With over 1.3 million inhabitants, Danang (Đà Nẵng in Vietnamese) is the third largest city in Vietnam. It is located in the centre of Vietnam along the mouth of the Han river, 600km south of Hanoi and 600 km north of Ho-Chi-Minh city.
Danang dates back to the Champa kingdom period (2nd century AD), but only experienced significant growth after the 19th century when it became the main port in central Vietnam. Danang was part of French Indochina between the 1880s and the end of World War II.
Due to the destruction of the Vietnam war there are almost no historical buildings in Danang. The strip of land between the Han river to the west and the South China sea is an area with many hotels and skyscrapers. An endless white sand beach extends from the Nui Son Tra peninsula until the next river estuary at Hoi An.
Danang is a good base from which to explore the UNESCO world heritage sites in the region. To the south along the coast there is historical city of Hoi An, while 40km to the southwest in the interior there are the ruins of My Son. To the north there is the former imperial capital Hue.
Danang is a major tourist centre and attracts a large number of tourists every year, mainly Asian from South Korea and China. The beach is nice but the sea water is not very clean. In the city centre around the Han river there are very few cafes and restaurants.
How to get to Danang
Danang has an international airport with direct connections (even low cost ones) to many Asian cities and capitals and Vietnamese cities. In fact, Danang is the major access point to Central Vietnam. There is also a train station with trains to the north (Hanoi) and the south and bus connections to other Vietnamese cities.
There are countless hotels in Danang, especially in the land strip between the Han river and the beach. Competition helps to drive room rates to reasonable levels.
Linh Ung pagoda photo gallery  - 23 pictures of Linh Ung pagoda
Miscellaneous images photo gallery  - 21 pictures of Miscellaneous images
Han river photo gallery  - 17 pictures of Han river
23 photos of the Linh Ung pagoda, a beautiful temple complex on a hill overlooking Danang
21 miscellaneous photos of Danang
17 photos of the Han river in Danang and of its waterfront
Marble mountains photo gallery  - 16 pictures of Marble mountains
Huyen Khong cave photo gallery  - 16 pictures of Huyen Khong cave
Am Phu cave photo gallery  - 21 pictures of Am Phu cave
16 photos of the Marble Mountains, a rocky outcrop with many caves and temples south of Danang
16 photos of the Huyen Khong cave, the largest cave in the Marble mountains
21 photos of the Am Phu cave complex in the Marble mountains south of Danang
Panoramic views photo gallery  - 12 pictures of Panoramic views
Cham museum photo gallery  - 13 pictures of Cham museum
12 panoramic views of Danang and the Da Nang bay
13 photos of the Cham museum in Danang with its collection of Champa artifacts
Shopping malls photo gallery  - 10 pictures of Shopping malls
Beaches photo gallery  - 10 pictures of Beaches
10 photos of shopping malls and markets in Danang
10 photos of the beach in Danang
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