- Da Nang Travel Guide

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Located in central Vietnam, Da Nang was the landing point of both the French and the Americans during their stints in Vietnam. During the Vietnam War, Da Nang was the home to one fifth of all US servicemen based in Vietnam. This made Da Nang on of the heaviest defended cities in South Vietnam, yet it eventually fell to the North Vietnamese in 1975 with hardly a bullet fired.

Da Nang marks the halfway point between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City and was the first place to organize its own local communist party committee. It is a busy, dusty, somewhat colorless city. The fourth largest in Vietnam, and one of the largest business centers. Unless you are in Da Nang for business, chances are you will pass straight through.

Nevertheless, Da Nang does have a fascinating Cham Museum that contains an excellent collection of Cham art. However, the main reason for staying in Da Nang is in the surrounding region. Vietnam Beach, the Marble Mountains, Hoi An  and My Son are all within striking distance of the city, though it is more pleasant to stay in Hoi An and visit these sights.