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