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    Located on the south central coast of Vietnam, at the mouth of the Han River, Da Nang is a modern, evolving port city, with the highest urbanisation ratio of any centrally-governed city in the country. Central Vietnam's commercial and educational heartland, Da Nang is also an important tourist destination, attracting throngs of local and international visitors every year.

    Popular tourist attractions in and around Da Nang include the Museum of Cham Sculpture; the Montgomerie Links golf course, roundly considered the best in Vietnam; the Marble Mountains, a cluster of five marble and limestone hills, famous for their caves, tunnels, carvings and sculptures; and the My Son ruins, an unmissable UNESCO World Heritage Site, consisting of Hindu temples first built in the 4th century.

    Da Nang is a popular stop-over point for travellers looking to access the even more bewitching, close-lying areas of Hoi An and the imperial city of Hue. The city also features a few slightly more resort-style areas, such as Non Nuoc Beach, a white-sand beach renowned for both its spectacular beauty and for its history as a 'R&R' destination for American troops during the Vietnam War, and the Ba Na Hills, a mountain resort with a 3 mile-long (5km) cable car system.

    Da Nang, a booming metropolis with a thriving culinary scene and plenty of options when it comes to nightlife, is easily accessible by train, bus, plane or boat. The city is definitely worth a stop to get a more varied view of Vietnam. Go between February and May, when it'll be dry, and daytime temperatures will be bearable.

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    Da Nang has a tropical monsoon climate with two distinct seasons; the wet typhoon season from September to March, and the dry season from April to August. Throughout the year the temperatures are high and average about 79°F (26°C). The hottest time of year is between June and August, when average temperatures range between 77°F (25°C) and 93°F (34°C). The coolest months are from December to February when temperatures range between 64°F (18°C) and 76°F (24°C). Humidity is also high throughout the year in Da Nang and averages around 81 percent. Da Nang receives about 98 inches (2,500mm) of rainfall annually, most of which takes place during the wet season, when monthly rainfall can reach up to 39 inches (1,000mm).

    Da Nang International Airport
    Location: The airport is located one mile (2km) from Da Nangs centre.
    Time: Local time is GMT +7.
    Getting to the city: Taxis and motorbike taxis are available on the arrivals level, taxis should cost about 80c per kilometre. The nearest bus stop to the airport is at the Han Market in Bach Dang Street, from which travellers can make connections to the central bus station.
    Car Rental: Car rental is available at the airport, but cars must normally be hired with drivers, since travellers without a Vietnamese drivers licence may not drive rental cars.
    Airport Taxis: Taxis from several companies are available on the arrivals level. Travellers should confirm a fixed or metered rate with a taxi representative.
    Fascilities: Airport facilities (T1) include a waiting area, restaurants, a bar and sales offices. Danang's International terminal (T2) has a broader range of restaurants and shops.
    Parking Parking is available near the terminal.

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    Da Nang is quite spread out, so getting around on foot is difficult. Taxis provide a comfortable way to get around the city. It is usually possible to find a taxi around any major attraction or hail one on the street. Most taxis are metered, but it can be cheaper to negotiate a flat rate. It is also possible to arrange car rental in Da Nang, either at the airport or within the city centre, but travellers should note that car hire in Vietnam always includes a local driver.

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