Da Nang

With a developing population, Danang Vietnam is fast becoming a modern world-class city, but it has managed to retain its cultural charm. Highrise buildings stand adjacent to local markets and cyclos are still present in traffic despite the growing emergence of cars.

Established by the Champa Kingdom in the 2nd Century, the name Danang derives from the Cham word for ‘opening of a large river.’ Recognising its value as a major port, French imperialists began their Vietnamese campaign in Danang Vietnam and the city rose in prominence. Now, it is the fifth most populated city in the country.

As Vietnam’s leading centre of urbanisation and industrial production, Danang’s economy is growing and diversifying to include everything from textiles to aviation technology. For a look at Danang’s historical commercial hub, browse Han Market for an extensive array of consumer goods and souvenirs.

The surrounding area is known for its natural wonders, most notably the stretch of beaches offering pristine sand and gentle waters. In the mountains, head to Bana Hill, a former French hill station converted into a vacation hub. With hotels, restaurants, historical sights and a children’s Fantasy Park and arcade, this idyllic jungle hideaway is perfect for the whole family.

Take a closer look at the area’s Champa past at the Museum of Cham sculpture. The architecture of the museum itself is an intriguing fusion of French colonial and facets of the classic Cham style. The museum houses over 300 artifacts that cover the main period of Champa power, from around 500AD to the empire’s

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