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Discovering Da Nang, Vietnam

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Even in a country blessed with an abundance of coastline, Da Nang’s sugar-sand crescent stands out. While you could easily spend your time soaking up on the sun on My Khe, also known as China Beach, many fascinating wonders in and around this Vietnamese city vie for your attention—and are well worth exploring. From Hindu temples to imperial pagodas to the lush Marble Mountains, this area offers up memorable experiences that will make you want to stay just a little longer.
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Da Nang, Hải Châu, Da Nang, Vietnam
Built around the curves of the poetically named Perfume River, Hue is as achingly lovely as it is historically significant. It was a city of tremendous wealth and power from 1802 to 1945, when the Nguyen emperors lived and reigned supreme. Among...
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Da Nang, Hải Châu, Da Nang, Vietnam
Opened in 1919 by French archaeologists, this well-curated museum in Da Nang features more than 300 artifacts from the Champa Kingdom, from altars to likenesses of Shiva and Vishnu. It complements a visit to the My Son temple complex—or at least...
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Duy Thu, Duy Xuyên, Quảng Nam, Vietnam
A UNESCO World Heritage site in a mountain valley about 40 miles west of Da Nang, My Son is a vestige of the Champa kingdom, a culture that was heavily shaped by Hindu beliefs and practices. Built between the 4th and 14th centuries, the temples...
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52 Huyền Trân Công Chúa, Hoà Hải, Ngũ Hành Sơn, Đà Nẵng 550000, Vietnam
...or take the elevator (seriously!) to experience this network of temples and intricate sculpture. Incense is sold throughout the complex, and people sell all kinds of marble wares on the street level.
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Da Nang, Hải Châu, Da Nang, Vietnam
A trio of imposing Buddha statues stands guard over this two-story temple’s courtyard. It may be in the middle of the city, but you would never know it when standing in this tranquil space. Here, sheltered from the bustle of urban life by ornately...