According to one tourism industry local, Da Nang has been asleep for 15 years. And while the city's cyclos still move along the leafy avenues at a sleepwalker's pace, there is definitely some stirring going on. Glossy new apartment complexes and shopping malls line the riverfront, where the scent of new paint seems to mingle with the salty harbour air. Some of the city's more important avenues have been widened, while buildings and hotels are continually being torn down and rebuilt -- don't be surprised if you show up somewhere to check out a room, and find the lobby covered in scaffolding.
The name Da Nang will have a familiar ring to anyone acquainted withAmerica's military action in Vietnam, as it was home to one fifth of allUS servicepeople, and a transit or R&R spot for most of the rest,making it one of the most occupied -- and heavily defended -- cities inSouth Vietnam. Eventually however it fell to the North Vietnamese in1975 with hardly a bullet fired.
During the French colonial period, Da Nang was called Tourane -- aname still used by some of the hotels in the city. The French also usedit as a landing point during their war in Vietnam. When the Frenchestablished a garrison on the nearby Son Tra peninsula (dubbed 'MonkeyMountain' by US troops) more soldiers died from disease building it thanduring the associated fighting. Today a small cemetery near Tien SaBeach stands in their memory.
Most visitors who pass through Da Nang are on their way to Hoi An, one of Vietnam\'s premier tourist attractions. Those who linger are most likely seeking sun at gorgeous China Beach.
There's more to Da Nang than just the beach, though. Da Nang boasts theexcellent Cham Museum, which is a great primer for a visit to My Sonfurther to the south. The city also has a large Cao Dai temple, apleasant riverfront boulevard, and wide leafy boulevards. There are somegood options for eating, drinking, and getting down in the evenings,which are likely to expand as the city does. The immediate area includesattractions like Marble Mountain, Monkey Mountain and the Ba Na HillStation.
Many travellers who show up in Da Nang find the city dull and end upheading elsewhere. Perhaps this is because Da Nang is a more difficultcity to visit than other spots in Vietnam -- you can't experience thebest of it just by walking around and seeing what you find, as you canin Nha Trangor Hoi An. It's one spot where you really have to seek out the hiddencorners, and some advanced preparation can truly enrich your experience.
Places to visit
It is the main attraction of Da Nang, this old sandstone building houses an excellent collection of Cham art and sculpture. The museum was completed in 1916, with Da Nang chosen as the location due to its proximity to the former kingdom of Champa. The museum follows Cham architectural themes, and was enlarged in 1936 as its collection increased. There are now more than 300 original pieces of sculpture. Each of the museum's ten rooms bears the name of the district in which the relics were found. Tran Phu Street, at the roundabout with Bach Dang and Duong 2/9, Da Nang Opening Hours: Daily: 07:00 to 17:00
Just 10km from the city of Da Nang is China Beach, located near a former US army base where American soldiers fighting in the Vietnam conflict would enjoy their R & R
Ba Na Hill Station
Ba Na Hill Station is located 40 km from Danang. In the past this hill station was a popular French resort equipped with comfortable accommodations, restaurants and entertainment areas. The climate on the hill is mild, making it a good place to escape from the heat during summer months. The surrounding area consists of forests. From Ba Na Hill station you will be able to see beautiful views of the sea
Marble Mountains (Ngu Hanh Son) are located 9 km from the city. The mountains include Kim Son, Thuy Son and Tho Son. Translated, the names of the mountains make up the 4 elements. There are many interesting caves to explore in the area. Temples have been built in some of the caves forming significant sites for worshipers. Am Phu Cave is worth a mention as it offers a view from the top of the mountain. It is also a religious site, adding to the atmosphere of the cave