The Spectacular Dragon Bridge of Danang, Vietnam

The Spectacular Dragon Bridge of Danang, Vietnam


Leonardo at the Danang Dragon Bridge

Bridges are often seen as mere conduits from one place to another, but the Dragon Bridge in Danang, Vietnam, defies convention. Resembling a mythical dragon come to life, this architectural marvel not only connects two sides of the city but also breathes fire and water, adding a touch of magic to the cityscape.


Situated at the heart of Danang, the Dragon Bridge spans majestically over the Han River, serving as a vital link between the bustling Nguyen Van Linh Street and Bach Dang Street.

Getting There:

Danang is easily accessible from various domestic and international locations via Danang International Airport. From the airport, you can conveniently reach the Dragon Bridgee by taxi or, for the adventurous traveler, by renting a scooter. The bridge acts as a central landmark connecting the airport to popular destinations like My Khe Beach and the city center.

Traveling from Hoi An to Dragon Bridge:

For those traveling from Hoi An to Danang, a private car transfer can get you to the Dragon Bridge in approximately 45 minutes. Finding parking near the bridge can be challenging, so scooter riders will find designated parking areas, while car users may need to park a bit farther and walk.

Design and Specifications:

Opened on March 29, 2013, to commemorate the 38th anniversary of Danang‘s liberation, the Dragon Bridge stands as the world’s largest dragon-shaped steel bridge. With an impressive length of 666 meters, a width of 37.5 meters, a longest span of 200 meters, and a clearance of 7 meters below, it embodies prosperity, inspired by the Ly Dynasty, in Vietnamese culture. Adorned with 2,500 LED lights, the bridge is a true spectacle.

The Magical Fire Show:

The Dragon Bridge truly comes alive on Saturday, Sunday, and major Vietnamese holidays, starting at 9 pm. The dragon’s head spews fire and water in a captivating display that mesmerises both locals and tourists. Arriving at least an hour early is advised to secure a good viewing spot, as the area can become quite crowded.

Mechanics Behind the Show:

The bridge’s fire and water mechanisms are ingeniously integrated into its design, operated by complex hydraulic systems. The dragon’s fire-breathing and water-spouting sequences add a theatrical flair to the spectacle, creating a truly magical experience.

Prime Viewing Locations:

Several spots offer unobstructed views of the dragon’s fiery performance, including the bridge itself (closed to traffic before the show), Tran Hung Dao Street‘s street-side cafes, rooftop bars for panoramic vistas, other nearby bridges like Han Bridge and Tran Thi Ly Bridge, and river cruises, which provide unique perspectives from the water.

Best Time to Visit:

While the Dragon Bridge is enchanting year-round, the period between April and August, with its warm weather and clear skies, enhances the fire-breathing display’s drama. These months also typically see fewer rain interruptions. Remember, the show happens every Saturday and Sunday at 9 pm.

Exploring Danang:

The Dragon Bridge is undoubtedly a highlight, but Danang offers much more to explore. Plan at least three days to enjoy the beaches, local cuisine, and cultural experiences the city has to offer.

Nearby Attractions:

Around the Dragon Bridge, you’ll discover hidden gems such as a peaceful riverside walk along the Han River, the romantic ‘Love Bridge‘ where couples leave padlocks as tokens of love, and bustling night markets with vendors selling delectable street food and unique souvenirs, including the must-try Banh Mi sandwiches and fresh fruit smoothies.


The Dragon Bridge of Danang is not just a means of crossing a river; it’s a mesmerising symbol of art, culture, and innovation that brings a touch of magic to this vibrant Vietnamese city.

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Thomas has a university background in the UK and in Latin America, with studies in Languages and Humanities, Culture, Literature and Economics. He started his Asian experience as a publisher in Krabi in 2005. Thomas has been editing local newspapers and magazines in England, Spain and Thailand for more than fifteen years. He is currently working on several projects in Thailand and abroad. Apart from Thailand, Thomas has lived in Italy, England, Venezuela, Cuba, Spain and Bali. He spends most of his time in Asia. During the years Thomas has developed a great understanding of several Asian cultures and people. He is also working freelance, writing short travel stories and articles for travel magazines. Follow Thomas on

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