Welcome to our 2 Day Itinerary: Da Nang travel guide! During a 6 week Southeast Asia trip, we spent 10 days in Vietnam. We ended up spending 2 days in Da Nang. Then we travelled from there down to Hoi An for a few nights too.
We didn’t really know what to expect from Da Nang. To be honest, we only really went there because we had a friend living there who we hadn’t seen since we got married! So we arrived with open minds and very little plans.
If you prefer to have more of a plan when you travel, then keep scrolling for our pick of the best things to do in Da Nang.
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2 Day Itinerary: Da Nang
How to get to Da Nang
If you’re coming from Ha Long Bay, like we were, you’d fly from Cat Bi Airport.
Da Nang has a big international airport, as it’s a popular holiday destination for neighbouring countries due to its big expanse of sandy coastline.
There is also an overnight sleeper train that runs from Hanoi. It costs very little, so would be perfect if you have more time in Vietnam than we did. Check out current prices here.
Taxis are easy to find once you get to the airport. Alternatively, you can arrange a pre-paid taxi via Booking.com when you book your accommodation through them.
What to do in Da Nang
Hire a scooter and drive up the peninsula
Scooters are by far the most efficient way to get yourself around in Vietnam. Plus, they are so cheap to hire. We’d recommend getting accustomed to them in quieter places first though, as Da Nang has some crazy roundabouts!
On a good day, one of the best ways to spend the day is to take a scooter up to the peninsula to explore the coast and Son Tra Mountain. Our friends were gutted that we chose to visit in the rainy season. It made scooter travel less fun and meant that they couldn’t take us up there.
If a scooter fills you with dread, click the link below to explore car hire options in Da Nang.
Visit the Insta-famous Golden Bridge in Ba Na Hills
Located just outside of Da Nang, this bridge has gained huge amounts of fame through visitors posting their snaps on social media.
The bridge, sometimes called the Golden Hands Bridge, depicts two huge hands rising out of the hillside. The hands support the pedestrian walkway that spans them. It was built to connect the cable car station with the surrounding gardens and offers an amazing lookout over the area on a clear day.
Our best advice to visit would be to go as early as you possibly can. We didn’t visit as we were busy catching up with our friends. But accounts from other friends who have visited all mention how crowded it gets.
Da Nang has some great beaches nearby, which is partly why it is becoming such a popular place to visit in Vietnam.
The beach that was closest to where we were staying is My Khe Beach, which is super long and sandy. It’s also good for surfing. However, it was bloody cold when we were there. There was no chance we were going anywhere near the sea!
Just south of Da Nang city are the Marble Mountains. These five limestone and marble hills are actually a pilgrimage site, with peaks, caves, tunnels and temples.
It’s a good place to spend a few hours, exploring the viewpoints and temples. You can also learn about some of the wartime history of the area.
Take a day trip to Hoi An
Just a short 30-minute taxi ride away, Hoi An is well worth a visit. Famous for its yellow buildings and colourful lanterns, no visit to Vietnam would be complete without a day spent in Hoi An.
Where to stay in Da Nang
Chu Hotel 3*
This is where we stayed, as it was close to where our friends live. It’s set outside of the city but is pretty much beachfront, and the area had some great bars to explore. It was a basic hotel but the staff were nice and the included breakfast was really good.
Mercure Danang French Village Bana Hills 4*
This resort looks like something out of Beauty and the Beast. It honestly is one of the most fairytale-esque ‘hotels’ we have ever seen. And it even has its own cable car!
Ten to Ten Danang
A great little hostel to base yourself out of if you’re a true budget traveller. It’s not far from the beach and has a strong selection of bars and restaurants within walking distance nearby.
What to do in Da Nang
We were really pleasantly surprised with Da Nang and can see why it’s so popular with digital nomads. The bar and restaurant scene is really good. Plus, even though we went during the low season we could see how beautiful the beaches would be in summer.
It’s a great place to explore. It offers a different side to Vietnam that we didn’t get from the other stops on our ten day tour. We’d really recommend adding it to your travel plans.
If you’re heading to Vietnam, check out our complete 10 day North to South travel itinerary!