1. The Museum of Cham Sculpture in Da Nang
The Museum of Cham Sculpture was founded during the colonial French rule in 1915. It houses numerous artefacts dating back to Vietnam’s Champa era. Many of the exhibits are considered masterpieces of their era and are showcased according to the region in which they were found in a total of ten separate interior exhibition rooms. All of the sculptures on display fall into one of the following categories – icon, pedestal, pediment, or fragment, with the area in which they were found determining where they are exhibited. The museum also has an onsite cafeteria and gift shop selling imitation pieces and English-language guidebooks.
2. Fifth Military Division Museum of Da Nang
The Fifth Military Division Museum of Da Nang was built in 1977, offering visitors a glimpse of Vietnam’s tumultuous past with extensive displays of war relics, news articles, and photographs taken by soldiers of the Fifth Military Division. The museum also commemorates Vietnam’s most beloved leader with a replica of Ho Chi Minh's residence and a separate Ho Chi Minh Museum. Divided into four main sections, its outdoor display area houses authentic aircraft, military tanks, and weapons used during the French and American wars. Most of these exhibits are in pristine condition, with must-sees including the A-37 Dragonfly light-attack aircraft, Cessna O-1 Bird Dog observation aircraft, and the M48 Patton gun tank.
3. Cooking Classes in Da Nang
Joining a cooking class in Da Nang is a perfect activity for those rainy days as you can make the most of your precious holiday picking up some new culinary skills. Many five-star resorts and hotels in Da Nang offer Vietnamese cuisine classes, but if you prefer a more authentic experience many tour companies can arrange for a session with a local family within the city. Depending on the weather, you may get to visit a local market and/or farm to shop for fresh produce before your cooking class begins. Hotel pickup, ingredients and equipment are usually included in the package.
4. Enjoy a Spa Treatment
Enjoying a spa treatment is arguably one of the best ways to spend that rainy day. Most hotels in Da Nang have their own onsite fitness and wellness centres, where you can enjoy massages, facials, scrubs, and hair treatments at reasonable rates. If you’re out in the city centre, local day spas are plentiful and most of them are close to prominent landmarks.
5. Arts in Paradise Da Nang
Arts in Paradise Da Nang is an internationally-acclaimed museum with over 150 bold and realistic paintings. Spanning 4,000 square metres, it’s divided into nine zones, namely, Main Hall, Safari, Ancient Egypt Optical, Active, Fantasy, World, Classic, and Aqua. Visitors can spend hours taking entertaining photos of each other at this interactive museum. Open daily, tickets are priced at VND 200,000 for adults and VND 100,000 for children.
6. Spend a Few Hours at a Café or Bar
Cafes and bars can be found throughout Da Nang City, making them great spots to unwind any time of the year. Some of the most popular cafes in Da Nang are set along the Han River where you can enjoy beautiful views of landmarks such as Dragon River Bridge and Marble Mountain. You can spend a few hours savouring hot coffee, cakes, and pastries with a book in hand. In the evening, Da Nang’s riverfront bars offer affordable booze and western snacks, as well as live entertainment until late.
7. Visit Da Nang’s Shopping Malls
Da Nang’s shopping malls may seem miniscule compared to those found in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, but you still get to enjoy some good bargains during your holiday. Many of these shopping centres have entertainment on offer with cinemas and arcades, so you can easily spend several hours here during the rains rather than being confined inside your hotel room. Do note that goods here are sold at fixed rates, so save your bargaining skills for when you’re exploring Da Nang’s local markets.