Da Nang Named Among 11 Places To Visit In Asia In 2024
Accordingly, Da Nang has ranked second on the list, just behind Bangkok of Thailand. The city is the only representative of Vietnam on the list.
To make it to this list, Da Nang has passed many strict criteria of the Condé Nast Traveller editorial team.
A modern beach city located amid dozens of UNESCO-recognized sites in the country’s heartland, including the ancient port city of Hoi An and the former imperial capital city of Hue, Da Nang is one of Asia’s big post-COVID success stories, with 2023 international arrivals exceeding pre-pandemic figures, thanks in part to new flight routes that make the City of Bridges easier to get to than ever, the Condé Nast Traveller noted.
|Accordingly, Da Nang has ranked second on the list, just behind Bangkok of Thailand. The city is the only representative of Vietnam on the list. Photo: Shutterstock|
In 2023, Vietnam Airlines reopened its popular Tokyo route, Taiwan’s China Airlines started direct flights from Taipei, and several Southeast Asian budget airlines launched flights to the city, with plenty more in the works. Every June, more than 150 daily flights deliver tourists eager to witness the Da Nang International Fireworks Festival.
The Son Tra Peninsula, just a 20-minute journey from the city center, is an ideal destination for those seeking natural wonders. The tourist spot is home to a 17-story, 220-foot statue of Lady Buddha, as well as endangered red-shanked douc langurs that live in the peninsula’s nature reserve.
Central Vietnamese food specialties like Quang noodles, the official noodle soup of the region, and ‘banh xeo’ turmeric crepes, should be another feature of any travel itinerary.
|Da Nang is a dream destination for foodies, with scores of seafront eateries and street food stalls. Photo: Vietnam Visa|
Hotel and resort developers are taking note of Da Nang’s newfound popularity.
The other destinations in the list include Kathmandu Valley in Nepal, Chinatown in Thailand, Kobe in Japan, Kochi in India, Mongolia, Singapore, and Silk Road in Uzbekistan.
With broad beaches, fantastic street food, the fabled Hai Van Pass, and a growing collection of cafes, restaurants, and bars, it’s no wonder the residents of Da Nang sport some of the broadest smiles in the country. The warm sands of My Khe Beach sweep south from the mountainous Son Tra Peninsula. Da Nang hosts some of Vietnam's top luxury resorts, but much of the beach still belongs to the people who make it their playground, gym, and source of livelihood.
Enjoy the beach
|Along the shore, fishermen sell the day’s catch, football and volleyball matches spring up all around, and people jog, stroll, or relax on the sand. Photo: VinWonders|
Be sure to set the alarm clock early at least once during your stay. Along the shore, fishermen sell the day’s catch, football and volleyball matches spring up all around, and people jog, stroll, or relax on the sand.
See the Son Tra Peninsula
The Son Tra Peninsula strikes out into the ocean, its densely forested hillsides are home to the endangered red-shanked douc langur -- one of the world’s most striking primates. Grab binoculars, hire a motorbike, and head out for a day of wildlife spotting.
Learn about Cham culture
The Cham people once ruled much of Central Vietnam, and ruins of their temples have been excavated around Da Nang. The superb Cham Museum of Sculpture houses the largest collection of Cham sculpture in the world.
Dine on street food
|Da Nang is a dream destination for foodies, with scores of seafront eateries and street food stalls. Photo: Culture Pham Travel|
Da Nang is a dream destination for foodies, with scores of seafront eateries and street food stalls. Mi Quang — a dish of rice noodles, pork, shrimp, quail eggs, peanuts, and fresh herbs — is a must-try delight.
Explore Marble Mountains
Marble Mountains is a collection of five outcrops topped with atmospheric pagodas, only 15 minutes from the city. Set out in the early morning to take a serene walk up stone steps, explore hidden caves, and admire ancient shrines.
Da Nang Weather
Da Nang is a great destination year-round. However, the best months to visit are from March to May and September to October, when the weather is warm. June to August sees little rain and the sea is clear and calm. The rainy season from November to February brings long rains and moody weather.
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