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Introduction

Da Nang

Da Nang

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Da Nang is one of the major port cities in Vietnam (in addition to Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi) and the biggest city on the South Central Coast of Vietnam; the city is situated on the coast of the South China Sea, at the mouth of the Hàn River. Da Nang is the commercial and educational center of Central Vietnam, with a well-sheltered, easily accessible port; its location on the path of National Route 1A and the North-South Railway makes it a hub for transportation. It is located within 100 kilometres of several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the Imperial City of Hue, the Old Town of Hoi An, and the My Son ruins. The city was previously known as Cửa Hàn during early Dai Viet settlement, and as Tourane (or Turon) during French colonial rule. It is the fourth biggest economic center in Vietnam (after Ho Chi Minh city, Ha Noi, and Hai Phong).

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Neighbourhoods

  • Hải Châu
  • Cẩm Lệ
  • Hoàng Sa (Paracel Islands)
  • Liên Chiểu
  • Sơn Trà
  • Hòa Vang
  • Ngũ Hành Sơn
  • Thanh Khê

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Sights and Activities

My Son

Vietnam - My Son

Vietnam - My Son

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My Son is an archaeological site with temple ruins dating back over 1,000 years that used to be the religious centre of the Cham Kingdom. It is located 70 kilometres west of Da Nang in a forested valley. A popular tourist destination, listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, travellers should arrive early if they want to avoid the crowds.

Others Sights and Activities

  • Hai Van Pass
  • Marble Mountains
  • Dien Hai Citadel
  • China Beach
  • Linh Ung Pagoda
  • Son Tra Peninsula
  • Non Nuoc Beach
  • Cham Museum
  • Ba Na Mountains
  • Tuy Loan Communal House

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Events and Festivals

- Ba Na Tourism Festival in May
- Quan The Am-Ngu Hanh Son Festival
- The annual traditional festivals of Danang City
- An Hai village festival
- Hoa My village festival.

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Weather

Da Nang has a tropical monsoon climate with generally hot and humid conditions year round. Temperatures range from a pleasant 25-26 °C from December to February to 33-34 °C from May to August. Nights are mostly in the 20-25 °C range. Average annual precipitation is around 2,000mm, with around two thirds of that falling from September to early December. October alone has over 600mm of rain!

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg Max24.8 °C26.1 °C28.7 °C31 °C33.4 °C33.9 °C34.3 °C33.9 °C31.5 °C29.6 °C27 °C24.9 °C
Avg Min18.5 °C19.8 °C21.5 °C23.3 °C24.9 °C25.5 °C25.3 °C25.5 °C24.1 °C23.2 °C21.6 °C19.3 °C
Rainfall96.2 mm33 mm22.4 mm26.9 mm62.6 mm87.1 mm85.6 mm103 mm349.7 mm612.8 mm366.2 mm199 mm
Rain Days13.76.94.85.68.988.611.415.421.220.918.6

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Getting There

By Plane

The Da Nang International Airport (DAD) is located in the city centre and domestic flights are available with Vietnam Airlines to/from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, Nha Trang, Pleiku, Hai Phong, Da Lat and Buon Ma Thuot. There are also international connections with Silk Air from Siem Reap and Singapore, and with Air Asia to Kuala Lumpur. Several other airlines serve international connections though, including flights to/from Shanghai Pudong International Airport, and charter flights to/from Beijing, Chengdu, Kunming, Guangzhou, Taipei and Tokyo.

By Train

Da Nang is a station of the Unification Train system between Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. Stops include Hue (2½ to four hours, seven daily), Lang Co (1½ to two hours, four daily), Quang Ngai (2½ to four hours, six daily), Tuy Hoa (seven to 10 hours, five daily) and Nha Trang (8½ to 12½ hours, seven daily).

By Car

  • National Highway 1
  • National Highway 14B

Hoi An is just 30 minutes away and renting a motorbike or car with driver is usually a good idea if you are with more people.

By Bus

The large Da Nang intercity bus station is 3 kilometres west from the city centre. Buses leave for all major centres, including Dong Hoi (five hours, six daily), Hue (three hours, six daily), Quy Nhon (six hours, 11 daily) and Kon Tum (five hours, three daily). There are three weekly services to Savannakhet in Laos (14 hours), crossing the border at Lao Bao. Regular buses to Hoi An (one hour) depart from a local bus station 200 metres away from the intercity bus station.

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Getting Around

By Car

Taxi rates are very reasonable in Da Nang, and scams are less common than in Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City, but you're better off going with a reputable company to avoid any hassle. Mai Linh (mostly green with white lettering, though sometimes green or silver) ☎ +84 511 356 5656 (or 0511 356 5656 if dialling from a local telephone) and Vinasun (white with green and red lettering) ☎ +84 511 368 6868 have large fleets in the city and are generally honest and reliable, with meters that start automatically after the taxis have moved about 5m. At the airport, Mai Linh taxi wardens wear green shirts with green ties, and Vinasun wardens dark green shirts with maroon ties. These wardens can radio taxis for you. Some travellers have reported that Song Han's yellow taxis are also fairly reliable.

According to traveller reports, USD 10 is the standard rate for going to Hoi An. You can try to negotiate with a taxi driver at the train station, and agree on a fare of USD10 (200,000 dong).

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Eat

Although not a culinary capital like the ancient imperial capital Hue, Da Nang still has more than enough variety to keep you well fed throughout your stay. Seafood (hải sản) is big here, so you shouldn't be surprised to see plenty of it - fish (cá), shrimp (tôm), squid (mực), clams (nghêu), snails (ốc), and the list goes on. As long as it looks fresh and well-cooked, give it a try.

Then there are regional specialties like mì Quảng, or Quang Nam-style noodles, featuring chicken, shrimp, quail eggs, peanuts and rice crackers in a turmeric-spiced broth; bún chả cá, or rice vermicelli with fish sausage; and bún mắm, or rice vermicelli served with a high-octane fish sauce that's not for the weak of palate. Central Vietnamese love their food spicy, too, so be warned that the chili peppers (ớt) you may see on your table are the real thing, even if they look tiny and harmless.

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Drink

Coffee is part of the culture in Vietnam, and it's enjoyed differently from place to place. In Da Nang, and more generally, in central Vietnam, people take their coffee very strong. As opposed to the south, where coffee is served in a tall glass filled with small cubes of ice, central Vietnamese tend to take their coffee in a small cup with one large block of ice, which melts as slowly as the coffee drips down from its metal filter - leaving them time to chat with friends, colleagues, or whoever might be sitting nearby.

There are several kinds of coffee shop in Da Nang, from street-side cà phê cóc, through mid-class shops to more luxurious ones. Most offer Wi-Fi nowadays, in case you want a place to relax and get online.

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Sleep

There are many small hotels along the east side of the river (Tran Hung Dao St), which generally start at 300,000 dong for a single room and have Wi-Fi, hot water, and air-con. Pham Phu Thu is a good street with many budget hotels in the centre on the west side of the river.

Budget

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Gold Coast Hotel27 Ho Xuan HuongHotel-
Dai A Hotel51 Yen Bai, Da NangHotel82
Song Thu Hotel30 - 34 Tran Phu StHotel-
Phi Yen HotelE-21-Phan Boi Street, Da NangHostel87
Vian HotelC1-9 Pham Van Dong StHOTEL-
Mango Hotel25 An Thuong 1- My An - Ngu Hanh SonHOTEL84
Sandy Beach Non Nuoc Resort255 Huyen Tran Cong Chua Street Ngu Hanh Son DistrictGUESTHOUSE-
Jimmy Hotel168 Ho Nghinh st, Son traHotel-
Mayana Hotel40 Nguyen Thai Hoc StHotel-
Chu Boutique Hotel02-04 An Thuong 1, My Khe Beach, Ngu Hanh Son DistHOTEL-
Grand Mango Hotel60 An Thuong 1 Ngu Hanh SonHOTEL-
Cham Hotel567 Nguyen Tat Thanh StHOTEL-
Gold Hotel24 Nui Thanh St. Hai Chau WardHOTEL-
Song Xanh Hotel261 Ho Nghinh Street Son Tra WardHOTEL-
Dai Duong Hotel (Ocean Hotel)04-05 Hoang Ke Viem St. My An WardHOTEL-
Galaxy Hotel Da Nang95 Ho Xuan Huong StreetHOTEL-
Quoc Cuong II Da Nang324-326 Hoang Dieu Street Hai Chau DistrictHOTEL-
Fusion Maia resortTruong Sa street Khue My ward Ngu Hanh Son districtHotel-
FansipanChangsha, P. My An, Q Marble MountainHostel-
Princess Hotel Da NangLot E2-20 Phan Boi Street Son Tra DistrictHOTEL-
Starlet Hotel31+32 Ngo Thi Sy StreetHotel-
Ngoc Minh hotel316 Dung Si Thanh KheHotel-

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Work

There are a number of schools (ILA, Apollo, Academy English Center, and the University of Da Nang) where qualified teachers can teach English. The salaries are many times above the average national wage.

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Keep Connected

Internet

Most hotels and coffee shops have free wi-fi.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

Vietnam's international dialing code is +84. To call to other countries from Vietnam, start with 00, followed by the international number, usually without the first 0. International and domestic phone calls are available in almost every hotel or internet café. International phone charges are high in Vietnam and hotels often add a mark up fee so it is smart to always check the rates before dialling. Public phones require phone cards, which are available at post offices.

Some common and useful phone codes are:

  • 00 - International call prefix
  • 110 - Operator
  • 113 - Police
  • 114 - Fire Department
  • 115 - Medical Aid/Ambulance
  • 116 - Directory Assistance
  • 1080 - Information

Post

Vietnam Post is the government owned national postal service of Vietnam. Services are generally fairly reliable, cheap but not overly fast, except express services. Express Mail Service (EMS) ensures that letters and small parcels are delivered within 24-48 hours domestically. International EMS is associated with over 50 countries worldwide, with a delivery time ranging from 2 to 10 days. Regular services are cheaper but much slower. Most post offices keep much longer hours than most other official businesses, usually starting from 6:30am until 9:30pm and also open on Saturday and even Sunday. You can buy stamps here and they also offer other services like money transfers. You can also try other companies to send parcels, for example with DHL, TNT and UPS.

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Quick Facts

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 16.051571
  • Longitude: 108.214897

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