòa Vang, Da Nang, Vietnam
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Asia Park Danang World
The highlight of this themepark is definitely the giant ferris wheel – A Must-ride! Be wowed by the dazzling 360-panorama view of da Nang as you come aboard the ride of your life!
Do not miss the roller coasters as well, this one’s for you thrill seekers out there!
Yes, there is also a funicular ride along the sides of the hill, where you can admire the beautiful scenic views from multiple viewpoints high above sea level! This was personally my favourite experience out of all of Bana Hills.
Opening hours: 1500 – 2200
Address: 1 Phan Đăng Lưu, Hoà Cường Bắc, Hải Châu, Đà Nẵng, Vietnam
You must definitely not miss one of the most iconic monuments of Da Nang, the Dragon Bridge. The state of the art bridge measures an ominous 666m in length and is scheduled to spit fire and lights from 2100 onwards, offering a marvelous display that no visitor should miss out on!
Address: An Hải Trung, Sơn Trà, Da Nang 550000, Vietnam
Son Tra (Monkey) Mountain
On the side of the cliff, the blue ocean laps viciously against its feet, and in the far distance, it is clouded by mist. The sight is truly magical, and is something I would come back again for!
The Son Tra Mt is home to the Red Shanked Douc – A rare species of monkey that is extremely shy and would prefer not to interact with humans. Spot it if you are lucky!
Opening hours: 1500 – 2200
Address: Son Tra Peninsula, in Sơn Trà district, Đà Nẵng, Vietnam
My Khe Beach
Considered to be Vietnam’s most picturesque beach, My Khe Beach is not one to be missed! its white sands and luminous emerald water stretches over 20 miles.
There are many surfing opportunities and luxury hotels and resorts along the beach. If you are on a budget, simply pick a good spot under one of the cozy huts and you will be guaranteed an enjoyable evening still!
Address: Phước Mỹ, 550000, Vietnam
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At the front of the market, you will see several fruit stores selling very fresh and ripe fruits. I would suggest coming back later to buy these last so that you don not have to carry them around!
Further in, on the first floor, you will find many dried food products at very good prices! Some suitable items as souvenirs for your loved ones are dried squid, rice crackers and chili paste!
Don’t forget to try the Vietnamese dishes at their food court! Some must-trys are: Mi Guang (Vietnamese turneric noodles), Com Tam (broken rice), Banh Xeo (crispy pancake) and Goi Cuon (Vietnamese spring rolls). Each under VND30,000 (SGD$1.70)
Opening hours: 0600 – 1900
Address: 119 Đường Trần Phú, Hải Châu 1, Hải Châu, Đà Nẵng 550000, Vietnam
A prominent shopping centre with over 20,000 stalls, you can be sure to find a wide variety of handicrafts, apparel and accesories at wholesale prices.
They do not have fixed prices and most do not display price tags, hence you should always try to haggle for a lower price. Prices can drop to as low as 30% of what they originally charged you.
Opening hours: 0600 – 2000
Address: 269 Ông Ích Khiêm, Hải Châu 2, Hải Châu, Đà Nẵng 550000, Vietnam
Vinh Trung Plaza
Just across the street, there is the Vinh Trung Plaza which has a movie theatre and a Big C supermarket. The Big C supermarket has an always low price policy which guarantees you a satisfying shopping experience!
Reviews have sung high praises for the cheap deals and services they found at Big C, although the shops and walking space are a little cramped. As long as you have time to explore around, you will surely find very good bargains!
Address: 255-257 Hùng Vương, Vĩnh Trung, Thanh Khê, Đà Nẵng 550000, Vietnam
Lotte Mart Danang
The biggest shopping centre in Da Nang, you will be astonished by the wide array of shops, dining and entertainment options available. There are bowling alleys and even a roller-skating rink!
Have kids? Not a problem, PLAY TIME on the 5th floor will be paradise for your little ones! Be ensured that they will have their share of fun as you shop for groceries, souvenirs and snacks of top quality at other floors (3rd and 4th).
Opening hours: 0800 – 2200
Address: 6 Nai Nam, Vietnam
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Vietnam is the perfect country to visit if you are on a budget as accomodation is very affordable here, airbnbs aside, even hotels can be found at attractive prices. It is of no wonder that it continues to attract tourists from all around the world today. Furthermore, the food and entertainment options are expansive but not expensive!
Craving for a quick and cheap getaway? Vietnam.
Craving for a unique experience? Da Nang.