Danang - Vietnam
Danang is Vietnam’s fourth biggest city and there are possibly more things to do in Danang and its surrounding area than any other city.
Danang, a city of over 1 million, has long been more of a stopover for travellers heading to the nearby lantern-filled streets of Hoi An or the old imperial capital of Hue, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
But Danang itself is now a draw card too with the stunning coastline and a beach lined with 4- and 5-star beach resorts. You can choose your resort then explore the area including nearby Marble Mountain and its caves filled with Buddha statues. Just over half an hour’s drive away is the ancient town of Hoi An or you can visit Bana Hills, an imitation French-colonial city built on top of a mountain that currently holds the record for the longest cable car in the world.
The American military made landfall in Vietnam on Danang’s beaches in 1965. The city became a place for American soldiers to recuperate between missions until it fell to the North Vietnamese in 1975. But today along the beachfront are gleaming resorts and golf courses for a perfect Vietnam beach holiday.
Danang’s main specialty is seafood. A seemingly never-ending chain of restaurants on the eastern side of the city, just across the Han River, serves octopus, crab, clams, squid, prawns and fish cooked in delicate sauces of garlic, tamarind, chiles and lemongrass.
Da Nang city marks the halfway point between the capital in the north, Hanoi, and Ho Chi Minh City in the south. While many people prefer to stay right in close to the charming ancient town of Hoi An, for some, Da Nang is the year-round Vietnam holiday destination.