Da Nang Travel Guide – The third largest city in Vietnam, Da Nang is in close proximity to Hue- 3 hours North and Hoi An- 30 minutes South, which makes it a perfect stop point for those who need a break from touristy areas. Da Nang is growing into one of the most organized urban area, with attractive beach front villas on the one side and Han River flowing on the other.
Of the few attractions that belong to the city, Museum of Cham stands out with its rich collection of Cham artefacts. For those who crave for more outdoors activities, My Khe beach is a good place to spend time, either by yourself or with your loved ones. To the North and South ends of the city, Monkey and Marble mountains store some historical and religious symbols. If you want to escape the heat, Ba Na resort is a miniature of Da Lat, only with fewer tourists. Bring some warm clothes if you plan to visit this cottage-full place.
Da Nang is a major port city in the South Central Coast of Vietnam on the coast of the South China Sea at the mouth of the Han River. It is 759km South of Vietnamese capital Ha Noi and 960 km North of Ho Chi Minh City. Da Nang borders Hue Province across Hai Van to the North, Quang Nam Province to the South and West, and the ocean to the East.
Da Nang is the commercial and educational center of Central Vietnam; its well-sheltered, easily accessible port and its location on the path of National Route 1A and the North-South Railway make it a hub for transportation. It is located within 100 km of several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the Imperial City of Huế, the Old Town of Hội An, and the Mỹ Sơn ruins. The city was previously known as Cửa Hàn during early Đại Việt settlement, and as Tourane (or Turon) during the period of French colonization.
Before 1997, the city was part of Quảng Nam-Đà Nẵng province. On January 1, 1997, Đà Nẵng was separated from Quảng Nam province to become one of five independent (centrally-controlled) municipalities in Vietnam. Đà Nẵng is listed as a first class city, and has a higher urbanization ratio than any of Vietnam’s other provinces or centrally governed cities. As of the 2009 census, Da Nang was the fifth most populated city in Vietnam.
Da Nang is also a place for authentic local cuisines. Due to its low volume of visitors, residents’ lives take place the way they have been for years. Many street vendors can be found in the market and along Han River, offering My Quang (Quang noodle). If you need romance to set the feeling, book a dinner cruise that go along Han River. The myriad restaurants option along My Khe Beach, a few outstanding names such as My Hanh, For You and the likes, offer fresh sea food at unbeatable prices.
Da Nang is probably most known among Vietnamese for its speedy real estate and private property development. The beach slide, which starts with Lifestyle Resort and ends in the border with Hoi An, is fully privatized, with major land used for constructing beach resorts and ocean villas. What this mean for tourists is a second-to-none beach holiday in Vietnam – in other words, Da Nang has recently emerged as a luxury and MICE destination that can beat the all-too-famous Nha Trang.
Resorts in Danang are listed among the world’s most beautiful, offering private beach, world class service and artistically designed villas and rooms. A few names are Furama Resort, Fusion Maia and Vinpearl Luxury. Many have come and recommended others to follow.
Da Nang, in a way, is a place both so mediocre but special if you want to dig deeper than the surface.