Why Dragon Bridge is special
The Dragon Bridge is a bridge with a dragon over the Han River at Da Nang, Vietnam. Dragon Bridge is 666 m long, 37.5 m wide and has six lanes for traffic. It opened to traffic on March 29, 2013, at a cost of nearly VND 1.5 trillion (USD 88m). The bridge was designed by the US-based Ammann & Whitney Consulting Engineers with Louis Berger Group. Construction was undertaken by Company No. 508, an affiliate of Civil Construction Engineering Corporation No.5, and Bridge Company No. 75.
Main span was completed on October 26, 2011. The bridge was opened to traffic on March 29, 2013, the 38th anniversary of the liberation of Da Nang City. This modern bridge crosses the Han River at the Le Dinh Duong/Bach Dang traffic circle, providing the shortest road link from the Da Nang International Airport to other main roads in Da Nang city, and a more direct route to My Khe Beach and Non Nuoc Beach on the eastern edge of the City. The bridge was designed and built in the shape of a dragon and to breathe fire and water.
What to explore at Dragon Bridge
The dragon on the bridge can breathe fire in 2 minutes with 3 minutes of water breathing after, making it an incredible highlight in Da Nang City. The water is sprayed out in a powerful blast reflecting the aspiration of Da Nang City. Fire and Water Performance: At 21h00 every weekends and holidays.
Getting to Dragon Bridge
From Da Nang international airport: 3 km away, go by motorbike or bicycle
From Da Nang train station: 4 km away, go by motorbike or bicycle
From Hoi An ancient town: 30 km away, go by taxi or bus
How to get Dragon Bridge
From Da Nang
If you stay near the beach area, then go along Vo Nguyen Giap Street to My Khe Beach, then you will see the roundabout of Vo Nguyen Giap street and Vo Van Kiet street, then turn left, go straight around 1 km to another roundabout, go ahead and you can see this bridge.
In case your hotel located at the City center, head to Tran Phu Street, go to the end of that street, and you will see this bridge on the left side (this is a one way road).
From Hoi An
Unfortunately, the local bus just work till 17h50, so you only can do this transportation at the day time. Get on the bus, mention the to the ticket money collector (they don’t sell ticket, you just need pay to somebody) that your stop is Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture, then you just walk around 3 minutes, and can see the bridge on your right side.
If you want to ride your motorbike there, head to An Bang highway (near An Bang beach), go straight till you see a seafood restaurant named “Thanh Hien” on your left side, go slowly to the roundabout then turn left, go along Vo Van Kiet Street, skip the next roundabout, and here our dragon is.
- Great colorful photography at night. With the lights changing, the bridge turns to many colors. And with the lights reflections of the river water, the view is spectacular
- During the Dragon Show, no vehicle can go across the bridge, so if you want to take motorbike there, you must go earlier.
- You can book the Han River Dragon Boat, enjoy beauty of Han River then they will take you to the dock near the Dragon’s head. Check carefully that they do take you there.