1.0 About Da Nang
Da Nang is the biggest city in Central Vietnam and is mainly used as a transit station to Hue or Hoi an. The city is remarkably Western, with numerous bars and restaurants, skyscrapers and large bridges that connect the area with the surroundings. With the boulevards and colonial buildings along the river bank you can see the French presence in the past.
Da Nang managed to develop into an important port city during the sixteenth and seventeenth century. This was partly because the waterway to the port of Hoi An began to silt up. This growth peaked when Hue became Vietnam's capital in 1802 and Da Nang served as the main location for receiving foreign delegations. The city only really grew during the American war when an airbase was established near the city and the largest concentration was made of American soldiers in South Vietnam.
The city has varies sights, including the magnificent Cham Museum where a huge collection of sculptures is collected. Another reason why people want to visit Da Nang are the Marble Mountains, a collection of religious objects and viewpoints, located in the mountains.
Da Nang has two popular beaches: China Beach and My Khe Beach. China Beach is a thin beach of three kilometers long and popular with local fishermen. My Khe Beach is more popular with water sports enthusiasts. You can practice many water sports such as surfing, kayaking and snorkeling.
The most famous part of Da Nang is the Hai Van Pass. This route brings you from Da Nang to Hue and the other way around. The Hai Van Pass itself is just 21 kilometers and from Da Nang to Lang co is 30 kilometers. You will drive through one of the most stunning mountains in Vietnam with a ocean scenery!
How to get there?
Da Nang has an international airport (DAD) in the center of the city. Because it is an international airport, you can fly there from any location in Vietnam, but also from other places in Asia such as Bangkok and Hong Kong. After arriving at the airport you can take a taxi to your hotel. The average price for the center is about 150,000 VND. Some accommodation also offers a shuttle service.
The Da Nang train station is located in Hai Phong Street (5 kilometers from the center). If you are departing from a distant destination such as Hanoi, keep in mind that the TN trains are slower. The prices below are average prices. They depend on what type of train you have.
- Nha Trang: 10 hours, average 500.000 VND
- Ho Chi Minh City: 17 hours, average 950.000 VND
- Hue: 3 hours, average 170.000 VND
- Hanoi: 16 hours, average 1.000.000 VND
The bus station is located on Dien Bien Phu and one of the busiest stations after Saigon and Hanoi. You can also go to Laos from this station.
- Ho Chi Minh City: 17 hours, 900.000 VND
- Hue: 3 hours, 150.000 VND
- Da Lat: 16 hours, 410.000 VND
- Nha Trang: 14 hours, 340.000 VND
- Hanoi: 16 hours, 510.000 VND
- Dong Hoi: 6 hours, 330.000 VND
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