Vietnam – Day 4 – Ba Na Hills

I was woken up by a noise at 4:15am and couldn’t get back to bed. I edited some photos and wrote some of my blog while waiting for the restaurant to open for breakfast. I went for breakfast at 7:00am and  had Mi Quang, which is a noodle dish that has quail eggs. It was absolutely delicious. After breakfast I waited for the tour bus to pick me up for a tour that I had booked to Ba Na Hills, which is a French resort located in the Truong Son Mountains west of the city of Da Nang. The tour cost roughly 1,345,000 Dong ($85 CND).

Ba Na Hills was built in 1919 by French colonists and is located 1500 metres above sea level. The resort has a view of the East Sea and nearby mountains. Being so high up the resort offers substantially cooler temperatures than the cities below, with the average temperatures hovering in the high teens or low twenties.

The 120km trip from my villa to Ba Na Hills took roughly 1.75 hours. On the bus I was sitting next to a girl from Germany named Yasemin. She was really sweet. She was travelling with a friend but they were fighting so they were sitting in different parts of the bus. She also had a very touching private story that she told me, but it melted my heart. She’s such a kind gentle person.

On arrival we boarded the Ba Na Cable Car to the top of the hill. The Ba Na Cable Car, opened on 29 March 2013, holds the world record for the longest non-stop single track cable car at 5801 metres (19032 feet)  long.

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After arriving at the top we first visited the newest attraction to the resort; The Golden Bridge. The Golden Bridge is a 150 metre (490 foot) long pedestrian bridge that was built in 2018. The bridge is designed to connect the cable car station with the gardens above, thus avoiding a steep incline, and to provide a scenic overlook and tourist attraction. The bridge is designed to appear to have two giant stone hands supporting the structure and loops back around to itself.

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After walking along The Golden Bridge we then took another cable car up to the gardens above. The gardens were absolutely beautiful and kind of gave the vibe of Alice In Wonderland. After viewing the gardens we then visited the Ling Ung Pagoda and large Buddha statue, which stands fairly tall at roughly 27 metres (89 feet).

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After that we sat down for a rather disappointing lunch buffet. Everything was cold and chewy. During lunch it started to rain very heavily, and then the power went out for roughly 15 minutes before the power generators kicked in. Since it was raining out we decided to explore the indoor Fantasy Park. I rode on the Bumper Cars, Alpine Coaster, and a shooting game.

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It was approaching 3:00pm and unfortunately it was time to head back down to the tour bus. I didn’t get to experience about half of Ba Na Hills due to the weather and time constraints unfortunately. I was dropped off back in town at roughly 5:30pm and decided to eat again at Banh Mi Phuong for dinner. After dinner I walked back to the Villa and went to bed early at 9:00pm.

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December 2016 – UK, Germany and Italy Part 2

Continuing on the post from the other day here are some more photo’s from my UK, Germany, and Italy trip. There’s a few photo’s I forgot to include from Cologne, Germany, but the majority of the photo’s are from Rome. Rome is some of the most stunning architecture I have ever seen. Enjoy and stay tuned for Part 3, where I took a surprise trip down to Sorrento & Pompeii!

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December 2016 – UK, Germany and Italy Part 1

You may have noticed my lack of posts in the previous months… This has been due to the fact that work has been very busy, but the good news is that I have had the time to travel during that time frame. In December I was presented with the opportunity to travel with my company to London, UK for work for a few days. My father was presenting at a conference, while myself and a colleague were promoting our company at our display booth at the conference. It was a busy few days, but I was able to meet with a friend after the conference to take some photo’s around London, as well as tour around with my father and my colleague. After the conference I was supposed to meet up with my friend Anne in Germany, but last second changes occurred, so we were unable to meet up. I ended up exploring Cologne and Bonn anyways! After Cologne and Bonn I flew over to Rome to enjoy a few days there before heading home. You’ll have to wait for the next most to see my Rome photo’s… I’ve included some of my favorite photo’s of the trip below.

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