Da Nang, Vietnam
Located on the South China Sea coast, Da Nang is the gateway to the scenic and cultural riches of Vietnam. With a population close to one million people, it is widely considered to be the commercial and educational hub of central Vietnam and is perhaps best known for its role during the Vietnam War, having served as America’s major strategic air base more than four decades ago.
Read the personal reflections of Alan B. Buckelew, Princess Cruises President & Chief Executive Officer, as he recalls his return visit to Vietnam, where he served during the Vietnam War in 1969 and 1970.
Hoi An reached its zenith as Vietnam's major trading center in the 18th century. The city boasts a remarkable mix of Vietnamese, Chinese, Hindu and European influences.
A three-hour drive from Da Nang and lying on the banks of the Perfume River, the old imperial capital was the seat of power for the Nguyen Dynasty from 1803 to 1945.
Set up by the Nguyen Dynasty from 1805 to 1945, the Imperial Citadel is amongst the relics of the Hue ancient Capital and is modeled on Beijing's famed Forbidden City.
My Son Valley
Reached by 4WD vehicle traveling rugged and primitive backcountry roads, the valley is the site of extensive Cham ruins including the largest lingam-shaped tower in Southeast Asia.
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