Join a home cooking class
Learning about local food is absolutely among the best ways to understand the culture of the place you visit. While visiting Danang, tourists can not only try numerous specialties of the city and nearby areas but also have opportunity to learn how to make the food in the way locals do by joining a home cooking class.
The trainers will teach tourists both the recipes and cooking techniques handed down from generation to generation and knowledge about Vietnamese food, customs and lifestyles. Besides, trainees can experience local market, vegetable gardens, enjoy Vietnamese coffee and meet with Danang citizens. Through exchange with locals, tourists can have a better insight into their culture and life.
Specialties included in the cooking class are ram chien (deep-fried spring rolls), goi du du (young papaya salad with rice cracker), banh xeo (Vietnamese crispy pancake), tam huu (literally “The three friends”), and desert. Besides, the class can cater to trainee’s allergies or food preferences. Cooking classes for vegetarians are also available.
The price for the cooking class is $39 for adult and half that price for children under 10. Private tour is charged an additional 30% of the price. Tourists can book morning or afternoon tour. Picking up is charged additional $5.
Explore natural landscapes
Danang offers numerous beautiful sceneries for tourists to enjoy. Some of the not-to-miss destinations are Marble Mountains, Hai Van Pass, Ba Na Hill, Son Tra Peninsula and several nice beaches.
These places provide visitors with diverse and relaxing experience when admire the natural beauty of mountains, beaches, jungles and modest life of locals.
While Marble Mountains, Ba Na Hill and Son Tra Peninsula have breathtaking natural landscapes for sightseeing and photographing, Hai Van Pass is great for motorbike enthusiasts and beaches are best places for visitors to enjoy beach sports and relaxing swimming.
Visiting nearby villages
Villages in the suburbs are where visitors can see the real life of locals apart from a touristy downtown and learn more about the culture of Danang citizens as well as of Vietnam.
The famous Cam Ne Village, 14km to the southwest of the city, is well-known for making traditional flower mats that were used in the inner court of Nguyen emperors. Mats produced there are thicker, softer and more durable than products of other places.
Tuy Loan ancient village, 15km from the downtown, is more than 500 years old. The village has been regarded as a historical monument of architectural and artistic values. Each year, its traditional festival is held on the 9th of the first lunar month with several traditional games such as boat race, pushing sticks, chess competition, human chess, hearing Bai Choi,…The villages also offers traditional cuisines of Quang region.
Visiting Museum of Cham sculpture
Cham Museum (or the Museum of Cham Sculpture) is located in Hai Chau District, near Han River, at the heart of the ancient Champa Kingdom. It showcases a large collection of Cham sculpture. The museum was founded in 1915 during the colonial French era, expanded in 1936 and was officially opened to the public in 1939. It aims to preserve the remnants of the ancient Champa kingdom and is the only museum in the world dedicated solely to this era.
The museum was constructed according to ancient Champa architecture style with blocks of white buildings decorated with elegant patterns. It is displaying around 300 original sculptures, most of which are made of sandstone while some are made of terra-cotta. They are all founded in Cham temples and towers in central Vietnam, ranging from Quang Binh Province to Binh Thuan Province. Exhibits at the museum are arranged according to their era and location.
Visiting Han market
Han market is popular with both locals and tourists as the most important trading point of Danang. Ideally and conveniently located in the downtown near Han River, the market has developed from a modest trading venue to become a big trading centre. Once regarded as the market of the richer classes of the society, nowadays, it is a favourite shopping place for everyone thanks to its spacious and refreshing atmosphere.
In the market, one can find a wide range of goods, from fresh produces to spices and clothes, which are traded all day long. The market also serves as a trading center where goods are gathered before distributed to smaller markets. That makes prices there relatively cheap and attracts lots of comers.
Visitors often come to the market to buy souvenirs before heading home. The most chosen items are dried food, specialties such as Ly Son garlic, chilli paste, or fresh fruits and local snacks.
Take a food tour
Local and street food is something visitors must try to get a closer insight into the culture of this city. Taking a motorbike food tour is advisable as tourists can be taken by enthusiastic tour guides to the best places to enjoy local specialties.
A five-hour tour takes tourists to enjoy eight local cuisines by motorbike. The friendly guides will give visitors additional information on food culture and traditions of the locals. They also have opportunities to discover memorial attractions on the way. There are morning and afternoon tours with lunch or dinner provided.
There is also seafood tour that takes tourists to taste characteristic seafood dishes. With this tour, visitors can also explore the coastal scenery of Danang and the city’s night life while enjoying the best seafood offered by locals.
Such a tour for for a group of no more than 12 people costs $45 a person and $35 for children from 4 to 10. Tourists can book private tour with 30% additional fee. Seafood tour is a little bit more expensive, at $60 for adults and $50 for children aged 4 to 10.