Da Nang one day itinerary – things to see and do

Few people think of Da Nang as a travel destination and it is such a shame. Mostly used as a connecting city to Hoi An or Hue, Da Nang has so much to offer. It has some of the best beaches in Asia, friendly people and great food.

Being the third biggest city in Vietnam, Da Nang is still not crowded compared to its rivals Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi. Make sure to add this awesome city to your travel list and visit it while it’s still not busy. Below is my Da Nang one day itinerary including all things to see and do in this beautiful city.

If you’re planning to visit Hoi An next, you can book your minivan tickets here.

1. Marble Mountains

Duration (getting there + visiting): 3-4 h

If you are staying only one day, one must visit place in Da Nang are The Marble Mountains. The Marble Mountains are 5 rock formations (marble & limestone) situated at about 10 km from Da Nang. The hills were named after the 5 elements of nature: Thuy (water), Hoa (fire), Moc (wood), Kim (metal) and Tho (earth). The legend says that a dragon emerged from the sea and laid its egg on the beach and the remaining egg shells were transformed into the Marble Mountains.

What makes them special and a unique place to visit is that here you will find an amazing combination of culture, spirituality and nature.

Out of all the 5 mountains, Thuy Mountain is the most popular one and the most accessible to tourists. It is the perfect place for a relaxing walk and enjoying the beautiful scenery. Thuy Mountain has spectacular views over the other 4 mountains and an amazing system of caves and pathways.

Panoramic view from the top of Marble Mountains in Da Nang, Vietnam

What not to miss

Huyen Khong cave

As you will enter the Huyen Khong cave, you will have to descend quite a few stairs but meanwhile, you will be struck by the amazing light coming from natural holes in the ceiling of the cave. In this cave you will find a beautiful Buddha statue and the old Trang Nghiem Tu Temple, built in 1825.

Statue inside a cave at Marble Mountains at Da Nang, Vietnam

Hell cave

Depicting spooky scenes, you will find some interesting sculptures hidden in the Hell cave. As the name suggests, this cave is an illustration of, you’ve guessed it, hell.

Good to know:

Entrance fee: VND 40,000

Elevator: you can take the elevator for VND 15,000 one way or you can climb the stairs by foot for free.

Opening hours: 07:00 – 17:30

2. Linh Ung Pagoda

Duration (getting there + visiting): 2 -3 h

Situated on the Son Tra Peninsula, the Linh Ung Pagoda is one of Da Nang’s must see attractions. On sunny days, you can see the big, white statue of Lady Buddha (67m high) from the beach in Da Nang. The statue of Lady Buddha or Goddess of Mercy is believed to protect fishermen from all the dangers they may encounter while on the sea and it is the tallest statue in Vietnam.

Linh Ung Pagoda statue front view in Da Nang, Vietnam

While entering the Linh Ung Pagoda, you will have to pass through a massive three door gate. After stepping on the other side of the gate, you will discover a beautiful garden with bonsai trees and the pagoda itself. If you want to visit the Linh Ung Pagoda, do not forget to take your shoes off!

Linh Ung Pagoda garden and gate in Da Nang, Vietnam

What I loved about this place was the feeling of calmness it gave me. It is definitely the place to go to clear your thoughts while enjoying an amazing view.

Good to know:

As a plus, if you make a stop on the way to the pagoda, you will have the chance to enjoy an amazing view over the city of Da Nang and the fishermen boats. The best time to enjoy this view is at sunset (for the exact location, click here). Don’t forget your camera home!

fishing boats in Da Nang, Vietnam

3. My Khe Beach

Duration (getting there + enjoying the sun): 1-2 h

Your Da Nang one day itinerary should definitely include My Khe Beah! I’ve seen many beaches in Asia but My Khe is in my top 3 so far. My Khe beach has about 1 km long and it is well know for its white, clean beaches and blue water. The first thing that came to my mind when I arrived on the beach was: “Am I in Miami?”. With tall business buildings and hotels following the beach it is easy to get confused.

A quiet place, safe for both adults and children, My Khe Beach must definitely be on your list when visiting Da Nang. It was even voted as one of the 6 most beautiful beaches in the world by Forbes.

Girl running at My Khe Beach in Da Nang, Vietnam

4. The Dragon Bridge

Duration (getting there + visiting): 1 h

Watching over the Han River, the Dragon Bridge is 666 m long (I have no idea if it is a coincidence or not, but this is certainly interesting) and it was opened in 2013. If you are visiting Da Nang on a Saturday or Sunday, make sure to pay a visit to the bridge at 9 pm since it is beautifully lit and it breathes fire and water.

Where to stay in Da Nang

I’ve searched for the best accommodation around the city and these are the best hotels for every budget:

  • Budget – The Kop Homestay – good location, spacious & clean rooms, modern design, great amenities
  • Mid-budget – Glomad Hotel – situated on the beach, great views, clean and modern rooms, excellent service
  • Luxury – TMS Hotel – infinity pool towards the sea, minimalist design, super-comfortable and spacious rooms, excellent staff

How to get around Da Nang


My number one recommendation, as everywhere in Asia, would be to rent a scooter. It is the cheapest (about $5) option and the most convenient one. This way, you will have all the freedom in managing your schedule.


Even though, the scooter is faster, you can also rent bikes. However, keep in mind that reaching the Linh Ung Pagoda is quite difficult by bike since to get there you will have to bike on a steep road.


Another option would be to travel by taxi. Taxis are available anywhere in Da Nang, but the best chance to get one are the touristy places. The first rule of traveling by taxi is telling your taxi driver to start the taxi meter. The price for 1 km can be anywhere between VND 12,000-15,000.

There is also Uber available in Da Nang but I wouldn’t recommend it. The drivers tend to accept the order and then cancel it. It happened to me for about 10 times.


Da Nang is a beautiful city and it has so much to offer. The culture and nature create a beautiful duo that will make you fall in love with this city and wish to come back. I hope that this one day itinerary to Da Nang will come in handy when visiting the beautiful Da Nang.

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Aurelia Teslaru

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  1. April 25, 2018 / 4:15 pm

    I already love this place. I’m a big fan of searching for meaning/history behind each place. It looks like Da Nang have no problem with it whatsoever, neither do I when I put it on my travel bucket list.

    • dailytravelpill
      April 25, 2018 / 4:38 pm

      You should definitely add this place to your travel list! It is so pretty!

  2. May 12, 2018 / 5:47 am

    I’ve been to Da Nang but only for a few hours and I loved it! Can’t wait to visit again!

    • dailytravelpill
      May 14, 2018 / 12:51 pm

      It is such a beautiful city and it totally deserves more than a few hours! <3

  3. Anisa
    May 12, 2018 / 8:10 am

    I had not read much about Da Nang but it definitely looks like it should be a destination and not just a gateway. The caves and Linh Ung Pagoda look interesting and then of course I would need some beach time. Pinning for future reference!

    • dailytravelpill
      May 19, 2018 / 3:12 pm

      It is such an amazing place! Definitely worth visiting!

  4. May 12, 2018 / 11:42 am

    You’re making me want to return to Vietnam! I’d love to explore Da Nang, thanks for this informative post!

    • dailytravelpill
      May 14, 2018 / 12:51 pm

      Haha. I am already planning my next trip to Vietnam. Loved it!

  5. May 15, 2018 / 12:37 pm

    Ooh taken notes as I’m travelling to Vietnam next week and will be stopping here. Thanks for sharing ❤️

  6. June 17, 2019 / 9:08 am

    Gosh! Never thought that Danang looks so tempting to visit. Another bucket list? Of course! 🙂
    Thank you for sharing.

    • dailytravelpill
      June 17, 2019 / 11:11 am

      I absolutely loved it!

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