- "Vietnamese street gang. Extremely violent. At war with local Chinese ("Triads") gangs. Uncontrollable. Major interests in protection."
- ―GTA San Andreas website
The Da Nang Boys (named after the Vietnamese region and city of Da Nang) is a Vietnamese crime family in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas based in San Fierro, San Andreas preparing a full move to the United States of America. Although they are Vietnamese, the gang is based on the real-life Chinese smuggling gang, the Snakeheads; the gang is also based on the Asian Boyz and Born to Kill, two other gangs with largely Vietnamese membership which were mostly active in the early 1990s.
The gang is extremely violent, with major interests in protection, narcotics and human trafficking. While the Da Nang Boys are portrayed as a major Vietnamese gang in the city, two other sects, the Shining Razors and the Butterfly Children, were mentioned in the game and in the official GTA San Andreas website, and are said to be active in Easter Basin. Their turf is mainly in Easter Basin and their main front is their ship anchored out in San Fierro Bay. They also have turf in Esplanade North and Esplanade East.
The Da Nang Boys have three different members that walk and drive around their area; the first guy wears a gray army T-shirt, blue jeans, yellow shoes, a shaved head and tattoos. The second guy wears sunglasses, gold and black robes, black pants and black shoes. The last guy wears a black do-rag, a black Prolaps T-shirt, olive pants, black shoes, and has a black wristband on his right arm. They wield weapons such as pistols and Micro SMGs. As for their gang cars, they are seen driving around in Tampas, Mananas and Buccaneers, and their favorite radio stations seem to be Bounce FM and SF-UR, as evidenced when the player jacks one of their gang vehicles.
Events of GTA San Andreas
The Da Nang Boys are known to cause trouble for the drug-dealing organization, the Loco Syndicate. In one instance, they kidnapped the syndicate's head, Mike Toreno. Eventually, though, Carl Johnson and T-Bone Mendez rescue Toreno and bring him back safely to the Pleasure Domes in Battery Point. In another instance, Carl is instructed to guard a drug shipment van which is on the way to the yay factory in Doherty. In doing so, Carl manages to destroy four Da Nang Boys-caused roadblocks, which would have prevented the shipment from arriving at the factory.
The Da Nang Boys are also at war with the local San Fierro Triads and were responsible for the massacre of the Blood Feather Triad, a subsect of the Triads. They have also targeted the Triads' leaders, namely Ran Fa Li and Wu Zi Mu, in one instance attempting an assassination. With the help of Carl, however, the Triads responded with numerous attacks and schemes, such as an amphibious and an aerial attack on the Da Nang Boys' freight ships. Though the aerial attack proved to be unsuccessful, Carl manages to infiltrate the cargo ship, and frees some refugees held captive by the Da Nang Boys. He also managed to kill many members of the gang, including their leader, The Snakehead, thus weakening the gang severely and reducing them to a petty street-gang.
- The bald Da Nang Boys member makes frequent comments about his time in prison and Jack Howitzer.
- The Da Nang Boys are known to shoot at the San Fierro Rifa as well as the Triads.
- During very early development of the game, Da Nang Boys were supposed to dislike CJ like the Ballas and the Los Santos Vagos. However, the gang members make voices only when trashing CJ's car. If he walks on foot, they will make no voices. They will make voices however, when they ask CJ about his gangbanging status. It suggests that the idea was not even finished creating. The reason Rockstar decided to drop the idea is possibly because they wanted to make San Fierro more peaceful than Los Santos.
- The Da Nang Boys will not shoot at CJ on sight, but will often order him to leave the territory. They will remain neutral to the player unless he attacks them or causes disturbance.
- There was originally intended to be a fourth member of the Da Nang Boys, as evidenced when looking through the game's audio files. However, he was cut from the game and his quotes were merged with the gang member wearing traditional robes.
- When one uses cheat codes for the PS2 to have gang territories all over the map, the Da Nang Boys' color will be orange while the blips will be gray-white.
- The gang's namesake is most likely derived from the city of Da Nang in Vietnam.
- They are one of few gangs to use another gang car that they do not normally use within a mission, the other being the Ballas. In both cases, both gangs used Greenwoods (it should be noted that Greenwoods normally serve as Gang Cars for Grove Street Members) in Catalyst, Los Sepulcros and Outrider respectively, and aside from the Greenwood, the Ballas also uses a Voodoo (another non-Ballas gang car) in the missions Sweet & Kendl, Drive-Thru and Drive by. The DNB, in turn, drive Sentinels in Mountain Cloud Boys, which are the gang cars of the Mafia.
- The third member of the Da Nang Boys is used in the poster for The Mainframe in Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories.
- Two other Vietnamese gangs are mentioned to have a presence in Easter Basin; the Butterfly Children and Shining Razors. It is unclear what their relationship with the Da Nang Boys is.