da nang in a day guide motorbiking Vietnam

More often than not travellers pass straight through Da Nang with eyes on the nearby prizes of Hoi An and Hue. But this modern city, located on a stunning 20 mile stretch of powdery, white sand, is not to be missed during your exploration of central Vietnam. While I love the energy of the city, my true love for Da Nang lies in the stunning beaches and winding mountain roads that surround it. It is definitely worth grabbing a motorbike (or driver) for the day to exploring the nature and sites around Da Nang. Here’s an itinerary for how to spend a day exploring Da Nang by Motorbike.

Getting a Motorbike in Da Nang

Almost all the sites I mentioned in this day-itinerary are outside Da Nang city and not possible to visit with taxis, so you will need a motorbike. If you can’t drive a motorbike yourself then I recommend booking an Easy Rider, which is essentially a motorbike and driver for the day to take you out.

✍ For more information on motorbiking in Vietnam, check out my Complete Guide to Motorbiking in Vietnam.

Where to hire a motorbike in Da Nang

To hire a motorbike for that day you will need your passport and/or a small amount of cash for a deposit. Your accommodation* should be able to help set you up with a cheap rental but if not you can rent from this company:

Motorbike Rental Da Nang (you will need to translate their website)

💰 ~150k for a day rental

Easy Rider in Da Nang

If you don’t know how to drive a motorbike or are not comfortable driving yourself, you can still explore Da Nang by motorbike. I recommend booking an Easy Rider trip, where you sit on the back of a bike with an experienced driver so you can feel the thrill of the roads. Way back in 2016 I booked an easy rider tour of Da Nang with Hoi An Easy Rider Vn and had the best day, but there are many companies that offer similar trips.

💰 ~1 mil ($45) for the day

Exploring Da Nang by Motorbike

This itinerary shares what I did the last time I spent a day exploring Da Nang and is what I view as the most logical order to see things, but would be easy to reorder or modify. For other stops to add to your day trip, check out my guide on things to do in Da Nang.

1️⃣ Cross the dragon bridge and love-lock bridge

The Dragon Bridge has become an iconic image of Da Nang and is a great place to start your day of exploring. The design is innovative and showcases the youthful vibe of Da Nang. If you’re visiting on a weekend, be sure to return at 9pm to watch the dragon bridge breathe fire and water.

Next to the head of the Dragon Bridge, is the love-lock bridge, a romantic spot along the Han river where couples have locked in their love for each other. There are vendors you can buy locks from if you feel like a romantic gesture.

Dragon Bridge (Cầu Rồng Đà Nẵng)📍550000 Đà Nẵng, Sơn Trà, An Hải Tây, An Hả
⏰ Return at 9pm Fri-Sun, for the fire and water display

dragon bridge beach basket boats vietnam

2️⃣ See Vietnamese coracles in Da Nang bay

Leaving the city along the beachfront, follow the road winding from bay to bay. Beyond where the sunbathers’ venture is the stretch of beach used by fishermen. The ocean is speckled with traditional basket boats, and the sand is dotted with fisherman drying and fixing nets. These basket boats, called coracles, were traditionally made from bamboo making them super lightweight for floating. Nowadays many of them are made from plastic, still in the traditional design.

3️⃣ Explore the Lady Buddha temples

Sitting atop Son Tra Mountain on the peninsula of Da Nang is a grand Lady Buddha. She acts as the protector of the bay, keeping fishermen safe in stormy weather. Made from a single piece of marble, the lady buddha stands at a height of 62m, making her taller than the Statue of Liberty and Christ the Redeemer. There are several other pagodas in the complex which are worth exploring.

lady buddha da nang Vietnam

To go inside the pagodas and Lady Buddha you need to cover your knees and shoulders. You can wander around the complex without.

4️⃣ Eat Mi Quang for lunch

One of the most famous noodle dishes from this region of Vietnam is Mi Quang. As a must-try dish in Da Nang, it’s the perfect food to grab for lunch. Mi Quang is a dry noodle dish, topped with chicken, shrimp and eggs, veggies, herbs, peanuts and crispy rice crackers. Keep your eyes peeled for signs along the highways for places making Mi Quang; I’ve pinned the street that I’ve always stopped at to eat on the map below.

da nang vietnam hai van pass motorbike one day itinerary

5️⃣ Drive the Hai Van Pass

The Hai Van Pass is one of the most famous roads in all of Vietnam, linking Da Nang and the ancient city of Hue to the north. This beautiful road hugs the mountains on one side and brushes the ocean on the other, each twist and turn revealing a postcard-perfect view.

At the top of the Hai Van Pass is an ancient watchtower, marking the transition between Da Nang province and Thua Thien Hue province. Historically it controlled the passage between the two provinces. There are also military bunkers from the French colonial period that were re-used during the Vietnam-America war.

There are a number of cafes at the top of the Pass and you can choose a cafe with a view of either the Da Nang side or the Hue side of the pass to refresh at. However, I recommend stopping at the rock cafe instead (see below).

Motorbiking the Hai Van Pass

6️⃣ Stop at the rock cafe

As you head back down the Hai Van Pass towards Da Nang there is an epic viewpoint where you can stop for photos and a drink. You’ll know it when you see it from the huge rock at the side of the road. Around the base of the rock are some vendors selling coconuts, coffee and cold drinks, making this the perfect place for a rest-stop.

Rock Cafe 📍 Cafe Hòn Đá Cụ Rùa, Hoà Hiệp Bắc, Liên Chiểu

hai van pass rock cafe viewpoint da nang7️⃣ Enjoy the last light at the beach

The perfect way to unwind after a busy day exploring the mountains is to take a relaxing stroll along the beach at dusk. This is when the beach starts to come alive, with locals playing in the water, fishing, and doing Tai chi.

A Route for Exploring Da Nang in a Day

Now you have an itinerary, here’s the route for how to get around and see everything by motorbike in Da Nang. Included are the points of interest, a route between them and places to stop for drinks and booty breaks.

The Lowdown

Exploring Da Nang by motorbike makes for a really cheap day adventuring, with the only expenses being the rental and food. For more things to do in Da Nang, as well as information on how to get there, where to stay and eat, check out my Da Nang travel guide.

🛵 150k rental + 60k for gas + food and snacks
⏰ full day

Meet Frances; Scottish lass turned Vietnam expat, and creator of this space. She can be found sippin’ ice tea’s and writing about her adventures from her sunny base of Saigon, Vietnam’s southern metropolis. All with a healthy side of researching her next road trip. With 5 years of living, travelling and scooting around Asia under her belt – let Frances be your guide to travelling the region.


  • December 2, 2017

    Love this post, fun photos and great advices. I would love to visit Vietnam soon.

  • Amy Poulton - Page Traveller

    December 3, 2017

    Love Vietnam! Been twice – Hanoi/Ha Long Bay and HCM City, but never made it to Da Nang! Next time? I’d love to travel the whole length of the country.

  • December 3, 2017

    Wow – awesome post, your pictures make me want to go to Da Nang right away!

  • December 7, 2017

    We skipped Da Nang when we travelled from Hue to Hoi An cos we thought it wasn’t that interesting but boy were we wrong! Your photos are soo lovely as well!

  • December 7, 2017

    This post so so informative! Thank you making such a comprehensive itinerary. Having costs and routes is always so helpful!

  • December 7, 2017

    This looks like a fun adventure by motorbike. Traffic looks like it’s not too hectic.

  • December 7, 2017

    This is one place I wish we had time to explore during my month of travels through Vietnam! I’ve heard good things about this place and by the looks of your photos, Da Nang looks like an awesome place!

  • December 7, 2017

    Seems there are plenty things to do! I pass by Da Nang but didn’t find it very interesting city 😉 I see now that I didn’t make enough homework to see guys what you saw 🙁

  • December 8, 2017

    I love your photos especially the love lock bridge. I didn’t know Da Nang has more to offer. Thanks for sharing.

  • December 8, 2017

    interesting on all 😀 I’d realized that I think I really need to learn how to drive a motorbike 😀 it could have been a better alternative to travel more.
    Love the beach 😀

  • December 8, 2017

    Okay, that settles it! You’ve convinced me to go to Da Nang!! Man, riding around on that motorbike just looks like SO MUCH FUN!!! Love the dragon bridge, and the Lady Buddha looks impressive! (As well as the other pagodas in the complex!) And top it all of with sunset on a beach?! Sign me up! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  • December 9, 2017

    Wow it looks like you packed in quite a lot of activities in one trip!

  • December 11, 2017

    Wow! Awesome clicks! Driving through Hai Van Pass seems interesting. Da Nang looks like a bucket list friendly destination with so much to do and see 🙂


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