07 Apr The Golden Hands Bridge, Vietnam
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 and the Goldens Hands Bridge couldn´t be missed.
And, for the first time in a long time, the reality met the recommendation.
For other suggestions on what to do: 5 awesome things to do in Hoi An, Vietnam
How to get there from Hoi An
We got picked up at our hotel by our private driver around 8am. We then 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 and the Golden Hands Bridge
Ba Na Hills is a mountaintop resort complex that looks like a medieval castle. It is actually one of the newest projects in Vietnam. More importantly, it has become a major tourist destination the last couple of years. This is probably due to its unique projects such as Ba Na Cable Car, the French Village, the Love Garden etc. 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 🙂
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. The Golden Hands Bridge is truly spectacular.
Turned the camera around for selfie time, and BOOM! The sun was gone and misty fog had taken its place on the mountain top.
We walked back and forth across the bridge, taking what felt like a million photos. Once we were satisfied, 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. Honestly not the best we have had.
Sun World – Cable car number 2
Once you have had enough of the park, you may catch one of the other cable cars. They have two 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 you´re like me, who didn’t bring a jacket, you can always purchase a scarf at one of the overpriced(!) souvenir shops 🙂
The top of the Mountain is referred to as “Sun World”. This fantasy park 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. I was very happy about this by the way, seeing that I was freezing to death at this point.
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 🙂