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Cua Dai Bridge sunset, Hoi An

| 29 Oct 2018

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Cua Dai Bridge sunset, Hoi An
Cua Dai Bridge, Hoi An

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29 Oct 2018

Hoi An’s Cua Dai bridge is an excellent spot for sunset. The views in all directions are dramatic. You’ll appreciate the sheer beauty of the river, the mountains and the coastline. The bridge is quite a structure too. Bring your camera.

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If you’re looking for a special vantage point for a Hoi An sunset, head around 5 kms from town (similar distance from the beach) to the Cua Dai bridge. Photographers will find the views from the bridge especially interesting. For now they're undiscovered. I've had the place to myself over a couple of visits.

Cua Dai bridge is just under 1.5 kilometres in length so it’s a pretty serious piece of infrastructure. The traffic moving across it indicates it’s being put to good use. But take note, this isn’t a serene sunset experience. The motorbikes, cars and trucks roar past.

Cau Dai Bridge sunset, Hoi An
Photo: Mark Bowyer Cua Dai Bridge sunset, Hoi An

 

Cau Dai Bridge sunset, Hoi An
Photo: Mark Bowyer Cua Dai Bridge sunset, Hoi An

 

The views from the bridge are spectacular in all directions. Look east to the vast spread of the Thu Bon River mouth, and beyond to Cham Island. Look west across the town to the distant mountains and the setting sun.

If you’re feeling energetic, make this part of a longer cycling expedition across the bridge and into the previously undeveloped parts south of Hoi An. There are big plans for this area - which is a bit scary. We're beginning to wonder how much more tourism Hoi An can take.

You’ll see some major construction of resorts and residential developments under way, but further south you’ll find deserted beaches and picturesque rural life.

 

Travel tips
The bridge is 5kms from Hoi An town and a little further from An Bang and the beaches - an easy cycle.

Mark Bowyer
Mark Bowyer is the founder and publisher of Rusty Compass.
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