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We are Michael and Pinky, a Bangkok-based couple who loves to travel, explore, and go on adventures all over the world. We are always looking for the greatest experiences for adventurers on a budget.

Exploring the Han River Front - Da Nang, Vietnam

Exploring the Han River Front - Da Nang, Vietnam

After the hectic traffic and chaos of Hanoi, I was pleasantly surprised by the slower pace and calm atmosphere of Da Nang, Vietnam’s major coastal city in the central region.

local artists painting undersea designs on the bridge over the Han River, Da Nang, Vietnam

local artists painting undersea designs on the bridge over the Han River, Da Nang, Vietnam

Da Nang is a city of just over 1 million, which sits on the coast and is cut in half by the Han River. Many of the city’s most attractive spots (nicest hotels, most scenic restaurants) are located along the Han River Front area. The river is spanned by several modern and unique bridges, and is especially beautiful to visit at night, when the bridges are lit up in an impressive display of color.

Da Nang’s famous “Dragon Bridge” shoots fire out of its mouth in a nightly display.

Da Nang’s famous “Dragon Bridge” shoots fire out of its mouth in a nightly display.

One of the most prominent features of the Da Nang River Front is the very odd “Dragon Carp” statue that stands spewing water into the river. The Dragon Carp, I guess, is Da Nang’s version of Singapore’s Merlion - a mythical creature invented to promote the city’s tourism.

Han River in Da Nang, Vietnam; the Dragon Carp and the Dragon Bridge

Han River in Da Nang, Vietnam; the Dragon Carp and the Dragon Bridge

Da Nang also has its own version of the Love Lock Bridge, much like the one found in Paris, France. Da Nang’s bridge is quite new; there aren’t so many locks on it yet, but it’s becoming more and more popular as more people are beginning to discover Vietnam.

Da Nang’s very own “Love Lock Bridge” is one of the city’s newer attractions

Da Nang’s very own “Love Lock Bridge” is one of the city’s newer attractions

Couples can purchase a heart-shaped padlock for a few thousand VND at shops along the riverside. They lock the heart into place on one of the bars of the bridge, where it stays, symbolizing eternal love.

locks on the bridge to signify eternal love

locks on the bridge to signify eternal love

While it’s nice to view the river during the day, it’s much more impressive at night. When the sun goes down, the lights along Da Nang’s three big bridges come on in a nightly show of color.

Da Nang Han River at night

Da Nang Han River at night

The most spectacular, in my opinion, is the famous and iconic Dragon Bridge.

This bridge is designed to look like a Vietnamese dragon, complete with a head that breathes fire!

Dragon Bridge in Da Nang lit up with colorful lights at nighttime

Dragon Bridge in Da Nang lit up with colorful lights at nighttime

On weekend nights at 9:00 pm, there is a light show at the Dragon Bridge, that ends with the dragon’s head breathing out fire! Don’t miss this, especially if it’s your first time to visit Da Nang! One of the best places to view this spectacle is from the Dragon Carp statue near the Love Lock Bridge.

The Dragon Bridge and the Dragon Carp are lit up at night in Da Nang, Vietnam.

The Dragon Bridge and the Dragon Carp are lit up at night in Da Nang, Vietnam.

The Love Lock Bridge looks great at night too. When we were there, dozens of couples were posing and taking photos together beneath the red heart-shaped lights along the bridge.

Vietnam Love Lock Bridge at night

Vietnam Love Lock Bridge at night

If you’ve got the time, you can even book a dinner cruise along the river. It’s the best way to see Da Nang at night! If not, there is no shortage of great food to enjoy in Da Nang.

Dragon Bridge at night - every night this bridge shoots fire!

Dragon Bridge at night - every night this bridge shoots fire!

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