Danang Province

Located in Central Vietnam, Danang has many strengths and tourism potential to develop thanks for its geographical location, average temperatures, history, economy and culture. In Vietnam’s tourism development plan, Danang, Quang Nam and Hue are three priority poles.

History and location

Danang was often referred to as “North of Saigon” during Vietnam War. The cliché is tinged with both praise and opprobrium. In fact, Danang gained reputation thanks to its booming economy, it good restaurants with congestion and neon signs. “Distract the troops” was indeed lucrative. Bars and prostitutes were a true local industry and, as in Saigon, corruption soon put a serious damper on the nightlife. Today, recent economic reforms have helped Danang gain some of its former glory.

With its million inhabitants, Danang is now the fourth largest city. It also marks the northern boundary of the tropical zone of Vietnam – Hue, which is not far away. Danang consists of 5 boroughs: Hai Chau, Thanh Khe, Son Tra, Ngu Hanh Son, Lien Chieu, and 2 districts: Hoa Vang and Hoang Sa.

Danang has several different types of geographic areas: plateaus, mountains, sea, river islands, collar of clouds, Son Tra peninsula, natural park and BaNa Hills. Tourists can visit the Museum of Cham sculptures, unique in its kind, located in the city, Ho Chi Minh Museum and Revolutionary Museum. Danang is also famous for its beautiful sandy beaches such as: Nam O, Xuan Thieu (Red Beach), Binh Thanh, My Khe, Bac My An, Non Nuoc. Surf competitions and other water sports can be organized.

Located in a region with high tourism potential, Danang will become the crossroads of travelers who visit the Central Vietnam. Within a radius of 10km around the city center, travelers can visit historical monuments representing the traditional culture of Vietnam, Champa, China, Japan and France.

At 100km to the north, we find the former imperial capital of Hue whose magnificent places, royal tombs, pagodas make it unique. Hue was classified World Heritage by UNESCO. At 100km from Danang city center to the southeast is My Son sanctuary near Tra Kieu – the ancient capital of Cham Kingdom. This is one of the rare examples of the apogee of architectural art of the ancient Champa and the people who ruled Central Vietnam for 9 centuries. Hoian Ancient Town is located 30km south of Danang. Hoian, formerly Faifo, welcomed merchants worldwide. The ancient town of Hoian has preserved its houses and Japanese-style monuments, Chinese temples, pagodas and houses representing traditional Vietnamese architecture. For its particular characteristics of tourist region, Danang is doing everything possible to attract investors for the rehabilitation of infrastructure and the construction of new accommodation facilities for tourists. All this will contribute to the socio-economic development, giving the city a new face and improving the living conditions of its inhabitants.

What to see

Cham Museum

Founded in 1919 by the French School of the Far East, this institution contains sculptures and architectural elements from the center of the country (My Son, Dong Duong, etc.) which had developed between the fourth and thirteenth centuries, the Cham Kingdom. The art and architecture of Cham, with its temple-towers covered with carvings, reflect the influence of India (its origin) and Khmer (Angkor). At the rear of the central pavilion is a shop where you can find books, reproductions of sculptures and modern paintings.

East Sea

South of the city stretches the endless white sandy beach of the East Sea covered by dense pine forest. There is Furama Resort with beautiful view of Danang Beach and the Pass of the Ocean Clouds.

Marble Mountain

Above the East Sea, a rocky hill houses a Buddhist sanctuary. A 105-step-climb achieves Huyen Khong Grotto in which we can see a giant Buddha and beautiful calligraphic inscriptions on the walls. The place is very touristic. With little luck, the children will take you through a very steep path (that is almost climbing), not frequented by the groups at the top standing a small temple. It is a very beautiful panorama.

My Son and Cham sanctuaries

Champa Kingdom developed in Central Vietnam. Several archaeological sites testify to this civilization, like Po Nagar (near Nha Trang) and My Son, considered the most important, which was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. 10km from the coast, My Son is a sanctuary consisting of a series of brick-tower temples whose architecture and sculpted motifs belong to a Hindu influence. Many elements were transferred to the museum in Danang. The site had suffered looting, but in smaller proportions than Angkor.

The Collar of Clouds

Danang is the starting point of mandarin road, which links it to the former imperial capital of Hue. The road climbs in altitude, overlooking Danang Beach, reaching the Cloud Pass. We appreciate the sublime panoramas, craggy road after flood in 1999. On the north side, the road descends on the peninsula of Lang Co, a land extension between two inlets: the waves of the Pacific on one side and a lagoon with clear and calm waters on the other. The fishing village is very friendly.

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