Apart from the capital city of Hanoi, the busy transport hub of Saigon, Danang is an emerging site to satisfy all kinds of travel. Set in this stunning city, Bana Hill resort complex is among must-see destinations when you pay Danang a visit. The newly constructed Golden Bridge helps to add a more rustic vibe to the whole area and quickly become a worldwide phenomenon. Still, due to the extensive size, tourists often miss the best itinerary to explore Bana Hill as well as the Golden Bridge.
That’s why we are here. With a long history profile in traveling and tourism, we will reveal the secret for having the best trip in Bana resort complex!
What You Should Know About Bana Hill And Golden Bridge
This is one of the earliest recreational centers to be built and successfully operated in Vietnam. What’s so special about Bana is the location at the height of 1,487 m from the sea level, which enables visitors to experience temperate weather in a hot tropical area. It is said to give you the feal of the usual rotation of four seasons in one single day.
Moreover, the resort is within easy reach from the city downtown as it takes only half an hour traveling by car from the heart of Danang to Sun World Ba Na Hills. Plus, there are various recreational activities, festivals, and relaxation services within the complex. No wonder it was bequeathed the accolade of Top Tourist Resort of Vietnam by the Vietnam Association of Tourism during the period from 2015 to 2018.
The Golden Bridge is a new add-on to Bana Hill complex since the middle of 2018. However, the unique construction style set in a breathtaking nature has made this bridge so popular that no one could visit Danang without checking in Golden Bridge. It connects the mountain foot on the poetic French village to a stunning flower garden on a hill. The total length is approximately 150 m. The most outstanding feature of this site is the mossy, stone hands lifting two ends of the bridge. It makes you feel like the skillful hands of Mother Nature is holding a soft and delicate piece of silk atop a mountain enclosed by magical clouds and crystal skies.
Route from center of Da Nang to Bana Hill
Your Schedule Options When It Comes To Bana Hill
More than just a recreational center, Bana Hill Complex is home to a top star hotel brand which is Mercure Danang French Village, a luxurious accommodation modeling after authentic villages of France during the 19th century. This gives you two options to fully discover Bana Hill: a day tour and an overnight trip.
We will dive in the details of each choice and meticulously discuss both sides of them.
Explore Bana Hill Within One Day
Your trip full of excitement begins with a car transfer to the cable car station operating from 7 AM to 10 PM both weekdays and weekend. So, the earlier you go, the more you can visit. The most ideal schedule is you wander around Bana Hill, joining in most of the games you would like to play in the morning, then having a buffet lunch with a tranquil cup of coffee in the French village before traveling back to Danang downtown in the afternoon.
The biggest merit is you can take advantage of the sparse tourist population in the morning, avoiding all the waiting or lining up. Your photos are also far more perfect as there is no much human disturbance. In addition, you can spend the rest of your day discovering other tourist attraction in Danang, tasting many other local dishes which are not featured in the French village of Bana Hill.
The downside of this option is it may be a little to rush for you if you desire to try everything within the playing complex. Especially when you are traveling with kids, they may demand you to do this, do that, buy this, buy that, which takes quite a lot of time, making the afternoon return look exhausted.
Get The Real Vibe Of Ba Na In An Overnight Trip
Bana Hill by night. Photo by @songwit_photographer
If you love the serenity, you should properly spend a night in the Mercure French Village. When the sun begins to set, most of the tourist will travel back the city center, leaving the whole dynamic area a deserted place with only a few guests left and the employees of the Mercure Resort. The French village puts on its genuine clothes, which is quiet and calm.
This is exactly what you need when you are struggling with all the hustle and bustle in daily routines. A chilling night out in a picturesque and ancient place will breathe a new life to your soul, refreshing your mind and releasing all your tension.
Still, if you are very energetic, you want to emerge in vivid nightlife, it can be boring to stay overnight in the Mercure French Village. There are not many things to do besides wandering around abandoned stone streets.
Top Tourist Sites To Check In Within Ba Na Hill
The Golden Bridge
First and foremost, you should never miss the Golden Bridge. Try to get there early because herds of people will crowd the bridge in the middle of the day, making it difficult to take a good shoot for you and the magical hands.
Le Jardin D’Amour Flower Garden
At the end of Golden Bridge, you will reach Le Jardin D’Amour Flower Garden, which is comprised of nine distinctively decorated gardens. Each has its own bizarre architectural styles. If you are a big fan of flower, prepare for an awe-inspiring experience in the huge area of the gorgeous Arapang and the elegant Daylily.
Debay Wine Cellar
Your next stop will be a 100-year-old Wine Cellar built by the French in 1923. The wine cave is 100 meters long with a temperature of 16 to 20 degrees Celsius on average to store the highest quality wine in the best condition.
As a sacred land of the Vietnamese, there is an abundance of religious traits on Ba Na Hill. One of them is Linh Ung Pagoda located at an altitude of around 1500 m above the sea level. Within the pagoda, you will notice a giant Buddha statue of about 27 m high in a meditating position on a lotus. Linh Phong Bao Thap is a Buddhist tower having nine floors, from which you can gain a panoramic view of Ba Na complex and the religious area.
Photo by @mercurebanahills
For kids and adventurous souls alike, Fantasy Park is more than fantastic. The park covers an area of more than 20,000 m2, including a great variety of entertaining and adrenaline boosting games such as ghost house, free fall, king crash,… There are also plenty of gaming machines for smaller kids and the ticket price is super affordable.
Another place that withdraws the youngsters’ interest is the Wax Museum. You can find a myriad of wax figures depicting top stars in multiple fields like sports, music, cinema… Many people love taking photos with such sculptures because they are so real.
The French Village
Finally, after checking in all the gorgeous places in Ba Na Hill, don’t forget to have a leisurely walk in the French Village, a majestic place with enchanting palaces and Gothic styled adjacent fences. If you are not in a hurry, stop by a restaurant or a coffee shop to taste the French authenticity. That’s when you know your excursion at Ba Na Hill has been completed.