Where to stay in Da Nang, the city of bridges
Da Nang goes by several nicknames—Tourane, City of Han River, and The City of Bridges. As one of the biggest cities in Vietnam, it has gone through the process of urbanization over the years. The history of the city can be traced back to ancient times, and throughout the centuries, Da Nang has been through a lot which is reflected in the city’s landscape and culture. Da Nang plays a key role in the region of Central Vietnam, and that’s thanks to its accessible port, which is important for the economy and trade, and a number of universities.
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5 best places to stay in Da Nang
There are eight districts in Da Nang – two of them are rural, whereas the remaining six are urban districts. Each of them has a number of communes.
Here are our picks for the top 5 places to stay in Da Nang:
- Hải Châu
- Hòa Vang
- City Centre
- Liên Chiểu
- My Khe Beach
Where to stay in Da Nang
|Best for culture vultures||Hải Châu||The cultural center of Da Nang filled with historical and cultural sights|
|Best for first-time visitors||Hòa Vang||The most popular tourist districts in Da Nang, home to the most iconic sights in the city|
|Best long-term||City Centre||The most developed and urban area, as well as the business center of Da Nang|
|Best budget area||Liên Chiểu||A quiet district filled with small cafes, local shops, and some great attractions|
|Best for nightlife||My Khe Beach||A neighborhood lined with a number of bars and beach clubs, so it’s a great spot for partying and having fun.|
Transportation in Da Nang
There are several ways of getting around the city. The cheapest way is by bus, but it is not the most convenient due to the potential long waiting period. It also takes a while to get to your destination due to the number of stops.
When it comes to taxis, there are two options – your regular, good old taxi, and Grab. Grab can be described as Vietnam’s Uber. In order to get a Grab, you need to download an app from the App Store. This option may save you a bit more money than a regular taxi. Another thing worth mentioning is that regular taxis have a meter, so you don’t have to negotiate the price and you don’t have to worry about being overcharged for your ride.
Motorcycles are the most popular mode of transportation in Da Nang. You can rent a motorcycle pretty much anywhere in the city, even at the airport. If you are feeling confident and have the skills, rent a motorcycle and explore everything Da Nang has to offer.
Where to stay in Da Nang – the culture edition: Hải Châu
Hải Châu represents the cultural hub of Da Nang. If you decide to stay here, you can see some truly remarkable landmarks and sights. It is home to the Da Nang Cathedral, a museum, charming cafes, and other interesting sights.
Things to see and do in Hải Châu
Here is a list of things you can visit in Hải Châu:
- Da Nang Cathedral
- Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture
- Dien Hai Citadel
Da Nang Cathedral
Da Nang Cathedral was built in a Gothic style in the early decades of the 20th century. Besides being the only Catholic church in Da Nang, its most recognizable feature – and what ultimately contributed to its popularity among tourists and visitors – is its pink façade.
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Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture
A museum that exhibits and showcases the collection of Cham sculpture. This museum has the largest collection of art from this ancient civilization.
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Dien Hai Citadel
Once an important fortress, the Dien Hai Citadel today serves an important function as a historical landmark and a national relic.
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Where to stay in Da Nang for the first time: Hòa Vang
A little less urban and a little more rural is the best description for this district in Da Nang. It is a bit away from the hustle and bustle of the city center. Still, it has some beautiful and mesmerizing sights definitely worth visiting.
Things to see and do in Hòa Vang
Here are some ideas for places to visit while staying here:
- Hot Spring Park
- Fantasy Park
- Ba Na Hills SunWorld
Hot Spring Park
Treat yourself to a relaxing day at this resort. They offer a variety of services, including the options for enjoying a mud bath or soaking in the hot spring pool. It’s a perfect way to spend a day during your holiday in Da Nang.
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Fantasy Park is an indoor amusement park located in the Ba Na Hills. This fun, exciting amusement park has rides and attractions suited for different ages and preferences.
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Ba Na Hills SunWorld
Ba Na Hills SunWorld is an incredibly popular tourist attraction both among the local population and foreign visitors. It consists of two levels: one which contains a massive amusement park (Fantasy Park) and a French Village, and the other level with the Golden Bridge and gardens, among other things. An impressive feat of engineering and architecture, this attraction is definitely worth a visit.
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Where to stay in Da Nang long term – City Center
The City Center is an ideal location for an expat wanting to live in this city. This is because it offers you easy access to transportation, shops, restaurants, bars, clubs, and all the other things we are used to having access to while living in an urban area. The City Center is also the heart of business and economy, and you can find a wide variety of properties.
Things to see and do in the City Center
Here are some ideas for places to visit or things to do:
- Dragon Bridge
- Hàn Market
- Han River Bridge
Da Nang didn’t earn the nickname “City of Bridges” for no reason. The Dragon Bridge is an impressive achievement of both engineering and design. And if having a dragon at one end of the bridge isn’t impressive enough, make sure to check out the fire and water show. This usually happens during the weekend.
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No foodie should miss the Hàn Market: a large indoor market where you can find everything from fresh fruits and vegetables to clothes and house products.
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Han River Bridge
Han River Bridge is yet another impressive bridge Da Nang has to offer. It lies over the Han River, and during the night it lights up with beautiful lights in different colors.
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