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Chan May (Hue/Da Nang), Vietnam
Chan May, Vietnam
Centrally located between historic cities, the working port of Chan May is the gateway to Da Nang, Hoi An, and Hue, the former imperial city.
Da Nang, home to the famous China Beach, has one of the most beautiful stretches of sand in central Vietnam and can be reached after an approximate one-hour drive from Chan May Port via either the Hai Van Tunnels or Hai Van Pass. It was on Da Nang's coast where the first U.S. troops landed on March 8, 1965. As the war progressed, the airport's runway was extended to become the longest in all of Southeast Asia. Da Nang fell to the Viet Cong in March 1975; this signified South Vietnam's defeat in the war. Despite its war-torn history, Da Nang is one of the most progressive cities in Vietnam, taking advantage of the new free-market principle. Charming Hoi An is an ancient trading town with shops, art galleries and restaurants as located approximately a 90-minute drive away.
The area's highlight, without a doubt, has to be the city of Hue, the capital of Vietnam from 1802 to 1945, and UNESCO heritage site. Its Royal Palace, named the Forbidden Purple City, is just as mysterious as Beijing's Forbidden City, and is currently being restored to its former image. Located in the province of Thua Thien Hue, along the Perfume River, Hue is in the central region of Vietnam. This province, with its population of nearly one million people has a history that dates back from 2500 to 2800 years ago. The ancient people of this area probably developed into two communities, the Cham and the ethnic minority groups living in Truong Son Range. Findings such as collected relics of the Stone Age also prove that Thua Thien Hue's history may date back even further. In the Tet Offensive of 1968, during the Battle of Hue, the city suffered considerable damage and restorations of the old city still continue today.
Whether your travels take you from Chan May to Hue, Hoi An, or Da Nang, these historic cities of Vietnam provide a rich and culturally rewarding experience.
Going Ashore in Chan May
The ship is scheduled to dock at Chan May port located outside of Lang Co town, about 10 miles (17 kilometres) from the pier. Taxis are generally not available at the port; however, they can be found in Lang Co. Be sure to negotiate the fare prior. Drivers may have limited English-speaking skills.
Better shopping is located in Lang Co beach resort. On the pier, vendors generally set up their souvenir stalls for visitors. Of particular interest are marble carvings. Bargaining is expected. The local currency is the dong; purchases can be paid for in U.S. dollars.
Seafood is a good menu choice in this part of Vietnam, especially when accompanied by the local beers. Favourites are the Da Nang brew, Da Nang Export or the ale from Hue, Huda, a joint-venture beer between Hue and Denmark. Several fine restaurants feature Asian/Chinese cuisine and specialties in Da Nang and Hue and in Lang Co, the beach resort restaurants and hotels offer a range of entrees.
Lang Co is known for its six-mile (10-km) long, gradually slopping, white sandy beach. The town itself is small and peaceful. The major attractions of the area are found in Hue, Da Nang and Hoi An.
Located at Lang Co beach resort, this spa's Ying-Yang therapy is considered the best.
A short distance out of the port, Lang Co Beach town has several fine resorts, including Lang Co Beach resort or Nirvana. Da Nang also has several fine resorts such as Furama or Nam Hai. Many offer day passes.
Caution: If swimming, be aware of a possible strong undertow.
For those guests interested in touring at your leisure, we are pleased to offer Silver Shore Privato - both half-day and full-day private arrangements by private car or van. You may book this in advance at Silversea.com or it may be purchased on board, subject to availability.
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