InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort
Start your day with an energising tai chi class on our beautiful, private beach, followed by a sumptuous buffet breakfast in the colourful Citron restaurant. For breathtaking views of nearby Danang, we recommend a trip to the top of Monkey Mountain, home to a 67-metre high Goddess of Mercy statue at the beautiful Linh Ung Pagoda. Alternatively, the hotel can arrange a fascinating guided trek around Son Tra Nature Reserve, where you’ll discover langur monkeys and a 1,000 year old banyan tree.
After a typical Vietnamese lunch of pho noodle soup in Non Nuoc village, only 25 minutes’ drive away, you can watch local artisans carving traditional stone sculptures and browse for souvenirs. Stop off to admire picture perfect My Khe Beach, and continue on to explore the caves and shrines of the Marble Mountains. To make a real day of it, carry on along the coast to discover the Chinese temples, French colonial houses and historic canals of Hoi An’s Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
As the sun begins to set, settle back with a Lotus Cocktail in the hotel's beachfront L_o_n_g Bar lounge. Afterwards, our complimentary shuttle service can transport you to lively downtown Danang, where you can take an evening cruise along the Han River to see the city illuminated by sparkling lights. Back on land, wander along the riverside to Bach Dang Street and you’ll find welcoming bars and restaurants where you can enjoy traditional Vienamese cuisine, a smoothie or an ice cold beer.
Hotel's historic and architectural significance
The resort’s design is influenced by traditional Vietnamese architecture with classic French touches that, coupled with the stunning topography of the landscape, gives a quaint, old-worldly hilltop village feel.
For a taste of a typical Vietnamese marketplace, a visit to Han Market is a must. This 28,000 square meter bi-level behemoth sells everything from dried fruits to designer knockoffs. It started as a small trading area during French colonial times, was expanded in 1940 and totally rebuilt in 1989. Local people head to Han Market for goods such as fabric, clothes, fresh fruits, flowers and local food at reasonable prices.
Danang Museum of Cham Sculpture
Located in the center of the city, the Cham Museum is home to the world’s largest collection of artifacts from the ancient Cham civilization,. Works on display range from the 7th to 15th centuries and are made of sandstone, terracotta and bronze. Many statues portray Hindu deities Shiva and Vishnu, and there are other major relics such as pedestals and linga.
The Marble Mountains are limestone formations protruding from the Non Nuoc beach just outside Danang. There are several paths which lead up to the top of the cliffs and provide breathtaking views of the East Sea and its surrounding beaches. Cham people originally housed the caves throughout the mountains, and today the surrounding area is home to local artisans who produce artwork and sculptures. Make sure to check out Huyen Khong cave, home to an enormous Cham Buddha illuminated by shafts of natural light.
Linh Ung Pagoda/Goddess of Mercy
Located on the Son Tra Peninsula, Linh Ung pagoda (one of three in Danang), is nearly 200m above sea level and offers sweeping views of the sea and the surrounding areas. But the most striking feature of the pagoda is the enormous, all-white statue of Quan The Am (also known as Guanyin), the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy. At 67m, it is the tallest statue in Vietnam and one of the tallest in all of Southeast Asia. The statue faces out towards the sea, and at night is illuminated, a beacon for fisherman.