Right about now Danang is Vietnam’s most happening city. For decades it had a reputation as a slightly mundane provincial backwater, but big changes are afoot. Stroll along the Han riverfront and gleaming new modernist hotels, apartments and restaurants are emerging. Head up north and you’ll find the landmark new D-City rising from the flatlands. Venture south and the entire China Beach strip has been set aside for five-star hotel developments. Oh, and for good measure, a revamped international airport should open in 2012.
That said, the city itself still has few conventional sightseeing spots, except for a very decent museum. So for most travellers, a few days off the tourist trail enjoying the city’s restaurants and nightlife is probably enough. Danang also makes a great base for day trips. Perched on the western bank of the Han River, the city is part of a long thin peninsula, at the northern tip of which is Nui Son Tra (called Monkey Mountain by US soldiers). China Beach and the five Marble Mountains lie southwest of the city.
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