The Dak Mi Loop is a great two or three day loop that visits some areas to the south and southwest of Da Nang. With mostly great roads the whole way, plenty of things to see, and lots of side roads of interest to explore, it makes a great trip for those looking for a nice intermediate multi-day loop drive out of the Da Nang or Hoi An area.
We did this trip in September 2016, and although we took two days, you could easily stretch this out to three if you wanted more time. The following is a bit of a travel journal as well as a guide to this fun trip!
First, to get here. If you are coming from Da Nang, the quickest way is to get yourself to the street that Metro / MegaMart is on, which is called Cach Mang Thang 8 (or known here as CMT-8). You can get here by taking Ngo Quyen south and crossing over the Tien Son Bridge [the Lotte Mart bridge] and then turning left at the first intersection, or by following Tran Phu south, which turns into September 2nd, which itself then runs right into AH-17 at the same roundabout.
Or, from the city center, take Nguyen Tri Phuong south from the airport, which soon turns into Nguyen Huu Tho. This will eventually intersect CMT-8 at a very large intersection with traffic lights. Turn right and you are on the AH-17. Whatever way you approach, once you are on the AH-17, keep going southwest towards the mountains.
If you are coming from Hoi An, you’ve got a couple of options. The first is to take the Beach Road or the Old Hoi An Road north to Da Nang and then follow the instructions. But this is silly and adds lots of extra driving.
You could also go west on Hung Vuong Street out of town, catch QL-1A and head north, but again, you are driving so much north only to lose it again. So here is your best option: follow Hung Vuong out of town, until it becomes DT-608. Follow this PAST the highway (don’t get on it), around a couple of bends and over a river, and then turn left onto DT-609.
This is a fun road because you get to drive through plenty of small Vietnamese towns and see real Vietnam, not the touristy, cookie-cutter Vietnam you see in Hoi An or Da Nang. Follow this road for about 15 kms, and then hang a right in downtown Ai Nghia. Just a handful of kilometers north on this road is the AH-17, which you’ll need to turn left onto.
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The full article includes lots of wonderful photos and detailed route maps.