The Vietnamese city of Da Nang lies on the coast and is one of the country’s largest conurbations. Da Nang city has International Airport with many direct flights, deep sea port and the national North – South railway system of Vietnam. The inner city traffic system has been renovated and upgraded to create a new look for Da Nang.
Often overlooked by tourists and favoured more by businessmen, Da Nang lacks the bustle of Ho Chi Minh City and the charm of Hanoi, but is close to a number of the most famous Vietnam historic, heritage and natural sites, and has some interesting aspects of its own.
At the north latitude of 15055’20’’ to 16014’10’’ and 107018’30’’ to 108020’00’ east longitude, Da Nang borders Thua Thien Hue province in the North, Quang Nam province in the West and South, and the China South Sea in the East.
The city has an area of 1156.53 km ² consists of 06 urban districts (Hai Chau, Thanh Khe, Lien Chieu, Ngu Hanh Son, Son Tra, Cam Le) and Hoa Vang rural district, the Hoang Sa island district.
MORE DA NANG INFORMATION / FAST FACTS AND ORIENTATION
- Country: Vietnam (central)
- Location: South Central Coast / Central Vietnam
- Status: port city
- Area: approximately 1156.53 km ²
- Population: approximately 942,132 inhabitants (as of to 31/11/2010).
- Language: Vietnamese
- Currency: Vietnamese Dong (VND)
- Time zone: UTC+ 7
- Country dialling code: +84
- Telephone area code: 0236
- Average daily Da Nang January temperature: 25°C / 77°F
- Average daily Da Nang July temperature: 34°C / 93°F
DIVERSITY OF ATTRACTIONS
Most travellers who are staying in Da Nang for a few days or more will want to check out the region’s white-sandy beaches and coastline, which provide a very different kind of resort-style Vietnam. The Da Nang Beaches is highly suitable for swimming and never cold and innumerable water sports are available at the principal beaches, such as diving, snorkelling and water-skiing. The most popular nearby stretches include Bac My An Beach, Nam O Beach, Non Nuoc Beach and especially My Khe Beach was voted one of the most beautiful beaches by Forbes (U.S.), each of which has an undeniable tropical flavour.
As a result of the Vietnam War conflict, many of the most obvious aspects of Da Nang’s heritage are no longer around, meaning that those still standing are now more revered. The Da Nang Cathedral is one such tourist attraction and its distinctive pink architecture dates back to the 1920s. Other historic sights to see in Da Nang include the rather gaudy Cao Dai Temple, the very traditional Phap Lam Pagoda, and the Pho Da Nang Pagoda, where three renowned images of Buddha reside.
The backdrop provided by the Marble Mountains (Ngu Hanh Son) is quite a sight and comprises no less than five mountains of differing heights, named after the elements – Earth (Tho Son), Fire (Hoa Son), Metal (Kim Son), Water (Thuy Son) and Wood (Moc Son). These mountains feature elaborate pagodas, Buddhist temples and lengthy tunnels, while the foothills have seen the arrival of Stone Villages and settlements, specialising in marble sculpture. Although the Marble Mountains are undeniably the principal landmark around Da Nang, there are a series of man-made offerings that deserve some attention, namely the 17th-century Long Thu Pagoda, the early 19th-century Dien Hai Fortress and the ancient Iphanho Cemetery.
Most will be pleasantly surprised by the variety of cultural attractions now present in Da Nang, often recounting its bygone days with artefacts and information about former communities. The Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture is highly regarded throughout Vietnam for its wealth of important Hindu artefacts and Cham sculptures originating from the Indic kingdom of Champa. At the Da Nang Museum you can expect exhibits relating to the French and American wars, as well as more traditional relics. The military days are also remembered at the Ho Chi Minh Museum.
The central location of Da Nang really does lend itself to day trips and tourists on holiday here frequently choose to take excursions to the surrounding towns. Amongst the closest of these attractions is the Bana Hills within the Truong Son Range (or the Annamite Range), where the refreshingly cool climate and spectacular coastal views provide much appeal to travellers. Nearly Bana Hills, Hai Van Pass, shaped by this ideal geographical feature is praised ‘The most marvelous scenery of all’ for having an amazing view overlooking the sea, besides the notorious dangerous curves. To the south of Da Nang, Cham Island is a great place for sunbathing and snorkelling, being part of the Cu Lao Cham Marine Park and well connected by boats from the port. Also close is the Bach Ma National Park and its wealth of birdlife, Son Tra Peninsula (Ban Dao Son Tra) and its neighbouring Tien Sa Beach, the Hindu temples of My Son, the huge citadel of Hue, and the charming town of Hoi An, a World Heritage Site with ancient architecture, winding old streets, numerous museums and a 16th-century bridge.
A FUN AND WELCOMING ENVIRONMENT
Not only blessed by countless beautiful sceneries, Da Nang is said to be ‘Worth Living’ due to its refreshing and peaceful environment. Used to lead the country in terms of economic advancement, Da Nang at the same time keeps its safety and security level under control, resolves states of homelessness and vagabonds, does away with drugs and reduces traffic jams to minimal degree.
Therefore, you can rest assured and tour the city in the most comfortable and mind-easing position. Coming to Da Nang, you will satisfy their appetite with countless local specialties such as My Quang (Quang’s Noodles), Banh Trang Cuon Thit Heo (Sliced Pork Rolled With Rice Paper), Banh Xeo (Pancake), Hai San (Seafood),… in over 150 high quality and standard restaurants.
MAPS AND ORIENTATION OF THE CITY
Da Nang is strung out along the Han River banks and the coastline, with a number of beaches running from the coast near the centre, to the edges of the city on either side. The downtown area contains most of the modern shops and a good few hotels and guest houses, and is where most tourists and resident expats gather. The majority of the upscale restaurants are either here or along the beaches, together with the resorts.
- Bach Ma National Park – 25 km / 15 miles (30 minutes, North-West)
- Cham Island – 23 km / 15 miles (30 minutes, South)
- Hanoi – 765 km / 470 miles (12 hours and 45 minutes, North)
- Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) – 964 km / 597 miles (15 hours, South)
- Hoi An – 25 km / 18 miles (30 minutes, South)
- Hue – 98 km / 61 miles (one hour 45 minutes, North)
- Marble Mountains – 10 km / 7 miles (15 minutes, South)
- My Son – 60 km / 41 miles (one hour and 15 minutes, South)
- Pleiku – 368 km / 230 miles (five hours and 30 minutes, South)
- Quang Ngai – 132 km / 82 miles (two hours and 25 minutes, South)
- Vinh – 460 km / 287 miles (seven hours and 45 minutes, North)