What people want when they come to Vietnam is adventure – and Danang delivers on all fronts. It has jungle temples, awe-inspiring marble, and limestone hills; caves that beg to be explored; curving, hidden beaches that some would argue are the best in the country; and the frenetic, motorbike-engine hum of a city that is a non-stop caper in itself.
But Danang is changing at a rapid pace. Pinned on the map midway down Vietnam’s South China Sea coast, the country’s third city is quickly moving out from the shadows cast by Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi. In 2014, it hit more than one million residents and the number is still counting. High-rises and modern apartment blocks now pop up at a frantic speed and the ever-popular China Beach is quickly being swallowed by rampant hotel construction. And it is this frenetic pace that makes this city so exciting.