DESTINATION - DANANG

DESTINATION - DANANG

Situated in central Vietnam, Danang is Vietnam fourth largest city and a bustling sea port, located midway
between Hanoi and Saigon. While Danang is an important economic hub for Vietnam, for tourists, it is primarily a transit point on to the nearby destinations of Hue and Hoi An or the beaches just outside the city.

Danang has an ideal natural location, surrounded by mountains, rivers, and the ocean, including the Hai Van pass to the north, the South China Sea to the east, Ba Na mountains to the west, and the Son Tra Peninsula with Nui Son Tra (Monkey Mountain) to the northeast.

Outside of Danang along the South China Sea are popular beaches including China Beach, which is famous as an American R&R during the American-Vietnam war; nearby My Khe beach, and Lang Co beach.

What to Do?

While Danang is frequently bypassed by tourists, it has several tourist attractions to justify a stop, most notably the world-renowned Cham Museum in Danang.

A trip to the China Beach, or one of the other beaches, is also a popular activity from Danang for relaxing, swimming and watersports. The beaches in this area also have some of the best waves for surfing in the country.

Nearby China Beach is the Marble Mountain, five marble mountain each representing a natural element and caves to explore. Further from Danang is the Ba Na Hill Station, 42 km west of Danang, with spectacular vista views, waterfalls, light trekking, and cool temperatures.

When to Go?

The weather in Danang stays relatively warm and mild year-round. There are two seasons in Danang, with the rainy season from August to December and the dry season from January to July. Protected by the Hai Van Pass from the northern winds and rains, the weather is milder and dryer than destinations just to its north. The city average temperature is about 26ºC, rising to 28-30ºC from June to August and cooling to 18-23ºC from December to February.

My Khe Beach

China Beach extends north and south of the Marble Mountains and was made famous by the war and subsequent TV series. My Khe Beach is within cycling distance of Danang and it was this close proximity that led to it being used as an R&R destination for American soldiers during the war. It is a long beach that stretches all the way down to Cua Dai beach at Hoi An, though you will get a larger surf at My Khe Beach. My Khe Beach actually hosted Vietnam's first International Surfing Competition in 1992.

Lang Co Beach

If you were not planning on staying in Lang Co, a drive through may change your mind. The main street is lined with palm trees enticing you to go for a swim in the crystal clear waters that lap onto fine white sandy beaches. Lang Co is on a sand spit peninsula with a sparkling lagoon on one side, and a long beach lining the South China Sea on the other. This is one of the most beautiful places in Vietnam, and is yet to be developed extensively for tourists, which is probably a good thing.

How to get there?

Air: Danang Airport is located just 3 km southwest of the city center, with frequent flights to Hanoi and Hochiminh City on both Vietnam and Pacific Airlines and daily flights to Nha Trang, as well as international services direct to Bangkok, Hong Kong, Siem Riep, Taipei and Singapore.

Train: Danang is a major station of the Reunification Train system, with trains running several times per day both north towards Hue and Hanoi and south towards Nha Trang and HCMC. The Danang train station is located about 1.5 km north of the city centre.

Bus: Danang is well-served both by public buses at Danang intercity bus station to Hue (108 km, or three hours), Hoi An (30 km, or less than 1 hour), Hanoi (764 km, or 16 hours) and HCMC (964 km, or 24 hours). Danang is less served by the open-tour buses, which generally pass briefly through Danang on the way to Hoi An and Hue.

Car: With Hoi An less than an hour away (and costing only $10-15 USD), many tourists prefer to go by taxi or private car from Danang to Hoi An. Private cars can also be arranged for Hue, Ba Na Hill Station, My Son, Bach Ma National Park.
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