The great sweep of China Beach in Danang, stretching down to Cua Dai Beach near Hoi An, is home to a selection of excellent beach resorts perfect for honeymooners, families and anyone in search of some relaxing beach time. Visit the Marble Mountains or excellent Cham Museum, or head down to Hoi An. “Danang is one of those places that many people choose to bypass, but with glamorous new accommodation options opening up to make the most of Danang’s glorious beachside setting, those who do visit are glad they did!”
Danang is Vietnam’s third largest city, after Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi respectively. Situated almost equally between these two cities in Central Vietnam, and as the only international airport in the region, Danang is often used as a gateway to this part of the country, but is worthy of time in its own right. The excellent beach gained fame as China Beach, the GI R&R centre during the Vietnam War, and it remains a popular option today, boasting a full range of international quality resorts and hotels.
From Danang it is a two hour drive north ovre the wonderfully scenic Pass of Ocean Clouds to the former imperial capital of Hue, and a short forty minute drive down the coast to the lovely trading town of Hoi An. Many of the resorts in Danang offer complimentary shuttle buses to Hoi An, such is its popularity. Although not all visitors choose to stay over in the town itself there are plenty of good restaurants, the excellent Cham Museum which holds a fine collection of pieces from the nearby My Son ruins, and other attractions which make it well worth a visit
What to see and do
There are many famous beaches there, some of them have gained quite a fame recently such as North Beach, South Beach (whose names explain their position on the peninsula), and Buddha Beach (whose extraordinary name really interests hundreds of people). These beaches take turns to embrace the giant primitive jungle, which houses as many as thousands of precious plants and animals. Under the surface layer of the cool, refreshing seawater live a variety of fascinating coral reefs, which enable scuba diving services to develop in a steady, fast rate in the last few years.
If you ever have a chance to visit Son Tra Peninsula, do not forget to stay at one of the villages built on the mountains; those comfortablevillages not only overlook the beautiful beaches and jungles, but also provide you a fresh and invigorating atmosphere. Besides, you can always enjoy fishing and get to know the lives of the inhabitants whenever you want. Da Nang means Son Tra peninsula, so come and get the real feeling of a different Vietnam.
Cham Pa Museum
Situated at the intersection of Trung Nu Vuong Street and Bach Dang Street in Da Nang, the heart of the ancient Cham Pa Kingdom, the museum houses the last collection of Cham Pa arts in the world. It was started in 1915 under the support of the French’s Oriental Research Institution in Vietnam.In 1936, the museum was expanded before being officially opened to the public in 1939.
Cham Pa Museum was constructed in the ancient Cham Pa architecture style with many blocks of white building decorated with simple and elegant patterns.After decades, the past influence of the Cham Pa dynasty on Vietnam central regions is still prominent. From Da Nang, Quang Namto Khanh Hoa, etc. we can very often encounter the famous historical sites of Cham Pa. However, the Cham Pa Museum in Da Nang City makes it a lot easier for us to learn about this mysterious yet interesting ancient culture without having to visit several locations thorough the regions.
Nowadays, the museum exhibits a number of approximately 300 original sculptures. They are mostly made of sandstone, but some are also made of terra-cotta. All these pieces of arts were founded in the Cham Pa temples and towers thorough Central Vietnam, from Quang BinhProvince to Binh Thuan Province. At the museum, inside different exhibition rooms, the sculptures are arranged according to their era and location.
You may also visit the official website for further information: http://www.chammuseum.danang.vn
People come to Ba Na for many reasons but no one can deny that the rejuvenating atmosphere and the wonderful scenery of Ba Na influence them the most when deciding to come to this unique land. To get to the top of Ba Na Mountain, tourists would have to conquer a 15-kilometer zigzag road if they visitedthree years ago (the topography there is pretty flat like a mini highland, luckily!). Nowadays, as the longest cable car system in the world has been constructed there, no one have to bear the long and taunting 15-kilometer trip anymore. You can still do if you happen to be an adventurer (!), but it is highly recommended that you take the cable car. The reason is not for safety, of course but you will gain the rewarding experience of looking over a huge scenery of Da Nang City, VungThung bay, Hai Van Pass, Son Tra Peninsula, My Khe Beach, Marble Mountain and Thu Bon River, Cu Lao Cham Island – quite a few, isn’t it? In only a ride, you will witness a like-no-other Fengshui picture.
Thuy Son and Vong Giang
Among the five, Thuy Son, the mountain of water, is the highest one and also the main attraction. Almost all tourists come to Marble Mountains to climb Thuy Son. This mountain has many caves and Buddhist temples, many dating back to the 17th century.
Climbing up about 150 stone steps from the foot of Thuy Son, one will reach the most beautiful observatory spot: the Riverview Tower or Vong Giang Tower in Vietnamese. The tower was built in the 18th century by Emperor Minh Mang, offering a breathtaking view to Kim Son or the mountain of metal, Truong Giang and Cam Le rivers and beautiful coastal ahead.
Non Nuoc Village
Tourists may also want to visit the Non Nuoc Village at the foot of Marble Mountains. The village is famous for stone sculptures and handicrafts. Here you can buy many things made of marble stone, from small one like earrings, necklaces, vases to the huge sculptures of Buddha. In the past, rock was extracted directly from the Marble Mountains to make sculptures but now the direct extraction was made illegal. Materials for sculpturing work are now transported from nearby provinces like Quang Nam and Thanh Hoa.