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.
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!