Da Nang, Vietnam

Da Nang combines the buzz of a big city with beautiful beaches and great restaurants, it's Vietnam's most prominent port and the country's third largest city - it's an ideal base from which to explore the superb eastern coast with its stunning beaches. Da Nang also boasts its own fabulous sights to occupy its culture-hungry visitors, from interesting architecture to culture and nightlife - not forgetting the gastronomic delights of course!

Visit during the Thrung Thu festival in autumn - a fun event focused on making children happy. Friends and family come together and celebrate with entertainment, plenty of food and traditionally lanterns too.

Find yourself above the clouds by mountain trekking in one of the best Vietnamese locations, the Ba Na Mountain Range, just outside Da Nang. Amazing scenery and the weather is slightly cooler than other trekking hotspots.

Da Nang boasts a new, unspoiled scuba dive spot, which is open between February and October - don't forget to pack your snorkel!

Immerse yourself in a Vietnamese movie in a (very) traditional cinema - Fafilm Quang Trun Cinema is one of the oldest in the city and a little like stepping back in time.

Or prepare yourself for some theatrical sights at the Trung Vuong Theatre.

Live jazz is a must when you visit Da Nang - visit the modest Italian Torino Restaurant, which transforms into a buzzing jazz club when the music starts up.

Enjoy the local dish, bún chả cá, or fish paste noodles - available all over town, all day.

In need of a historical fix? Visit the Ho Chi Minh Museum and Uncle Ho's Stilt House, Gardens and Aquarium.

Han River in Da Nang is only several kilometers long - it’s a joining of Cam Le and Tuy Loan rivers and flows through the city's inner districts. Meandering on foot along the riverbank brings visitors face to face with some of the city's liveliest scenes.

Han River
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Marble Mountains
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My Son
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Son Tra Peninsula
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China beach
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A protected marine nature reserve, The Con Dao islands have been protected from tourism due them being a little tricky to get to by over-night ferry or sporadic plane - it's well worth the trip though! It's a complete indulgence of idyllic beaches.

Han Market is perhaps the most famed in Da Nang city, selling food produce to electrical items and everything in between, it also boasts a superb flower section.

Con Market is another must-visit, ideal for selecting that Vietnamese craft piece to take home. Cheap clothes are also found here but beware, the designer items may not be quite as they seem!

Bong Lai Residential Estate and Dragon Resort - If budget is no issue try the Bong Lai Residential Estate and Dragon Resort, which is close to Non Nuoc Beach and the Marble Mountains. Breakfast is included and facilities include a pool, tennis courts and a health spa. A little luxury from which to explore Da Nang.

Brilliant Hotel - Is located close to the Museum of Cham Sculpture and Chi Lang Stadium and suits a more modest budget. It has a wide range of amenities including a nightclub, restaurant and bar.

Intercontinental Da Nang - For true idyllic surroundings, try the Intercontinental Da Nang, which is nestled in the mythical hills of the famous Son Tra Peninsula, with panoramic views of the East Sea. Michelin Starred chef, Mr. Michel Roux runs the hotel's restaurant and the resort's four levels - Heaven, Sky, Earth and Sea - are linked by a funicular train.

Han River

Visit the streets on either side, Bach Dang Street in Hai Chau District and Tran Hung Dao in Son Tra District. Not only is the riverside scenery beautiful, there are parks with people exercising, meeting with friends and generally relaxing. There's also a fish market each morning, which you'll smell before you see!

Marble Mountains

Overlook the city of Da Nang. Of enormous archeological and historical importance, the mountains house many interlinked caves with religious shrines and pagodas. A true sight of beauty and interest.

My Son

Indulge yourself in history and explore several periods in time at My Son, one of the original Imperial cities during the Cham Dynasty. There are more than 70 examples of a Cham architecture. Well worth taking a day trip.

Son Tra Peninsula

Experience outstanding natural beauty at Son Tra Peninsula, a protected natural forest. Complementing the golden shoreline are various species of flora and fauna, hundreds of varieties of plants and many rare and endangered species of animal.

China beach

Soak up some sun on China beach, the oldest bathing beach in Da Nang. The fact this beach lacks modern facilities is made up for by its history - it was developed for American troops to relax during the Vietnam War, some say you can still see their footprints in the sand...