The Golden Bridge

Okey, so if you find yourself in Hoi An, you simply must include a visit to Ba Na Hills and The Golden Bridge. It kept on coming up in conversations with locals when we asked where they’d recommend visiting. From our tour guide in Ho Chi Minh to a travelling priest on top of a rock, everyone told us that Ba Na Hills couldn’t be missed.

And, for the first time in a long time, the reality met the recommendation.

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We got picked up at our hotel by our private driver around 8am, and began the 2-hour drive to Ba Na Hills (which is located approx. 20km outside of Da Nang).

You have three options of getting to the park:

1. Local taxi

2. Private driver (we opted for this alternative)

3. Renting a scooter for the day

Ba Na Hills is a mountaintop resort complex that looks like a medieval castle, and is actually one of the newest projects in Vietnam. It has become a major tourist destination the last couple of years with unique projects such as Ba Na Cable Car, the French Village, the Love Garden ++. And let me tell you – the cable car ride alone is worth the trip.

Pro Tip: bring a jacket! Its always windy at the top ๐Ÿ™‚

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I was super excited to see what everyone was roaming about: The Golden Bridge. And oh my, what an amazing sight that met us at the end of our cable car ride! Total loss of words.

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Turned the camera around for selfie time, and BOOM – the sun was gone and misty fog had taken its place on the mountain top.

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After walking back and forth across the bridge, taking what felt like a million photos, we decided to follow the crowd further into the park. And yes, I am not going to lie: you need to prepare for hordes of people.. And the food. Really not the best we have had.

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Once you have had enough of the park, you may catch one of the other cable cars, taking you further up the mountain. This is where it starts to get chilly by the way, so grab that jacket of yours. And if youยดre like me, who didn’t bring a jacket, you can always purchase a scarf at one of the overpriced(!) souvenir shops ๐Ÿ™‚

The top of the Mountain is referred to as “Sun World”, and is a mix between restaurants, food stalls, beer tasting places, different games etc. I wasn’t a huge fan of this specific area, and we didn’t spend too much time here either (which I was very happy about, seeing that I was freezing to death at this point).

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On our way down the hills, we met up with our driver who took us back to Hoi An and our Hotel.

All in all, it was a spectacular day and I am so happy we got to see the Golden Bridge ๐Ÿ™‚


 

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Hoi An, our favorite place in Vietnam

I fell in love with Hoi An the second we arrived with the sleeper bus. It was something about the quietness and peacefulness that just got to me.

We arrived at 5am, an hour before our original arrival time. Once we had gotten our bags we jumped on the back of two scooters who took us to our accommodation for the next two nights, Zen Villa Hoi An.

This was actually where we learned to agree on the price before using a service such as tuk tuk, taxi or scooters. They tried to rip us of big time, charging us 5 times more than usual!

As mentioned above, we stayed at Zen Villa Hoi An. This ended up being my favorite hotel in Vietnam! The service was absolutely fantastic, and Mr. Thuong went out of his way to ensure we had a wonderful stay during our time. Big thanks to him! ๐Ÿ’•

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If you find yourself in Hoi An I can highly recommend this property โ˜บ๏ธ It is truly a wonderful place to stay!

Our day started with borrowing two super charming bicycles and venturing down to the old quarter looking for lunch. Once we had charged our batteries with yummy food, the shopping maraton started. I think we bought all of the Christmas gifts needed in Hoi An (and yes, there is a post office so that you may ship everything home).

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