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Ba Na Hills

"Drove here with the scooter from Hoi An (great to do, not even an hour and a half). The cable cars alone are spectacular. The golden bridge is also fantastic and we had every opportunity to take beautiful pictures; it was certainly not as busy as you sometimes read.
The rest of the park is also worth seeing, many beautifully landscaped and special gardens, sculptures, art, etc. Wonderful to walk through.
The next cable car will take you to the so-called amusement park, because it is a replicated French city. Nicely done and also very nice for the children.
There are many tourists, but mainly Vietnamese. So don't compare it with a Western amusement park."


French town in the Ba Na hills

          Ba Na Hills - is a "hill station" and a resort, originally built in 1919 by the French settlers to seek a little cooling in the mountains and from where you could observe Da Nang. The resort once consisted of 200 villas, but little is left of it.
It is at an altitude of around 1500 meters and it is around 35 km away from lively Da Nang and around 65 km away from the touristy Hoi An.
 

 

 

Due to the height of the resort, the temperature is considerably cooler (about 15 degrees) than down in Da Nang. The lush Ba Na has a refreshingly cool climate and beautiful views of the countryside. Cloud and fog also cling to the top of the hill, so if you can, try to visit on a clear day. Clouds and fog also cling to the top of the hill, so if you can, try visiting Ba Na Hills on a clear day.
 
The Ba Na Hills is divided into 3 sections, which you can visit after you have taken one of the three cable cars. But first you have to figure out which cable car you want.
If you take the longest cable car route, the ride takes about 17 minutes but you travel over the beautiful waterfalls.

 

  1. Hoi An Station.Halfway the first station is: Marseille Station. Here you can get off and visit the "Golden Bridge", Le Jardin de LÁmour. the Linh Ung Pagoda or the wine cellar. A must-visit is Le Jardin D'Amour (a flower garden). A garden with 9 different styles, where each garden represents a different interesting story. From the Marseille Station the cable car takes you via the Bordeaux Station to the French-style Medieval Town. You imagine yourself in the Middle Ages with a French castle, cathedral, village square and cafes.

  2. The second departure station is Toc Tien Station. From this station you can also visit the "Golden Bridge", Le Jardin de LÁmour. the Linh Ung Pagoda or the wine cellar. You can take a cable train here.
    If you want to travel further up, you must go to the Debay Station or the Marseille Station to travel further up.

  3. The Suoi Mo Station is the last departure station. From this station you go straight to the reconstructed French town with its castle towers. On the way you cannot get out on the way up.


The cable car at the French town

After you have left the upper station in the French village, you will probably be amazed by the view. You stand in the middle of a medieval French town square, complete with cathedrals, cafes, shops, houses, fountains and castle towers. You will also find a Mercure hotel here.

 

There are also eateries here, such as the Kavka restaurant (the wooden building where people serve Kavka-style BBQ lamb or pork), or other eateries that serve noodle soup, grilled sausage or chicken wings. The food here is not really expensive, but the taste is average. You can also buy a ticket for the buffet (around 180,000 VND) to enjoy the buffet, but it can be crowded.
Then you can just walk around the many streets, alleys and take pictures of the impressive town. Because Ba Na hills are very popular for weddings, you will probably see many Vietnamese couples taking wedding photos.
In the French village there is also a Fantasy Park (indoor for children) and a Wax Museum, where there are images of many famous figures from music, film, sports, politics, etc.
You can also enjoy various artists performing in the French Village. There are various street artists and private shows in theaters.

Then you can go up a flight of stairs to the pagodas. This is the highest point. Here you have an even better view. From here you can take a number of panoramic photos of the medieval town. There is even a small tea house here: the Tru Vu Tea Corner.


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