Let your mind drift to the most beautiful and interesting places when you have a day out free after your game? Do you want to pick some of the best attractions, major places of interests worth visiting during your Vietnam golf trip in coming months? Check them out the list below, fill them in your bucket and take your time and explore in your next trip to this destination. You must not miss it!
1 – Ba Na Hills
Once a hill resort favored by the French for its lush mountain scenery and cooler climate, Ba Na is still beautiful – though many of the colonial villas are in ruins. While the French elite were once carried up in sedan chairs, these days the summit is accessed by a three and a half mile cable car ride – considered one of the best in the world. At the top is a charming replica of a French town, a funicular railway that ascends even higher, and a downhill luge. Hiking trails lead off into the surrounding countryside, revealing waterfalls, a pagoda and a giant seated Buddha.
2 – Cham Museum
In Danang’s Hai Chau District near the Han River, the world’s largest collection of Cham artefacts is displayed in a charming museum. Housed in colonial French buildings, visitors can see original items from Vietnam’s indigenous people – from altars and lingas, to garudas and apsaras, to images of the Hindu gods – from Ganesha and Shiva, to Brahma and Vishnu. The collections date back as far as the fifth century and there are also regular exhibitions on modern Cham culture.
3 – Marble Mountains
South of Danang, a cluster of five marble and limestone mountains are named for the five elements: water, air, wood, fire, earth. Riven with caves and grottoes, and cut with winding mountain paths and steps, the hills are well-worth exploring for the many Hindu and Buddhist sanctuaries and pagodas – not to mention stunning views of Danang and the coast.
4 – Monkey Mountain
Not to be confused with Monkey Mountain in Nepal, Son Tra (as it is known locally) is a scenic national park to the south of Danang, which sits at an elevation of nearly 2300 feet. The peninsula below is fringed with beaches and the views from the summit take in Hai Van Mountain Pass, Cham Island and Da Nang City. A popular attraction within the mountainous scenery is the 23-foot tall statue of the goddess of mercy – the tallest sculpture of this deity in southeast Asia.
5 – My Son Sanctuary
Explore the abandoned Hindu temples of My Son, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The temples were constructed by the Champa kings between the 4th and the 14th century A.D. and are dedicated to the worship of the god Shiva. Beyond the beauty of the temples themselves, My Son area is home to rich scents emanating from neighboring coffee plantations and the sound of freshwater streams running through the tropical forest. Learn aout the sculptural details here that are specific to Cham design, as well as about the history of this period.
6 – Hoi An Ancient Town, Tailor-Made Clothing
Hoi An Ancient Town is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a South-East Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century. Its buildings and its street plan reflect the influences, both indigenous and foreign, that have combined to produce this unique heritage site. Hoi An is also one of the best places in Vietnam for bespoke clothing. Visit one of the finest tailor shops in Hoi An and choose from a variety of fabric swatches (linen, silk, cashmere wool, etc) and have your measurements taken for traditional garments, such as an ao dai, a form-fitting, traditional Vietnamese woman’s outfit composed of long silk pants and a long-sleeved top, or place an order for a Western suit or dress.