Da Nang International Airport is located at Da Nang, the largest city in Central Vietnam, and is only one of the three international airports in the country, with the other two being Noi Bai International Airport (Hanoi) and Tan Son Nhat International Airport (Ho Chi Minh City). One important fact worth noting is that it also shares the same runway with the Vietnamese People's Air Force, although military activities are now extremely limited. The airport has two 10,000 foot parallel runways capable of handling large, modern aircrafts with the likes of Boeing 747 and Airbus 320.
What to see & do
Da Nang is one of the major port cities in Vietnam, as it sits right on the coast of the Eastern Sea, right at the opening end of the Han River. It is located within 100 kilometres of several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the Imperial City of Huế, the Old Town of Hội An, and the Mỹ Sơn ruins. Mỹ Sơn is located in a remote forested valley in West Da Nang, and is known to be a top tourist attraction owing to more than 20 structures that survived bombing raids in the 60s. The rest of the artefacts recovered from its ruins are kept in the Museum of Cam Sculpture which is located in the heart of Da Nang. Another must visit spot is the Marble Mountains, a rocky limestone outcrops that is situated at the beach just south of Da Nang. The Marble Mountains are home to various artisans producing sculpture and artwork at its base at Non Nước Village, where a white sand beach can also be found. Make sure you make it to Bà Nà Hills mountain resort and enjoy the five kilometre-long cable car ride that will bring you all the way up to its peak of 1,487 metres above sea level. The largest Cao Dai temple in Central Vietnam can also be found here with an estimate of 50,000 followers. A sign reading "van giao nhat ly" (all religions have the same reason) hangs from the ceiling in front of the main altar. Behind the main altar sits an enormous globe with the Cao Dai ‘divine eye’ symbol on it. Another religious building that can be found here is the Danang Cathedral or known to locals as the Con Ga Church (Rooster Church) because of the weathercock on top of the steeple. This cathedral was built for the French Residents of the city in the early 1900's and has a capacity of 4,000.
How to get around within Da Nang
Da Nang has a North-South Railway known as the Reunification Express, which runs through the city, Hanoi in the north and Hồ Chí Minh City in the south, as well as the Central Highlands and Laos to the west. There is also a large intercity bus station just three kilometres west of the city centre where they pick up passengers near the Green Plaza Hotel. Taxis are also available everywhere but budget tourists with more baggage are recommended to take the scooter taxis.
How to get there
Da Nang International Airport offers flights to and from 30 different cities in Vietnam, so connecting flights from those points are also available to get here. As of writing, 158 different airlines offer flights to Da Nang, and they include the likes of Air France, Air Arabia, Air Asia, Gulf Air, Ryanair, Southwest, United Airlines, and US Airways, to name a few.
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