Hue is about 2 hours drive north of Da Nang. It was the imperial capital of the Nguyen Dynasty and also the national capital until 1945 when the emperor was abdicated and a communist government was established in the north. Hue is well known for it historic monuments such as temples, tombs, but the highlight is of course the walled Imperial Citadel.
Hoi An is about half an hour from Da Nang by taxi. It was an important port which controlled the spice trade. Hoi An is a confluence of different cultures like the Cham, the Chinese, the Vietnamese, and the French. The Old Town of Hoi An, filled with small lanes and Chinese-styled shophouses, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999.
Da Nang is located in between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City on the eastern coast of Vietnam. It is a great place to use as a base to explore the attractions of central Vietnam such as Hoi An and Hue, while also having access to beautiful white sand beaches. Da Nang is often overlooked by tourists.