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Thursday, October 22, 2009

China Beach between Da Nang and Hoi An

See the locations on Da Nang Google Map

My Khe Beach, picture by Binh

Endless white sand between Da Nang and Hoi An: this is China Beach, 30 km long and famous, because US-troops landed here in the Seventies. "Though China Beach initially avoided the development that other beaches like Nha Trang undertook after Vietnam opened its doors to tourism, it's now looking to become the country's next big beach" points travelfish.org to a lot of construction work for hotel chains, that's going on. After the war China Beach got famous by surfers, who discovered it first. In 1997 Furama was opened, Vietnams first luxury resort, as Ron Gluckman described in Wall Street Journal. What is importamt to know: The beach has a strong undertow, so you have to be careful, when you go swimming.

The locals have different names for parts of this beach:

My Khe Beach:

In the north of China Beach, it has become a suburb of Da Nang.

A fisher at My Khe Beach, picture by hamadryades

My Khe Beach, picture by wickedrice

My An Beach:

See a picture by Maverick.

Furama Resort:

Picture by garfnikon

Look out from the balcony, picture by John Carter

Picture by Ha Thu Trang

Picture by Guido

Picture by Chadi

Non Nuoc Beach:

Picture bei JonasPhoto

Hoa's Place: 215/14 Huyen Tran Cong Chua Street. A guesthouse, sandwiched between Furama Resort in the north and Sandy Beach in the south according to travelfish.org. Very good review, also on facebook.com. "Basic to be fair", but great place for meeting people, say the reviews on tripadvisor.com. Read what Bill Ervin writes.

Hoa's Place

View of the beach from Hoa's Place, pictures by Dirty Pierre

Sandy Beach Resort:

Picture by Dwayne

Picture by Deadly Tedly

Marble Mountains - Ngu Hanh Son:

Picture by ethan.crowley

Five mountains, caves and pagodas: Between My An Beach and Non Nuoc Beach you discover the five marble mountains. Emperor Gia Long named them Ngu Hanh Son and gave each one the name of one of the five elements: Kim Son (metal of gold), Moc Son (wood), Thuy Son (water), Hoa Son (fire), and Tho Son (earth). Thuy Son with three peeks is the highest. Stone steps lead to Tam Thai Pagoda where Phat Di Lac is worshipped. And there are four caves: Linh Nham Grotto, Van Thong Grotto, Tang Chon Grotto and Huyen Khong Grotto. In Dong Hai village close to Thuy Son the locals carve statues, jewelry and art work from stone in more than 300 houses along the street. Read more on Vietnam-Beauty.com and find background about the stone-carving on vietnamnet.vn. See also a< gallery by danang.gov.vn

Overview: The mountains and the caves:

Picture by TTVo

Climb up to Thuy Son:

Picture by TTVo

Entrance to Tam Thai Pagoda:

Picture by TTVo

Picture by TTVo

The other mountains, seen from Thuy Son:

Picture by TTVo

Guards at the entrance of Huyen Cong Cave:

Picture by TTVo

At Linh Ung Pagoda:

Picture by BethM527

Cua Dai Beach:

The beach of Hoi An.

Cua Dai Beach, picture by marfis75

Picture by Tuabiht Rellahcs

The big development:

Next to Furama Resort China Beach has become a big construction site. Everybody is building residences and resorts:
Raffles Resort, opening 2011, with residences
Hyatt-Regency Residendes: See more details here.

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  1. Thanks for this great summary! Pictures are also gorgeous!

    My friends and I are trying to choose between staying at Furama and Victoria Hoi An Resort. Would you happen to know if the construction on China Beach makes staying at Furama much less pleasant than staying at Victoria? I'd be most grateful for your perspective.


  2. I have been there in November 2009. I think the situation has not much changed since then. Therefore I would say, that there is too much construction around the Furama.