Da Nang marks the halfway point between the capital in the north, Hanoi, and Ho Chi Minh City in the south. It’s the fourth largest city in Vietnam. Apart from some shopping highlights and historical sights, the main reason for most travellers staying here is its proximity to the well-known My Khe Beach, Lang Co Beach, Hoi An and My Son.

Lang Co Beach is lined with palm trees, the water of the nearby ocean crystal-clear and enticing, lapping onto white sand. It is a peninsula with a sparkling lagoon on one side, and the beach on the other. The area is fairly under-developed, although recent years have seen many new hotels opening. My Khe Beach is more developed, since it was a popular spot for American soldiers seeking R&R during the Vietnam-US War. Water sport activities here are in abundance, and it can get very crowded over weekends and holidays. Da Nang’s coastline stretches 30 kilometres, renowned for calm, cool waters and also popular for fishing, water-skiing, diving, and yachting.

If this is your first time in Da Nang, you’ll find that the main reason for most travellers staying here is its proximity to the well-known My Khe Beach, Lang Co Beach, Hoi An, and My Son. Da Nang has a 30km-long coastline, where you can enjoy diving, yachting and other water sports. Its public beaches can get very crowded over weekends and holidays, but there are plenty of quiet beaches further away from the city.

The city also has plenty of historical sites and shopping venues that merits several days of sightseeing. You can find good bargains and authentic Vietnamese food at Da Nang’s local markets. In the evening, rooftop bars offer great sunset views of the city, beaches and mountains. If you’re unsure of what to see, do, eat and shop during your stay, we’ve compiled a survival guide for your 1st day in Da Nang.

There are many things you can do in Da Nang besides lounging on the beach. The city centre is home to religious sites such as Phap Lam Temple and Da Nang Cathedral. There are also many museums dedicated to former leaders and artefacts dating back to the Cham civilisation. If you’re a fan of outdoor activities, beaches such as My Khe and Non Nuoc are great swimming and surfing. Day trips to UNESCO-listed Hoi An and My Son Sanctuary are also popular attractions here.

Nightlife in Da Nang boasts a collection of swanky rooftop bars, sophisticated lounges, friendly expat bars, and vibrant nightclubs where fun-loving travellers can enjoy a night out with likeminded locals. Da Nang’s most popular nightlife spots often stay open as late as 03:00, featuring talented DJs spinning funk, EDM, house, and trance tunes as well as live bands covering your favourite classic rock songs.

From exquisite wines and aged whiskies to local beers and exotic cocktails, you’ll be glad to know that drinks in Da Nang’s bars and pubs are cheap according to European standards. Whether you’re looking to catch the latest sports matches or dance until the wee hours of morning, our comprehensive list of 10 best nightlife in Da Nang caters to any budget and preference.