Da Nang is Vietnam’s fourth largest city. It also serves as one of the most significant seaports in the central region and is situated in central Vietnam between the capital city Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Bordered by Thua Thien-Hue on the north and Quang Nam on the south, Da Nang is separated from Laos by the western Truong Son Mountains. During the war, Da Nang served as the landing site for the first batch of American soldiers officially dispatched to Vietnam. The city was initially named Cua Han before it was called Tourane by the French; it was referred to as Thai Phien before it got its present name.
Da Nang is rich in both natural wonders and manmade attractions. Places worth visiting in the area include the Marble Mountains, Cao Dai Temple and Da Nang Cathedral. One stop that should not be missed by tourists is the Cham Museum. Built in July 1915, it is home to ancient statues and idols from the Champa Kingdom. To date, it is the only museum in the world devoted to Cham culture. Another noteworthy Da Nang attraction is China Beach (My Khe).