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Da Nang

 

Lies in the central part of Vietnam. Da Nang (Danang) was the landing point of both the French and the Americans during their stints in Vietnam. When the French established a garrison in Da Nang (then called Tourane ), more soldiers died from disease than the associated fighting in establishing the garrison.
There is now a small cemetery dedicated to them. During the Vietnam War, Da Nang was the home to one fifth of all US servicemen based in Vietnam . This made Da Nang on of the heaviest defended cities in South Vietnam , yet it eventually fell to the North Vietnamese in 1975 with hardly a bullet fired.
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Da Nang marks the halfway point between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City and was the first place to organize its own local communist party committee. The city is fairly featureless, and if you are coming from the tranquil setting of Lang Co, Hue , or anywhere for that matter, Da Nang is an extreme disappointment. It is a busy, dusty, colorless city, the fourth largest in Vietnam , and one of the largest business centers. Unless you are in Da Nang for business, chances are you will pass straight through. Da Nang does have a fascinating Cham Museum that contains an excellent collection of Cham art. However, the main reason for staying in Danang is in the surrounding region. Sandy Beach, the Marble Mountains, Hoi An and My Son are all within striking distance of Da mange, though it is more pleasant to stay in Hoi An and visit these sights.

My Khe Beach

Not far from Da Nang lies My Khe - better known as the famed Sandy Beach. US and Australian servicemen were helicoptered in here for R&R during the Vietnam war. A great expanse of white sand stretches out before a rough ocean just 7kms from Danang's centre. Taking in My Khe Beach from the heights of Marble Mountain is a must before heading down for a dip. The beach itself remains largely undeveloped - there's just a small kiosk and of course a few stalls selling t-shirts and other souvenirs.A swim at My Khe Beach , or even just a walk through its clean, grainy sand is a must!

Hai Van Pass

Travelling by road between Lang Co and Da Nang , you will have to get over the Hai Van Pass. This pass is created by a spur from the Truong Son Mountain Range that extends to the coast. This extremely mountainous road, with its sensational views, is the cause of many local vehicles breaking down. So if you are on one, allow yourself plenty of time. The view from the top of the pass is extraordinarily beautiful and well worth a stop to take it all in.

 

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