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A Complete Guide to Ba Na Hills – A little piece of Europe

With a stunning mountain view, Ba Na Hills has become a favorite destination for local Vietnamese as well as foreigners. Visiting Ba Na Hills, you not only enjoy nice landscape and cool atmosphere but also participate in various entertainments. In this post, I will guide you to enjoy the best of this place.

How to get to Ba Na Hills?

Ba Na Hills is located in Da Nang, Vietnam. Therefore, you need to fly to Da Nang International Airport, and then take a cab or sign up for a tour. My advice is to put your luggage in your hotel rooms first, then go to Ba Na Hills.

 

How much do you need to pay?

You can get a taxi to Ba Na Hills for 600 000 VND both ways, or you can go by any type of transportation.
The price to enter Ba Na Hills includes the ticket for all cable cars and theme park entrance ticket.

  • Adult: 650 000 VND
  • Children ( 1m – 1.3 meters): 550 000 VND

This ticket price does not include the price for Wax Museum (100,000 VND/ adult, and free for kids), as well as food and beverage. You can read more about the ticket price here

 

Eating

There are plenty of restaurants and food stands in Ba Na Hills. You can also choose buffet for 200 000 VND/ adult.

 

Tour

You can also book a tour to Ba Na Hills. A tour normally includes:

  • Pick-up and drop-off service
  • Buffet lunch
  • One bottle of water
  • Tour guide
  • Ba Na Hills Ticket

I also booked a Ba Na Hills tour for my family from a hotel I stayed. It cost me 920 000 VND/ adult. There are cheaper tours as well, from 780 000 VND/ adult, but I heard that there are more people in those tours. Below are the reviews from the tour I took:

Good points:

  • Do not need to line up to buy ticket
  • Know the way to get to the fastest cable car
  • Save money
  • Lunch is included

Bad points:

  • Transportation: Because it was a tour, a bus drove around the city for 1.5 hours to pick up all the passengers.
  • Limited time: You need to follow the time the tour guide listed. I think there is not much time to visit.
  • Food: A lunch buffet was not good in my opinion. There were not many choices, and the dishes were not delicious.

In brief, having a tour guide is much easier if you go on a vacation with your family. However, if you want to have more freedom, it’s better to consider going alone. It was tiring for my family to go after the whole group and could not spend much time exploring. If I go again, I will choose to go without a tour.

What to see in Ba Na Hills?

a) Cable car

Located 45 minutes from Da Nang city, Ba Na Hills has a scenic mountain view with a huge amusement park. In order to reach the top of the hill, you have to take the cable car. The fee is already included in your ticket.

Ba Na Hills’ cable car system is one of the most impressive ten cable car lines in all over the world. You should ask the staff for the fastest cable car line, which was used from 30/4/2017.  It shortens your waiting time, and it only takes 20 minutes to get from the foot of the mountain to the Garden. The view from the cable car is totally amazing!

The view from the cable car

 

b) Le Jardin d’Amour – Temple – Debay Wine Cellar

When you arrive at the station, take a walk to Le Jardin d’Amour to enjoy the beauty of flowers and statues.

 

There are various type of flowers in Le Jardin d’Amour

You can freely explore all the gardens, Linh Ung Temple, and Debay Ancient Wine Cellar as well.

A view of Linh Ung Temple

A look from the inside of Debay Ancient Wine Cellar. You can also taste wine here with 75,000 VND/glass

The French discovered Ba Na Hills area and built several works such as hotels, swimming pools, etc. However, everything was mostly destroyed during the war, and only Debay Ancient Wine Cellar was left. This place was built by French architects and was dug deep inside the mountain in 1923.

 

c) French Village

After that, you can take a short cable ride to the top of the mountain. You can enjoy the lunch at any restaurants, then start exploring around the French village.

It looks like Europe, right?

From another corner of the village

There were beautiful flowers around the French village as well

It was quite dark around 4pm

The village is not too big, so 30 minutes to 1 hour is usually enough for photos. There are free performances on the stages as well.

 

d) Fantasy Park

After visiting the French village, let’s go down to a free amusement park. There are 3 underground floors for games only. There are lots of free games, but the queue is very long to get in. You can also enjoy the massage on the 2nd floor.

These games are free to play

 

Tips to enjoy the best of Ba Na Hills:

  • Bring light: You need to walk a lot so it’s better to bring at least at you can.
  • Clothes: It’s not too cold on the top of Ba Na Hills, so if you are afraid, you can bring a light coat or jacket.
  • Shoes: Wear comfortable shoes or slippers. You need to walk a lot.
  • Ticket: You should book the ticket in advance because the ticket line is very long.
  • Time: It’s better to get there early from 8 am. It helps shorten the time waiting for the cable cars.
  • Don’t go in the summer or Vietnamese national holidays: It’s full of tourist. There are 10 000 – 20 000 people per day, so you will be stuck in the flow of people and cannot enjoy anything.

 

Is Ba Na Hills worth a visit? Locals say if you haven’t visited Ba Na Hills, you haven’t visited Da Nang. However, if you are used to seeing Europe and want something different, Ba Na Hills may be not your cup of tea. If you want to see the mixture between European architecture and Vietnamese temple, also hiding from the hot of Vietnam, don’t hesitate and just go! After taking a tour, I recommend going alone to explore freely.

So, hope you will have a great time at Ba Na Hills -:)


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27 replies
  1. Suzanne
    Suzanne says:

    Thank you for sharing about a place in Vietnam I haven’t heard about. It definitely has a French feel to it. I also love the hydrangeas. They are one of my favorite flowers.

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  2. Jen
    Jen says:

    1.5 hours to pick up passengers is a lot! I think I would have gone crazy. But the pictures look lovely, so your patience paid off:)

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  3. natalietanner
    natalietanner says:

    It looks like an interesting place and with so many people visiting it surely must be wonderful! Great tips about when to go…we love to visit without the massive crowds for sure. Love the VERY large statue of Buddha in the background. What an awe inspiring site that must be up close!

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  4. Marcie
    Marcie says:

    This sounds exactly like somewhere I’d love to explore. I’m thinking I’d skip the tour, especially if the food isn’t very tasty. The cable car would be my son’s favorite part and I think I’d enjoy seeing the French architecture and gardens.

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  5. Rachelle
    Rachelle says:

    I’ve never heard of Ba Na Hills, but would love to go! I’m always up for a good cable car ride, not only for the ease and convenience of getting around, but aerial vistas are so wonderful! I agree with not going during the summer and holiday seasons. I used to work at Disneyland and those were always the most crowded times of year!

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  6. Yukti
    Yukti says:

    At first glance I though it is Europe but after reading I was amazed that it is Vietnam. French village is truly named as it really looks like a countryside from Europe. Also the free performances on stage would be worth watching. After a long day of travel I would like to get a massage in Fantasy park.

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  7. Aditi Shukla
    Aditi Shukla says:

    This looks so beautiful. I recently visited Vietnam, but could not make time for heading to Ba Na Hills. i would love to visit it for the wine cellar and cable car ride, on my next trip there. Cheers!!

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  8. jitaditya
    jitaditya says:

    Din’t know such a place existed in Vietnam. Reminds me of some hill towns built by the British in India that reminds you of the west. I almost got a heart attack when I saw the prices at first. Then I checked USD to VND exchange rate. He he…

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  9. Juliette B
    Juliette B says:

    Great guide! Didn’t know about this part of Vietnam, and definitely didn’t know there was a French village there either! How quaint. I love going up on cable cars – that’s impressive that it’s one of the top in the world! Cable cars are a great way to get some awesome views of the surrounding areas.

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  10. Andrea
    Andrea says:

    I’ve never heard of Ba Na Hills before but it looks wonderful! It does look like Europe, lol! This is a great guide and Vietnam is on my bucket list! 🙂

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