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UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Steeped in traditional architecture, yet cosmopolitan in nature, a stroll through the old quarter is an essential experience. Gourmand restaurants, boutique clothes shops, art galleries, tailors and shoemakers abound in this ancient trading port town. Hoi An also boasts beautiful beaches and a romantic countryside abundant in rice paddy field.
My Son Sanctuary
Considered Vietnam’s most significant archaeological site, the My Son ruins mark the chief place of worship for the former ruling Champa Kingdom. The Champa were an Indianized kingdom who reigned over southern and central Vietnam from the 7th century and into the early 19th century. Half day trips to My Son are popular, usually finishing with a boat trip back into Hoi An.
Hue has been called the ‘Grand Old Dame of Vietnam.’ This once imperial city harbours many national treasures including the citadel, where the last ruling family from the Nguyen dynasty resided. Other notable attractions are the ancient emperor tombs and Thien Mu pagoda.
These limestone outcrops consist of a of cluster of five distinctive hills once famous – as per the name – for their marble content. While the marble itself has long been carved out from the mountains, they remain an attraction because of the pagodas, shrines and cave grottos within. One cave is particularly famous, because at certain times of the day a shaft of light will filter in over the large Buddha statue.
The museum houses the most extensive collection of Cham art worldwide. The Cham Museum was built in Cham architectural style, using thin lines that are simple and gentle. Cham architecture originates from the period between the 5th and 15th centuries, when a matriarchal society prevailed.
The Golden Bridge is located inside the Bana Hills. This bridge was built at the height of 1.400m above sea level and stretches about 150m long. Rewarded with a bunch of architecture competitions all over the world, the Golden Bridge features a harmonious blend of groundbreaking architecture and spectacular nature. Stretching 150m long and 12.8m wide, the Golden Bridge was made up of 8 arches. The most unique point of the Golden Bridge’s architecture is the contrast between the elegant curve and the giant hands holding the bridge. Taking a stroll around the Golden Bridge is like a walk on the clouds across the hands of the God of Mountain. The image of a huge couple of ancient hands (which is like the hands of the Mountain God) is lifting the bridge as a shining golden silk strip, toward the high blue sky with deep green forests below, actually is not inferior to any blockbuster scenes.
Home to the longest and highest cable car in the world and known as “heaven on earth”, Ba Na Hills is a cool mountain town with exciting dining and entertainment choices. It offers various impressive rides including the 29-metre-tall Tower Drop ride, a 3D panoramic cinema imported from Japan, and a 21-metre-tall climbing wall. Tickets grant access to all 105 games in Fantasy Park, a funicular train ride, Debay Wine Cellar, and Le Jardin D’Amour flower garden.
As its name implies, The Dragon Bridge with the shape of the dragon is 666m long, 37.5m wide across the Han River. With a cost of nearly VND 1.5 trillion ($88m), it offers six lanes for traffic and first opened on March 29, 2013, to celebrate the 38th anniversary of Da Nang’s liberation. The bridge was designed by the US-based Ammann & Whitney Consulting Engineers with Louis Berger Group. The undulating dragon’s body reaching the sea shows the ambition of Danang to integrate with friends all around the world.
Linh Ung Pagoda
People in Son Tra Peninsula recalled that, at the time of Minh Mang King (Nguyen Dynasty, XIX century), there was a Buddha statue from nowhere to drift on the sandbank here. Believing that was an auspicious sign, people here established a shrine for worship, from that, the region was stable and fishermen could work in peace during a long time. The sandbank where the Buddha statue drifted was then named Bai But (i.e. Buddha land on earth) also was where Ling Ung pagoda erected today.
Hot Springs and Water Parks
Located on a neighbouring mountain near Ba Na Hills, the water park has been designed with family fun in mind. It presents natural hot spring pools in addition to a variety of water slides, wave pools and a lazy river for a full day’s worth of water adventure for children and parents. Kids will love the water slides and wave pools, while parents can lounge in the hot springs and saunas for true relaxation among the tropical forest.
Vincom Shopping Center
The Vincom Shopping Center is the perfect spot to entertain the kids. Spanning over 40,000 square meters, with four floors of fashion stores, supermarkets, stationery goods, food courts, furniture, books and home appliance stores, and more, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Parents can effortlessly entertain the kids with ice-skating, as the facility houses a 30-millimetre rink. Otherwise, head over to the games arcade, the cinema or the education-entertainment centre.
Asia Park is comprised of three main parks: Amusement Park with rides and themed attractions that highlight the distinctive cultures of several Asian countries; Central Zone, a magical garden with the Sun Wheel, The Great Gate, and other attractions; and Cultural Park featuring a mini Asia with architecture and landscaping, as well as cultural and artistic activities, plus the distinctive cuisines of ten Asian countries.
This golf course has been designed to capitalise on its close proximity to both the warm, tranquil East Sea and the striking Marble Mountains which are visible from various points on the course.
Danang Golf Club
A place where golf’s history is revered as much as the game itself. Here, along Vietnam’s stunning Central Coast and amid a seaside landscape almost identical to what the world’s first courses were carved from, an experience was crafted as much by Mother Nature as it was by the legendary Greg Norman.
Food and Drink
Madame Lan Danang
Offering a relaxing ambiance and an open-air structure reminding you of the small streets of the ancient town of Ha Noi, the restaurant features a variety of authentic Vietnamese dishes with an emphasis on the Central region’s favourites.
Miss Ly’s Restaurant
Located in the heart of Hoi An Ancient Town, the restaurant offers range of specialities both local and international. With the relaxing atmosphere of the old town and its charming decoration and friendly staff, the restaurant offers guests an exceptional dining experience.
Located among a cluster of local restaurants on An Bang beach, Soul Kitchen is the perfect place for enjoying a lunch or dinner with friends and family. Since the chef originates from France, the food shows a French influence.