Getting to Danang

Danang seems to be the main transportation hub for central Vietnam, so getting there can be accomplished in a number of ways.


Danang's airport occupies the huge former American airbase and is one of only three international airports in Vietnam, although at last check it didn't actually host any international flights. Domestic flights are operated by Vietnam Airways from Saigon, Hanoi, Nha Trang and a few other popular tourist destinations.


Danang is on the main north-south line connecting Hanoi with Ho Chi Minh city. Express trains from Hue take about 3½ hours, and the view by train is almost as spectacular as the drive. There are several long tunnels along the route, so travelers are advised to keep track of their valuables in the dark.


The trip south from Hue through the Hai Van Pass has to be one of the most scenic trips in Southeast Asia. From Hue, you first pass through rice fields still dotted with guard towers from the war, then you begin to travel up through hills and several connected bays until you reach the pass, from which you then descend down into Danang.

Renting a car with driver is quite inexpensive and can usually be booked through a local travel agent.