Last Saturday, we went for a short 2-day ride from Đà Nẵng to Quảng Ngãi via Hội An (Quảng Nam) and back to Đà Nẵng again. This trip fitted nicely into our weekend schedule. It was not too long (300 km round-trip), so we were able to ride at leisure while taking in the sights of three different provinces and still had ample time to enjoy the local foods along the way.
From Đà Nẵng city centre, we headed to the beach and followed Võ Nguyên Giáp street along the seaside. This road leads south, changing in name to Trường Sa and later, Lạc Long Quân in Quảng Nam. Some 20 kilometres from Đà Nẵng, we turned right into Hai Bà Trưng street to get to Hội An historic town.
Hội An is the best-known stop on this route. Being a UNESCO cultural heritage site, it is the destination of tourists from around the world. Having visited Hội An many times, we did not stop here but rode straight to Cửa Đại bridge. You can pause for a coffee break in Hội An if you like. It should be a good opportunity to refresh and to watch people.
Cửa Đại bridge is only a short way from the centre of Hội An. This newly built bridge, completed in 2016, spans Thu Bồn river and makes it easier than ever to go from Đà Nẵng and Hội An to Tam Kỳ, the capital city of Quảng Nam. Instead of having to fight for their way on the crowded QL1A, riders can now comfortably make it from Cửa Đại bridge to Tam Phú, Tam Kỳ in less than 1 hour. We really enjoyed riding on the empty, almost straight road with white and yellow sand dunes scattered along the way.
At the end of the road, instead of turning right for Tam Kỳ town centre, we turned left for Tam Thanh beach and paid a visit to Tam Thanh mural village. This is a highly recommended sightseeing place in Tam Kỳ. Originally a fishing village, Tam Thanh has become better known recently thanks to lifelike murals created by volunteers in a Vietnam – Korea joint project.
We had chicken rice for lunch in Tam Kỳ. Chicken rice is the specialty of the city and has been brought to other parts of Vietnam under the brand name of Tam Kỳ chicken rice. It is a must-try when you come here!
From Tam Kỳ to Quảng Ngãi, QL1A is the best option. The national road via Quảng Nam is always full of traffic and there is not much to see except for occasional trains that run parallel on the North-South line. However, it is the surefire way to reach Quảng Ngãi before sunset. For the 63 kilometres from Tam Kỳ to Quảng Ngãi, we stopped only once for coffee in Châu Ổ, Bình Sơn.
In terms of tourism, Quảng Ngãi is not as famous as its neighbours in South Central Vietnam. But that should not stop you from visiting this nice city. Quảng Ngãi has a rich history with unique cultural values, among which are local foods.
We sampled a few local dishes including the strange but delicious ram, which is shrimps and green onions wrapped in rice paper and deep fried. The list of foods to try in Quảng Ngãi is so long we had to reserve many for future adventures!
After one night in Quảng Ngãi, we rode back to Đà Nẵng in the reverse direction. The return ride was no less exciting because there was always something new to learn about local life along the way.
We completed our trip as scheduled, arriving in Đà Nẵng in the late afternoon after so much fun on the road.
If you are looking for some weekend riding ideas, a trip from Đà Nẵng to Quảng Ngãi is a suggestion!