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Da Nang
Vietnam’s third largest city, is right at the heart of what was once the ancient Kingdom of Champa (home of the Cham civilization). This busy seaport of nearly one million people is an important trading and transport link between the capital of Hanoi in the north and the thriving commercial centre of Ho Chi Minh City in the south.
Da Nang’s colourful history is reflected in its colonial architecture, remnants from the days when the French and Spanish occupied the area during the 19th centuries.
Today, visitors can take tricycle (cyclo) rides along tree-lined avenues and relax at a variety of riverside cafes and restaurants.
Marble mountains
Five miles (8km) south of Da Nang, a cluster of five hills is known as Marble Mountains or “Mountains of the Five Elements”.
Mysterious caves within the mountains conceal elaborate altars dedicated to Buddha, Bodhisattvas and the different genies of local folklore. Dating back centuries, they still serve as religious sanctuaries.
The mountains also provide a valuable source of red, white and blue-green marble, and at the foot of the mountain, skilled marble carvers chisel out an interesting variety of objets d’art which make ideal souvenirs.

Bana Hills
45 minutes drive from Danang or around 40km west of Danang, Ba Na is located 1,487 meters above sea level in the Truong Son mountain range.
Ba Na was formerly a 1920's French resort and once boasted 200 villas, restaurants, and clubs. It is well known as the second Da Lat or Sa Pa in central Vietnam.
Its temperate climate, unspoiled forest, and spectacular views over the South Bac My An sea and the Lao mountain range made Ba Na a popular retreat for both the French and the wealthy Vietnamese.
Today the area still attracts locals and tourists alike, although extra effort and a four-wheel drive are required to reach Ba Na as the roads are quite rough.
Come to Ba Na Hill! Visit this exclusive hidden gem of Central Vietnam! And go to the top of Mount Chua by a new cable system that was officially opened on 25th March 2009 and set two Guinness World Records for its height and length!

Hoi An (Unesco world heritage site)
Established in the 15th century, the ancient town of Hoi An was once one of the most important trading ports in Southeast Asia and an important centre of East–West cultural exchange. Its ancient past is superbly preserved in fascinating temples, pagodas, shop houses and homes which make up the town’s old quarter. Hoi An is 15 miles (25km) southeast of Da Nang.

My Son valley (Unesco world heritage site)
My Son Valley was the spiritual centre of the ancient Cham civilisation, in the same way as Angkor Wat in Cambodia, Borobudur in Indonesia and Pagan in Myanmar.
A religious sanctuary since the 4th century, its history is reflected in the temples and towers that remain.
It is also the home of the Museum of Cham Sculpture, which records the development of the culture and history of the Cham people through their elaborate sculptures and carvings.
My Son Valley is 42 miles (70km) southwest of Da Nang.

Hue (Unesco world heritage site)
Hue was once the national capital and is today one of Vietnam’s most important historical attractions.

Phong Nha caves (Unesco world heritage site)
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, a giant mountain reserve which stretches to the border of Laos, is renowned for the spectacular Phong Nha Caves - buried within Vietnam’s largest primeval jungle.
Phong Nha’s grottos and passages extend for 44.5 kilometres into a limestone mountain.
Discovered in 1935, the underground system was opened to tourists three years ago, with stalactite and stalagmite-adorned abysses romantically named ‘Roads to Hell’ and ‘Roads to Heaven’. Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park is around 350 kms north of Danang.
Besides these famous places there are a number of attractions such as the: Cham Institute, Hai Van Pass, Son Tra Peninsula...