Why the Da Nang’s Golden Bridge is special
The Golden Bridge is a 150-metre curved walkway hovering over the top of the descending mountains in the Bana Hills. It’s not merely the vivid colour of the curved Golden Bridge, jutting out of the Truong Son Forest high above the city of Da Nang that makes it an easily recognisable landmark. It’s also the gigantic stone-like hands, deliberately dotted with cracks and moss to aid its evocative appearance, that attract visitors from all over the country and beyond. The realistic hands, actually made of fiberglass, cradle the bridge and seem to draw it straight out of the forest below, while supporting it with palms underneath, fingers on one side and thumbs on the other.
As attractive is its utterly unique design is, the main appeal of Da Nang’s Golden Bridge, is the accompanying and unbelievable vistas of the Ba Na Hills’ rolling green mountains. The views of forest-clad peaks are seemingly unending, while the swirls of cloud that often swim past the trees create an awe-inspiring scene.
What to explore at Da Nang’s Golden Bridge
Da Nang’s Golden Bridge has been popular since its first unveiling in June 2018. These are just some of the reasons why it draws both domestic and international crowds
- To explore a unique piece of jaw-dropping architecture, crafted in just under one year
- To experience the stunning views high atop the Ba Na Hills, 1487m above sea level
- To walk across the pristine golden bridge, flanked by beautiful purple chrysanthemums
- To get totally unique photographs of the most wonderful combination of architecture and nature
- To escape the hustle and bustle of the city and experience the wonderful calm bestowed by Golden Bridge and its surroundings
How to get to the Golden Bridge from Da Nang
The first hurdle, once in Da Nang, is to get to the Ba Na Hills that lie just outside it. You can expect about a 1-hour journey to get to the Golden Bridge from Da Nang city centre, requiring a drive, a cable car and a walk. Here’s a little step-by-step guide on how to get from Da Nang to the Golden Bridge.
Step 1: Get to the Ba Na Foothills
Once you’re ready to head out, there are a number of options for getting to the bottom of the Bana Hills from Da Nang. There are several cable car stations that service the enormous area of the Ba Na Hills; the one you need to aim for is the Hoi An Station, which takes you directly to the Golden Bridge. The following options all cover the 25km between Da Nang and the Ba Na Hills, and should get you there in under an hour.
Option 1 – By self-drive car/motorbike
If you feel like travelling the Vietnamese way, you can rent a motorbike or car within the city and take the scenic drive yourself. There are 2 routes you can choose:
- Route 1: Da Nang city centre – Duy Tan Road – Nguyen Van Linh Road – Nguyen Tri Phuong St. – Dien Bien Phu St. – national route 1A – Ba Na-Suoi Mo – see the road sign – Ba Na Hill
- Route 2: Da Nang city centre – Duy Tan Road – Nguyen Van Linh Road – Nguyen Tri Phuong St. – Le Do Road – Nguyen Tat Thanh Road – Nguyen Luong Bang/national route 1A – DT602 – see the road sign – Bana Hills
Option 2 – Taxi
All of the taxis in Da Nang are now legally set at the same price per kilometre (though actual application of this is not total). Taxis are the most convenient option as this is a personalised service and can go at any time, but the price increase reflects that. By comparison, motorbike taxis remain unregulated, meaning that some bargaining must happen and quite a bit of trust must be placed before jumping on the back.
Of the most reliable companies, Mai Linh, Tien Sa and Vinasun Taxi are among the best. You will see many of these on the streets of Da Nang, so either flag one down or request your hotel reception to arrange one on your behalf. Getting from Da Nang to the Golden Bridge is much more of a breeze this way, with a slightly quicker travel time but a heavily increased price. Expect to pay 300,000 – 350,000 VND ($13 – $15 USD) each way from the city centre in a normal 4-seater taxi, or around 400,000 – 450,000 VND ($17.25 – $19.50 USD) for a 6-seater SUV. Taxis will wait for you at the bottom of the hill and return you to your hotel afterwards if you can negotiate a higher price for them to do so. In addition to brands taxi above, you can choose the Dichungtaxi (shared Taxi). By booking your taxi on their site, the system will send your booking information to drivers and have them pick you up. You can share the taxi with other people heading the same way by choosing the “share” option.
Option 3 – Private car transfer service
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If you want to be more flexible about time management as well as choosing your preferred route to get to Da Nang’s Golden Bridge. The price above already includes wage for a driver, gasoline, parking fee and road traveling fee, passenger insurance. Families with children usually use this service for transportation to Bana Hills thanks to its flexibility to kids.
Option 4 – Join a tour
Click here to check prices for the Bana Hills Day Tour with Golden Bridge
The comfort and convenience of an organised daytrip to the Bana Hills from Da Nang makes this option a great one for families. These sorts of tours cover everything involved in the return trip to the Golden Bridge from Da Nang, including transport from your hotel to the Bana Hills, entrance fee, lunch and a guided tour of some of the Bana Hills’ most sought-after attractions, before the return to your hotel in the afternoon.
Step 2: Board the Cable Car
Once arrived at the bottom of the Bana Hills, proceed through the entrance to purchase a ticket for the park. You can purchase directly at ticket booths or kiosks on Bana Hills. However, you should buy ticket online with Klook to save up and cut the line. Walk through to the Hoi An Station, where the longest cable car in the world awaits.
Queue for the pod and step in when it arrives. The cable car ride from Da Nang to the Golden Bridge is about 17 minutes and arrives at the ‘Marseilles Station’. Along the way, its passes above gorgeous verdant scenery and provides excellent views down below to Da Nang’s My Khe Beach and the urban expanse of the city. Also along the way, it shatters many of the previously held Guinness World Records for cable cars, such as the greatest elevation change from floor to top and the greatest distance between two cable pylons.
Step 3: Head out onto the Bridge
From the circlular arrival room of the Marseilles Station, you can exit directly onto the Golden Bridge and begin your walk along its 150 metres of wooden walkways, flanked by lavender and coated from the bottom and the handrails in a royal gold. After getting your pictures of the fabulous bridge, its magnificent hands and the uncompromised view of Da Nang with its beach and mountains from high above, you can take in the rest of the Bana Hills at your leisure. There are a multitude of activities for you to enjoy before you take a cable car back from any of the stations to the entrance of the park, and onwards to Da Nang via your return transport.
>> More: A Complete Guide to Ba Na Hills