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Da Nang Holidays
Da Nang Travel Guide
If you want a combination of gorgeous beaches and intriguing day trips, we know just the place. Home to some of the country’s most luxurious beach resorts, we love Da Nang for its pitch-perfect location, slap-bang in the middle of central Vietnam’s most tempting destinations. If you want to get out there and explore, this is the ideal base to squeeze as much of this incredible country as you can into your holiday. With the charming town of Hoi An just a short drive away and the imperial city of Hue also nearby, Danang offers you the perfect contrast between relaxing beach days and fascinating history and culture.
This famous, postcard-perfect beach stretches its white sands for 20 miles. Named China Beach by the American troops who visited during the Vietnam War, its local name is Non Nuoc. Loved by sun-seekers and surfers, this stunning spot was popular with backpackers before it became host to the collection of luxurious beach hotels it has today. Although most of the hotels offer a selection of watersports, the beach retains a peaceful atmosphere where days are spent relaxing with a good book or observing the local fisherman as they bring in their catch
The Marble Mountains
These five marble and limestone hills are a place of significance for local people. Each 'mountain' is named after one of the five elements (metal, water, wood, fire and earth) and has its own caves and tunnels, some of which were Buddhist sanctuaries and hideouts for the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War. In the quarries at their base you’ll find statues of animals, folk tales and Buddhist figures carved from the rock.
Museum of Cham Sculpture
With works ranging from the 4th to 14th centuries, this is the world’s largest collection of Cham art. The 300 or so sandstone sculptures and decorations are relics of Champa, the powerful Hindu civilization that once ruled large parts of Vietnam. Decorations include the snake god Naga, and elephant-headed Ganesha.
Around 30 minutes drive south of Danang, it’s easy to feel like you’ve stepped back in time as you walk through the winding alleyways of Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and historic trading port. The town was visited by merchants from Japan, China and Arabia from the 15th to 19th century, and their influence lives on in the eclectic architecture, streets and temples. Spend the day wandering around the quaint streets, have some clothes hand made for you at one of the many tailor shops and enjoy the glow of the paper lanterns as you enjoy a delicious Vietnamese dinner at one of the rooftop restaurants overlooking the river.
Although around two hours from Danang by car, we highly recommend taking a trip to Vietnam’s former imperial capital and spend a day delving into the country’s history. Tread in the footsteps of emperors in the sprawling Imperial City, dine on fussy, over-the-top imperial cuisine, and visit the Tombs of the Emperors scattered along the banks of the evocatively named Perfume River.