EXPLORING BA NA HILLS VIETNAM WITH VIETNAMTRIPS



Ba Na Hills
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Ba Na Hills in Vietnam, located on the top of Chua Mountain at an altitude of 1,489m is known as one of the most famous attractions in Danang City. It is likened to somewhere in "fairy tales", a "miniature Europe in the heart of the city". The beautiful ancient architecture, attractive entertainment games, fragrant flower gardens here have created such a very unique tourist spot.

 

Ba Na Hills Vietnam

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I - How to travel from Danang to Ba Na Hills Vietnam?

The entire complex is located in An Son Village, Hoa Ninh Commune, Hoa Vang District, Danang City - about 35km southwest of Danang City Center & about 60 km from Hoi An to the south. 

1 - Traveling by motorbike

With a distance of 35 - 40km, it only takes about 1 hour to travel by motorbike. The roads from Danang are wide and beautiful but also quite winding. When you reach the foot of Chua Mountain, you should follow the signs and park your motorbike before buying a cable car ticket. Around the parking lot, there are some interesting attractions such as the recreation of Hoi An Garden, water orchestra,...

 

Ba Na Hils how to get there

Traveling by motorbike from Danang to Ba Na Hills - Source: Adils photography

There are some motorbike rental shops in Danang city:

Gia Huy Rental

- Address: No.126/6 Tran Cao Van Street, Xuan Ha Ward, Thanh Khe District

- Price: 80,000 - 150,000 VND / day ($3.5 - 6.6)

- Contact: 0903 529 586

TRIPBIKE - Phuong Binh

- Address: No.112/82 Tran Cao Van Street, Tam Thuan Ward, Thanh Khe District

- Price: 100,000 - 160,000 VND / day ($4.4 - 5.7)

- Contact: 0905 616 552

Tan Hoa Motorbike Rental

- Address: No.184 Huynh Tan Phat Street, Hoa Cuong Nam Ward, Hai Chau District

- Price: 80,000 - 130,000 VND / day ($3.5 - 7)

- Contact: 0868 768 768

>> It may be helpful: List of motorbike rental shops in Danang City

2 - Traveling bus from Danang to Ba Na Hills

Travel time is about 70 - 80 minutes. You can take the shuttle bus service from: 

Da Nang Xanh Travel Bus

- Pick-up point: your hotels in the inner city of Danang

- Price: 130,000 VND / round trip

- Departure time: from 7:45am to 8:15am

- Return time: at 3:30pm

- Contact: 0913 818 107

City Tour Bus

- Pick-up point: your hotels in the inner city of Danang

- Price: 120,000 VND / one way; 150,000 VND / round trip

- Departure time: from 7:30am to 8am

- Return time: from 3pm to 3:30pm

- Contact: 0905 777 229

Open Bus

- Pick-up point: your hotels in the inner city of Danang

- Price: 100,000 VND / one way; 150,000 VND / round trip

- Departure time: from 8am to 8:30am

- Return time: from 3:30pm to 4:30pm 

- Contact: 093 543 43 35

II - Ba Na Hills cable car service

Ba Na Hills tour from Da Nang

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Taking a cable car is the best way to get to the top of the Chua mountain, where the most interesting part of the complex with its leading hotels, restaurants, entertainment, and spiritual areas is located. The system operates from 7:30am to 5:30pm daily, each trip usually lasts about 15 minutes. During the travel time, you have the opportunity to experience the feeling of floating in the air, to freely immerse yourself in the majestic nature of mountains and forests.

1 - Ba Na Hills cable car world record

Honored by the World Travel Awards as "the world's leading cable car system", this cable car system is the great pride of Danang in particular and Vietnam in general. This is the only cable car route in the world to receive 4 Guinness records including:

- The world's longest single-wire cable car route (5,801m)

- The world's longest total cable length (11,587m)

- The world's heaviest cable reel weight (141.24 tons)

- The world's highest difference between departure and arrival stations (1,368.93m).

2 - Ba Na Hills cable car ticket price

Foreign tourists ticket price:

- Adult: 700,000 VND / person / round-trip ($30.7)

- Child: 600,000 VND / person / round-trip ($26.3)

Ticket price includes: Insurance; VAT; Two-way cable car and Mountain train; Entrance fees to attractions (Golden Bridge, flower garden, French village…); Most games at Fantasy Park (except gacha games)

- Wax museum ticket price: 100,000 VND / person ($4.4)

3 - How to travel by cable car in Ba Na Hills Vietnam the right way?

The system has 12 stations with a total of 5 cable car routes including 

- Suoi Mo - Ba Na (1)

- Debay - Morin (2) 

- Thac Tien - L'Indochine (3)

- Hoi An - Marseille (4)

- Bordeaux - Louvre (5)

Depending on your personal schedule, you can choose 1 of 3 stations: Thac Tien, Hoi An, or Suoi Mo to travel up to the amusement and sightseeing areas, which are all connected by cable cars. To save time, it is recommended to take route 3 from Thac Tien to go up, then take the 1st and 4th routes to return or vice versa.  

The route Thac Tien - L'Indochine is the only one running straight from the foot to the top of Chua Mountain. Meanwhile, the route Hoi An - Marseille leads you to the Golden Bridge area, where you can then travel to Louvre Station to visit the French village. This location can also be reached by DeBay Station if you take the Suoi Mo cable car route.

4 - Things to note before you get on the Ba Na Hills cable car

Each cable car ride is 15-20 minutes apart, so you can take some time after buying tickets to visit the area around the foot of Chua mountain. Going through the entrance gate, you see "Hoi An garden", which is a recreation of the ancient Hoi An City in Ba Na space. The food court, and especially Hoi An restaurant are the ideal place for you to enjoy breakfast before boarding the cable or just filling up your stomach. You can also visit the shopping area, but remember that you are not allowed to bring food in the cable car and it is better to buy some Vietnamese souvenirs when leaving.

There are other places in Ba Na Hills Danang with beautiful scenery for you to check in such as Suoi Mo Station or Suoi Mo itself (Dream Stream) and a water orchestra. But it is advisable to wait until your return in the evening to take pictures at the water orchestra when the electricity has been turned on. The water sparkles with colors from the light underneath, blending into the elegant scenery of “little Hoi An”, making this the most beautiful moment for you to take pictures. After sightseeing, you can move to the cable car station to travel up Chua Mountain.

III - What to visit in Sun World Ba Na Hills Vietnam? 

With various beautiful natural scenery and countless impressive architectural works, this tourist complex is divided into 3 main areas, including:

1 - Ba Na Station area

Linh Ung Pagoda

This is one of the three Linh Ung Pagodas to create a solid spiritual foothold to protect Danang. Considered the largest pagoda in Danang in terms of scale and artistic architecture, Linh Ung Pagoda is also one of the ideal places to hunt clouds in Danang City. On the campus of this pagoda is a statue of Shakyamuni Buddha, which currently is the largest Buddha statue in Vietnam with a height of 27m.

Le Jardin D’Amou

Also known as the “Flower garden of Love'', this French-style garden is one of the most famous attractions of Ba Na Hills in Vietnam, especially for nature lovers. All the colorful flowers are harmoniously arranged to create an eye-catching landscape, combined with a cool climate - Le Jardin D’Amou has turned into a “miniature Da Lat”, which makes everyone's heart flutter and fall in love. Located in the middle of this flower garden is Doumer Restaurant, a great choice for those who want to enjoy private and romantic moments.

Bar Debay – Wine cellar

Debay Wine Cellar is a unique construction built by the French deep in the heart of Chua Mountain in 1923, with the temperature always kept extremely cool at 16 - 20°C. As a place to store many types of wine from the French period, here you can tour, learn about the history of the cellar and the wines on display. After exploring Debay Cellar in Ba Na Hills Danang, you can rest and enjoy a glass of fragrant wine on the 2nd floor - the Bar Debay and choose meaningful souvenirs. The cellar operates from 8am to 5pm (in peak season, serving until 6:30pm).

 

Ba Na Hills Golden Bridge

The Golden Bridge - Source: VnExpress

Golden Bridge

Golden Bridge is internationally acclaimed as the most unique design in the world. The 150m long bridge is located at an altitude of 1,400m above sea level, looking like a golden silk strip hidden in the clouds that are highlighted by two giant stone hands supporting it. Standing here, you can enjoy the fresh air, the beautiful nature, and the creativity of the architects. In that blurry scene, you feel like you're lost in the clouds and have wandered into a majestic and mysterious fairy scene.

2 - Morin Station Area - dining and resort area in Ba Na Hills Vietnam

Fantasy Park

This amusement park was built and designed according to the inspiration of two famous novels "Journey to the Center of the Earth" and "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea" by French writer Jules Verne. As the largest amusement park in Vietnam, Fantasy Park is suitable for all ages, offering a lively and engaging entertainment world with more than 100 games that evoke many joyful and unexpected emotions. In particular, in Fantasy Park there is an interesting place called "Back to Jurassic", which brings us back to the era of the dinosaurs, very realistic and vivid. 

French Village Ba Na Hills - a miniature Europe

 

Ba Na Hills tour

French Village - Source: Thanh An

On an area of 45,300m2, the complex was built with all kinds of European-style buildings including ancient houses and peaceful castles, recreating a romantic and charming picture of poetic France in the heart of Da Nang city. Designed as a resort paradise, the French Village is divided into 7 areas representing 7 musical notes with a system of 3-5 star hotels including Morin Hotel, shopping malls, cafes, restaurants… 

3 - Ba Na peak area

Linh Chua Linh Tu Temple

Also known as Ba Chua Thuong Ngan Temple, Linh Chua Linh Tu Temple is a place to worship the sacred Mother Thuong Ngan - the ruler of the mountains and forests, attached to people, animals, and plants. Located in a place where heaven and earth harmonize, yin and yang converge, this temple in Ba Na Hills Danang makes visitors from all over the world feel relaxed every time they come, all worries are removed.

Bell Tower 

Built according to Buddhist architecture, this tower is the house of the famous 1-ton bronze bell, which was meticulously cast right at the top of Chua Mountain in less than a year. Come to hear the bell ringing in the quiet space of the mountains and forests, your soul will become relaxed and gentle as if you are immersed in nothingness, washing away your worries, … 

Tru Vu Tra Quan (Rain Shelter Tea Shop)

Nestled behind the French Village in Sun World Ba Na Hills is Tru Vu Tra Quan - a place for you to stop to enjoy the tea ceremony while admiring the beauty of the sky, the vast primeval forest, and the magnificence of French architecture. The tea shop is designed according to the traditional architecture of the North of Vietnam, simple and sophisticated. The outside of the campus is decorated with green trees, close to nature, while the inside is designed in a meditative style with a low square table placed on a thin mat. Tru Vu Tra Quan gives you a feeling of tranquility thanks to a wonderful combination of architecture, tea ceremony, music, and poetic natural scenery.

IV - Essential information to know before traveling up Ba Na Hills Vietnam

1 - Mountain train

Built by Garaventa of Switzerland, the mountain train in Ba Na officially opened on April 26, 2014, and has a speed of 5 m/s. Able to operate well in all weather conditions, the train carries out the mission of transporting visitors through impressive landscapes and interesting places. From Debay station, you will have a short trip to Le Jardin d'Amour flower garden, Debay ancient wine cellar, Buddha statue, and Linh Ung Pagoda. From the train, you have the chance to cruise through the mountainside, enjoy the panoramic view of the primeval forest and majestic Ba Na mountain. The price of the mountain train ticket in Ba Na Hills has been combined with the cable car fare, so you can ride the train for free once you buy a ticket. 

- Operating time: 8am - 5pm (in peak season, serving until 6:30pm)

2 - Slide system

Put into use since June 13, 2013, this slide system is a unique tourist product, adding to the list of interesting choices for tourists. The slide is a thrilling device that is already very popular in the world, but the special feature of the Ba Na slide is that it is the first time in Vietnam and in the world that there is a double slide. This system is absolutely safe and suitable for all ages and genders with a maximum speed of 30 km/h. With a slide system that is completely unobstructed by the view, you can both slide and admire the landscape of Ba Na Hills in Vietnam from above. There are two routes for you to choose from, both of which have an elevation difference of 47m from the ground:

- Route 01: length of downhill: 539m, length of pull-up: 186m

- Route 02: length of downhill: 515m, length of pull-up: 179m

3 - The annual festivals 

Summer Carnival

The festival will surprise visitors with a vibrant summer atmosphere with monumental performances and sophisticated costumes by more than 100 professional artists and dancers. You can admire the elaborate performances from dancing, singing, circus, magic, makeup, walking on stilts with many different themes, which change from year to year. This is definitely a well-organized art festival that you cannot miss when coming to Ba Na Hills Danang Vietnam in the summer.

- Event time: May - July

 

Ba Na Hills weather

Flower Festival - Source: Danangfantasticity

Flower Festival 

This festival is considered a special day here with countless flowers racing to bloom such as Tulip flower, Bell peach flower, Hydrangea flower, Thanh Anh flower (Aparang), … With 1 million tulips covering Le Jardin D'Amour flower garden, this festival became "Vietnam's largest Tulip Festival", recognized by the Vietnam Guinness Book of Records.

- Event time: February - March

Wine Festival

At the Wine Festival held in the fall, you will be directly involved in the production of the famous grape wine of France. One of the most beloved and anticipated traditions at European wine festivals is the La Batalla del Vino (Battle of Wine) ceremony, which will be faithfully recreated at Ba Na Hills, helping you better understand the famous French drink.

- Event time: May - September

Winter Festival 

This is a magnificent European-style festival with reindeer, snowman, Santa Claus, and giant pine trees. You will be immersed in the romantic winter scene with many unique activities and performances.

- Event time: November 20th - December 31st 

Halloween Ghost Festival

This is a series of activities that follow the Summer Carnival, expressed in the language of the charismatic dance art of international artists. A festival that is no longer strange in the West, is now recreated in Ba Na Hills Vietnam through its rebellious shows, mysterious villages, fairy tales, horror movies, and strange-shaped pumpkins. 

- Event time: October 1st - October 31st

B'estival Beer Festival

Considered the beer festival with the most participants in Vietnam, B'estival is another version of Oktoberfest with many interesting events and activities. This is an opportunity for you to enjoy and get drunk on fine beer like Paulaner, Budweiser, Kulmbacher, Monchshof, Benedictine... You have a chance to live in a unique festive atmosphere and enjoy the typical culinary flavors, mixed with dances combined with vibrant music.

- Event time: May - September

4 - Ba Na Hills weather information

Ba Na Hills entrance fee

 Source: Sandip Roy

The weather and climate here change constantly, so you need to pay attention to the weather forecast before coming. To avoid fog or bad weather, you should visit around April - September, when it rains less, helping you catch all the beautiful scenes everywhere, or spring (January - March) if you want to participate in festivals. Though there are festivals in winter (October - December), you shouldn't plan your trip from November onward because, at this time, the temperature is cold and very foggy, it might not be able to promise you an enjoyable trip - remember to bring warm clothes and umbrellas!

Ba Na Hills opening hours are from 7am - 10pm. If you want to make the most of the trip, you should start early from the city center. If you want to stay there overnight, there are always different kinds of accommodation for you to choose from.

5 - Restaurants on the top of Chua Mountain

Morin restaurant 

- Signature dishes: Buffet, braised salmon, pomelo salad, stir-fried bok choy, clams sour soup, burnt cream dessert.

- Opening hours: 6:30am - 10pm

- Price: 128,000 - 300,000 VND / person / buffet serving ($5.62 - 13.16)

Le Jardin restaurant

- Signature dishes: European dishes such as BBQ and delicious white jam cake.

- Opening hours: 11am - 3pm

- Price: 225,000 - 275,000 VND / person ($9,9 - 12)

 

Ba Na Hills opening hours

Ba Na Hills buffet - Source: Banahills.sunworld

La Lavande restaurant

- Signature dishes: Vietnamese food from three regions of the country.

- Opening hours: 11am - 2pm

- Price: 235,000 - 500,000 VND / person ($10.3 - 22)

La Crique & Cafe Postal restaurant

- Signature dishes: Vietnamese and Spanish dishes, dinner and late-night food

- Opening hours: 9am - 10pm

- Price: 50,000 - 350,000 VND / person ($2.2 - 15.35)

Kavkaz restaurant 

- Signature dishes: European foods, beef salad, black bread or soups... 

- Opening hours: 9am - 5pm

- Price: 20,000 - 500,000 VND / person ($0.88 - 22)

Doumer restaurant

- Signature dishes: local specialties, Asian and European dishes 

- Opening hours: 6:30am - 10pm

- Price: 100,000 - 500,000 VND / person ($4.4 - 22)

L’etable restaurant 

- Signature dishes: Spring roll, summer roll, king prawns with coconut juice...

- Opening hours: 8am - 9pm

- Price: 50,000 - 500,000 VND / person ($2.2 - 22)

6 - Resort & hotel in Ba Na Hills Danang

Ba Na Hills hotel

Mercure Hotel - Source: VnExpress

Mercure Hotel

This 4-star resort offers 10 different rooms, equipped with full facilities such as spa, gym, four-season swimming pool, bar, ... 

- Reference room rates: 2,000,000 - 2,200,000 VND / room / night ($87.7 - 96.5)

- Contact: 0236 3799 888

Morin Hotel

This is a 3-star resort designed in old French architecture with two main types of rooms with areas of 30 and 50m2 respectively.

- Reference room rates: 1,000,000 - 1,200,000 VND / room / night ($43.85 - 52.65)

- Contact: 0243 3248 46 56

Debay Hotel

A quiet hotel built in ancient and luxurious French architecture with 2 floors including 21 luxury rooms, offering three main sizes of 23m2, 25m2, and 45m2.

- Reference room rates: 1,500,000 - 2,000,000 VND / room / night ($65.8 - 87.7)

- Contact: 0287 106 0258

Coming to Ba Na Hills Vietnam, you will have the opportunity to experience the cable car ride, immerse yourself in the natural landscape of Chua Mountain, enjoy diverse cuisine and a festive atmosphere. A one-day trip is enough, but to get a better memory, you can also book a hotel to stay overnight or go on a tour for a few days. After dinner and at night are the perfect times to take a stroll and immerse yourself in the mystery of this place.

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