Beautiful Ba Na Hills

So today we visited mountaintop resort Ba Na Hills. Although a wonderful day was had by all, it wasn’t exactly as I expected.

Located about an hour out of Da Nang, the bike journey there was truly gorgeous. Straight, new roads devoid of traffic and stunning views meant I barely noticed the loss of feeling in my bum.

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Once we had arrived we paid the ticket price of 550,000 VND. At around £15, this may not seem extortionate, but on a Vietnamese wage this is a significant hit, so we were really expecting it to be worth the hefty sum.

We boarded the cable car (the longest and highest non-stop cable car in the whole world I’ll have you know) and set off upwards.

Chloe's genuine reaction to the car starting
Chloe’s genuine reaction to the car starting

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The views were stunning, even on a misty day, the luscious greens and the grand mountain silhouettes made for a pleasant journey up the mountain and plenty of picture opportunities.

At the peak we had been promised a French village, and at first glance, it delivered.

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But upon closer inspection, the little piece of Europe in the skies of Vietnam was a little bit, well, fake. The buildings and churches were not authentic stonework but painted polystyrene and plastics. There was even a little roller coaster. The place was perfect for kids. If Disney did French villages…

I do feel however, that Ba Na Hills have got their marketing strategy all wrong. Walk just a little further through the faux-village and you will find the most beautiful mountain-top Pagoda. Much quieter than the rest of the resort, this was what made it worth coming.

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We had tea and drank in the beauty surrounding us, finding peace from the tourists just yards away, and the city, miles below.

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In my opinion this is what made that ticket price worthwhile, and it is not at all what I was expecting.

As it was so pricey, the chances are that I won’t be visiting again, but I would recommend it to visitors of Da Nang, as long as you know what you’re going to get.

Hẹn gặp lại!

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