Much has changed since the French first established Ba Na Hills as a luxury resort for the colonial elite. Today Ba Na hills is a popular tourist destination featuring a replica of a French medieval town(!), a small theme park, lush gardens, striking countryside views and cool weather.
Furthermore, during the colonial years visitors used to be carried up the hill by local Vietnamese workers. Luckily times have changed, and today you’ll get there by Cable Car, which is the current world record holder for longest non-stop single track at 5801 meters in length.
Visit Ba Na Hills
Planning Your Trip
Ba Na hills is located roughly 40 minutes from central Da Nang. Strangely enough, it’s a bit of an issue to find the correct location using Google Maps – if you type in “Ba Na hills” Google likely shows the actual resort at the top, but you want to go to the parking lot at the bottom of the hill. However it worked when I typed in “Ba Na Cable Car Service Parking Lot” in Google Maps. See map below.
As far as I know, there’s no public transportation to Ba Na hills. And even if it does, it makes little sense since there are far better options to get there. In my opinion, the following transportation options are the best way to get to Ba Na hills:
- Using your own motorbike, which is the most fun and flexible transportation option.
- Have your hotel arrange the transportation. Our hotel (Titan) could arrange a car with driver for 300k VND one way.
- Take a taxi or Grab/Uber. We used Uber and paid 300k VND to get there, and 200k VND for the return trip.
When you arrive, the ticket booths for individual visitors is on the right side, and the ticket booths for tour groups is on the left. At the time of my visit, the price for a ticket was 650k VND. This gives you entrance to the cable cars plus pretty much everything else. The only thing we had to pay extra for was the wax museum.
There’s no official itinerary for Ba Na hills, and people just seem to walk around blindly. But I believe it’ll make sense to have some structure to your visit, and below you’ll find the itinerary we used for our visit. With this itinerary you’ll be able to cover pretty much everything worth seeing in a time efficient manner.
Bottom Of The Hill
After you buy your ticket, enter through the large main gate. Immediately inside you’ll find a copy of old Hoi An with some lush gardens. It’s a nice place to stroll for a while and click some photos. After you have finished exploring the gardens, continue on to the cable cars.
In total there are three cable car lines to top, and I recommend to use Hoi An Station for your journey up the hill. The cable car will take you to Marseille Station, where you’ll get off. Here you can spend some time exploring the many gardens, the wine cellar and Linh Ung Pagoda.
When you’re finished exploring this area, walk to Le Jardin station and take the funicular to D’Amour Station. Since there’s not much to see or do in this area, you can immediately walk to Debay station where you take the cable car up to Morin station.
Top Of The Hill
After you step outside Morin station, you’ll likely be amazed by the view – you’re standing in the middle of a medieval French town square, complete with churches, fountains and castles.
Next I would just walk around and explore the many streets, alleys and snap photos of the impressive views. Since Ba Na hills is very popular for weddings, you’ll likely see a lot of Vietnamese couples taking wedding photos. In addition, I recommend to climb up the stairs to the pagodas for an even better view. From here you’ll be able to snap some panoramic photos of the medieval town. There’s even a small tea house here.
At this point it’s likely lunch time, and you can choose from many different cuisines. Here you’ll find French, Russian Turkish and even some Asian choices.
If you have children I recommend to take them to Fantasy Park, where you’ll find many games and theme rides. I especially liked their 4D and 5D theaters.
When you’re ready to leave I recommend to go to L’Indochine Station where you take the cable car down to the parking lot.
Where To Stay
For Da Nang, I recommend Titan Hotel, a 3 star hotel located close to both the beach and the city center. Titan Hotel has modern, clean rooms and very friendly staff. I stayed here during my recent trip to Da Nang.
If you want a mid range luxury hotel I recommend Avatar Danang. It’s located just a couple of blocks from the beach and is very popular with tourists and business travelers alike. They also have a skybar with great views of the city and the beach.
Finally, if you’re looking for a luxury 5-star resort, I recommend to stay at InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort. In my opinion this is the best 5-star resort in Da Nang and you won’t miss anything here.
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