In Ba Na Hills, high above Da Nang in central Vietnam, a Golden Bridge is suspended above the treetops by two enormous hands, the hands of God. The “Cau Vang” or “Golden Bridge” is quickly becoming an icon since its opening in June 2018. Here is what you need to know to visit Vietnams’ Golden Bridge.
- An Overview of the Golden Bridge
- Ba Na Hills
- How to get to the Golden Bridge & Ba Na Hills
- Golden Bridge Tickets — Ba Na Hills
- Ba Na Hills Cable Car — World’s Longest
- Golden Bridge Tours
- Golden Bridge Photography Tips
- The Rest of Ba Na Hills
An Overview of the Golden Bridge
The Golden Bridge is the latest addition to the much larger European modeled Ba Na Hills resort town and theme park in the hills above Da Nang. It’s a beautiful bridge affording fantastic unobstructed views of Da Nang and the surrounding countryside far below.
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A 500-foot long curving pedestrian bridge, seemingly supported by two enormous hands that look like they’ve emerged straight out of the mountain. The hands of God.
Ba Na Hills
Ba Na Hills was originally built by the Frech in the early 1900s as a kind of resort town in the mountains above Da Nang.
Now it has turned into a resort and theme park modeled after towns in Europe but also includes Vietnamese and Chinese themed portions such as the Linh Ung Pagoda. It is sometimes referred to as “The Da lat of Da Nang Province.” and is quite popular with Asian tourists.
How to get to the Golden Bridge & Ba Na Hills
Ba Na Hills is about a 45-minute drive from Da Nang by car or motorbike. Here are the options on how to get to Ba Na Hills and the Golden Bridge.
1. Rent a Motorbike
You can rent a motorbike from Da Nang and drive yourself. There are so many places to rent from and the prices range from 100,000 to 150,000 for a daily rental. The drive is pretty straightforward on well-maintained roads. In Google Maps type “Ba Na Hills Parking Lot”.
2. Private Car or Taxi
Booking a private car or taxi will cost about 400,000 VND each way or 700,000 round-trip. You can book through your hotel or you can book a private car to Bana Hills through my Viator page here for a much better price.
3. All Inclusive Tour to Ba Na Hills
This is the way to go if you don’t want to worry about transport and tickets. It’s $65 and includes transport both ways, the entrance ticket for Ba Na Hills, buffet lunch (usually 200,000 VND) and a guide. To book the Ba Na Hills Tour click here.
Golden Bridge Tickets — Ba Na Hills
The admission fee for the Golden Bridge is included in the ticket for Ba Na Hills and gives you access to the entire Sun World resort town including all of the cable cars as well as gardens, temples and various rides, and the three-story game building “Fantasy Park” and varius performances and lots of stores and places to eat. The price is 700,000 VND per person and you can buy your tickets when you arrive or buy them ahead of time directly from the Sun World Ba Na Hills website here.
Unless you arriving at 7 am or booking a private tour I would recommend buying and printing your tickets ahead of time so you don’t have to wait in a long line. I did see two computers near the ticket booth where might be able to book and print your tickets from if you forgot to book ahead of time.
Ba Na Hills Cable Car — World’s Longest
The Toc Tien Waterfall – L’Indochine cable car at Ba Na Hills holds the world’s record for the longest single cable, as well as the greatest height difference between stations. It affords ever increasing views of the mountains and cities below, but don’t forget to look up (or down) at the Toc Tien Waterfall cascading down the mountain!
There are 3 separate cable car lines that go to the top of Ba Na Hill. If you want to reach the Golden Bridge first (I recommend doing seeing it first) take the Hoi An — Marseille cable car Hours are 07:00 — 17:30. This will bring you right up to the Golden Bridge, in fact, you will see it from below on your way up, so keep an eye out for it.
Golden Bridge Tours
If you want to leave the planning up to someone else and just enjoy your day, seeing the Golden Bridge and Ba Na Hills then a Ba Na Hills tour is the way to go.
Golden Bridge Tour / Ba Na Hills Tour from Da Nang
The tour includes the transportation to and from Ba Na Hills as well as the entry fee and a buffet lunch, all for $65 (per person). Check out the Ba Na Hills full day tour here. If you factor in the transport fee, tickets, and buffet lunch then it makes sense cost-wise.
Golden Bridge Photography Tips
1. Get there early
The Golden Bridge is a beautiful and iconic place to take pictures. For the least amount of people get there early! The earlier the better. I arrived at the ticket booth around 6:50 am and there were already people there.
Getting there this early means that you will have to either hire a private car and arrange the pick-up time beforehand or driving yourself on a rented motorbike.
2. Shoot all of the angles
The featured image on this page was taken just as you enter the Golden Bridge. The view from the other side looks like this.
Down some stairs on the other side will give you this view.
3. To get pictures with no/few people, be patient
Even if you get there early there might still be people. But, as I experienced, you can wait and will probably get lucky as there seems to be gaps or waves of people. Also don’t be afraid to politely ask someone to wait, (with lots of smiling and “thank yous” of course). As the morning wears on, however, all bets are off as wave after wave of people pour from the cable cars.
The Rest of Ba Na Hills
There is plenty more to do at Ba Na Hills and the Golden Bridge is just the start. Don’t forget to check out the Linh Ung Pagoda and gardens after seeing the bridge (see them before taking another cable car to the top of the mountain) The main resort and European Village is located at the very top of the mountain. Check out my complete guide to Ba Na Hills — coming soon.