“City in Clouds”

The city with the romantic beauty of an ancient European architectural style at the top of Ba Na hill has become a must-go destination for visitors coming to Da Nang.

The city with the romantic beauty of an ancient European architectural style at the top of Ba Na hill has become a wonderful destination for visitors going to Da Nang.

Ba Na Hill, belonging to the Truong Son range, is 30km west of the centre of Da Nang. It is one of the highest mountains in Central Vietnam, 1,487m high, with a year-round cool climate.

Seeing the advantages of Ba Na hill, in 2007, Sun Group invested and built Ba Na Hills entertainment area which transformed Ba Na into one of the most impressive destinations in Da Nang with many unique French-inspired architectural projects with a world-class modern cable car system.

Ba Na Hills tourism area is built at thetop of Ba Na hill, about 1,487m high. Photo: Tat Son/VNP
A world-class modern cable car system takes tourists to thetop of Ba Na safely and conveniently. Photo: Tat Son/VNP
Tourists visit the French-style village, which is the most impressive work of Ba Na Hills with ancient European architecture.
Photo: Cong Dat/VNP
Takingphotos of Ba Na Hills. Photo: Cong Dat/VNP
From Lau Chuong, tourists can see the panorama of the French-style village inclouds.
Photo: Cong Dat/VNP
The church that was originally built using French architecture is the centre of the French-style village. Photo: Tat Son/VNP
The French classical architectural works at the top of Ba Na. Photo: Tat Son/VNP
The hotel with decorative flower pots on balconies. Photo: Cong Dat/VNP
From the top of Ba Na, tourists can enjoy the view of the beautiful coastal city of Da Nang. Photo: Cong Dat/VNP

Previously, in order to reach the top of Ba Na, visitors would experience 15km of rocky and dangerous mountain roads. Now it takes only 30 minutes by cable car.

Getting off the cable car, we were welcomed with cool weather, moderate sun, wind and clouds. Clouds are flying and creeping into the buildings, so close that you can easily touch them.

Standing at the top of Ba Na hill, we felt to be in a fairyland of the earth. Anxieties and difficulties are gradually replaced by cheerful feelings in the vast clouds.

We began our trip in Ba Na from Le Jardin d’Amour flower garden with thousands of blooming flowers along the way. The place is arranged artfully and divided into many areas such as the dreamy stream garden and love garden.

Le Jardin d’Amour flower garden with thousands of blooming flowers along the way.
Photo: Tat Son/VNP

When going to Ba Na Hills, tourist will have an opportunity to enjoy music and special performances of street artists from many counties in the world. Photo: Cong Dat/VNP

Small boys and girls dancing with street artists on Ba Na Hills. Photo: Cong Dat/VNP
Street artists from many countries in the world are invited to Ba Na Hills to perform theirart shows. Photo: Tat Son/VNP

If you go to Ba Hills during the beer festival, you will enjoy the fresh beer and dance
at the street festival. Photo: Tat Son/VNP

Tourists can photograph beautiful moments on Ba Na Hills with foreign artists. Photo: Cong Dat/VNP

After leaving beautiful Le Jardin d’Amour garden, we went to the French-style village. It is considered the village in the clouds, one of the most impressive parts of Ba Na Hills. The village is built with ancient buildings, a square, church and hotel. Walking in the village makes us feel like being in a French village of the twentieth century at the top of Ba Na.

It is lucky we came here on the day of the beer festival. Taking free fresh beer and going to the street festival of artists from many parts of the world make us feel like we are in a European festival.

When going to Ba Na Hills, visitors also have an opportunity to explore Lau Chuong, a unique Buddhist monument at the top of Ba Na. This place has a one ton copper bell which was cast very well. From Lau Chuong, the French village can be seen in the distance in clouds, far away from Da Nang, sparkling in the golden sunshine of the deep blue ocean.
At night, Ba Na becomes quiet and sparkles magically. Temperature on the mountain will be as cold as the winter. Lights from Da Nang gradually appear warming up the cold night of the “city in the clouds.”

In 2013, Ba Na cable car was given 4 world records by The Guinness World Records: the world’s longest cable car, the world-highest gap between the arrival station and departure station, the world longest joint-free cable, and the world heaviest cable coil.

By Tat Son & Cong Dat