Da Nang is Vietnam's third largest city and the principal port in the central part of the country as well as a main port for neighboring Laos.
It was originally known as Cho Han (the Market of the Han), later to be renamed Tourane by the French. Da Nang is on the threshold of becoming a major destination for tourists thanks to some unique attractions, spectacular scenery and the friendliness of the local population.
It was on Da Nang's coast where the first U.S. troops landed on March 8, 1965. As the war progressed, the airport's runway was extended to become the longest in all of Southeast Asia. Da Nang fell to the Viet Cong in March 1975; this signified South Vietnam's defeat in the war. Despite of its war-torn history, Da Nang is one of the most progressive cities in Vietnam, taking advantage of the new free-market principle. The town also has become one of the country's leaders in economic reform. Tourism and foreign investments have done much to boost the local economy.
Among the city's highlights is the renowned Cham Museum, housing close to 300 Cham sculptures. Here history lovers get a glimpse into a very powerful era of Vietnam's past. Da Nang, however, may be most familiar to Americans who watched the movie Good Morning Vietnam and the popular television series China Beach. The latter immortalized a popular R&R G.I. resort of the Vietnam War.
The ship is scheduled to anchore on Bai Chay side of Halong City. Tender time to shore takes approximately 15 minutes. We recommend establishing the fare with the driver before leaving the port.
Souvenir stalls set up on tender pier sell a variety of items. Of particular interest are wood carvings and handicrafts. The local currency is the dong; purchases can be paid for in U.S. dollars.
Seafood is a good choice here. There are several local restaurant alongside the main street of Bai Chay.
Places of interest
Cao Dai Temple
For the more than 20,000 Cao Dai in Vietnam, this temple is the sect's centerpiece. As in all Cao Dai temples, above the main altar is the image of the Giant Eye, which is the symbol of Cao Daism. Most interesting is a sign which says "Van Giao Nhat Ly," meaning that all religions have the same purpose.
Da Nang Cathedral
Built in 1923 by the French in pink sandstone with a single spire, the church serves Da Nang's Catholic community.Ho Chi Minh Museum
The museum features a replica of Ho's house in Hanoi as well as a collection of various weaponry of the Vietnam War.
A short distance out of the city, Da Nang has several fine beaches, including China Beach of TV fame. Caution: If swimming, be aware of a possible strong undertow.Private arrangements for independent sightseeing may be requested through the Tour Office on board.