Who doesn’t have a fire-breathing Dragon Bridge on their bucket list? Well you should! This one was accidental to be honest. My family and I were vacationing at the Furama Resort in Da Nang, Vietnam when a staff member informed us about an evening fire show featuring the city’s Dragon Bridge.
The show only happens at 9 pm on Saturday and Sunday nights. It rained on Saturday night and the girls’ jet lag kept them from staying up past 7pm. Sunday night at 8 pm I was sitting around in my pajamas when Andrew offered to stay with the girls giving me the opportunity to attend. A few minutes later I managed to be dressed and out the door with only my camera and a few thousand Vietnamese Dong for the cab driver.
The resort concierge desk arranged a taxi that would take me to the Dragon Bridge show and then return me to the Furama Resort at its conclusion. I may have instructed him to take me to the grocery store on the return trip by mistake but that is another story.
My taxi arrived at the bridge around 8:45 pm and I made my way through the crowd for a prime spot.
The ShowDragon Bridge – Vietnam from Amber Herden on Vimeo.
Da Nang’s iconic bridge opened to the public in early 2013 and designed by U.S. based Ammann & Whitney Consulting Engineers with Louis Berger Group. The bridge features a dragon head with an almost snake-like body spanning across the length of the bridge resembling a Ly Dynasty symbol.
The six lane bridge split by the dragon is illuminated with thousands of LED lights and connects areas between the Airport/Downtown and main beaches/resorts. The color of the dragon alternated throughout the show giving a blue, green and yellow appearance. The fire would flame out for a minute or two before switching to a forceful water spray that drenched the observers. The children laughed and played in the water. A couple of minutes later the fire started again followed by one last water spray. The entire show lasted only a few minutes though a truly unique experience.
Da Nang city lights up at night along the Han River!