The City of Da Nang is a picturesque city on Vietnam's eastern coast. With beautiful natural surroundings, Da Nang Port is at the heart of three world cultural heritage sites: the ancient capital of Hue, ancient Hoi An town, and the holy land of My Son. Da Nang Port is a popular tourist destination with many attractions that visitors will want to check out.
The Son Tra peninsula that protects Da Nang Port is one of the most beautiful places in the world, and the peninsula is surrounded by scenic alluvial plains. The beautiful Han River is a source of pride for the people of Da Nang Port. The Han River bridge is a symbol of the new life of the city and its prosperous future. With long clean beaches, Da Nang Port is one of Vietnam's favorite vacation spots.
Being the landing point for the French colonial invasion, many reminders of the colonial period remain in Da Nang Port. There are also many reminders of the "American War" in Da Nang Port. The ruins of a military base remain on China Beach, with helicopter hangars reminding visitors and residents of the city's recent stormy past.
While many tourists miss the charms of Da Nang Port, it is one of the best places for backpackers in all of Vietnam. China Beach is now home to guest houses and shops. With some of Vietnam's most isolated and beautiful beaches, it is the perfect detonation for tourists on a budget.
While the province was not friendly to foreigners in the past, the local government has eagerly pursued tourism and foreign investment since the 1990s. Over the past decades, the city has grown quickly. Today, it sports multi-story buildings and modern beach resorts. The downtown area of Da Nang Port is relaxed and quiet, with several attractions that include a zoo, a water park, tennis courts, pool halls, and a soccer stadium as well as many night clubs.
During the relatively dry summers, temperatures can reach 36 °C (97 °F) from July to August. Tropical storms are common in October and November.
The Marble Mountains, about nine kilometers south of Da Nang Port, are a fascinating place where Buddhist temples hide in caves and grottoes and pilgrims still journey. Am Phu cave offers a steep climb from caverns filled with statues of sinners being punished to a magnificent view and many sacred sculptures from the top of the mountain. Guides are available for hire, and visitors are advised to wear climbing or walking shoes.
Ba Na Hill Station is a 1920s French Resort about 40 kilometers west of Da Nang Port that used to house villas, restaurants, and clubs enjoyed by the French colonials. In the midst of an unspoiled forest and with a temperate climate, the Ba Na Hill Station offers breathtaking views of the South China Sea and Lao mountain range. While the roads are difficult, demanding 4-wheel drive, the site is also reachable by a new cable system that takes visitors to the top of Mount Chua.
The 1915 Cham Museum in Da Nang Port contains a collection of stone sculptures that were made by the Hindu Cham civilization that lived here from about 1000 B.C. to the 14th Century AD. While the sandstone sculptures have been weathered badly, they show the skills of the artists who made them. Statues depict Shiva, garudas, nadas, and animals holy to the Hindu religion. The collections were taken from the disintegrating Cham ruins before they could be taken by looters.
Travelers who want to visit Da Nang Port by sea can find a list of scheduled cruises by searching for "Da Nang" on the Cruise Compete website.