Viet Nam

Da Nang

Da Nang

Located in the center of Vietnam, approximately midway between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, the strategic location of Danang has not gone unnoticed by foreigners. The French first landed here in 1858. American forces would follow more than 100 years later. For a brief time during the war, Danang’s airport was the busiest in the world, surpassing Chicago’s O’Hare. Today, a new "invasion" is underway, but this time the invaders are carrying cameras and sunscreen.

Close to Hoi An ancient town and Hue city, Danang also boasts its own attractions and makes a great base for exploring Vietnam’s central coast. Danang’s riverside promenade, central square, and friendly residents make it a wonderful city to stroll in.

The Marble Mountains are a cluster of five limestone peaks rising from an otherwise flat plain. Visitors can climb to the summit of one of the peaks, and this has become a major tourist attraction. Arrive there early in the morning before the tour buses arrive. The hundreds of narrow steps carved into the limestone are steep and often difficult to climb. A couple of caves along the way provide a cool resting spot. The panoramic view of the surrounding plains and the sea is well worth the effort.

Beach lovers will want to spend a day or two at My Khe Beach, made famous by the American television series of the same name. The only challenge is determining which beach is the "real" My Khe. My Khe Beach, a short drive south of the city center, is reputed to be the "real" My Khe Beach, while a few kilometers farther south lies Non Nuoc Beach, which also claims the name. The recently opened Furama Resort, located between My Khe and Non Nuoc, has also adopted the name. All are excellent places to spend an afternoon.

Danang also serves as an excellent base for exploring nearby cities like Hue and Hoi An. The ancient port city of Hoi An is less than an hour's drive by bus or motorbike and makes for an easy day trip. The former capital city of Hue lies about 100 km (62 miles) north via the scenic Hai Van Pass. You can take a minibus, hire a car and driver, or better yet, take the train.

Clearly, developers are betting on Danang’s beautiful beaches and proximity to nearby attractions to attract hordes of upscale travelers in the not-too-distant future. Vietnam’s first luxury resort, the Furama, opened here in March 1997. An even larger resort with an 18-hole golf course is slated to follow soon. Can the crowds be far behind?

The best time to visit Danang is from April to September when the weather tends to be dry and hot. Danang's winter, from October to March, tends to be wet and cool.

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