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Orientation

A word is in order about the names of beaches along the coast. Some reckon that everything from the Son Tra peninsula to the north, to Cua Dai beach to the south, is China Beach. But a convention has arisen of calling Non Nuoc, where Sandy Beach and Hoa's Place are located, China Beach. If you say China Beach to a xe om, that's where they'll take you. This doesn't stop the Furama Resort from claiming they are also on China Beach, even though they are on My An Beach, 4.5kms to the north.

Coming from Da Nang, you'll most likely cross the Song Han bridge, which will drop you at a traffic circle. To get to Tien Sa beach, take a left as soon as you've crossed the Song Ha bridge. For My Khe Beach, continue straight ahead -- after 2km you'll arrive at the centre of the beach. A white modernist sculpture on the beachfront here makes for a good reference point. From here, take a left to get to Son Tra. Most of My Khe's hotels are to the right (heading south). Continue south for 3.5 km to My An beach. Further south, Non Nuoc is 8km, Ha My beach is 18km, An Bang beach is 21km, and Cua Dai beach, outside Hoi An, is 24km.

For most services you'll have to head into Da Nang. You can get online at Sandy Resort for US$5 per hour, but otherwise the closest place is K&L Internet, 1.5 km away. To get there, head west along the 'marble shop' road until it tees with Le Van Hien, take a left and it's 500m further down on the left. Some people have had trouble connecting to their email here, so you can also try heading a kilometre north on Le Van Hien to Nguyen Dung Internet on the right, or the place just next door.

Internet: 255 Le Van Hien, China Beach. T: (0511) 3836 212. 3,000 VND per hour, printing available.
K & L Internet: 586 Le Van Hien, China Beach. T: (0511) 3950 513. Open daily, 07:00 to 22:00.
Nguyen Dung Internet: 263 Le Van Hien, China Beach. T: (0511) 3969 738. Open daily, 07:00 to 22:00. 2,500 VND per hour
Sandy Beach: 255 Huyen Tran Cong Chua Street (just off the beach road), China Beach. T: (0511) 3836 216. http://www.sandybeachdanang.com

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