A Quick Travel Guide to Danang, Vietnam

With a rainforest situated a few miles from its urban center, Danang, Vietnam, is a vibrant seaside metropolis that offers an array of opportunities to explore the country's natural beauty.

City in the south, Danang and nearby Monkey (Son Tra) Mountain is an enchanting home to several species of endangered primates that reside in its expansive jungle. The cascading tropical hills overlook crescent-shaped Danang Bay and its sandy stretch of paradise along the South China Sea.

Brilliant streaming sunlight, soaring windows and a menu created by three-Michelin-starred chef Pierre Gagnaire make La Maison 1888 an exquisite gastronomic experience atop Monkey Mountain. With a panoramic view of the tropical foliage that encircles InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, the space is inviting and chic, offering guests views of flowers, palm trees and the sea and, yes, glimpses of the native monkeys that inhabit the grounds.

Considered a top dining destination in Vietnam, this award-winning restaurant is fashioned in the style of a French mansion, with private dining rooms that reflect the personalities of a fictional colonial family, including the adventure-themed "Traveler's Room" and the elaborate "Boudoir de Madame." Specialties include a sea bass fillet poached in herbs, celery, carrots, shitake mushrooms and coriander and served with bean sprouts. A signature dessert is coconut and mint panna cotta topped with local fruits.