TRANSPORT

Most people – alas – use Danang as a way to get to/from Hoi An, 30km south. ‘OPEN BUSES’ ply through the center en route from Hue and Hoi An.

Danang’s airport is about 2km southwest of the center. VIETNAM AIRLINES (www.vietnamairlines.com) flies at least a few times daily to Hanoi (US$66) and Saigon (US$56), plus daily flights to Cam Rang/Nha Trang, Quy Nhon, Ban Me Thuot and Pleiku. Pacific Airlines (www.pacificairlines.com.vn) has cheaper rates – and more frequent delays – for its three daily flights to Saigon (US$34-42).

The TRAIN STATION (tel 0511-821-175; 122 Hai Phong St, at Hoan Hoa Tham St), about 1km west of the center, send daily trains to Nha Trang (US$20-23; 8-10hr), Saigon (US$28-33), Hue (US$11, 3hr) and Hanoi (US$28-29; 14-17hr).