Da Nang is known for its many beautiful beaches, verdant mountain forests, rich cuisine and proximity to world cultural heritage sites. Therefore, more and more tourists flock to Da Nang to admire the livable beauty of this city.


Photo: Panoramic view of Da Nang city from the direction of Son Tra peninsula

The origin of the word “Da Nang” is a distortion of the ancient Cham word “DAKNAN”, meaning vast body of water or “big river”, “estuary of the female river”. In 1835, with the edict of King Minh Mang that ‘Western ships could only be parked at the mouth of Han, while other sea gates were not allowed to trade’, Cua Han (then name of Da Nang) became the largest trading port in Central Vietnam. After entering Vietnam in 1889, the French separated Da Nang from Quang Nam and changed its name to Tourane marking the birth of the city. After the August Revolution, in 1945 the city was named after the patriot Thai Pan. In 1950, France returned Da Nang to Bao Dai’s government. In 1967, Da Nang was designated a city directly under the Central Government by Vietnam. After 1975, Da Nang was a city directly under Quang Nam – Da Nang province. On November 6, 11, Quang Nam – Da Nang province was separated into Quang Nam province and Da Nang city under the central government.

Fishermen pull nets at sea

Photo: Fishermen pulling nets in Son Tra peninsula

How to get to Da Nang?

Da Nang International Airport is the largest airport in the Central Highlands, Hai Van tunnel was inaugurated on June 5, 6 connecting Thua Thien Hue and Da Nang, Tien Sa port is one of the most important ports in Central Vietnam so almost tourists can reach Da Nang by any means. If given a choice between planes, coaches and trains, travelers should choose the plane. Airfare from Hanoi – Saigon to Da Nang is only from 2005,550 to 000,2,200 VND (depending on the airline and seat class) – more expensive than buses, trains but saves a lot of time. Just after 000:1 a.m., you’ll be in Da Nang, even if you’re at the top of the country.

Marble Mountains of Da Nang

Photo: Ngu Hanh Son – Danang Tourism
In addition, you can take motorbikes and bicycles from Hanoi or Saigon, just go to Highway 1A or Ho Chi Minh trail and run straight to come. On the way, you will see a lot of beautiful scenery and stop here. But only suitable for those who have a lot of time, like to explore and challenge yourself. The motorbike ride takes about 2-3 days to arrive (depending on the rest time), and the bike must be about 1 week (I don’t know because I have never tried).

Da Nang, the city of bridges

Located right in the city center, first of all, there are bridges. This city has many bridges, but I only mentioned the 5 most special bridges.

Han River Bridge

Photo: Han River Bridge – symbol of Da Nang city

Han River Bridge – this poetic bridge is a symbol of the city. And also the first rotary bridge in Vietnam. Every day every 1 a.m., the bridge turns 90 degrees across, allowing trains to pass. And at 3:30 it was back in place. Before coming here, I thought the whole city only had this bridge because people only took pictures with the Han River Bridge. Only then do we understand the reason, because it is a symbol of the city.

The 2nd bridge is the Dragon Bridge, this iron dragon-shaped bridge facing the sea often spews fire and water at 21pm on Saturday and Sunday. It is the largest iron dragon bridge in the world, with a design of 7 no 1. The dragon turned to face the South China Sea, it had a deep meaning that I could not understand.
Next to Dragon Bridge is Nguyen Van Troi Bridge. This bridge built for the war is preserved as a memento of the city.

Tran Thi Ly Bridge, Da Nang

Photo: Tran Thi Ly Bridge next to Nguyen Van Troi Bridge Next to Nguyen Van Troi
Bridge is Tran Thi Ly Bridge. The bridge is designed in the shape of a sail. This bridge was also inaugurated along with the Dragon Bridge. One of the new symbols of the city.
Finally, there is the Thuan Phuoc bridge. The longest hammock bridge in Vietnam (1.8km) and was built in 8 years. You have to stand next to it to see how long and beautiful it is.
Along the banks of the Han River are two clean and beautiful one-way streets. On the street, there are many cafes, restaurants, entertainment services facing the river. In the evening walking here the space is cool and clean. No more the sultry and annoying of a category 1 metropolitan city.


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