Danang is the third biggest city in Central Vietnam. This city has two different season : the rainy season and the dry season. Let’s take a look here on the weather of Danang in January.

January is one of the “coldest” months with average temperature between 19 and 24 degree Celsius.

In Janury, the number of rainy is decreasing because it is the end of rainy season. The average number of rainy days is around 10 days during this month. Which is the half of the rainy days during December.

So, January is good time for visiting Danang with dry and cooler weather.

However, temperature of water which drops to its lowest level of the year at 22 degree Celsius makes January not a good time to swim and join in other water sports in this coastal city. There can be often big waves at the beach which makes it more difficult to swim.

This month is a good period to visit Ba Na Hills because most of the attractions will be not crowded. You will also have the chance to discover Ba Na Hills during the winter with an average temperature between 10 and 15°C.

If you travel to Danang during this period, tourits will discover the Têt festival. People rush for Têt shopping, and main streets are lit up and decorated with colorful flowers and flags these days.

Besides, visiting Danang or any other big cities in Vietnam at the end of January; tourists have a chance to appreciate colorful firework displays on the Tet Eve.

Note that during Têt Holidays, it is much more difficult to travel to Danang because most of the services are more expensive.

January is an intermediate month between rainy and dry season, January is somtimes rainy month. February is better time to visit Danang with warmer and drier weather.

Danang is the biggest city in central Vietnam and third biggest of the country. Danang is surrounded by mountains and is a coastal city. There is large and one of the most beautiful beach in Danang. Danang is crossed by the Han River. 

When is the best time to visit Danang ?

The weather in Danang has two distinct periods: the rainy season and the dry season.

Dry season in Danang

The dry season in Danang runs from January to September, and these months are hot and humid. The highest average temperature is around 33 – 35°C and the lowest is around 26°C.

The hottest months of the year are between June and August with an average temperature of 40°C.

From March to May, it’s when the weather is perfect. There is little bit rain and the temperature can vary between 19.5°C and 30°C. Therefore, it is neither too hot and humid nor too cold and wet, which is fantastic.

You can spend time doing all kinds of activities without worries. The temperature continues to increase during the months of April and May, and reaches the maximum temperature during the “summer” (from June to the end of August). Moisture also adds more discomfort to the situation.

Good time to visit Danang

Rainy season in Danang

From October to March, it is the rainy season. At this time of year, the rain comes frequently, making the city much cooler.

The average temperature is around 25.5°C but can fall below 20°C and the coolest months are from November to January. Unfortunately, this time of year is the typhoon season. There will be thunderstorms that could cause bad floods, so you should check the weather forecast in advance. This period is not the best time to come to Danang.

Best time to visit Danang

If you are able to handle the heat and humidity of the tropical climate, the dry season is the perfect time to visit the coastal city. Because the weather is generally nice with the sun and clear skies, and it’s good for outdoor activities.

From March to May, it’s the best time to visit Danang because it’s not too hot.

Looking to stay connected in Vietnam? Buying a local SIM card is inexpensive, with good coverage and data speeds. Our local travel agency will provide you a good and cheap Sim Card with the best price.

The easiest way to get a Sim Card in Vietnam is to buy it at the airport. Most of the travellers buy a sim card at the airport when they arrive at Hanoi, Danang or Ho Chi Minh city. It is a fast and trustly way to buy a sim card in Vietnam.

However, at the airport the price of a Vietnam Sim Card is about 10 USD.

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Vinaphone Sim Cardcheap sim card in Vietnam

If your looking for more data and you would like to stay connected with high speed internet during your whole trip, Vinaphone Sim Card is the best option. It is also a cheap sim card in Vietnam, cheaper than at the airport.

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Are you planning to visit Vietnam ? You have planned to go to Hanoi for a 5 days and 4 nights trip ? You have booked your flight tickets to reach Hanoi and you have no idea of what to see in Hanoi and around the capital ? You are looking for a suitable Hanoi 5 days itinerary ?

Then you’re on the right page !

First off all, 5 days is Northern Vietnam is a reasonable time, not too long, not too short to explore Hanoi and the most popular places around Hanoi.

So what is the most suitable Hanoi 5 days itinerary ? What to do during 5 days in Hanoi, in this chaotic, colorful and scooter-infested 1.000-year-old city?

Our travel agency is specialized in short trips to Hanoi, Danang and Ho Chi Minh. We arrange short trips at reasonable price. You have different choices depending on what are your interests. In Vietnam, you can enjoy amazing views and learn more about history. You can also do trekking and many other activities.

For a first trip to Vietnam, Hanoi would be the best destination because there are more things to see and to do in Northern Vietnam than in the other parts of Vietnam. That’s why Hanoi is the most popular destination for a short trip to Vietnam.

Hanoi 5 days itinerary

Hanoi 5 days / 4 nights itinerary for sightseeing lovers

Hanoi is a good destination for sightseeing lovers. Hanoi is a good choice if you like natural landscapes.

Here is the most popular Hanoi 5 days / 4 nights itinerary :

Day 1 : Hanoi arrival, overnight in Hanoi
Day 2 : Hanoi – Halong bay, overnight on cruise
Day 3 : Halong bay – Hanoi, overnight in Hanoi
Day 4 : Ninh Binh full day trip, overnight in Hanoi
Day 5 : Hanoi departure

Upon arrival at Hanoi Airport, it will take between 45 minutes and 1 hour to reach downtown Hanoi. Then you can visit the capital of Vietnam which has more than 1000 years of history.

The ideal is to select a hotel in the old district of Hanoi that will allow you to be closer to the street restaurants and all the shops for shopping.

After check-in hotel, you will be able to walk in the old quarter also called district of the 36 guilds, then around the Hoan Kiem lake. Nothing better than a little stroll around the lake to relax. This place is always busy and is closed to traffic during weekends from 7am.

Next to the lake, you can visit St. Joseph’s Cathedral, the Hanoi Opera House or the famous train street.

The next day you can take the bus to visit Halong Bay. Only a 3-hour drive away, Halong Bay offers breathtaking views. Imagine thousands of islands all over the sea.

The ideal is to book a 2 day cruise and a night with a night aboard the boat. This allows you to enjoy the majestic sunset over the bay and the sunrise. It’s a show not to be missed!

Many activities are planned on board such as kayaking, visiting a cave or free time for swimming.

On the third day, different options are possible:

  • Either it is possible to go directly to Hanoi with the cruise bus
  • Either it is possible to go directly to Ninh Binh for one night in Bungalow (It takes about 4 hours to reach Tam Coc)

On the fourth day, you will visit Ninh Binh. This region is also called Halong Bay on Land. Thousands of rocks come out of the ground in the middle of the rice fields. This natural landscape is today known worldwide.

It is possible to visit different places of Ninh Binh during a group excursion. The most popular destinations are Hoa Lu and Tam Coc or Bai Dinh and Trang An.

Hoa Lu is the ancient capital of Vietnam. You can admire ancient temples.

Hoa Lu citadel

Tam Coc allows you to go for a ride in the middle of the mountains and rice fields. This is the best known place for boating

Hoa Lu Tam Coc tour

Trang An is less known but just as beautiful. Trang An is a complex of buildings, rivers and mountains. The landscapes are more natural. The duration of the boat trip is also longer than Tam Coc since it can last up to 3 hours.

Bai Dinh is the largest pagoda in Vietnam. This destination is very popular with Asian tourists.

Hanoi 5 days / 4 nights itinerary for city lovers

If you prefer to spend more time in Hanoi to visit historical monuments and for shopping. This Hanoi 5 days itinerary will be more suitable for you and your group.

Day 1 : Hanoi arrival, overnight in Hanoi
Day 2 : Hanoi city tour, overnight in Hanoi
Day 3 : Hanoi – Halong bay, overnight on cruise
Day 4 : Halong bay – Hanoi, overnight in Hanoi
Day 5 : Hanoi departure

On the second day, you can join a group city tour or a private tour to visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum complex.

Hanoi 5 days itinerary : Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Just next door Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts and lying to one side of the Mausoleum is the One Pillar Pagoda, which was founded by King Ly Thai To in 1049 – the structure hasbecome an important symbol for the people of Hanoi.Litterature-temple-Hanoi

You can also visit the Temple of literature with nice typical vietnamese architecture.

Close to Hanoi, you can visit Bat Trang pottery village. It is a nice destination to buy some traditional potteries for some souvenirs.

Hanoi 5 days / 4 nights itinerary for hiking lovers

If you love hiking in the mountains or if you like to enjoy the fresh mountain air, you can include Sapa in your itinerary:

Day 1 : Hanoi arrival, overnight in Hanoi
Day 2 : Hanoi – Halong bay on day tour, overnight in Hanoi
Day 3 : Hanoi – Sapa, overnight in Sapa
Day 4 : Sapa Fansipan – Hanoi, overnight in Hanoi
Day 5 : Hanoi departure

With this itinerary, you will spend a single day at Halong Bay. One day is enough to visit Halong Bay but with a 3h30 drive to reach the port from Hanoi, the time spent in Halong Bay is only 4 to 5 hours. It’s very short and quite tiring.

Also, you will not have the chance to see the sunrise and sunset in Halong Bay. The ideal is to stay one more day in Vietnam and spend 6 days in Vietnam to enjoy the cruise in Halong Bay.

Regarding Sapa, there are several possibilities to reach Sapa. You can take the night train that takes about 8 hours from Hanoi Station to Lao Cai Station. You will still have to drive 1 hour by minibus to reach Sapa. The total journey time is therefore about 9 hours. The train is the most expensive and the least comfortable solution because many people have trouble sleeping on the train because of the jolts.

It is also possible to reach Sapa by following the new highway in just 6 hours from Hanoi. Our travel agency offers the sleeper bus or the limousine (more comfortable) to get to Sapa. The sleeper bus is the fastest and least expensive solution.

Around Sapa, you will not have to miss the Cat Cat village where you can learn more about the ethnic minorities living around the city of Sapa.

Hanoi 5 days itinerary : Fansipan

After a night in Sapa, you will climb to the top of Mount Fansipan, which is the highest peak of Indochina (3143 m). The cable car goes up to Mount Fansipan. Then you have to climb about 500 steps to get to the top.

Note that in winter, Mount Fansipan is often fog. The best time to visit Sapa is from May to September. At this time, you will be more likely to have sunny weather.

Conclusion : Hanoi 5 days itinerary

Hanoi is a must-see destination if you want to visit Vietnam. This destination offers a total immersion in the culture of Vietnam. Around Hanoi are the most beautiful and popular landscapes of Vietnam with Halong Bay, Ninh Binh and Sapa.

If you want more information about these Hanoi 5 days itineraries, feel free to leave a comment or send us a message by WhatsApp: +84.947.891.345

Hoi An Lantern Festival Dates & Guide

If you are travelling to Danang or Hoi An, you should not miss this special event in Vietnam. Hoi An Lantern Festival takes place one night per month. We will explain you in this article what you can see during this festival and the Hoi An Lantern Festival 2020 dates.

What is the Lantern Festival of Hoi An

Also called the Legendary Night or Full Moon Party is a festival that takes place every 14th day of every month on the lunar calendar. This festival is very popular for foreigner tourists as well as for Vietnamese.

Hoi An becomes the City of Lanterns of yesteryear since it is illuminated by the light of these.

Full moon festival Hoi An

There are several old games organized as well as music concerts. The old quarter is pedestrian (no bicycles or motorized vehicles until 10 pm)

During the lantern festival, all the lights of the old city are extinguished which gives a magical side and only the lanterns illuminate Hoi An. This is an opportunity to visit the ancient city of Hoi An.

During this night, it is an opportunity for Vietnamese to honor their ancestors by burning counterfeit notes and paper.

In front of each shop, you will be able to see tables with offerings, fruits in general bananas and mangos, as well as a fire where are burned different things in paper.

During the festival, the pagodas of the city of Hoi An are free, enjoy it. The Full Moon Festival exists since 1998. Be careful, the city is completely pedestrian – Bikes are prohibited even parked so you have to put them in the various car parks of the city otherwise it is likely that it will be recovered at the pound.

What to do during the lantern Festival in Hoi An

Here is a list of things you will see during the lantern Festival in Hoi An:

1) Traditional chess game

Address: 35 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street

2) Folk Songs of Quang Nam

Address: Tran Phu Street 155

3) Recitation of traditional poems

Address: Nguyen Thai Hoc Street 84

4) Bingo game also called Bai Choi

Address: Next to An Hoi Bridge (opposite Gam)

5) Calligraphy

Address: Nguyen Thai Hoc Street 64

6) Breakage game of terracotta pots

Address: 138 Tran Phu Street

7) Family Music

Address: 149 Tran Phu Street (near the Japanese Bridge)

8) Recitation of poems

Address: Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street 04

9) Spectacle of traditional martial arts

Address: Hoàng Văn Thụ Street (west, near the river)

10) Singing, dancing and traditional music

Address: Court House 62 Bach Street Đang

11) Singing the spread

Address: 92B Bach Dang Street

12) Festival of the lanterns

Address: Lampions sold around the river

13) Recital of Folk Music

Address: Tran Phu Street 77

14) Traditional chess game

Address: Quang Trieu Temple (176 Tran Phu Street) – 06 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street – 129, 87 Tran Phu Street – 41, 96 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street – 99B Bach Street Đang

15) Traditional Vietnamese Theater

Address: 106 Bach Dang Street

16) Class of Calligraphy

Address: 155B Tran Phu Street

17) Singing and Music

Address: 78 Rue Le Loi

Hoi An Lantern Festival Dates 2020, 2021

Lantern festival in Hoi An

Around 8 pm on the eve of the full moon the lights of the town are shut off, and the only light comes from the lanterns being carried down the river. Here is the list of the next Hoi An lantern Festival dates. You should not miss this special event !

YearMonthHoi An Lantern Festival Dates
2019SeptemberSeptember 12th, 2019
2019OctoberOctober 12th, 2019
2019NovemberNovember 10th, 2019
2019DecemberDecember 9th, 2019
2020JanuaryJanuary 8th, 2020
2020FebruaryFebruary 7th, 2020
2020MarchMarch 7th, 2020
2020AprilApril 6th, 2020
2020MayMay 6th, 2020
2020JuneJune 5th, 2020
2020JulyJuly 4th, 2020
2020AugustAugust 3rd, 2020
2020SeptemberSeptember 1st, 2020
2020OctoberOctober 30th, 2020
2020NovemberNovember 28th, 2020
2020DecemberDecember 28th, 2020
2021JanuaryJanuary 26th, 2021
2021FebruaryFebruary 25th, 2021
2021MarchMarch 26th, 2021
2021AprilApril 25th, 2021
2021MayMay 25th, 2021
2021JuneJune 23rd, 2021
2021JulyJuly 23rd, 2021
2021AugustAugust 21st, 2021
2021SeptemberSeptember 20th, 2021
2021OctoberOctober 19th, 2021
2021NovemberNovember 18th, 2021
2021DecemberDecember 17th, 2021
2022JanuaryJanuary 16th, 2022
2022FebruaryFebruary 14th, 2022
2022MarchMarch 16th, 2022
2022AprilApril 14th, 2022
2022MayMay 14th, 2022

Almost all payments in Hanoi and in all Vietnam are made in cash. The local currency in Vietnam is Vietnam Dong (VND). It is therefore important to always have a small bundle of cash on you when you go to restaurant or for shopping. The question then is: where to exchange money in Hanoi?

Here are the listed the best places to exchange money in Hanoi.

There are different types of places where you can exchange money in Hanoi. Some places are more convenient but the exchange rate is often not very good. In few places only, you will find a good exchange rate in Hanoi.

VND exchange rate

Exchange rate change money in Hanoi

The Vietnamese dong (VND) is the Vietnamese official currency. The VND 10,000 is the smallest polymerised bill you’ll find on the street these days.  Coins of as low as VND 200 have long been phased out but you will find bills of 1000 VND and 2000 VND. The upper limit is the VND 500,000 bill.

Getting a grip on all those zeroes can be challenging for the first-time visitor to Vietnam. With a little time and practice, buying and spending Vietnamese dong becomes second nature to the Vietnam visitor.

The exchange rate of the VND is modeled on the exchange rate of the US dollar and also takes into account the rate of inflation. So, about thirty years ago, a few Dongs were enough to buy a bowl of soup (or Pho Bo). Today, with the effect of inflation, the price of a bowl of soup is about 30,000 VND.

The rate of Vietnam Dong varies daily according to the variation of the US dollar. It is therefore necessary to check the current exchange rate of your currency in Vietnam Dong before going to a bank or the like.

The reference site for checking the exchange rate is: https://www.xe.com/en/

Exchange money at Hanoi airport

Change money in Hanoi airport

A quick and easy way to exchange your currencies into Vietnam Dong is at the airport. In each international airport (including Hanoi airport and Ho Chi Minh City airport), you will find many counters at the exit  where it is possible to exchange money.

The biggest advantage of the airport is to be able to exchange almost any currency. The counters are also easily accessible upon your arrival in Vietnam and the service is fast. The counters are open from 6.30am to 9pm. 

The disadvantage of the airport is the exchange rate. The exchange rate is often disadvantageous. It is advisable to compare rates between each counter.

So, Hanoi airport is the most convenient way to exchange money in Hanoi but the exchange rate is not very good. That’s why we advise to exchange few currencies at the airport in order to take the taxi or the bus and exchange more money in Hanoi old quarter.

Exchange money in the bank in Hanoi

Banks in Hanoi can exchange money in Vietnam Dong. In big cities, it’s easy to find banks on every street corner. The advantages of banks in Vietnam is to be able to exchange money at an interesting rate. Banks are also very secure. It is therefore easier to exchange a large quantity of liquid safely. Most of the employees at the counters also speak English.

The disadvantage of banks in Hanoi is the opening schedule. Indeed, most banks open at 9:00 am and close around 17:00. It is therefore not possible to exchange money in the late evening. Also, the banks are closed on sunday in Vietnam.

In addition, banks do not allow to exchange all currencies in Vietnam. Euros and dollars are accepted by all banks.

Apart from US Dollars, many banks in Vietnam still exchange VND for these foreign currencies:

  • Australian Dollar: 1 AUD  17,000 VND
  • British Pound: 1 GBP  29,000
  • Euro: 1 EUR  25,000 VND
  • Canadian Dollar: 1 CAD  16,000 VND
  • Japanese Yen: 1 JPY  200 VND
  • Singaporean Dollar: 1 SGD  16,000 VND
  • Taiwanese Dollar: 1 TWD  500 VND
  • Hong Kong Dollar: 1 HKD ≈ 3,000 VND
  • Swiss Franc: 1 CHF  22,000 VND
  • New Zealand Dollars: 1 NZD  15,000 VND
  • Thai : 1 THB  700 VND

Exchange money in a jewelery store in Hanoi

Most jewelery shops allow you to exchange money in Hanoi. They agree to do it at a very interesting rate and very close to the actual rate. Some jewelers have become specialists in money exchange in Hanoi and do not even sell jewelry anymore. These jewelry stores accept all currencies.

For example, in Hanoi, you can visit Quôc Trinh Jewelery at 27 Ha Trung Street, at 10-minutes walk from Hoan Kiem Lake. You will see many tourists there to exchange money. The staff do not speak English but will take your money and show you the rate on a calculator. If you agree, your money will be exchanged to Vietnam Dong. 

Exchange money at the hotel in Hanoi

A simple and practical way to exchange money in Hanoi is to do it directly at your hotel. Most hotels agree to do this. Your hotel used to help their customers in order to simplify there stay in Vietnam. So, you can ask them to do many things and also to exchange your money.

The hotel will exchange your money at the actual rate without taking any commission.

However, the hotel will often not be able to exchange large sums of money because they do not have enough Vietnam Dong in the cash register. It is worth going through your hotel to exchange small amounts of money in Hanoi.

If you arrive late in Hanoi old quarter and you do not have any local currencies, exchange money at your hotel is the most convenient way to get local currencies.

Note that all the hotel do not accept to exhange money. The small and budget hotels will not accept to exchange money.

Take cash at the ATM

Take cash at the ATM in Vietnam

A simply way to get cash with local currencies it to take it at the ATM.

Most ATMs are connected to Visa and Mastercard networks. But do notice that a currency exchange fee and an ATM withdrawal fee will be applied.

Our advice is that you should ask your bank about the rules of getting cash advances overseas because the fee may be unfairly large.

There is no best time to visit Mai Chau but many different good times to visit Mai Chau. In this article, we will explain you when the ricefields are green and when they are yellow just before harvesting.

Mai Chau in JulyThe idyllic and rural valley of Mai Chau is located at only 150 km from Hanoi but it’s like being in a parallel world. Fields and rice paddies stretch as far as the eye can see, and the mountains blend into the horizon. The best time to visit Mai Chau is when the rice paddies are green or yellow because at some periods in the year, there are no rice crops anymore and this peacefull area is less beautiful.

The only soundtrack here comes from nature, the delicate song of birds, the roar of buffaloes, the cry of chickens and children playing freely in the fields. Although Mai Chau has become an increasingly popular tourist destination, it has kept its welcoming and relaxed atmosphere.

Best time to visit Mai Chau

The best time to visit Mai Chau is from April to May and even better from September to October, both in terms of climate and scenic beauty.

Best time to visit Mai Chau in June

There are 2 rice harvests in Mai Chau and its surroundings. The rice is planted after Tet, in late January and early February. After that, the rice fields will be green from April until the end of June. At this period, you will have the chance to see many different types of green in the valley.

At the end of June, the rice will be harvested. It is the time of the first harvest. In Mai Chau, all the people work together and harvest the rice by hand which is a spectacular perfomance.

Then the rice is sown again in July and harvested in October. So, from August to October, it is also a good time to visit Mai Chau with green ricefields.

In terms of climate, the weather oscillates between showers and bright sunshine in April and May. The temperature average is around 25 and 30°C.

In June, temperatures and humidity rise up and become really hard to bear. Go for shorter walks and bike tours.

In August, the rice fields are very green, but it rains a lot. It is also very hot at this period with a temperature average around 32-35°C.

Best time to visit Mai Chau in July

Then in September, the rain diminishes, the weather is cooler and the rice fields are again green until the second harvest in late September, early October.

Mai Chau in September

The weather remains ideal for visiting the area until late November, but the landscape loses its luster once the rice is gone.

The winter in Mai Chau

From December to end February, it is cold (temperatures can drop below 15 degrees), the sky is overcast and it often has drizzle. At this period, there are no ricecrops anymore in Mai Chau. It is not a good time to visit Mai Chau. The ricefields will be brown and the farmers don’t work in the fields at this period.

Most of the people spend an overnight in a homestay in Mai Chau. Most of the year, the weather is pleasant in Mai Chau and people don’t need air conditioning in the room. In the winter, the nights in Mai Chau can be less comfortable because with temperatures under 15°C at night, it is very cold if you stay in a traditionnal wooden house from the Thai minorities.

What to see in Mai Chau

Mai Chau is located in a peaceful valley. Most of the people visit Mai Chau to enjoy the calm of the vietnamese countryside.

When you arrive in Mai Chau, you will have the chance to arrive at the top of a mountain with an amazing view on Mai Chau Valley. At this view point, there is a rock with a vietnamese flag. All the people who want to have a lucky trip in Mai Chau have to go on the top of this rock to enjoy the view.

In Mai Chau valley, there are a lot of small villages. The Viet people live around the main road and the Thai minorities live in small villages far from the main road. It is quite easy to find a homestay in Mai Chau. Also, it is possible to spend a night in a hotel. The most popular hotel in Mai Chau is Mai Chau ecolodge where people can spend an amazing night in an individual small house with all the modern comfort.

Mai Chau is a good place for easy trekking and learn more about the Thai traditions. Many people visit Mai Chau by bicycle which is a good choice because this area is flat. It is also possible to hire an electric car in Mai Chau for elderly.

Ba Na Hills is one of the most popular attraction around Danang city. There are many things to see in Ba Na Hills. Ba Na Hills is a mountaintop resort complex that looks like a medieval castle, but inside these stone walls are modern accommodations, world class restaurants and a Fantasy Park full of exciting rides. Here are the top things to see in Ba Na Hills.
Located just 35 kilometers away from Danang city on Nui Chua mountain, Ba Na Hills is a tourist destination for domestic and foreign travelers. With a cooler and moderate climate, Ba Na Hill station was praised as ‘Da Lat of Da Nang city’ ever since the hill station’s inauguration in 1919, built by the French.
Ba Na Hills View
In 2018, the opening of the Golden Bridge has given to Ba Na hills the popularity like never before. But if you don’t know much about the other things to see in Ba Na Hills other than the Golden Bridge, then our article will help you to spend a wonderful day there.

Firstly, the name ‘Ba Na’ comes from Katu language. Katu language comes from the local ethnic minority group residing in the area, which means ‘my mountain’.

There are three parts of Ba Na Hills:

Lower part: Le Jardin D’Amour Garden, Debay Cellar, Golden Bridge,…

Upper part: French Village, Fantasy Park,…

Mountaintop: Tru Vu Tea Corner, Spiritual Zone,…

Ride the cable cars

Ba Na Hills Cable car

Visitors can only get to Ba Na Hills via cable cars. Ba Na Hills cable car system is one of the most impressive ten cable car lines on earth.

The cable car system at Ba Na Hills was completed in 2013 and holds several Guinness World Records, including the widest gap between stations and the greatest change in elevation. You will have a spectacular view on Danang and on a natural landscape from the cable car.

With three lines of cable cars of total 25 kilometers in length, the longest ride takes you about 20 minutes to get to the mountaintop. The lines departing from Da Nang are:

Dream Spring Station – Ba Na Station

By taking this short line, you can visit Linh Ung Pagoda with the giant Buddha statue and take funicular to Le Jardin D’Amour – a lovely French garden. After that, take the Debay – Morin cable car to Chua mountaintop to visit resort complex and Fantasy Park.

Toc Tien Station – L’Indochine Station

This is the line that holds several world records: longest one-wire sling, greatest elevation between station, longest unpatched wire and heaviest cable roll in the world. The ride takes you around 20 minutes and travel over the beautiful Toc Tien waterfall.

Hoi An Station – Marseille Station

From Hoi An Station, the cable car ride will take you to Marseille Station which is located just next to the famous Golden Bridge. From this station you must take a funicular to the garden Le Jardin D’Armour and Linh Ung Pagoda. To visit the mountaintop, take another cable car at Bordeaux Station.

You might think the cable car fee is too expensive but actually it’s inclusive many activities you can enjoy on Ba Na Hills and the scenery during the ride is absolutely worth every of your penny. Especially, from the cabin you can admire the beautiful panoramic view of mountains and sea.

Walk on the famous Golden Bridge

Ba Na Hills Golden Bridge

The Golden Bridge is one the most famous things to see in Ba Na Hills. This attraction was famous even before its opening in 2018. Since it’s officially opening, the bridge has created a worldwide phenomenon and become one of the most beautiful landscape on earth according to Time magazine.

Why is the Golden Bridge so famous for tourists all over the world? The most obvious reason is its staggering appearance – a delicate gilded bridge being lifted by two giant stone hands, with an amazing view on Da Nang city.

It’s safe to say that Golden Bridge is the most instagrammable man-made construction in Vietnam right now. For the most gorgeous pictures, come to visit Ba Na Hills in summertime !

The French Village

Ba Na Hills the French Village

The French village in Ba Na Hills is a miniature Europe with medieval French architecture beautifully designed on every of its corner and alley.

You might actually feel like you are in the French Alps. When the mists come up at night, or when the clouds fog cover the entire mountaintop, the illusion is even more complete. The cobblestone streets and European-style buildings are remarkably well-built considering that this resort is in Vietnam and at an elevation of 1,500 metres (4,921 feet).

Any visitor would gasp at the sight of the village when see it at the first time. French village is a complete town complex that consists all most everything: a church, a square with fountain, shops, eateries and hotels. With little to none fusion with other architecture style and the cool mountain air, these monuments are the things to see in Ba Na Hills !Ba Na Hills French Cathedral

Not only the architecture and the ambience, there are a lot street artists performing on the streets of French village. They will also take pictures with you. At night, these small yet gorgeous French town sparkles with the colorful lights on.

If you want to stay longer at French village, Mercure Hotel should be your choice, not only for its luxury accommodation services but also because it look just like any other French building here, making feel like you’re not staying at a hotel but rather a local residence.

Le Jardin D’Amour Flower Gardens

This beautiful garden is located at the lower part of Ba Na Hills, together with Linh Ung Pagoda, the giant Buddha white statue and Debay Wine Cellar. To get to the complex, you’ll take a short funicular ride.

Le Jardin D’Amour welcomes you with its gorgeous beauty of 9 different gardens which tell 9 different love stories. This is the paradise of those who are fans of flowers and European architecture, you’ll have the chance to admire the quintessence of them both. A harmony that will please every visitor who sets foot here.

The nine gardens are: Love Garden, Mystery Garden, Legendary Garden, Memory Garden, Heaven Garden, Grape Garden, Brain Storming Garden, Dream Spring Garden, and Sacred Garden.

Love Garden is the most popular of them.

The Wax Museum

If you would like to meet the most famous people of the world and take a photo with them, the wax museum is one the things to see in Ba Na Hills. There are some approximations on the wax statues but most of them seems to be real.

The Alpine CoasterBa Na Hills the alpine coaster

The Alpine Coaster is for children and people who like roller coasters. The Alpine Coaster will make you feel like in a speed car. The cars can go up to 40km/h (24 mph), but don’t worry, each car comes with its own braking system so you can go as fast or slow as you want. The Alpine Coaster is one the things to see in Ba Na Hills for children.

The 4D Death Race experience

Featuring a large 3D screen and moving seats, the Death Race lets guests feel the thrills of flying in a Formula 1 air race — but from the comfort of an air-conditioned theatre. There are even machines for wind, steam and smoke to further trick the senses. Your children will be very happy to try this attraction which is one of the famous things to see in Ba Na Hills for children.

The Drop TowerThe drop tower Ba Na Hills

Go from stunning beauty to cavernous terror in the blink if an eye at the Drop Tower, the wildest ride at Ba Na Hills. At the top, riders can look out the glass dome and see as far as the clouds will allow. Then, without warning, you’re dropped 29 metres (95 feet) into a cave based on two Jules Verne novels: Journey to the Centre of the Earth (1864) and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1870).

Taste wine at 100-year-old Debay Wine Cellar

Since you’re at the garden, do not forget to visit the 100-year old wine cellar – Debay Cellar, built by the French in 1923. The cellar was dug in 100 meters long, through Ba Na Mountain, to maintain a continuous temperature of 16 – 20 degrees Celsius. A special material was used in the creating of the cellar you might never hear about. It’s litsea cubeba resin, in Vietnamese, called ‘mang tang’ which can only be found in this area. Come to this Debay cellar, you can enjoy the finest wine in Da Nang, and even Vietnam.

Ba Na Hills Ticket Fees

Ba Na Hills Cable Car ticket cost 700,000 VND per adult and 550,000VND per child for round-trip ticket.

You can join our Ba Na Hills group tour with daily departure from Danang to visit easily Ba Na Hills park. So, you will not get lost in Ba Na Hills and it is a cheap and easy way to visit Ba Na Hills from Danang.

Ba Na Hills is open everyday from 7 am to 10 pm. It takes a whole day to visit all the things to see in Ba Na Hills.

When is the best time to visit Ba Na Hills

The best time to visit Ba Na Hills is from January to August with dry weather.

If you’re visiting Ba Na Hills to take pictures of Golden Bridge, come during April to August but it is often crowded at this period especially on the Golden Bridge. The Golden Bridge is sometimes in the fog but from April to August the weather will be clear.

From September to March the Golden Bridge will be empty and it will be much better to pose for your Instagram pictures. However, don’t forget to bring umbrella because in September and October it’s supposed to rain because it is rainy season in Central Vietnam.

In general, the best time to visit Vietnam is from October to April. At this time, temperatures are not too hot on average throughout all Vietnam and the weather is generally dry. However, given that the country stretches over 1000 km from north to south, there is not really a better time to visit Vietnam, but different periods depending on the regions you want to visit. Indeed, Vietnam being divided into 3 parts (North, Central and South), all these regions have different climates.

The monsoon period in Vietnam is in summer with periods of different rainy seasons in Northern, Central and Southern Vietnam. Indeed, the monsoon in Northern Vietnam runs from July to September. The monsoon in Central Vietnam will begin later, from September to November. The rainy season begin in the month of July in the South and stop in September/October.

Here is a summary of the best time to visit Vietnam in each part of the country:
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Best time to visit Northern Vietnam

Best time to visit Sapa

  • From October to April: the weather is dry and not too hot. It is the best time to visit Northern Vietnam and it is also the peak tourist season. In December and January, the temperature in the north may be between 15 and 17 ° C. Note that in the mountains of Vietnam such as Sapa or Ha Giang, the temperature can drop below 5 ° C in December and January.
  • From May to June: The weather is dry at this time but it is the hottest time in the Northern Vietnam with temperatures of up to 38 ° C for several days
  • From July to September: This is the monsoon season (rainy season) in Northern Vietnam. This is not the best time to visit Northern Vietnam. It does not rain every day but the risk is showers is high.

Note: In the mountains of Northern Vietnam, rice is planted in June and harvested in September. It is therefore in summer that the rice terraces are the most beautiful but this period also corresponds to the monsoon period. From October to May, rice fields are fallow and fog is common in Sapa.

Best time to visit Central Vietnam

Best time to visit Hoi An

  • From January to April: the weather is dry in Central Vietnam. This is the best time to visit Central Vietnam. Note that it is always hot in Central Vietnam at this time with temperatures are between 27 and 33 ° C.
  • From May to August: It’s summer in Central Vietnam. It can be very hot. Note that during this period, many Vietnamese enjoy school holidays to go to the beach. The beaches are therefore often crowded.
  • From September to December: This is the monsoon season (rainy season) in Central Vietnam. This is not the best time to visit Central Vietnam.

Best time to visit Southern Vietnam

  • From October to April: This is the dry season during this period in Southern Vietnam. It is hot all year round in Southern Vietnam (30-33 ° C).
  • From May to October: It is rainy season with an intensification of the rains in the months of July and August.

Visa Vietnam : How to get a visa ?

Most travelers wishing to visit or travel to Vietnam will need a visa to enter the country. Only Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Russia, Brunei, Myanmar, Japan, South Korea, Great Britain, Germany, Spain, Italy and France passport holders are visa-exempt for Vietnam provided that their travel or stay in Vietnam is part of a short-term tourist trip of less than 15 days. Similarly, citizens of Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Kyrgyzstan can enter Vietnam without a visa for any tourist stay of up to 30 days. Citizens of the Philippines are exempt from visa for stays of less than 21 days. Beyond this period of stay, a visa is required for these nationalities. (Vietnam travel: How to obtain a Vietnam visa)

There are 2 ways to get a Vietnam visa:

– The first is to apply to the Vietnam Embassy in your country of residence.

– The second solution is to obtain Visa Vietnam on arrival at the immigration post, you will need invitation letter (commonly called “approval letter”).

In any case, before taking the steps to obtain a Vietnam visa, the traveler must be in possession of a valid passport (the passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the date of return), non-biometric passports are accepted.

A Vietnam tourist visa is automatically a single entry visa (unless you apply for a multiple entry visa), which means that if you leave Vietnam (for example for a combined trip with Cambodia , Thailand or Laos), you will need a new visa to return (or apply for a multiple entry visa) unless you are in transit at the airport, of course.

Note:

It is necessary to wait at least 30 days after leaving Vietnam to enjoy a new visa exemption. It is quite possible to enter Vietnam with a visa and take advantage of the visa exemption later provided you leave the country and re-enter Vietnam. Vietnamese immigration will then stamp your 15-day visa exemption on your passport.

There are 2 ways to get a Vietnam visa:

– The first is to apply to the Vietnam Embassy in your country of residence. (at the Vietnam Embassy in Paris if you live in France)

– The second solution is to obtain Visa Vietnam on arrival at the immigration post, you will need a letter of invitation (commonly called “approval letter”).

In any case, before taking steps to obtain a Vietnam visa, the traveler must be in possession of a valid passport (the passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the date of return), non-biometric passports are accepted.

A Vietnam tourist visa is automatically a single entry visa (unless you apply for a multiple entry visa), which means that if you leave Vietnam (for example for a combined trip with Cambodia , Thailand or Laos), you will need a new visa to return (or apply for a multiple entry visa) unless you are in transit at the airport, of course.

Visa Vietnam on arrival at the airport:

You can get a visa for Vietnam upon arrival if you arrive in Vietnam by one of these 3 airports (Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Danang) through an invitation letter commonly called “approval letter”.

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The letter of invitation (approval letter) is a letter issued by the immigration authorities in order to authorize the obtaining of the visa for Vietnam on arrival.

Thanks to the letter of invitation issued by our travel agency, you will be able to obtain your Vietnam visa at the immigration counter of the airports mentioned above for the payment of the visa fees at the airport in cash and in dollars ($ 25 for a single entry one-month visa, $ 50 for a one-month multiple entry visa, $ 50 for a 3-month multiple entry visa)

Minors with their own passports will also have to pay visa fees. The time to obtain an approval letter or approval letter is usually between 3 and 5 business days. At the end of this period, our travel agency will send you the letter “approval letter” to print. The approval letter will be required at the time of check-in at the airport. Failing presentation of the visa authorization letter on arrival or a Vietnam visa, boarding your flight to Vietnam may be refused.

Note: The citizens of these countries: Afghanistan, Algeria, Bangladesh, Cameroon, Ghana, Guinea, Bissau Haiti, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Nepal, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tobago and Trinidad, Tunisia, Turkey, Yemen, Zimbabwe are not eligible for an approval letter.

Nationals of these countries must obtain a Vietnam visa at the Vietnamese Embassy before they can enter the Vietnamese territory. All letters of approval issued will be refused upon arrival.

How to get a visa on arrival

Simple and economic, obtaining the visa for Vietnam on arrival thanks to the letter of invitation (approval letter) will save you all the hassles of the administration. This system will prevent you from moving to the Vietnam Embassy or sending your passport. In addition, this solution will cost you less than the 85 euros of visa fees required at the Vietnam Embassy.

To obtain a visa on arrival at the international airport, here’s how:

– Please send us a photo of your passport to start the procedure and the exact date of arrival on Vietnamese soil

– We will then send you the invitation letter approved by the Vietnamese Government within 3 working days by email

– Print and bring on board the letter of invitation with two ID photos and 25 USD / person for a single entry visa or 50 USD / person for a multiple entry visa for stamping fees. You can also print and bring on the plane the enclosed form (if necessary, you can get this form on the spot at the airport)

– Upon arrival at the airport, in front of the customs, you can queue at the counter for “VISA ON ARRIVAL” – Give your two passport photos with the letter of invitation and the completed form and your passport

– Wait until your name appears on the screen. Receive your passport with a visa and pay 25 USD or 50 USD in cash.

– You can now go to the customs to pass the border control. Note: two photos in the official French format are enough (passport type or ID card), it is not necessary to have official Vietnamese format photos (4 * 6 cm) Here are our prices for obtaining the letter of invitation:

– 1 month visa with single entry: 10 USD / person

– 1 month multiple entry visa: 15 USD / person

– 3 months visa with single entry: 20 USD / person

– 3 month multiple entry visa: 25 USD / person

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    Get your Visa at the embassy

    You can get your Vietnam visa by going directly to the Vietnamese embassy of your country. To apply for a Vietnam visa at the Vietnamese Embassy, you must provide a Vietnam tourist visa application form duly completed in 2 copies, to which you must attach a photo ID on each copy, submit your passport (valid at least another 1 month after your return date from Vietnam) and payment of the visa fee in cash.

    The deadline for obtaining a Vietnam visa at the embassy is at least 3 working days after receipt of the file. But count instead 1 week from the day of your application.

    For Vietnam visa applications by correspondence, allow about 10 days.

    One week after the visa application is submitted, the applicant must present himself with an ID at the counter of the Vietnamese Embassy to obtain the visa.

    A third person can recover visas and passports provided that his name is specified at the time of filing the visa application. This third party will have to present his ID when withdrawing visas and passports. Allow about 5-10 minutes of waiting time to retrieve the passports.

    Vietnam tourism visa application can be made up to one year before the date of your trip. The visa will be valid from the date you mention on the Vietnam visa form (desired date of stay).

    Visa extension

    Once in Vietnam, if you want to extend your stay but your visa comes to end, a visa extension is possible.

    You can go through any local travel agency to obtain a visa extension. However, obtaining a visa extension is very expensive. It is therefore important to think carefully about the duration of your stay and your visa before arriving in Vietnam.

    It is also possible to renew your visa as many times as you want thanks to the visa run technique.