Social media erupted when first images of the “Golden Bridge” that sits on the Ba Na Hills 20 km off Da Nang was completed last summer. The giant hands appear to be supporting the 150 meter pedestrian bridge, pulling it out of the adjacent hills and cradling it before a stunning view of the mountain scenery. The bridge is a part of the SunWorld Ba Na Hills resort and theme park and has become one of the most photographed locations in Vietnam in a space of few months.
According to the company that designed the bridge TA Landscape Architecture, the giant moss covered hands allude the mountain god and the bridge represents the yellow silk that helped find the Thien Thai Garden. Golden Bridge is known locally as Cau Vang requires a 2 hour car ride from neighboring Da Nang. The bridge is certainly not one of the more cultural significant things to do in Vietnam, but absolutely has become one of the coolest.
How to get to the Golden Bridge
There are a number of options on how to get to Ba Na Hills from Da Nang. There are several cable care stations that are servicing the area of Ba Na Hills, head for the Hoi An Station to get directly to the Golden Bridge.
There is a shuttle bus that operates every day departing in the morning and returning in the afternoon giving you about 6 hours to explore the Golden Bridge and the wonders of Ba Na Hills. This is the ideal option for solo travelers or couples as the price per person is significantly lower then taking a taxi directly there.
All taxi’s in Da Nang now thankfully set at the same price per kilometer. The most reliable taxi companies are Mai Linh, Dichung Taxi and Vinasun Taxi. You will see plenty on the street so simply flag one down or ask your hotel reception to arrange for a pick up. Grab is also another safe and reliable option to get you there.
For the most freedom to explore the area driving yourself is of course the best option. To arrive in true Vietnamese style you should of course rent a motorbike from one of the many shops in Da Nang and whizz off. Renting a car is also an option but note that there a stricter requirements for foreigners to rent cars in Vietnam as opposed to motorbikes.
Book a Tour
By far the most convenient method of getting to the bridge is to book a tour to take you there. You will have everything covered from transportation, entrance to the park and as well as receive a guided tour of the area. There are several options to chose from depending on how much time you have to spend and what you want to do.
SunWorld Ba Na Hills
Entrance to Sun World Ba Na Hills is 700,000 VND or roughly 30 USD which includes the cable car ride. Due to the immense popularity of the Golden Bridge visitors to Sunworld have skyrocketed in the past year so expect large crowds here every day. The area is massive so do not worry about being drowned in tourists when you visit however. Currently SunWorld is ranked as Vietnams most popular entertainment and tourist attractions bringing in over 1.5 million visitors each year.
The main attractions of SunWorld is the charming French village that has been constructed here, flower gardens, wax museum and spiritual pagodas scattered throughout the area. Walking around in a Parisian village in the Vietnamese countryside is certainly one of the more surreal experiences one will experience in their lifetime and should not be missed.
This region was discovered in 1919 by French colonialist. The rumor behind the name Ba Na Hills, is that when the French came here they discovered many banana’s growing and therefore named it Banana Hill but the Vietnamese pronounced it Ba Na. The French started construction here to service French authorities and officials.
Because of the high altitude the area is cool all year round and offers a perfect opportunity to escape the many blistering hot months during the year. Also with various flora growing in the area Ba Na Hills is recognized a natural reserve by the Vietnamese government. Prior to the Golden Bridge Ba Na was most famous for having the worlds longest non stop single track cable car at 5801 meters in length. The view of the landscape from the cabin is absolutely breathtaking and worth the trip alone.
Perfect for the whole Family
A day trip to see the Golden Bridge and Sunworld Ba Na Hills is the perfect activity to do for all age groups. Stunning nature, surreal architecture, and an array of entertainment options for all age groups makes this one of the cant miss spots when visiting Vietnam. Think of it as a cross between Machu Pichu and Disney World.