Important notes before planning your 24-hour itinerary in Da Nang
If you only have one day in Da Nang, make sure to use your time wisely. In addition to some famous landmarks or renowned specialties, there are also some interesting things you can only experience at a particular time, such as:
- 4:00 PM daily in East Sea Park – Heading there, you may find numerous pigeons waiting to be fed. Bring some snacks to feed them, and you will be able to snap some Instagram-worthy shots.
- 9:00 PM on Saturdays and Sundays in Dragon Bridge – it is the time to witness the dragon breathing fire and water.
- 1:00 AM – 4:00 AM on weekdays and 11:00 PM – 12:00 AM on weekends in Han River bridge – This is the time when the bridge rotates 90 degrees, making it a fascinating sight to enjoy.
Moreover, since you have a limited amount of time, planning your journey in advance will be a game-changer! As Da Nang’s attractions may be spread out, making a list of the top places you want to visit and their opening hours can help you optimize your journey and spend more time exploring and less time commuting.
Furthermore, Da Nang also has a culinary haven with a variety of choices. But here’s the dilemma: some of these renowned eateries might not be close to each other. So, you might need to decide between savoring the famous flavors at a top-recommended restaurant for an authentic taste or immersing yourself in the bustling ambiance of night markets, local squares, or food districts, where you’ll find an array of tantalizing treats. And it is an uneasy decision, especially if you are here for the first time.
Our recommendation for an unforgettable Da Nang adventure within 24 hours
Let’s kickstart your journey by catching the charming sunrise at My Khe Beach, renowned as one of the best spots to enjoy the beauty of both dawn and dusk. As the sun gracefully ascends above the horizon, the vast sea turns into a vibrant shade of gold, offering a breathtaking spectacle that leaves you in absolute awe. Additionally, don’t forget to take an early morning dip. The cooling water, warming sunlight, and gentle waves will be a perfect combination to awaken your energy and enthusiasm for the day ahead.
After savoring the beauty of the sunrise, it is time to recharge yourself with a delightful breakfast. Below are some of our top culinary highlights for a morning start:
- Banh Mi
- Mi Quang (Quang-style Noodle)
- Bun Cha Ca (Fish Cake Noodle Soup)
- Xoi Ga (Da Nang-style Sticky Rice with Chicken)
- And a cup of coffee
→ Explore our list of Da Nang cuisine
When planning your morning trip, the perfect destination to start with is the Son Tra Peninsula. During this time, the weather remains pleasantly cool, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the lush, verdant surroundings. Here, you can reconnect with nature’s purest essence through every sense, embracing the tranquil ambiance that surrounds you. And keeping an eye out for the chance to spot some unique local creatures, such as the Red-shanked Douc Langur and various bird species, may fuel your excitement and wonder during your exploration.
At lunchtime, you have a variety of delightful options to indulge in some local delicacies. You can savor the flavors of “banh trang cuon thit heo” (rice paper rolls with pork) or “bun mam nem” (noodle with fermented fish sauce) at various eateries around the city. Alternatively, you can treat yourself to fresh and delicious seafood at a beachfront restaurant.
After enjoying your lunch, let’s take some time to rest at the cozy local cafe and recharge your energy for the upcoming destinations! The temperature is soaring and the sun is shining intensely, so it is better to stay indoors and enjoy the comfort of a delightful cafe ambiance.
Ngu Hanh Son (Marble Mountains) is known for its five unique rocky mountains – Metal Mountain, Wood Mountain, Water Mountain, Fire Mountain, and Earth Mountain – along with many magnificent caves. Located approximately 8 kilometers away from the city center, this natural wonder is not only a majestic masterpiece of nature but also holds great significance as a renowned Buddhist pilgrimage site. Due to the time constraint, you can choose to visit one of these mountains, each offering its own unique charm to satisfy various travel preferences. Whether you seek tranquility, spirituality, or breathtaking views, Ngu Hanh Son always has something special for everyone.
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In addition to exploring the breathtaking scenery, a visit to Linh Ung Pagoda, situated atop one of the Marble Mountains, is also an experience that should not be missed. The pagoda’s highlight is the 67-meter-tall statue of Quan Am Bodhisattva, which is famously known as the tallest Buddha statue in Vietnam. Here, you can enjoy the peaceful atmosphere, meditate, reconnect with your inner self, and pray for blessings and luck for the whole family.
When you visit Ngu Hanh Son, Dinh Ban Co (Ban Co Peak) is also a good option. From this vantage point, known as the ‘million-dollar view,’ you can behold the panoramic view of the city, including the Han River, bridges, and Tien Sa Beach. Additionally, you can capture timeless memories by taking photos with the majestic De Thich statue (King of the Chest) and the beautiful sunset.
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It’s advisable to descend from the mountains before nightfall and head back to the city. There are plenty of unmissable cuisines, such as Banh xeo (Vietnamese pancake), Be thui Cau Mong (Grilled beef of Cau Mong), Goi ca Nam O (Nam O fish salad), and a variety of fresh seafood. Each dish carries its own distinct flavors, offering you an authentic taste of the Central region that you won’t find anywhere else.
After dinner, it is time to experience the beauty of Da Nang at night. The city offers a diverse range of atmospheres to explore. In some areas, you’ll encounter a lively and vibrant atmosphere where the young gather for fun and entertainment. In contrast, other parts exude a peaceful and charming ambiance.
You can take a leisurely stroll around the city with your friends and family, immersing yourself in the captivating surroundings. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit iconic landmarks like the Dragon Bridge and the Love Bridge, which hold their own unique allure during the night.
At Da Nang International Terminal, we are eagerly awaiting your arrival, ready to provide you with a warm and hospitable welcome. Let us be your gateway to an extraordinary journey filled with unforgettable experiences and cherished memories. See you soon!
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