Introducing Danang

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Danang, Vietnam's third largest port and a trading centre of growing importance, is situated on a peninsula of land at the point where the Han River flows into the South China Sea. It was first known as Cua Han (Mouth of the Han River) and renamed Tourane (a rough transliteration of Cua Han) by the French. It later acquired the title Thai Phien, and finally Danang. An important port from French times, it gained world renown when two US Marine battalions landed here in March 1965 to secure the airfield. They were the first of many more US military personnel who would land on the beaches and airfields of South Vietnam.

Though it does not boast French colonial building like Hanoi or pride in the busy nightlife like Ho Chi Minh City, Danang has its own charm.

The third largest city in Vietnam, Danang is in close proximity to Hue - 3 hours North and Hoi An - 30 minutes South, which makes it a perfect stop point for those who need a break from touristy areas. Danang is growing into one of the most organized urban area, with attractive beach front villas on the one side and Han River flowing on the other.

Of the few attractions that belong to the city, Museum of Cham stands out with its rich collection of Cham artefacts. For those who crave for more outdoors activities, My Khe beach is a good place to spend time, either by yourself or with your loved ones. To the North and South ends of the city, Monkey and Marble mountains store some historical and religious symbols. If you want to escape the heat, Ba Na resort is a miniature of Dalat, only with fewer tourists. Bring some warm clothes if you plan to visit this cottage-full place.

Danang is also a place for authentic local cuisines. Due to its low volume of visitors, residents’ lives take place the way they have been for years. Many street vendors can be found in the market and along Han River, offering My Quang (Quang noodle). If you need romance to set the feeling, book a dinner cruise that go along Han River. The myriad restaurants option along My Khe Beach, a few outstanding names such as My Hanh, For You and the likes, offer fresh sea food at unbeatable prices.

Danang is probably most known among Vietnamese for its speedy real estate and private property development. The beach slide, which starts with Lifestyle Resort and ends in the border with Hoi An, is fully privatized, with major land used for constructing beach resorts and ocean villas. What this mean for tourists is a second-to-none beach holiday in Vietnam - in other words, Danang has recently emerged as a luxury and MICE destination that can beat the all-too-famous Nha Trang. Resorts in Danang are listed among the world's most beautiful, offering private beach, world class service and artistically designed villas and rooms. A few names are Furama Resort, Fusion Maia  and Vinpearl Luxury. Many have come and recommended others to follow.

Danang, in a way, is a place both so mediocre but special if you want to dig deeper than the surface.

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