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Da Nang city

While most tourists neglect Vietnam’s fourth-largest city in favour of nearby Hue and Hoi An, Danang has

considerable charm in its own right. The economic powerhouse of central Vietnam, it combines the buzz of a bigger city with beautiful beaches and great restaurants. A lot of money has recently been poured into tree-lined boulevards, bridges and beachside resorts.

 
Back in the heady days of the American War, Danang was referred to as the ‘Saigon of the North’. This held a note of both praise and condemnation: like its big southern sister, Danang was notable for its booming economy, fine restaurants, busy traffic and glittering shops. Entertaining the soldiers from the nearby American base was a profitable business – bars and prostitution were major industries, and that sleazy legacy lingers. Men travelling together or alone may find themselves (or more accurately, their wallets) subjected to unwanted attention in even the ritziest of bars.
 
Danang marks the northern limits of Viet­nam’s tropical zone and boasts a pleasant climate all year round.

Getting there & away

Bus

The large Danang intercity bus station (821 265; 33 Ð Dien Bien Phu; ticket office 7-11am & 1-5pm) is 3km west from the city centre.

Buses leave for all major centres, including Dong Hoi (56, 000d, five hours, six daily), Hue (40, 000d, three hours, six daily), Quy Nhon (65, 000d, six hours, 11 daily) and Kon Tum (85, 000d, five hours, three daily).

There are three weekly services to Savannakhet (14 hours), crossing the border at Lao Bao. Phone Nguyen Phuoc for bookings (0913-412 442).

Regular buses to Hoi An (one hour) depart from a local bus station 200m away from the intercity bus station. Foreigners tend to be overcharged, especially if you pick up the bus from street. Check the price before boarding and stand your ground.

Car & motorbike

The simplest way to get to Hoi An (30km) is to hire a car for around from a local travel agency, or a motorbike For a slightly higher fee you can ask the driver to stop off and wait while you visit the Marble Mountains and Da Nang's beach.

.Distances to major destinations from Danang include Hanoi (764km), Hue (108km) and HCMC (972km).

Train

Danang’s train station (823 810; 202 Ð Haiphong) is served by all Reunification Express trains, with stops including Huée (42½ to four hours, seven daily), Lang Co (1½ to two hours, four daily), Quang Ngai (2½ to four hours, six daily), Tuy Hoa (153, 000d, seven to 10 hours, five daily) and Nha Trang (8½ to 12½ hours, seven daily).

The train ride to Hue is one of the best in the country – it’s worth taking as an excursion in itself.

Air

During the American War, Danang had one of the busiest airports in the world. Now it settles for being the third busiest in Vietnam.

Jetstar Airlines (583 583; 35 Ð Nguyen Van Linh) Daily flights from Danang to HCMC and Hanoi.

Vietnam Airlines (821 130; 35 Ð Tran Phu; 7-11am & 1.30-5pm Mon-Fri, 7.30-11am & 1.30-4.30pm Sat & Sun) Connects Danang with Hanoi, HCMC, Pleiku, Buon Ma Thuot, Cam Ranh (Nha Trang) and Quy Nhon.