is a small town in Vietnam, situated about one hundred kilometers
south of Hue on the South China Sea. This small town, strategically
located between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, has witnessed
many important events and is extremely significant in recent
Vietnamese history. Often considered to be one of Vietnam’s
future tourism centers, Danang has a lot to offer, and in
wide variety. In addition to beautiful beaches, and the Marble
Mountains, Danang’s central location makes it the perfect
spot from which to explore Vietnam.
Brief History of Danang
a small town, Danang has played a major, albeit somewhat tragic
role in recent Vietnamese history. It was at Danang that French
and Spanish forces first arrived in Vietnam in 1858. Barely
a year later, those same forces took Saigon, leading to the
eventual colonization of Vietnam. Danang also played a significant
role in the Vietnam War. Danang was one of the central transportation
locations for the American war effort in Vietnam, and for
a period during the war was actually the busiest airport in
the world. Danang is also the site of China Beach, made famous
by the American TV series.
its tragic history, Danang is a city on the rise. Plans are
in progress to make Danang a first-class resort area, similar
to Pattaya, Thailand. Luxury resorts are under construction,
as is a golf course; and Danang’s central location, in addition
to the beautiful beaches and surrounding environs, should
make this venture successful.
are advised to arrange the entry visa to Vietnam before embarking
on the trip. This can be taken care of at most travel agencies
in Bangkok, and a 30-day tourist visa costs US $40.00.
International Airport is the gateway to Vietnam, offering
flights to both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. The government
airline, Vietnam Air, keeps competition to a minimum, however
Thai Airways also offers service to both cities. Flights to
Vietnam are usually about an hour and a half to two hours.
Air also offers domestic flights from both Hanoi and Ho Chi
Minh City to Danang.
location offers the visitor a variety of travel options. Apart
from the beaches and scenery in and around Danang, day trips
are also possible to Hue and Hoi An. Below are some suggestions
of what to see.
Marble Mountains are a set of five stunning limestone
peaks near Danang. During the Vietnam War, these peaks
were primarily held by the Viet Cong. It is now possible
to climb one of the Marble Mountains, up a long flight
of carved steps, and the view of the surrounding territory
there is some dispute among locals as to which beach is
the real China Beach, the entire stretch of beach
offers great places to relax and enjoy the sun. Scuba
and snorkeling are offered, as well as a number of other
a hundred kilometers to the north of Danang is the city
of Hue, reputed to be the most beautiful city in all of
Vietnam. This city was the capital of Vietnam from 1802
until 1945, and offers a number of activities, ranging
from swimming to historical sightseeing. A trip to Hue
is really an excursion in and of itself, and a few days
are needed to really enjoy it completely.
kilometers south of Danang is the town of Hoi An, which
was an important Southeast Asian seaport in the exchange
of eastern and western commodities from the 15th
through 17th centuries. As proof of its significance,
Hoi An was recently added to the UNESCO World Heritage
List. Hoi An is an easy day trip from Danang, and its
architecture offers a unique look at different cultures
that have passed through the area.
Vietnamese currency is the dong, which converts at the rate
of approximately 14,000 dong to one US dollar. US cash is
still accepted in many places, and can be exchanged at banks,
exchange booths, or on the black market.