Located on the south central coast of Vietnam, at the mouth of the Han River, Da Nang is a modern, evolving port city, with the highest urbanisation ratio of any centrally-governed city in the country. Central Vietnam's commercial and educational heartland, Da Nang is also an important tourist destination, attracting throngs of local and international visitors every year.
Popular tourist attractions in and around Da Nang include the Museum of Cham Sculpture; the Montgomerie Links golf course, roundly considered the best in Vietnam; the Marble Mountains, a cluster of five marble and limestone hills, famous for their caves, tunnels, carvings and sculptures; and the My Son ruins, an unmissable UNESCO World Heritage Site, consisting of Hindu temples first built in the 4th century.
Da Nang is a popular stop-over point for travellers looking to access the even more bewitching, close-lying areas of Hoi An and the imperial city of Hue. The city also features a few slightly more resort-style areas, such as Non Nuoc Beach, a white-sand beach renowned for both its spectacular beauty and for its history as a 'R&R' destination for American troops during the Vietnam War, and the Ba Na Hills, a mountain resort with a 3 mile-long (5km) cable car system.
Da Nang, a booming metropolis with a thriving culinary scene and plenty of options when it comes to nightlife, is easily accessible by train, bus, plane or boat. The city is definitely worth a stop to get a more varied view of Vietnam. Go between February and May, when it'll be dry, and daytime temperatures will be bearable.