Da Nang General information Da Nang is a major port city in the South-Central Coast of Viet Nam, it lies on the coast of the South China Sea at the mouth of the Hàn River. It is the commercial and educational center of Central Viet Nam. Its well-sheltered, easily accessible port and location on the path of National Route 1A and the North-South Railway make it a hub for transportation. It is located within 100 km of several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the Imperial City of Hue, the Old Town of Hoi An, and the My Son ruins. The city was previously known as Cua Han during early Dai Viet settlement and as Tourane (or Turon) during French colonial rule. Before 1997, the city was part of Quang Nam-Da Nang Province. On January 1, 1997, Da Nang was separated from Quang Nam province to become one of five independent (centrally-controlled) municipalities in Viet Nam. Da Nang is listed as a first-class city and has a higher urbanization ratio than any of Viet Nam’s other provinces or centrally governed cities. In the 2009 census and base urban population, Da Nang was the 4th largest city in Viet Nam. Weather Summary Da Nang has a tropical monsoon climate with two seasons. The typhoon and wet season begins in September through to mid-January and the dry season comes from late January to August. Temperatures are highest between June and August with average temperatures of 28°C to 30°C (82°F to 86°F) and the lowest temperatures come across from December to February with average temperatures of 18°C to 23°C (64°F to 73°F). Temperatures average 26°C (79°F), annually. Humidity is at its highest between October and December and its lowest between June and July. October and November experience the most precipitation and January to April are the driest months.