Last Updated on 3 years by Tam Le Van
Da Nang is absolutely fantastic! It owns gorgeous stretchs of sand, spectacular mountains with plentiful points of interest, historical-cultural landmarks varied in faiths, featured museums, chaotic markets and much more. Even, many people have never been in this city still know Ba Na Hills with its maginificient Golden Bridge, looping roads on Hai Van pass or only-of-its-kind Dragon Bridge.
If have only 24 hours in Da Nang? Which places should go to? To find out answers in a reality-close manner, Hoi An Life made our own trip with a ‘tour guide’-local friend living in Da Nang. In this article, we re-share his information as well as share our experience&knowledge. It’s named as Da Nang must-see attractions: 24 hours in city center, for that reason. In addition to, read our articles about Ba Na Hills, the Monkey Mountain (Son Tra Peninsular), Hai Van Pass and the Marble Mountains to be easier for tailoring your travel plan in ‘City of bridges’.
History of Da Nang
Da Nang formerly belonged to Amaravati principality of Champa Kingdom what dominated coastal areas of current Central Vietnam from 2nd to 19th centuries. After historic marriage between Vietnamese princess Huyen Tran and Champa king Che Man in 1306, Vietnamese took over it (as a wedding present). Because of remoteness and various attacks happened, until 15th century, first communities moved from the North to settle down in Da Nang. In 19th century, Nguyen Dynasty’s kings worried about dangers from outside, especially European powers so requested international merchants stopping in Da Nang port first before go to Hoi An town. The city has played the important role in maritime trade and national defence since then. In a later time, river sediment caused the difficulties to access Hoi An. Its importance increased and gradually replaced the pre-existed one.
First attacks of French on Vietnam occured in Da Nang, evident in solder cemetery located on a side of the Monkey Mountain. These actions did not succeed but quickly later, the city’s under their official control acccording to the agreement with Vietnamese feudal govermance (by reasons) in 1889. They named it as Tourance. This occupation ended in World war II when independence struggles of Vietnam gained great success. From 1954 to 1975, it was one of South-Vietnam Republic managed provinces. Importantly, functioned as a leading air base (so left a large amount of Agent Orange in present-day airport but cleaned up by American). At the moment, Da Nang is liken as ‘Little Singapore’ by its spectacular development.
Cau Rong (Dragon Bridge)
|Address: Vo Van Kiet street (near Da Nang museum of Cham sculpture)
|Opening hours: All-day
|Tips: leaving your own-vehicle on bridge not recommended, show 30 minutes once showtime to get your best spot, restroom is under the bridge (bank of Son Tra night market).
Completed in 2013, this star of Da Nang’s bridges connects Han river banks closer and further, between the airport and the sea (My Khe beach). Its design is inspired by the image of traditional dragon and realized by state-of-the-art technologies. Travel magazines and reputable online sites considered it as one of the most unique bridges in the world. In addition to, Dragon Bridge fire show is the highlight of it and Da Nang in weekend evening.
To know everything about this Da Nang must-see attraction, its fireshow as well as things to do near it, browse Hoi An Life’s article via http://hoianlife.net/da-nangs-dragon-bridge-travel-guide-for-hoi-an-stayers/.
Love Bridge (Cau Tau Tinh Yeu)
My Khe Beach: the best beach in Da Nang
|Address: The end of Vo Van Kiet street, Son Tra
|Opening hours: All-day
|Tips: parking in designed areas, prepare swimsuits, a combination with other places recommended
Among all Da Nang’s beaches, My Khe stands as the best one basing on its crystall-like water, white powdery stretch of sand, picteresque views overlooking to the Monkey Mountain and Cham islands, awesome seafront restaurants and much more. Forbes Magazine had ever praised it as one of six sexiest beaches in the world.
It locates right at a side of city center core so very convenient to come in and come out this Da Nang must-see attraction by every ways of transport. The best times to visit are often in the morning and late afternoon when you can avoid the tropical heat. Read our article through http://hoianlife.net/a-full-travel-guide-to-da-nangs-beaches/ for further details of My Khe beach (and all other beaches in Da Nang).
In case you prefer to reach Hoi An first after landing and arrange other days to discovery Da Nang’s attractions, make sure you know the best ways to get Hoi An from the airport.
Da Nang Cathedral
History of Christanity in Da Nang
Christian missionaries arrived Da Nang for the first time in 19th century, together with French colonists. Like many countries in Asia at the time, Vietnamese kings of Nguyen Dynasty did not welcome these new people and new faiths into the country (they might be worried about military power of European). Following Da Nang under the control of French, Christianity had the opportunity to promote its philosophy and practices strongly. Interestingly, challenges in communating to local people made missionaries invented a new language. It’s developed over time and used popularly in French schools later. In 1945, this officially became Vietnam national language what all Vietnamese is writting today.
Da Nang Cathedral not only is the first and only church constructed by French, but also as headquarter of Roman Catholicism of the city. It’s the heart of about 4% of its population.
Da Nang Cathedral (The Pink Church)
|Address: 156 Tran Phu street, Hai Chau
|Opening hours: 6 a.m to 4:30 p.m, daily mass at 5 a.m and 5 p.m except Sunday
|Tips: Ask responsible persons about operational timtavle before visit on its official Facbook page
Built in 1923 with Gothic architectural style, Da Nang Cathedral is only Catholic church constructed in the city during French colonial time. Because of a cock-shaped enemometer installed on its top, Vietnamese call it as ‘Rooster church’ (similar to Da Lat Cathedral). Pink church is another nickname of this Da Nang must-see attraction that originate from its eye-catching pink colored appearance.
Da Nang Cathedral includes a main hall with towers rising up to 60 meters, Papal house to its right-hand side (usually can’t walk-in) and a grotto of the Blessed Virgin Mary at its back corner. Keep in mind that not all the time you have the chance to access the interor of the church. The most possible period is Sunday (common masses by Vietnamese will start at 5:15 a.m, 3 p.m, 5 p.m plus 6:30 p.m, children mass at 8 a.m and English spoken sermons are available at 10 a.m). Take note that Saturday evening, Sunday mass is also celebrated.
Almost all city tours by bus cover Da Nang Cathedral on its itenerary. Traveling on foot is highly recommended as well because it gets close by other well-known sites like Cham sculpture museum, Han market, the Dragon bridge or Bach Dang riverside street. Unlike other big cities, the pavement in Da Nang is spacious for pedestrians, lots of trees and without vendors. This is a plus to make up tourist’s mind to carry out self-guided ‘walking tour’.
Keep in mind that main entrance of Da Nang Cathedral usually closes. Come to its back gate on Yen Bai street if like to come in. Additionally, parking service is also available there with a fare of 5.000 VND per motorcycle at most.
How to get Cathedral of Da Nang from Hoi An
Da Nang Cathedral situates right at center core of the city so there is no doubt that all vehicles are convenient to get it from Hoi An. While traveling on a motorcycle gives you freedom and high flexibility, private car and taxi suit for family trips plus safety seekers in traffic. To know Vietnam’s requirements to renter, prices and best places to hire motorcycle in Hoi An, read our article here.
Additionally, the distance between Da Nang Cathedral and Hoi An is only around 25 kilometers making no challenge to cyclists. If travel without own bicycle, get in touch with top Hoi An cycling tour operators to ask for the rental. Before come in Da Nang downtown, you’re advised stopping at the Marble Mountains or beautiful beaches.
Next way of transport, the public bus it will stop in Han market 450 meters away from the church. Take note that last one leaves at 5:30 p.m therefore plan your time properly to enjoy most the ‘Little Singapore’. Check out our article about travel Da Nang from Hoi An to know pros and cons of each way to choose a right one.
How to get Da Nang Cathedral from Da Nang airport
Da Nang city is well-known for its traffic convenience and its best town planning in the country, so distance of about 3 kilometers from Da Nang airport to Da Nang Cathedral (The Pink Church) is really not challenging to any kinds of vehicles.
Taxi is always ready to serve you at the outside of arrival hall. Both Grab car and Grab bike, you have to wait at least few minutes for their show. While 10.000 VND (airport entry fee) will be charged if book a car, there is no additional fare to pay for a bike (safety and the lugguage are things you need to think once get it). On the other hand, see our article about ways of transport from Da Nang airport to Hoi An if you want to explore Da Nang in later parts of your holiday. We have others to help you know more about the city such as travel Da Nang from Hoi An, Ba Na Hills, the Monkey Mountain, the Marble Mountains, Hai Van Pass and right this article for must-see inside its center.
Coffee shops and restaurants near Da Nang Cathedral
Just next to Da Nang Cathedral, La Bicicleta Cafe offers egg coffee, coconut milk coffe and traditional coffees. On its street named Tran Quoc Toan, there are many local restaurants and eateries. If like to try Pho noodle soup, Pho Bac Hai, Pho 29 and Pho Ly Quoc Su Da Nang (another stall of famous one in Hanoi) provide authentic taste and ingredients to original version. Admiring Pho is a recommendation to first timers in Vietnam. My Quang Loan serves delicious Mi Quang noodles (browse here to know the best restaurants selling this food specialty in Hoi An).
About coffee shops, Cong Ca Phe (Communist-styled design), The Espresso Station and Ut Tich Cafe are other stars, more invested but further. Not only traditional coffees like Ca phe den or Ca phe sua da (iced milk coffee), you also see western styled types on their menu.
Da Nang’s museums
Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture
Location, opening hours and ticket
Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture is at 2 Hai Thang Chin street, Binh Hien of central Hai Chau district. It contains the largest collection of Champa Kingdom’s sculptures and relics in the world.
The museum opens daily from 7:30 a.m to 5 p.m including days in Vietnam national celebrations and new year festivals. You will pay 60.000 VND (2.6 USD) to visit this Da Nang must-see attraction and 20.000 VND for on-site audio guide if needed. Actually, there is not too necessary to book its ticket ahead of time. Just come and buy at the counter to left-hand site of the entrance (near car park). After check point, keep your ticket as evidence you purchased to visit (just in case, relax!).
You do not need to book ticket in advance in most Da Nang’s must-see attractions to secure your spot. Additionally, pre-booked Ba Na Hills ticket only helps you skip the line at the counter and save time for getting cable car stations.
Establishment history of Cham Sculpture Museum in Da Nang
Champa Kingdom was a major ancient state in South-east Asia in many centuries. There is no wonder that both its tangible and intangible heritages paid strong attention to French historians, archaeologists and even collectors at very beginning of their occupation. First Champa’s sculptures were on display in Da Nang central park (formerly Tourance park). But they’re was in a small number and found in city vicinity only.
More and more discovery projects were invested (especially My Son sanctuary) making preservation works in Central Vietnam overwhelmed. Furthermore, two national museums established in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh are two far that also caused difficulties in transport. In 1915, French built a museum to deal with all these problems. It’s extended many times after that (the last work was in 2016). Current collection of the museum is rich in relics collected from every principality and includes various Vietnam National Treasures.
Museum of Cham Sculpture is the most important of its kind in Da Nang. However, the content tells us all about ancient Champa kingdom and without several historic periods of the city. Visit Da Nang Museum if like to deepen your understanding about the city completely.
Da Nang Cham sculpture museum’s galleries
Tra Kieu (Simhapura-‘City of Lion’)
This gallery exhibits 10th century intricate sandstone sculptures excavated in one of the earliest Champa Kingdom’s capital. The most outstanding work of art is Tra Kieu altar on which Sita and Rama marriage within Ramayana epic engraved. You’re easy to find out the image of lotus leaves on its base.
Engraving of Tra Kieu Apsara dancers is among most sophisticated work of art created by Champa civilization.
My Son (Champa Kingdom’s sanctuary from 3rd to 14th centuries)
My Son sanctuary is Champa’s most important complex of temples during 900 years. In 15th century, the kingdom moved its capital to the South making it abandoned until rediscovery in 19th century. Besides exhibitions within this UNESCO site, precious sculptures like E1 god altar or Shiva god statue are preserved in the museum as well, due to its better security in the past.
Dong Duong (9th century Buddhism monastery)
This gallery shows up sculptures found at Dong Duong (Indrapura)-the largest Buddhism monastery around South-East Asia in 9th century. Its stars are the altar with a Great Buddha statue and Tara goddess (registered as the National Treasures of Vietnam).
Thap Mam (12th and 13th centuried sculptures)
Thap Mam is an archeological site in past Vijaya principality of Champa Kingdom where functioned as is capital after 11st century.
Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Thua Thien-Hue
These Northernmost lands of Champa Kingdom belonged to Vietnamese after 14th century when historic marriage between Vietnam princess got married with Champa king. Not too much standing temples today exist but rich in steles, relics and sculptures.
This gallery exhibits precious sculptures found in excavations at Da Nang’s Champa temples during nearly a half of century. All of them tells us long history of the city.
Present-day Quang Nam province covers many important sites of Champa kingdom such as My Son sanctuary, Dong Duong monastery or Tra Kieu capital. This part of museum does not show up heavily sculptures about these. It brings us elaborate works of art from different localities (including findings in 20th century).
Quang Ngai gallery includes well-engraved sandstone sculptures dated back from end of 10th century and mid-11st century. Unlike other main areas, there is no Champa temples standing in Quang Ngai.
Binh Dinh-Kon Tum
Every visitors have the chance to admire beautifully-sculpted works of art dated back from 11st century until second half of 15th century (the period Binh Dinh/Vijaya served as Champa kingdom capital).
How to get Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture from Hoi An
Hoi An tour operators enable to arrange day and multi-day tours to Da Nang must see attractions like Museum of Cham Sculpture. Their inclusions often are English speaking guide, lunch and entrance tickets. Packaged tours from Hoi An to Hue also possibly cover it. If like to travel on a motorcycle or bicycle, you should have a request and dicuss the company then.
Dragon Bridge and Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture is very close to each other. On a travel itenerary, they both look the same.
There is no difficulty to look for a private car from Hoi An to Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture, both online and offline. The best way is personal research in the internet because you’re able to see reviews of his/her guests from past trips. If possible, take the name of driver people were impressive. Make a reservation early to make sure everything. Private car is also easy to book at your hotel and tour agencies around the town. On the another side, Grab car is quite small number of choice. Sometimes you have to wait for its presence in Hoi An. Your trip may be shorter if select this way.
In addition to, reputable taxi brands require no pre-booking for a trip from Hoi An to Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture making you feel relaxed in the holiday. Its price is little higher than reserved private car. Mai Linh, Tien Sa, Faifo and VinaSun are your choices of taxi. See our article here to know pros&cons of traveling by private car and taxi from Hoi An to Da Nang.
As physicial activity lovers and cyclists, you have not too much challenges for a distance of 25 kilometers from Hoi An to Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture. There are tons of cool breezes flowing the sea on coastal roads and Han river when cross any bridges you given. Moreover, you’re advised stopping at striking the Marble Mountains to have a grear day with joys. Contact reputable cycling tour operators to know their offers and pick your favourite one (these places have better assistance services than others).
Hiring motorcycle is one of the most-selected ways to explore Da Nang must-see attractions from Hoi An including either in city center or mountains.
How to get Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture from Da Nang airport
Taxi is highly available at the arrival hall to serve you a trip from the airport to Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture. With distance of three kilometers, drivers are happy with the drive. If get a Grab car, you have to pay extra fee of 10.000 VND for entering the airport (only taxi allowed for operation at terminals). See our article here to know different ways of transport from Da Nang airport to Hoi An in case like to see the museum in another day.
Cafe and restaurants near Da Nang museum of Cham sculpture
Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture is near Trinh Coffee (a popular locally-owned shop to locals) famous for its avocado and egg coffees. You will find more local vibes at Vietnamese style coffees along Le Dinh Duong or Trung Nu Vuong streets (awesome places to taste authentic Ca phe den or Ca phe sua da). Coffee shops with a view also are in abundance on Bach Dang riverside street-the most pretty street in Da Nang. Furthermore, nationwide chains like Highland Coffee or The Coffee House are just in a walking distance from it.
As local food seekers, make sure you know Mi Quang Ba Mua (a chain of restaurants serving Da Nang specialties), Banh Mi Que Ba Lan (long-thin barguette filled with meats and raw vegetables) and Quan Dai Loc. In addition to, no difficult to find out local restaurants along Trung Nu Vuong and Huynh Thuc Khanh streets nearby. Language barrier is a thing you may face, keep in mind.
3D Museum Art in Paraside Da Nang
|Address: Tran Nhan Tong street, Son Tra
|Opening hours: 9.a.m to 8 p.m
This largest 3D trick art museum in Vietnam is completed by tireless efforts from twenty artists and architects in four months. Its 9 distinguished zones are designed according to different themes. Each of them really make people wow by out-of-the-ordinary creativities. About ticket price of Art in Paraside 3D Museum, adult and childrens over 1.3m will pay 190.000 VND (8.2 USD), 90.000 VND (around 4 USD) for childrens between 1m and 1.3m and free of charge for childrens under 1.3m&kids.
As same as other Da Nang must see attractions, it’s convenient to get this fastinating place no matter which vehicle you like to travel with. Nonetheless, in case of public bus, you will get more than one bus from Hoi An. The reason is none of designated stations in walkable distance to the museum. Taxi and Grab is good options for a transfer. Along with that, Hoi An Life also outlines an fully-covered article about motorbike rental to provide you helpful information for your self-guided trip on motorcycle ahead.
From the airport, getting taxi is among most selected options, for convenience. Private car with a pre-prepared plan will be another nice choice. Which one if better depends on your flight arrival time. In case you prefer Hoi An and like to see this 3D art museum later, read the article about ways of transport from Da Nang airport to Hoi An as reference.
3D Museum Art In Paraside Da Nang is a kid and children friendly destination. Adding it into your family time at Da Nang will be a highly recommended idea.
Da Nang Museum
Location, opening hours and ticket
Da Nang Museum locates at 24 Tran Phu street, within Dien Hai fortress where first battles between French colonists and Vietnam in 19th century occured. This event is considered by historians as a turning point in Vietnam history. In 2017, Prime Minister decided to register the fortress in list of National Special Monument (same status to Ho Chi Minh City’s tunnels or Hanoi’s Temple of Literature).
The museum operational time stretches from 8 a.m until 5 p.m day to day including Vietnam national celebrations and new year festival. Its ticket price is 20.000 VND and free of charge for kids (parking excluded). You do not need to book in advance because it occasionally gets full by tourists.
As same as Hue citadel, Dien Hai fortress features a plan mixed between traditional styles and French Vauban fortification concept.
How to get Museum of Da Nang from Hoi An and parking
All kinds of vehicles from private car, taxi, Grab, motorcycle, bicycle to bus is in convenience to get Museum of Da Nang from Hoi An. On the other hand, organised tours to Da Nang must see attractions or to Hue are also possible include this point of history. However, it often appears on their itenerary by request (Museum of Cham Sculpture is more choosen place in fact). Check out our article about travel Da Nang from Hoi An to know pros and cons of each vehicle for getting your best choice.
Car and bus have to park at designated plots with a fee near the entrance of Da Nang Museum. If you drive your own motorcycle or bicycle, come inside and turn right to approach. 5.000 VND is maximum amount of money you have to pay for parking service there.
Diffirentiate to Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture, this museum brings visitors a completed view about city history instead of only one period. Its fortress is another plus.
Da Nang Museum’s exhibitions
Step by step, you will get information from general to detail about Da Nang city through themed exhibitions. Their major content are rich nature of the city, early times including Sa Huynh culture, antique relics, fisherman life&Da Nang harbour history, typical traditional handicrafts of Da Nang, Da Nang city before 1975 (the year Vietnam unified), society history of Da Nang and in-deep exhibitions about Vietnam war&featured cultures of different ethnics. English caption is available here.
In outside of Da Nang Museum, you have the chance to see the cannons used in protecting the the city (notably in battles between French and Vietnam solders from 1858 and 1860). They’re found from excavation works carried out by Vietnamese archaeologists in recent years.
Cafe and restaurants near Da Nang Museum
Quan Pho Hong nearby a wall of Da Nang Museum’s fortress is a popular restaurant for who wants to try Pho noodle soup. Take note that this place is often crowded by tourists, especially from South Korea so it may not your choice if you’re seeking authentic local vibes. Bun Cha Ca 109, Bun Cha Ca Ong Ta and Bun Cha Ca Hon offer another Da Nang food specialty, fish bologna noodles (quality between them is quite similar for locals). Besides, Thia Go Danang-Style Restaurant and Nha hang Madam Lan will be fitted for
You’re able to get a seat with pretry view overlooking Han river at Da Nang Souvenirs&Cafe, Memory or Danang 1975. Local style coffee shops are plentiful along Quang Trung, Le Loi and Nguyen Chi Thanh streets (definitely more affordable prices). Star of this kind is Cafe Long where coffee drinkers meet up every morning. Other times during the day are still busy, but more quite. (For first timers) Give a try to Phin filter coffee (black coffee) or Ca phe sua da (iced milk coffee).
Da Nang Fine Arts Museum
Location: 78 Le Duan street, Hai Chau district
Opening hours: 8 a.m to 5 p.m everyday
Ticket price: 20.000 VND
What to see: Around 1.000 works of art from modern artists, folk culture and traditional handicrafts on three floors: art learning space for childrens on the first flat, modern art works covering a wide range of materials, media and sculpture on 2nd floor; a display of long-standing folk arts and handicraft artifacts on the next one.
How to get from Da Nang Airport: It costs about 45.000 VND to get a taxi from Da Nang airport (15 minutes). Other vehicles like public bus or tour van also reaches it easily due to its central city position.
How to get from Da Nang Railway Station: Because located just 1.5km away from the Railway station, travelers can get a short transfer by taxi or more time, walk to Da Nang Fine Arts Museum.
How to get from Hoi An: Getting a private car rental to Da Nang’s attractions including the museum is popular. If have your own valid driver license, traveling on the motorcycle will be awesome as well. In addition to, many vacationers choose to hop on a public bus. It takes more time but cheaper. Stop at Trung Vuong station and move towards the North 450 meters (Nguyen Thi Minh Khai street) to come to the DNFAM.
Da Nang’s markets
Han Market’s location, opening hours and history
Han Market situates at 119 Tran Phu street and opens from 6 a.m to 7 p.m daily. This popular tourist shopping spot is one of the earliest of its kind in Da Nang. Because close by Han river, people named it as the same.
First sellers stayed in Han Market’s current location at least from 17th century (Nguyen Dynasty). Year after year, more and more sellers came here for business opportunity making it become a leading commercial center of the city. A more state-of-the-art and larger market was established by French in 19th century (connecting ferry and train also built) to serve this developement. However, Han Market’s present appearance is just a result of recent reconstructions (last building degraded in wars).
How to get Han Market from Hoi An and parking
Han Market is one of stopping points on Hoi An public bus’s itenerary. So, you just need to get it from bus station on Le Hong Phong street and wait around 45 minutes to start the trip. Ticket fare is 20.000 VND no matter local, tourist, Vietnamese or foreigners. Browse the webpage of Da Nang bus to know which station near you for getting back to Hoi An.
Private car, taxi, Grab, motorcycle and bicycle are all convenient from Hoi An to Da Nang’s Han Market. Parking service is usually ready at Bach Dang street side (river-facing gate), with a fee of 5.000 VND for motorcycle. Read our article here to know pros and cons of each one way of transport to find out your well-fitted selection.
How to get Han Market from Da Nang airport
Distance between Da Nang airport and Han Market is three kilometers. Taxi or Grab car is easy to get in the arrival hall, however, you have to wait for minutes when book a Grab because only taxi allowed for operation in the airport. Additionally, an additional fee of 10.0000 VND (airport entry) will be charged in your cost as well. Depending on when the fight arrives, people select places should be combined on the same trip to the market. Think of Da Nang Cathedral (the pink church) or Cham Sculpture Museum. If like to go straight away from airport to Hoi An and see Han Market (and other Da Nang must-see attractions) in a later time, browse our article here to pick your most suited way of transport.
Operational time of Han Market is between 6 a.m and 7 p.m. Checking your flight reschedule carefully before make up your mind to have a visit around it.
Shopping at Han Market
Souvenirs, gifts, accesories, fresh and dried fruits, candies&cakes, dried seafoods, ready-made clothes, pre-cooked foods are in abundance. General price offered by Han Market’s local sellers is higher than many places across the city. Consider carefully before you make any decision to buy things here. Bargaining is necessery if you think your prefering item over-priced. Nonetheless, not all places you face this issue. Stores stand in the outside of Han Market are other good spots to buy something to bring back home.
Which time is proper to start a shopping experience in Han Market? Whenever in its operational time is the common you will receive. Differently, local people recommend that the best times are hours following 10 a.m. Habitually, market sellers often give first prices more costy than common in the morning (if someone say yes, they’ll get fortune all day they think!). For that reason, shoppers traditionally avoid .
On 2nd floor of Han Market, the service of making customized garments is available as well. In comparison to Hoi An tailors, quality given here is little lower according to locals and expats.
Eating in and near Han Market
Local sellers inside Han Market feel free to give you samples of food they’re dealing in. Dried and fresh fruits, local sweets, food specialties for example. Additionally, the courts of Banh mi, noodles and other Vietnamese foods usually are ready to serve into the bargain.
Vicinity of Han Market is another highlight. As local food seekers (or real travel seekers), check the menu of Phu Hông-Bun Thit Nuong, Nem Lui (grilled pork noodles with raw vegetables&peanut sauce and grilled ground pork skewers), I Love Banh Mi (sandwiches with meats&raw vegetables and sauce) or Nem Nuong Tam Duoc (grilled ground pork skewers and grilled pork skewers rolled by piper lolot) to get authentic dishes of Da Nang. Star of classic restaurant near Han Market is Nha hang Tre Viet on poetic riverside street.
|Address: 290 Hung Vuong street (near Big C supermarket)
|Opening hours: 6 a.m to 6 p.m
|Tips: keep your eyes on your personal items in the crowd, bargaining recommended
Con Market means ‘the market on a dune’ in local language. Due to always higher than surrounding area in flooding, people selected it as an important hub for exchanging goods five hundred years. Today, this role is still alive. Shopping in Con Market is interestingly, because of product variety and of good deals given. Notwithstanding, do not forget using your bargaining skills here. First request can begin from 20.000 VND (and the work will stop when match your expectations). As same as Han Market, shoppers come after 10 p.m. In addition to, neighboring Big C supermarket is another place to buy locally-produced and Made-in-Vietnam products.
No matter where you stay, Da Nang districts or Hoi An, it’s not hard to approach Han Market. Private car, taxi, Grab, motorcycle, bicycle or tours are convenient. If like to explore Hoi An first after landing, read our article here to find out your most suited way of transport from the airport and others about travel Da Nang from Hoi An, motorbike rental in Hoi An.
Places should be combined into the trip to Con Market from Da Nang outskirt (or Hoi An): the Monkey Mountain (Son Tra peninsular), Ba Na Hills and its Golden Bridge, Hai Van Pass, the Marble Mountains and attractions within this article.
Compare to pre-existed Han Market, Con Market food area is more awesome. It’s a popular place for eating out to local people. Park your own vehicle near Ong Ich Khiem street entrance (with fee) to get it easier.
Bac My An Market
Son Tra Night Market
|Address: Mai Hac De street (near Dragon Bridge)
|Opening hours: 6 p.m to midnight
|Tips: keep your eyes on your personal items in the crowd, check and compare the price between shops before buy something.
There are over 150 stalls dealing in sourvenirs, gifts, ready-made clothes, accesories, mass-produced trinkets, barbecues, seafoods and Da Nang specialties at Son Tra Night Market every single evening. Before and after spend time in this shopping and street food spot, think of night cruise along Han river, Love wharf (recommended place for couples) and iconic statue of ‘fish transforming into dragon’ or Dragon Bridge fire show (a must-have experience when travel Da Nang).
Parking and rest room for Son Tra Night Market’s guests are just the bridge. When the valet gives you a numbered tag, keep it carefully if you do not expect for any disappointings. Remember easily identifiable features or license plate of your own vehicle is a should do (you almost have to find it by yourself and the valet only notices his tag).
If someone mentions Da Nang Night Market, understand Son Tra Night Market. It’s the largest of its kind in the city.
Helio Night Market
|Address: Duong 2 thang 9, Hai Chau (Sun World Asia Park amusement park)
|Opening hours: 5 p.m until 10:30 p.m
|Tips: Remember easily identifiable features of your own vehocle to find quickly in parking area.
You have lots of food and drink choices in over 100 stalls of Helio Night Market, both Vietnamese and other neighborhood countries cuisine. All prices are shown clearly on the menu of its single place making the foodies have a ‘food tour’ without stress about overpriced offers. In general, dishes here are clean, finger-clicking and cover from appetizer, main course to dessert. Furthermore, plenty of outdoor seats also create comfortable atmosphere to enjoy the night. During weekend, keep in mind to reach this Da Nang must-see attraction early to get your spots once all filled.
If travel with your kids, check out Helio Kids. It has fifteen rooms designed exclusively for under 9 years-old childrens that is one of the largest indoor game center in Vietnam.