Natural Attractions in Da Nang City

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1. Da Nang Beaches

Address: Hoang Sa – Truong Sa Street, Da Nang City

Price: Free

Visit duration: 2 hours

Best time : 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Good for travel: First-time visit, Second-time visit

About: Stretching over 60km from Hai Van Pass to Non Nuoc, Danang’s beaches specially with their white silky sand were voted 1 of the 6 most luxurious beaches on planet by Forbes Magazine.

What to explore:

The City boasts numerous pristine beautiful beaches with bleached-white sand and crystal-clear blue water. They include Pham Van Dong, My Khe, Nam O, Xuan Thieu, Thanh Binh, Tien Sa, Son Tra, Bac My An and Non Nuoc beaches.

Local beaches are good for swimming all year round, but especially from May to August when the waves are gentle.  On some of these beaches, lifeguard teams work from 5am to 8pm daily to ensure the safety of swimmers.

My Khe beach and Pham Van Dong beach are popular with both locals and visitors. Once listed in the US Forbes Magazine as one of the 6 most beautiful beaches in the world, it is an idyllic beach with smooth sand and a gentle slope. The beach has hotels, restaurants, drinks stalls, and other services which create favourable conditions for visitors to relax. There are also a number of high-end resorts nearby should you be in need of pampering, with most offering a rich choice of treatments at their spas and a range of dining options.  In addition, seafood specialities including prawns, crabs, fish, and cuttlefish are sold in many of the small shops at reasonable prices.  My Khe Beach is now seeing the development of other activities for visitors, such as fishing, water-skiing, diving and yachting.

How to get there:

The suggested vehicles to come to Pham Van Dong beach include motorbike, bike, taxi, car, cyclo.

By motorbike: If you are in the center of Da Nang City, you will pass through Han River Bridge and go straight on Pham Van Dong Street. Then you turn right on Vo Nguyen Giap Street to get there. It takes about 10 minutes by motorbike.

If you are in Hoi An (호이안) City, it takes about 45 minutes to come to the beach. You go to the traffic light near An Bang beach first, then turn left, keep riding about 20 km along the An Bang beach to get there.

Reviews:

  • Best walking area
  •  A crowded, but refreshing spot
  •  Love walkway and beach
  •  Amazing views, lovely stroll
  •  Perfect for a morning run

Travel tips:

  • Prices of vehicles parking, property keeping in lockers and freshwater bathing are clearly shown at the beaches.
  • Only go swimming in the period of time that rescuer teams are available from 5:00 AM – 7:00 PM daily to ensure your safety.
  • Enjoy cheap and delicious seafood cuisine in seafood restaurants along the beaches.

2. Marble Mountain

Kim Son (mountain of metal), Moc Son (Mountain of Wood), Thuy Son (Mountain of Water), Hoa Son (Mountain of Fire), and Tho Son (Mountain of Earth). Marble Mountains have attractive sights such as Da Chong Tunnel, Ba Tho Cave, Hades Cave, Huyen Khong Cave, Linh Ung Pagoda, Vong Giang Tower, etc. which is suitable for spiritual tourism. At the feet of the mountains, there is a village of marble sculptural arts over 300 years of age. It is the place for tourists to see with their own eyes the stone sculptural arts of talent craftsmen, and tourists can choose their most favourite products as souvenirs.

Address: 81 Huyen Tran Cong Chua Street

Price:

Adults:

  • Thuy Son Cave: USD $2 / adult
  • Am Phu Cave: USD $1 / adult

Pupils and Students: VND 7,000 / pax

Lifts: USD $1 / pax / turn

Opening hours: 7:00 AM – 5:30 PM (weekdays)

Visit duration: 4 hours

Best time 7:00 AM – 10:00 AM; 2:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Good for travel: First-time visit, Second-time visit

About: Located 7km from the City center to the southeast, it is considered the “Landscape of Southern Sky” with 5 mountains named after 5 elements Metal – Water – Wood – Fire – Earth. 

What to explore:

All of the mountains have cave entrances and numerous tunnels, and it is possible to climb to the summit of one of the peaks. Several Buddhist sanctuaries can also be found within the mountains, making this a famous tourist destination. Kim Son (mountain of metal), Moc Son (Mountain of Wood), Thuy Son (Mountain of Water), Hoa Son (Mountain of Fire), and Tho Son (Mountain of Earth). Marble Mountains have attractive sights such as Da Chong tunnel, Ba Tho Cave, Hades Cave, Huyen Khong Cave, Linh Ung Pagoda, Vong Giang Dai Tower, etc., which is suitable for spiritual tourism. At the feet of the mountains, there is a village of marble sculptural arts over 300 years of age. It is the place for tourists to see with their own eyes the stone sculptural arts of talented craftsmen, and tourists can choose their most favorite products as souvenirs. 

How to get there:

You can come to Marble Mountain in many ways including bus, motorbike, bike, taxi, car.

  • By bus: If you are in Hoi An (호이안) City, you maybe go by bus at a cheap price. From the center of Hoi An (호이안) City, you go straight on Ly Thuong Kiet Street as well as Le Hong Phong Street. The bus station is on Le Hong Phong, near Hoi An (호이안) Silk Village. It takes about 40 minutes to come to Marble Mountain by bus.
  • By motorbike: If you are in Da Nang City, you can hire motorbike to get there. Firstly, you pass through Han River Bridge and turn right on Ngo Quyen Street. Then you just go straight on that Street to reach the Mountain. It takes about 25 minutes by motorbike from Da Nang City.

Reviews:

  • Spectacular…not to be missed
  • Adventurous & Breathtaking
  • Impressive sight and walk must do
  • It isn’t shaped like a marble
  • Prepare for a big walk

Travel tips:

  • Can catch the yellow bus no. 1 from the Da Nang – Hoi An (호이안) to Marble Mountains at the price of 25,000 VND (~2 USD)/ person; it takes about 15 minutes.
  • At the foot of the mountain is a village of art sculpture. You can buy stoneware products, jewelry, etc. as souvenirs and observe the artisans creating products.

3. Sun World Ba Na Hills

25km to the southwest of Da Nang at an altitude of 1,487m, Sun World Ba Na Hills are considered as “One temperate place in the tropical forest” because the climate is cool all the year round and you can enjoy four seasons within a single day.

Address: An Son Hamlet – Hoa Ninh Commune – Hoa Vang District.

Tel: (+84)236 379 1999 or (+84)236 379 1791

Website: www.banahills.com.vn

About: 

25km to the southwest of Da Nang at an altitude of 1,487m, Sun World Ba Na Hills are considered as “One temperate place in the tropical forest” because the climate is cool all the year round and you can enjoy four seasons within a single day.

In addition, Ba Na cable cars hold two Guinness World Records: the world’s longest single cable car system (5,042.62 m long) and the world highest gap between its departure and arrival station (1,291.81 m high). A series of four star hotel with 137 rooms and standard restaurants which can serve every demand of tourists.

Sun World Ba Na Hills is still being invested and expanded to offer tourists with more attractive options. Old French villas have been restored with high-class standards. Sport leisure centers, food and cultural exhibition are being designed. Eco-tourism destinations, nature exploitation and other new-fangled ideas about a hidden mountain and forest area are continuously taken shape. All of these features promise a changeable, unheard-of and unique space, beckoning near and far tourists to come and to fly up with Ba Na.

Ticket prices:

Adult: VND 700.000
Children: VND 600.000 (1m-1,3m)

Price for Da Nang resident with condition (*) :
 Adult: VND 400.000
Children: VND 300.000 (1m-1,3m)

(*) Applying conditions:

Providing personal identity card, driving license, a passport to prove that the certificate of permanent household registered in Da Nang at the ticket counter
ForChildren:: Showing the birth certification paper, family register
Children over than 1.3m in height : 100% adult cost
Children under 1.0mheight:ht : Free
The price is applied from April 01st, 2018st to March 31st, 2019

What to explore in Sun World Ba Na Hills: 

There are 2 different routes by Cable car to the hilltop of Ba Na

The most common one : start from Suoi Mo Station, you will spend around 20 minutes trip on the 5042m long cable car system. Then you will stop at Ba Na station, go out , if you turn right, you can go to the balcony with amazing view of Danang City and the cable car system.

Then, if you want to visit the D’Amor Flower Gardens, you need to buy the funicular ticket, which is 70.000 VND ( 3,5 USD), enjoy 5 mins trip on the funicular to the top funicular station, where you can walk down and enjoy the beauty of different flower gardens.

They also offer the French Wine Cellar, great view from the good days, but the taste of wine is average, not really special.

Following the main road, you will go cross the checking place, where they make a colorless stamp on you hand (to make sure that you paid ticket at the bottom finucular station) you can see the big statue of Shakyamuni – 27m high made by concrete, then stept down to visit one of 3 Linh Ung pagoda in Danang at the height of 1400m . From here, you can walk through the gate to see the panoramic view back to Danang City.

If you don’t to try the funicular service, on the right side of that station, there is a road take you up to Linh Ung pagoda and the Shakyamuni statue, you can not go through the checking place without colorless stamp. It has many steps, and there are some trucks on the road. This way is just good for adventurers.

After visitting those places, you can take the train back, move to Debay station to get on another cable car system, spending 5 minutes on it to Morin Station. From there, you can follow the exit to the Fantasy Park, spending the relaxing time there, or find a food court and get some ernegy first.

There are 3 floors amusement park, and you get 5 free games there : bumper car, thrilling flyer, mirror house and jurasic park at 1st floor, 29m high drop and twist tower at the 3rd floor.You don’t need ticket, just keep in line and enjoy them !

Other games such as 4d, 5d movies, other video games require ticket or coin that you can by from the shops in every floors. Just out side of the jurasic park is the 300m long alpine coaster, which costs 100,000 vnd. Other expensive game here is the wax showroom, where you can se more than 30 statues of the celebrities.

Actually there is a short trekking to the top of the moutain ( 1487m). Due to the French Village works, so they close that trekking at the moment. But if you want to take many wonderful shots, from Morin station, you turn right to go to Morin Hotel, they have a watching tower there where you can be extremly stunned by the scenery. Or simply enjoy the moments with morin spa center that very close to the watching tower.

There are many places for your meal, like kazka restarant ( the wood bulding where the people serve BBQ lamp or pork in Kazka style, or other food vendors serve noodle soup, grilled sausage or chicken wings. The food here are not really expensive, but tastes average. So bring a snack will be a great solution. Otherwise, you can buy the buffet ticket – 180,000vnd and enjoy the buffet there, but it is almost crowded.

In the peak season ( from April to July) both cable car systems work ( Suoi mo – Bana ; Thac Toc Tien – Indochine) so if you have to take the Thac Toc Tien one ( new one) , you will go directly to the top of the mountain, then you can go down for visiting the funicular, pagoda, flower gardens and statue by Morin – Debay route ( when you go out from Indochine station, Morin station is on your left side) then, you can start your visiting there.

How to get there:

Located around 35km from Danang City and 70km from Hoi An (호이안), the easiest way to this resort is get a private transfer to Ba Na Hills. If you go there by taxi, make sure that the driver will pick up you also, it is quite hare to pick up a taxi in Ba Na hills. In case you want to go to this resort yourself, this is the direction:

4. Son Tra Peninsula

Son Tra Peninsula is 10km from the center of Da Nang City to the North-east and is 693m high above sea level. Son Tra Mountain can be seen from every places of the city.

Address: Tho Quang Ward, Da Nang, Viet Nam 

Price: Free 

Opening hours: 6:00 AM – 9:30 PM 

Visit duration: 2 hours

Best time 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM 

Good for travel: First-time visit, Second-time visit 

About:

Located 10km from the City center to the Northeast, Son Tra Peninsula is considered the old eco-jungle within a young City. It is the nature reserve in rich diversity, protected under the nationally prohibited forest regime with many rare wild animals, especially pygathrix (red-shanked douc) is on the IUCN Red List of endangered species.  

What to explore:

Son Tra Peninsula is 10km from the center of Da Nang City to the North-east and is 693m high above sea level. Son Tra Mountain can be seen from every places of the City.

Son Tra looks like a mushroom of which cap is Son Tra Mountain and stalk is a beautiful sandy beach that affords an ideal area for bathing, playing sports, fishing and swimming.

With its sea-oriented appearance, Son Tra acts as a giant screen protecting Da Nang from storms and cyclones coming from the sea. Son Tra is put under the national protected forest regulation since it is a natural preservation area. The Peninsula is famous for its plentiful plants and fauna as well as the attractive scenery. It is said that fairies used to come here for singing, dancing and playing chess so Son Tra is also called Tien Sa (Fairies’ landing place). On this mountain, there still remain more than 30km² of natural forests, nearly 300 types of plants and several hundred kinds of fauna, including rare animal. From the top of the mountain, you can see the overall view of Da Nang City, Marble Mountains, Ba Na – Mount Chua, so interesting!

Suoi Da (Stone Stream) lies by the side of the foot of the mountain, fine sandy surfaces run round the peninsula, several breaks of waves are running steadily up and down and washing up on the stones heaped up around the seaside. All are attractive spots for tourists. It is so majestic and it is so romantic, it is so wide and it is really beautiful. In one-day stay at Son Tra, visitors can enjoy living in the resplendent flow of dawn and the quietness of twilight on this fascinating landscape. And that is a time for them to realize the value of each and every moment and the true calling of the hearts. You can also swim in the cool sea and enjoy the fine view of the sandy banks run round the peninsula. The quiet Bai But offers you relaxing times sitting in small nice houses to hear the sound of waves and look swallows fly to the mount cliffs. The colorful coral reefs at the foot of the mountain are an ideal condition for the development of diving tourism.

You can also experience: Linh Ung Pagoda, 1000-year-old banyan tree, Dong Dinh Museum

Son Tra is a special gift of the god to Danang. It can be seen from every places of the City. And from the top of the mountain, the vista is so enjoyable and peaceful…

How to get there:

Son Tra is a perfect Get-a-way from Danang City exploring the narrow jungle roads by motorbike or hike through the Jungle in search for some exclusive wildlife.

Reviews:

  • Must do on a motorbike
  • Nice view from the mountain to the beach
  • Gorgeous and filled with adrenalin
  • Breathtaking view
  • Quiet beauty away from the City

Travel tips:

  • Rent a motorcycle for ease of movement and photography.
  • In the evening around 18:00, you can see the entire City lighting up and take some scenic photos while standing at the view corner of Linh Ung Pagoda and Radar station.
  • Joining a trekking tour through the forest in Son Tra Peninsula is a highly recommended experience.

5. Hai Van Pass

Hai Van Pass is one of the most scenic hillside roads in Vietnam. When braving the steep winding roads of a paved mountain pass, you will have a chance to discover peace,quiet and history along the way…

Address: Hoa Hiep Bac Ward, Lien Chieu District, Da Nang, Viet Nam

Price: Free

Opening hours: 6:00 AM – 9:30 PM

Visit duration: 3 hours

Best time 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Good for travel: First-time visit

About: 

Hai Van Pass is one of the most scenic hillside roads in Vietnam. When braving the steep winding roads of a paved mountain pass, you will have a chance to discover peace,quiet and history along the way…

On the north – south nation highway, Hai Van Pass is an impressive landscape. It is like a giant dragon, lying on Highway 1 on the border between Thua Thien-Hue Province and Danang City. This is the highest pass in Vietnam (500m above sea level). This rugged pass is the final section of the Truong Son Range stretching to the sea. Hai Van means “Sea Clouds”, since the peak of the mountain is in the clouds while its foot is close to the sea. In the past, Hai Van Pass was known as the Thuan Hoa and Quang Nam frontier. In the early 14th century (11306), Che Man, a king from Cham Pa, offered two mountainous administrative units of O and Ri as engagement gifts to Princess Huyen Tran, daughter of King Tran Nhan Tong. On his way to see off the Princess in the Quang area in a Summer sunny noon, the King and his entourage were on horse back for almost half a day but could not reach the top of the pass. Facing upWards, the King saw a rampart of mountains in dim clouds, and at the foot of the pass, an immense ocean, of waves. Though sorry for his daughter’s difficult journey, the king was comforted by the closer ties between the two nations.

What to explore:

Whenever one goes through Hai Van Pass, two feelings are experienced: amazement at passing through the clouds and fear when seeing the dangerous bends of the road. After climbing through several hair-pin curves for close to an hour, you reach the crest of the Hai Van Pass. Here, if the weather affords it (which it often doesn’t), there are views to both the North and the South. The pass forms an obvious boundary between North and South Vietnam, and if proof were needed, you need look no further than the fortifications built by the French and then later used by the South Vietnamese and the Americans.

With sudden curves and blind corners, Hai Van Pass is likened to an arrogant but beautiful girl challenging drivers’ skills. Hai Van is considered to be the largest frontier post in Vietnam. The name “De Nhat Hung Quan”, meaning the most colossal frontier post, is engraved on an incense burner in Thai Temple.

On a journey through the land, Hai Van is always an attractive landscape, full of perilous obstacles and is the last spur of the Truong Son Range reaching to the sea. On the top of the pass are the vestiges of long ago, a fortified gateway. The gate facing to Thua Thien-Hue Province is inscribed with the three words “Hai Van Quan” and the other gate looking down on Quang Nam province is engraved “the most grandiose gateway in the world”. The entrance to Hai Van Quan looks like the entrance to an old citadel with its stone structures. Time, war, and neglect has taken its toll on Hai Van Quan, as it sits today in near ruins. The old story is only a memory, old vestiges covered with green moss, amongvast spaces vast of plants and trees, tourists are filled with the emotions of the past.

The most impressive about the journey is the sense of isolation you feel as you move further along. There is a strange delight about the desolate conditions, a seemingly unbroken asphalt road that cuts through a mass of forest. Below you, the green trees contrast with the breaking waves in the blue sea. And herein lies the beauty of Hai Van. While many rave about the charm of the Bao Loc mountain pass, the road is crowded with people and villages nestled along the way. But just as civilisation characterises the allure of Bao Loc, Hai Van’s beauty is closely connected to nature and its lack of population.

Lining the peak of the mountain is the immense abyss dotted with the light and dark green colours of the trees. The scene is capped off with fanciful clouds flying across the sky. The area is a perfect place to have a cup of coffee and contemplate the scene, looking over Hai Van as if from the heavens as the trees blow with the wind.

Hai Van is well know for its dangerous roads, and accident warning boards carefully appear regularly along the side. It’s a surprising sight to see the animation and modernity at the peak as foreign visitors buzzed about buying souvenirs. Those who do not make it to the peak would have a hard time believing there was such a busy trading and modern scene, as foreign women made their way up the rough staircase at the Hai Van Quan ancient vestige to take photos.

Whatever endowed by nature, time by time and by hands of man will be something of humanitarian values. Coming to Hai Van is to come to the sanction of two land, to satisfy the peak-conquering philosophy, to mix ourselves in to echo of heroic songs of Vietnamese ancients when they went to find new lands to be emotional to prolong past of the Center region where suffering a lot of losses in the course of finding and protecting the nation.

Hai Van Pass will satisfy your desire to conquer high peaks and remind you of the glorious past of the Viet people. Moreover, from the pass, on nice days, visitors can enjoy the whole vista of Danang, the Tien Sa seaport, Son Tra Peninsula, Cu Lao Cham Island and long sandy beaches.

The 21km that stretch over the Hai Van mountain pass may sound like a challenging journey, but after having done, it is certainly that you will find it is one worth taking.

How to get there:

Rent a motorbike from Hoi An (호이안) or Danang to the south of the Hai Van Pass or from Hue to the north. Motorbikes can be rented through most hotels and guesthouses for between VND  150,000 – VND 200,000 (USD $7-10) a day. You don’t necessarily need a driving license and you don’t necessarily need to leave your passport with the hotel or rental company – everything is negotiable – and certainly don’t leave your passport if you are planning on an overnight trip; all hotels and guesthouses in Vietnam require your passport in order to stay.

The journey between the Hoi An (호이안)/Da Nang and Hue via the Hai Van Pass is 100-160km depending on which route you choose to take. Driving time is approximately 3-5 hours, but allow at least another 3 hours for soaking up the scenery, stopping for seafood along the coast, coffee at the top of the pass, and for any unforeseen circumstances, such as bad weather and flat tyres.

Once at the top of the pass, for those who want an even more impressive view, take the narrow concrete path leading up behind the Old Gate. This goes straight up to the communications tower at the top of the mountain. Be warned it’s very steep – you’ll need a powerful bike.

Reviews:

Excellent Scenery

Great View of the mountains and the sea

The most marvellous wonder

Epic road, Epic views, Epic fun!!!

One of National Geographic’s Top 50

Travel tips:

  • Be at the pass summit at sunrise or sunset so as to capture scenic beauty and enjoy the best atmosphere of the day ever.
  • Along with friends to climb up to Hai Van Gate, sipping a cup of coffee bought at the pass summit is also a new interesting experience.

Source: danangfantasticity.com

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