Da Nang, Vietnam’s third largest city, is right at the heart of what was once the ancient Kingdom of Champa (home of the Cham civilization). This busy seaport of nearly one million people is an important trading and transport link between the capital of Hanoi in the north and the thriving commercial centre of Ho Chi Minh City in the south. Da Nang’s colourful history is reflected in its colonial architecture, remnants from the days when the French and Spanish occupied the area during the 19th centuries. Today, visitors can take tricycle (cyclo) rides along tree-lined avenues and relax at a variety of riverside cafes and restaurants.
WHEN TO GO?
Danang is donated of a wonderful beach - Non Nuoc. The temperature warm all year-round. It is ideal place to enjoy beach vacation in one of luxury resorts. This is new spot beach destination for travelers, specially Russian. Luxury Cruises / Ships bring thousands of tourists to Danang every year.
HOW TO GET THERE?
Da Nang has its own International Airport with domestic flights to Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh city, Buon Me Thuot, Pleiku, Nha Trang, Quy Nhon and Da Lat. There are international direct flights from Bangkok and Singapore with plans for future flights from Macau, Japan and Korea.
WHERE TO STAY?
Danang is new city and new beach for visitors both from Vietnam and around the world.
Please contact our Travel Specialists to book the room suitable to your preferences and budget.
WHAT TO DO?
Five miles (8km) south of Da Nang, a cluster of five hills is known as Marble Mountains or “Mountains of the Five Elements”. Mysterious caves within the mountains conceal elaborate altars dedicated to Buddha, Bodhisattvas and the different genies of local folklore. Dating back centuries, they still serve as religious sanctuaries. The mountains also provide a valuable source of red, white and blue-green marble, and at the foot of the mountain, skilled marble carvers chisel out an interesting variety of objets d’art which make ideal souvenirs.
Ba Na Hill Station
45 minutes drive from Danang or around 40km west of Danang, Ba Na is located 1,487 meters above sea level in the Truong Son mountain range. Ba Na was formerly a 1920's French resort and once boasted 200 villas, restaurants, and clubs. It is well known as the second Da Lat or Sa Pa in central Vietnam. Its temperate climate, unspoiled forest, and spectacular views over the South Bac My An sea and the Lao mountain range made Ba Na a popular retreat for both the French and the wealthy Vietnamese. Today the area still attracts locals and tourists alike, although extra effort and a four-wheel drive are required to reach Ba Na as the roads are quite rough. Come to Ba Na Hill! Visit this exclusive hidden gem of Central Vietnam! And go to the top of Mount Chua by a new cable system that was officially opened on 25th March 2009 and set two Guinness World Records for its height and length!
Hoi An (UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999)
Established in the 15th century, the ancient town of Hoi An was once one of the most important trading ports in Southeast Asia and an important centre of East–West cultural exchange. Its ancient past is superbly preserved in fascinating temples, pagodas, shop houses and homes which make up the town’s old quarter. Hoi An is 15 miles (25km) southeast of Da Nang.
My Son Valley (UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999)
My Son Valley was the spiritual centre of the ancient Cham civilisation, in the same way as Angkor Wat in Cambodia, Borobudur in Indonesia and Pagan in Myanmar. A religious sanctuary since the 4th century, its history is reflected in the temples and towers that remain. It is also the home of the Museum of Cham Sculpture, which records the development of the culture and history of the Cham people through their elaborate sculptures and carvings. My Son Valley is 42 miles (70km) southwest of Da Nang.
Hue (UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993)
Hue was once the national capital and is today one of Vietnam’s most important historical attractions. The Imperial City was home to 13 emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty. The Royal Citadel, constructed in 1805, is equalled only by the spectacular Forbidden City in Beijing. The charm of this timeless city lies not only in its historical and architectural value, but also the natural beauty of its location on the banks of the Perfume River. Hue is 62 miles (110km) north of Da Nang.
Phong Nha Caves (UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999)
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, a giant mountain reserve which stretches to the border of Laos, is renowned for the spectacular Phong Nha Caves - buried within Vietnam’s largest primeval jungle. Phong Nha’s grottos and passages extend for 44.5 kilometres into a limestone mountain. Discovered in 1935, the underground system was opened to tourists three years ago, with stalactite and stalagmite-adorned abysses romantically named ‘Roads to Hell’ and ‘Roads to Heaven’. Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park is around 350 kms north of Danang.
Ho Chi Minh Museum
The biggest War Museum about Vietnamese Revolution against French and American forces for more than one hundred years.
Location: near the corner of Nguyen Van Troi Street and Nui Thanh Street
Open from Tuesday to Sunday / 7:00 ~ 11:00 and 13:00 ~ 16:30
Museum of Cham Sculpture (Cham Museum)
The only museum in the world that exclusively displays a fine collection of artifacts of the great ancient Cham Empire.
Location: on the corner of Trung Nu Vuong Street and Bach Dang Street
Open daily / 8:00 ~ 11:00 and 13:00 ~ 17:00
WHERE TO SHOP?
Danang is not ideal place for shopping beyong stone carvings in Marble Mountains area.
WHERE TO EAT?
Here are some restaurants which serve Thai cuisine, Vietnamese cuisine, Asian & Western cuisines:
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