Da Nang

Danang is the largest city in central Vietnam and one of the country's most important ports. Ringed by mountains on one side and the East Sea on the other, Danang has numerous sites of natural beauty and historical interest. Read more...

The city’s origins date back to the ancient Champa Kingdom, established by Indonesian settlers in 192AD. At its peak, the Cham’s sphere of influence stretched from north of Hue to the Mekong Delta. The expansion of the Chinese, Vietnamese and Khmer led to the decline and fall of the Cham by the mid-15th century.

Places of interest

Established by the Ecole Francaise d’Extreme Orient in 1915, the Cham Museum houses the world's finest collection of Cham art. Many of the statues, sculptures and reliefs were discovered at the nearby former Cham capitals of Dong Duong, Khuong My and Tra Kieu as well as My Son which is now a UNESCO designated World Heritage site. Dating from the 7th to the 15th centuries, the sensual artwork depicts daily activities as well as Hindu and Buddhist religious artifacts. The museum itself is housed in a beautiful French colonial style villa with open-air courtyards, fruit trees and bougainvillea.

The Marble Mountains are rocky limestone outcrops jutting out of the beach just south of Danang. Paths lead to the top of the forested cliffs, affording spectacular views of Non Nuoc Beach and the East Sea. The caves nestled in the cliffs were originally inhabited by Cham people. Later, Vietnamese under the Nguyen Dynasty built numerous pagodas amongst the caves. Today, the Marble Mountains are home to various artisans producing sculpture and artwork at its base.

This white sandy beach on the outskirts of Danang is renowned for both its spectacular beauty and for its history as an R&R destination for American troops during the War. Today, the beach is home to luxurious resorts, surfing and entertainment facilities.