The Danang city is one of central cities of Vietnam and it comes after Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. It lies along the seaside, being in the central of Vietnam, on the road of the culture heritages of the world (Hue Imperial City, Hoi An Ancient Town, My Son Holy-land and the natural heritage of the world – Phong Nha Ke Bang)
Danang Touted as one of the twenty cleanest cities in the world and the most livable city in Vietnam, Da Nang is a destination that you simply cannot afford to miss. Dovetailed with romantic Han River, featured with the seductive My Khe Beach, and backed by Ba Na Mountain, Da Nang is blessed to be the tourist capital of South Central Vietnam. Attractions such as Hai Van Mountain Range, tropical rain forest on Son Tra Peninsula, Ngu Hanh Son Mountain and Fantasy Park are all must-go places in Da Nang. Every year, this beautiful city hosts an international fireworks competition, luring artists and visitors from all over the world to lighten up the sky in one night.
Ba Na-Nui Chua Nature Reserve :
Ba Na mountain region located 1 belongs to the Truong Son mountain range located in Hoa Ninh, Hoa Vang district,Danang province.Ba Na-Nui Chua Nature Reserve is centred on Mount Ba Na, a 1,487 metre-high mountain on the border between Da Nang city and Quang Nam province. Mount Ba Na is situated to the south-east of the mountain ridge that stretches across central Vietnam, from the Annamite mountains to the Hai Van pass. However, Mount Ban Na and the montane habitats it supports are isolated from this ridge by intervening areas of lower elevation.
The main natural vegetation types present at Ba Na-Nui Chua Nature Reserve are lowland evergreen forest and lower montane evergreen forest. The lowland evergreen forest is characterised by the presence of tree species in the Dipterocarpaceae family, which are absent from the lower montane forest. The lower montane evergreen forest is dominated by species in the Lauraceae, Fagaceae and Podocarpaceae families. Areas which have been cleared of forest support secondary vegetation. The summit of Mount Ba Na was cleared of forest by the use of herbicides during the Second Indochina War and now supports grassland.543 species of vascular plant have been recorded at Ba Na-Nui Chua Nature Reserve. These include 12 species listed in the Red Data Book of Vietnam: including Dalbergia cochinchinensis, Decussocarpus fleuryi, Melanorrhoea usitata and Dipterocarpus grandiflorus.61 mammal species, 178 bird species and 17 reptile species have been recorded at Ba Na-Nui Chua. Many of the species listed in the investment plan were also recorded during surveys by Frontier-Vietnam in 1994 and 1995, which recorded 472 vascular plant species, 29 mammal species, 106 bird species, 20 reptile species, six amphibian species, 33 fish species and 126 butterfly species. Further survey work is required, however, to determine the current status of species of conservation concern at the site.
Danang Marble Mountains :
Danang Marble Mountains located at Hoa Hai Ward, Ngu Hanh Son District,Danang province. Marble Mountain belongs to Hoa Hai Ward, Ngu Hanh Son, is far about 8 kilometers from Da nang city to the Southeast. Ngu Hanh Son is located on the yellow sand - bank with 2 kilometers length, 800 meters width. The kind of stone in Ngu Hanh Son has various colors and it is the source of sculpture and arts.the Da Nang-Hoi An roads, 8 km to the southeast of the central area of Da Nang. They consist of 5 mountains with many mysterious caves, Buddha statues and beautiful pagodas. Each mountain is named after the natural element it is said to represent: Thuy Son (Water), Moc Son (Wood), Hoa Son (Fire), Kim Son (Metal or Gold) and Tho Son (Earth).Thuy Son is the largest and most famous of the five mountains, with the most caves and pagodas. It has Hoa Nghiem Cave, Huyen Khong Cave, Linh Nham Cave, Lang Hu Cave, Van Thong Cave, Thien Long Cave, Ban Co Cave, Tang Chan Cave, Chiem Thanh Cave, Vong Hai Dai, Vong Giang Dai, Tam Thai Pagoda, Tam Ton Pagoda and Linh Ung Pagoda. The 106-metre high mountain has three peaks. Of the two paths leading up the mountain, the one closer to the beach (at the end of the village) makes for a better circuit.
Fire Mountain (Hoa Son)
Hoa Son includes two mountains and one stone line combining them. The mountain near Kim Son to the West is Duong Hoa Son, located on the Co Co River. On the Western mountain side to the North, opposing to Kim Son, there has 3 words of Han script “Duong Hoa Son” which are sculptured into the mountainous wall. In the mountain, there has grottos and Pho Son Da pagoda.
Earth Mountain (Tho Son)
Tho Son is located on the Northern Kim Son islet and Southern Thuy Son islet. This is the longest mountain in Ngu Hanh Son. The Western Tho Son is Ba Cha River. In the mountain, there has entrance that faces to the South-West; its name is Coc grotto or Bo De grotto. During two wars in Vietnam, Bo De grotto was considered as natural shelter for local people and revolutionary cadre.
On the Northern Tho Son, to the Da Nang, there has Long Hoa pagoda. It was built in 1992. This terrain contributes to the beauty of whole picture of Non Nuoc- Ngu Hanh Son Mountain.
Wood Mountain (Moc Son)
Moc Son is located near the sea, Thuy Son Islet to the East. The East and South is sand cave, the North is fields and the West is villages. Although it has the name “Wood Mountain”, it has fewer trees. The top mountain is divided into cog-shape as cock spur, so that it also has the name “Mong Ga” Mountain (cock spur mountain).
On the mountain, there has no pagoda; it only has white marble stone as the shape of people. The local people often call “Co Mu” or Guan Yin. In addition, there has small cave named Ba Trung Mountain. In two wars in Vietnam, local people and revolutionary cadre often used this place as shelter.
Water Mountain (Thuy Son)
Water Mountain is located on the area of 15 hectares and it is the highest mountain in Ngu Hanh Son. The mount has 3 tops as three Tam Thai stars so that it is named Tam Thai Mountain. The highest mountain in the northwest is Thuong Thai mount, Trung Thai is in the South and Ha Thai mount is in the East. The pagodas and caves concentrated in Thuy Son. Thuong Thai mount has Vong Giang Dai, Pho Dong tower, Tu Lam pagoda, Tam Tam padoda, Tham Thai padoda, Hanh Cung padoda, Hoa Nghiem cave, Huyen Khong cave, Linh Nam cave and Lang Hu cave. On Trung Hai Mount, there have two entrances: Thien Phuoc Dia, Van Can Nguyet and some caves such as: Van Thong cave, Thien Long Cave, Van Nguyet Grotto. Ha Thai mount has Vong Hai Dai, Linh Ung Pagoda, Ngu Coc cave, Tang Chan, Fairy well and Am phu Cave.
Metal Mountain (Kim Son)
is located in the Southeast, on the bank of Co Co River. Travelling by boat, tourists can contemplate the beautiful scenery. Ben Ngu, the place, the Kings often stayed each time come to Ngu Hanh Son. Today, it did not exist; however, people can see one ironwood pillar near the Quan Am pagoda.
On the foot of Kim Son Mountain, there has a cave with 50 meters length, 10 meters width and 10-15 meters height. The entrance has natural stone steps, the stalagmite creates Guan Yin statue, which is beautiful and lively.
Son Tra Peninsula :
Son Tra Peninsula is located in Shouguang ward - Son Tra District In Danang province.Only 13 km away from the center of Da Nang City, Son Tra Peninsula belongs to Son Tra District. This is a typical Vietnam tourism magnet along the coastline: fantastic, untouched natural scene with transparent sea, white sand, and mysterious primitive jungle with a vast diversity of plants and animals.
Son Tra Peninsula is Still largely covered with dense rainforest it gives a home to the rare Red Shanked Doucs. A primate which is a common find up in the trees of the Son Tra Jungle but elsewhere in South East Asia quite difficult to spot.
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.
There are many famous beaches there, some of them have gained quite a fame recently such as North Beach, South Beach , and Buddha Beach . These beaches take turns to embrace the giant primitive jungle, which houses as many as thousands of precious plants and animals. Under the surface layer of the cool, refreshing seawater live a variety of fascinating coral reefs, which enable scuba diving services to develop in a steady, fast rate in the last few years.
If you ever have a chance to visit Son Tra Peninsula, do not forget to stay at one of the villages built on the mountains; those comfortablevillages not only overlook the beautiful beaches and jungles, but also provide you a fresh and invigorating atmosphere. Besides, you can always enjoy fishing and get to know the lives of the inhabitants whenever you want. Da Nang means Son Tra peninsula, so come and get the real feeling of a different Vietnam.
Cham Pa Museum :
Cham Pa Museum Location. Bach Dang Street and Tran Phu Street, Hai Chau District,Danang city.Cham Museum was built in 1915 according to the motifs of ancient Cham Architecture. The museum is officially known as the Museum of Champa Sculpture in Vietnam.In 1936, the museum was expanded before being officially opened to the public in 1939.
Cham Pa Museum was constructed in the ancient Cham Pa architecture style with many blocks of white building decorated with simple and elegant patterns.After decades, the past influence of the Cham Pa dynasty on Vietnam central regions is still prominent. From Da Nang, Quang Nam to Khanh Hoa, etc. we can very often encounter the famous historical sites of Cham Pa. However, the Cham Pa Museum in Da Nang City makes it a lot easier for us to learn about this mysterious yet interesting ancient culture without having to visit several locations thorough the regions.
Nowadays, the museum exhibits a number of approximately 300 original sculptures. They are mostly made of sandstone, but some are also made of terra-cotta. All these pieces of arts were founded in the Cham Pa temples and towers thorough Central Vietnam, from Quang Binh Province to Binh Thuan Province. At the museum, inside different exhibition rooms, the sculptures are arranged according to their era and location.
Profoundly influenced by the architecture and sculpture of the Indian civilization, the ancient Champa has a vision of life and religion according to their own feeling. Such refraction brought to their world of art a subtle and distinct beauty: spiritual and very close, unique and familiar.
Hai Van Pass :
Hai Van Pass crosses over a spur of the Truong Son mountain approximately 21 km range that juts into the sea ,on National Route 1A in Vietnam. As one of the most impressive attractions in Danang and Hue, Hai Van Pass has been considered the most beautiful scenery and most rugged pass in Vietnam on the journey to discover this beautiful country. For over 700 years, the pass has strong appeal for tourists who love to explore the adventurous stretches of road and experience the thrilling feelings. Thanks to the high altitude of 496m over the sea level, tourists will surely be ecstatic when setting foot on here.
The pass is renowned for its scenic beauty. Presenter Jeremy Clarkson, host of the BBC motoring programme Top Gear, featured the pass during the show's 2008 Vietnam Special, calling the road "a deserted ribbon of perfection—one of the best coast roads in the world.
Stretching along Vietnam country, there is nowhere which can be found any wanderous passes with much more shimmering beautiful landscapes and magical scenery than Hai Van. The crooked road winding along the mountainside looks like the ribbon like crossing the heaven and earth and hiding among woodlands and mountains. It deserves to be one of the most impressive mountain pass in Vietnam. This is really a monumental natural painting created by the wonders of the Creator and the talent of the man-made. All blends together to create an extremely impressive landscape. Not only is it the gift of natural beauty, Hai Van Pass also contributes to bring Hue tourism and Da Nang tourism closer to tourists.
My Khe Beach :
My Khe Beach is located about 6km east of Da Nang and about 24km north of Hoi An. It is a nine-kilometre stretch of smooth sand with an average width between 50m and 70m. The gradient is gentle, and its sheltered position in the lee of the Son Tra peninsula softens the autumn winds that restrict swimming further down the coast.
My Khe is a large beach which is 900 meters in length. It is an ideal place for sightseeing, swimming and taking photos with beautiful stretches of white smooth sand, its blue water, yellow sunshine and freshatmosphere as well as poetic ranges of coconut palm trees nearby. What can be greater than sitting on the white smooth sand, enjoy the warm sunshine, the breezes coming from the beach and taking a deep breath? That will be even greater for bathing in cool water with little waves.
The lack of large waves, warm water year round and an average of 60 meter wide beach area, My Khe Beach is an ideal and safe place for both adults and children to swim at any time of year. My Khe also offers magnificent sunrise scenery so try to stay close to the beach to enjoy the stunning view right from your room.
Alongside the stretch of golden sand are luxurious hotels, restaurants and world class beachfront resorts. Less about the amazing quality of the beach itself but the surroundings, atmosphere and charming accomodation are the main factors that attract tourists, both Vietnamese and international.
Non Nuoc Stone Sculpture Village :
The present Non Nuoc Stone Sculpture Village is located in Hoa Hai Ward, Ngu Hanh Son District in Danang province.Perhaps no one visits the Marble Mountains without also visiting the Non Nuoc Stone Sculpture Village, where the nationally and internationally famous marble handicrafts are produced.
According to craftsmen of Non Nuoc village, the profession appeared nearly 200 years. This village formed in the end of the 18th century. The 19th century, this profession kept their alive. Today, Non Nuoc village located on the foot of Ngu Hanh Son, belonging to Hoa Hai, Ngu Hanh Son. This place worshiped “Thach Nghe” and and many ancestor anniversary activities are held in the village on the 6th day of the first lunar month every year.
It is said that Non Nuoc village formed and established due to using and combining with material, capital and market to create the current famous trade-make. In Non Nuoc village, tourists will be chosen valuable souvenir which are made from professional craftsman. Each sculpture art is the result of each craftsman. Each art represents the love with profession, nation and ancient profession.
Nam O Fish Sauce Village :
Nam O Fish Sauce Village Location in Hoa Hiep Ward, Lien Chieu District.Danang province.The Nam O Fish Sauce Village was established in the early 20th century. Nam O is a small fishing village at the mouth of the Cu De river, at the foot of the Hai Van Pass
Nam O fish sauce is a speciality of Da Nang. It is well-known throughout the country for its qualities which are highly appreciated.
The fish are preserved in salt from either Nha Trang , Quang Ngai or Binh Thuan, which have a larger grain size than other kinds of salt. The salt is dried on a cement floor for five to seven days and then kept in pottery vats for some years before being used. The fish are salted during the third lunar month one year, and then the sauce is extracted at the next lunar new year. Nam O fish sauce is dark red and has a delicious aroma.
The fish must be freshly caught and of medium size, and they are cleaned in sea water before being preserved. Fresh water is not used because it would take away the taste and smell, and the fish could go off easily during their long period of preservation. The vats must be made from special woods, including jackfruit wood. The fish is mixed with salt and put in the jars in layers. A bamboo grill or dried areca bark is placed over the top layer. The vat is carefully sealed and kept in a dark, dry, clean and cool place away from the wind. After six or seven months, the fish is mixed again, and when a white yeast substance forms on the top, the grid is taken off. At the beginning of the lunar new year, the preserved mixture is filtered through a piece of silk. Then we have dark red fish sauce with a great flavour.
Cam Ne Mat Village :
Cam Ne Mat Village location Hoa Tien Commune, Hoa Vang District,Danang province.Cam Ne Mat Village, which is 14 km to the south-west of Da Nang city.
Cam Ne mats were used in the royal palaces of the Nguyen Dynasty, and the artists from Cam Ne Village were honoured and rewarded by the kings.
According to the elders of this village, mat craft originated from Hoang Hoa, Thanh Hoa Province. It was taught to people in the southern region during the 15th century when King Le Thanh Tong won Chiem Thanh, and merged Do Ban into Quang Nam-Da Nang. From that moment on, despite suffering from the separation of the war and competition from imported nylon mats, Cam Ne Village remains and flourishes.
Using raw materials like sedge, and the delicate knitting frame, the artists of Cam Ne make floral sedge mats in all sizes, with beautiful designs to meet the demands of the markets in the north and the south.
A Cam Ne mat is much thicker, better, and softer than ones made in other places. In the hot summer, lying on a Cam Ne mat makes you feel cool, and in the winter you will feel warm with the pure fragrance of sedge.
Hoi An Ancient Town :
Hoi An Ancient Town Located on the banks of the poetic Thu Bon River, in central Quang Nam province.about 30 km south of Da Nang City.
What is so special about Hoi An is that this little port town is in an incredible state of preservation. It offers some of the most densely-concentrated sights in Vietnam with its old streets bordered with ancient houses and assembly halls, its pagodas, temples, ancient wells and tombs. In total, more than a thousand places of interest. The architecture of Hoi An is characterised by a harmonious blend of Vietnamese, Chinese and Japanese influences. After many centuries, Hoi An is still respectful of its traditions, folk festivals, beliefs and of its sophisticated culinary art. Set in a quiet environment, Hoi An is surrounded by peaceful villages that have crafts such as carpentry, bronze making, ceramic...
Researchers said most of the buildings in Hoi An underwent restoration at the beginning of the 19th century, even if they might be constructed long time ago. The ancient architecture shown most clearly in the Ancient Town that located in Minh An Ward. It covers about 2 square kilometres and almost of all famous relics in Hoi An are gathered here. The streets are very short and narrow, having a winding, crossing as the chessboard style. The topography of the ancient town tilt gradually from north to south. The buildings in the old town is built mostly with traditional materials such as: brick, wood and no more than two floors. The traces of time is able to find not only on the architectural design of each building but also everywhere like: on the yin-yang roof tiles covered with moss and plants; the old gray mold walls; the pictures carved on a strange animal, or describing a old story… Having inherited a multi-cultural architecture so varied and sophisticated, Hoi An must have attracted numerous and talented workers in carpentry, ceramics, and woodcarving from China, Japan and other regions of Vietnam.
For centuries, Hoi An had developed into a melting pot of various nationalities who came to the area, bringing along their own cultures. Accordingly, Hoi An features the co-existence of indigenous customs and habits and those imported by foreign settlers.