The Golden Hand Bridge Da Nang has recently drawn a lot of social media attention. The pair of colossal stone hands holds up a golden bridge that visitors are able to walk across. You’ll have to take a long cable car ride to the top of the hills to reach the bridge.
How to get to the Golden Hand Bridge Da Nang
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The bridge is located in Ba Na Hills at a theme park called SunWorld. We stayed in Da Nang City and drove ourself there by motorbike. You can rent a motorbike for 150,000 VND ($9 AUD) per day. This is the cheapest option to get there, however you can also take a tour van or get a taxi which will be more expensive. Make your way to Ba Na Hills SunWorld which is roughly a 40-50 minute drive from the city. If you GPS yourself there it might say that it takes 2 hours to get there. This means the GPS has navigated you to the top of SunWorld instead of to the carpark. Once there, you’ll have to take the cable car ride up to the top of the mountain. The cable car takes roughly 20 minutes and you’ll get off right at the bridge.
The first cable car leaves at 7.30am and they run until 9.30pm. You’ll definitely want to head there as soon as it opens for the best chance at beating the crowds.
Entrance into SunWorld costs 700,000 VND ($42 AUD) which includes all the cable car rides and other attractions within the park such as some arcade games.
What to expect
The best way to go about visiting the Golden Hand Bridge Da Nang is to make a day trip and spend most of your day around the theme park. If you’re only there to take photos of the bridge just be mindful that you’ll still have to pay the expensive entry fee for the whole park. We also went as soon as it opened and the bridge was already full of people and wedding photoshoots. You could barely walk anywhere without getting in the way of someones wedding shot and getting yelled at which got quite annoying. We may have just been unlucky with the day we went so hopefully you’ll have some better luck. Also be mindful if you plan on flying a drone as we got told to put ours away. We were fortunate enough to get a photo before we had to pack it up.
After you’re done admiring the bridge, you can hop on another cable car and explore the rest of the park. SunWorld is incredibly big so be sure to grab a map from inside the cable car. The first stop after the hand bridge is the biggest complex of the park. Here you will find endless restaurants, performers, arcade games and a german dining and drinking area. This section of the park looks like something out of Europe with its cobblestone streets and buildings. We spent most of our time here at the arcade playing all the different games they had to offer.
Hop on another cable car to visit the giant white Buddha. The Buddha is located on top of a hill so once you arrive you’ll have to board a tram for a further quick 5 minute ride. The giant Buddha is amazing to admire as it towers above you. Many locals purchase incense sticks which they use for prayer in front of the Buddha. Close by you can also explore the beautiful flower gardens. From here it’s a long cable car ride back to the entrance of the park.
We definitely didn’t expect to see so many different things at Sun World. If you’re only looking to take a photo at the famous Golden Hand Bridge Da Nang, it isn’t necessarily worth the 700,000 VND ($42 AUD) per ticket. It’s best to make a day trip out of it and explore everything that SunWorld has to offer!
Where to stay
There are plenty of accommodation options in Da Nang City, ranging from budget to 5 star. You can either stay on the mainland close to the river or over the bridge on the side closer to the beach.
TMS Hotel Da Nang Beach – Luxury: TMS Hotel is an absolute gem that isn’t going to break the bank. The 5-star hotel is right across from the beach and is the ultimate place to unwind and relax. The rooms are massive and have beautiful ocean views. There’s also a rooftop infinity pool and bar which is the perfect place to hang out!
Avora Hotel– Midrange: This hotel is situated along the river and is in a great central location. It’s close to a lot of restaurants and it’s only a short walk to the Dragon Bridge. The rooms are modern and clean, with some having spectacular views over the river. The staff are also super nice and helpful and will help you book any taxis or tours.
The Secret Garden – Budget: The Secret Garden has plenty of different accommodation types whether you’re looking for a private room or dormitory. The property is in a great location and feels quite cosy and modern. The dormitory rooms are also very clean and the staff speak good english. They’ll be sure to help you with any questions or tour bookings!
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