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Danang

Getting there & away

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Land

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. A metered taxi to the riverside will cost 50, 000d.

Buses leave for all major centres, including Dong Hoi (56, 000d, five hours, six daily), Hué (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 (240, 000d, 14 hours), crossing the border at Lao Bao. Phone Nguyen Phuoc for bookings (0913-412 442).

Regular buses to Hoi An (8000d, 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.

With an advance booking, Sinh Café (0510-863 948) open-tour buses will pick up from outside the Cham museum twice a day en route to Hué (US$3, 2½ hours).

Car & motorbike

The simplest way to get to Hoi An (30km) is to hire a car for around US$10 from a local travel agency, or a motorbike for around US$4 to US$6 from one of the guys on the street corners. For a slightly higher fee you can ask the driver to stop off and wait while you visit the Marble Mountains and China Beach.

You can also reach My Son by motorbike (US$12) or car (US$32), with the option of being dropped off in Hoi An on the way back.

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

Train

Danang’s train station (823 810; 202 Ð Haiphong) is served by all Reunification Express trains, with stops including Hué (40, 000d, 2½ to four hours, seven daily), Lang Co (13, 000d, 1½ to two hours, four daily), Quang Ngai (47, 000d, 2½ to four hours, six daily), Tuy Hoa (153, 000d, seven to 10 hours, five daily) and Nha Trang (203, 000d, 8½ to 12½ hours, seven daily).

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

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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.

Pacific 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.

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