Da Nang has been ranked as the second best destination on the list, just behind Bangkok in Thailand. It is the only representative of Vietnam on the list.
Da Nang made it to this list by meeting several strict criteria set by the Condé Nast Traveller editorial team.
Da Nang is a modern beach city located amidst numerous UNESCO-recognized sites in the heart of Vietnam. It is one of the big success stories in Asia post-COVID, with international arrivals in 2023 surpassing pre-pandemic figures. This is largely due to new flight routes that have made Da Nang more accessible than ever before, according to Condé Nast Traveller.
|Da Nang has been ranked as the second best destination on the list, just behind Bangkok in Thailand. It 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 many more in the pipeline. Every June, more than 150 daily flights bring tourists to Da Nang for the International Fireworks Festival.
The Son Tra Peninsula, located just 20 minutes from the city center, is a must-visit destination for nature lovers. It is home to a 17-story, 220-foot statue of Lady Buddha, as well as endangered red-shanked douc langurs in its nature reserve.
Trying out Central Vietnamese food specialties like Quang noodles, the region’s official noodle soup, and ‘banh xeo’ turmeric crepes should also be part of any travel itinerary.
|Da Nang is a dream destination for foodies, with numerous seafront eateries and street food stalls. Photo: Vietnam Visa|
Da Nang has become increasingly popular among hotel and resort developers.
Other destinations on the list include Kathmandu Valley in Nepal, Chinatown in Thailand, Kobe in Japan, Kochi in India, Mongolia, Singapore, and Silk Road in Uzbekistan.
With its broad beaches, amazing street food, the famous Hai Van Pass, and a growing number of cafes, restaurants, and bars, it’s no wonder the people of Da Nang are known for their wide smiles. The beautiful sandy shores of My Khe Beach stretch south from the mountainous Son Tra Peninsula. Da Nang is home to some of Vietnam’s top luxury resorts, but the beach remains a playground, gym, and source of livelihood for the locals.
Enjoy the beach
|Along the shore, fishermen sell their catch of the day, football and volleyball matches are common, and people enjoy jogging, strolling, or relaxing on the sand. Photo: VinWonders|
Make sure to set your alarm clock early at least once during your stay to experience the lively atmosphere on the beach. Fishermen sell their catch of the day, football and volleyball matches take place all around, and people enjoy jogging, strolling, or simply relaxing on the sandy shore.
See the Son Tra Peninsula
The Son Tra Peninsula juts out into the ocean, with its dense forested hills being home to the endangered red-shanked douc langur, one of the world’s most remarkable primates. Grab some binoculars, rent a motorbike, and spend a day spotting wildlife.
Learn about Cham culture
The Cham people once ruled a significant part of Central Vietnam, and the ruins of their temples can be found around Da Nang. The impressive Cham Museum of Sculpture houses the largest collection of Cham sculptures in the world.
Dine on street food
|Da Nang is a dream destination for foodies, with numerous seafront eateries and street food stalls. Photo: Culture Pham Travel|
Da Nang is a paradise for food lovers, offering a wide range of seafront eateries and street food stalls. Don’t miss out on trying Mi Quang, a delicious dish of rice noodles, pork, shrimp, quail eggs, peanuts, and fresh herbs.
Explore Marble Mountains
Located just 15 minutes from the city, Marble Mountains is a collection of five outcrops dotted with pagodas that create a unique and serene atmosphere. Wake up early and take a peaceful stroll up the stone steps, explore hidden caves, and admire ancient shrines.
Da Nang Weather
Da Nang is a great destination to visit year-round, but the best months are from March to May and September to October, when the weather is warm. June to August has little rainfall and offers clear and calm seas. The rainy season lasts from November to February, bringing with it long rains and moody weather.