The coastal city of Da Nang in central Vietnam is well known for its long stretches of white sandy beaches and its history as a French colonial port. Yet now, it is one of the fastest changing cities in Vietnam with gleaming new hotels, apartments and restaurants emerging along the Han riverfront and China Beach strip, and impressive new bridges are spanning the Han River.
With the booming new hotel and resort industry, there are few conventional sightseeing spots with the exception of a decent museum and a bustling street-food scene. It is a popular base for visiting the inland Ba Na hills, where one can get views of Da Nang Bay from the Hai Van Pass and the Marble Mountains. But a few days here soaking up the nightlife, restaurants and city beaches will be plenty of time.
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