Located on the east coast of Vietnam, Da Nang is the third largest city in the country and the biggest in its region, with Da Nang city centre is its core encapsulating the beauty and culture of the area. The city is a commercial hub of Central Vietnam containing an ideal length of coastline, a collection of sandy beaches, numerous historic sites and a sheltered, old port area. Da Nang city centre provides much of the best the city has to offer, including a range of tourist attractions, the charming waterfront and an energetic, local atmosphere.
One of the most dominating features of Da Nang city centre is the Cathedral, where a pink edifice and prominent bell tower is a significant local landmark and often celebrated as a unique church of Vietnam. The city centre also contains Chi Lang Stadium, a large multipurpose centre usually used for local football matches with a capacity of 28,000, and is the home of the local Da Nang sports team. Visitors can witness the University of Da Nang in the city centre, although established in 1994, still offers a range of various programmes for students. In addition to sightseeing, visitors can stroll along the waterfront in Da Nang city centre, relax in the numerous coffee shops, drink in the range of bars or enjoy national cuisine in any of the many restaurants.
One convenient way of navigating Da Nang is by renting a motorbike, as the city sprawls over many kilometres and visitors might find it tiring to walk, although the centre itself is small enough to navigate by foot. Visitors can locate the centre by heading towards the coast by taking one of the local buses that travel to the area, or by train as the central Da Nang station is within the central limits.
The centre of Da Nang dates back to 192AD to the Kingdom of Champa when the area was under his great sphere of reign. Western explorers arrived in 1535, although Hoi An consistently overshadowed central Da Nang and it was not until the 19th century that Europeans used its coastal location for a trading port and the city become influential. In recent years, Na Dang city centre boomed into a hub of tourism, and the local population similarly soared reaching 1 million people in 2014.