Danang’s Golden Bridge (Cau Vang), often referred as the ‘Hands Bridge’ would likely make an impression if you came across a picture of it. The 150m pedestrian bridge located in BaNa Hills in Central Vietnam features a gilded railing frame (yes, it’s plated in gold which explains its name) and looks to be supported by a pair of giant hands, supposedly resembling God’s hands.
Opened to the public in 2018, this Golden Bridge sits about 4,600 feet above sea level, and it is accessible by cable car. It promises a stroll in the clouds with beautiful mountainous views, if the weather is good enough. Like many others, I was intrigued by the image of the Golden Bridge when I first came across it, and since I was in Danang, it was a no-brainer to visit.
Danang’s Golden Bridge: How to get there?
There are a couple of ways to visit the Golden Bridge in BaNa Hills; i.e. either by joining a day tour that includes a visit to the other attractions in this bizarre theme park or driving to the foothills of BaNa Hills (around 45 minutes from Danang city center) and getting a cable car ride directly to the Golden Bridge, which is connected to the gardens and Linh Ung Pagoda.
My travel companion and I decided to go for the day tour with Klook as it was more-value-for money, and we were keen to discover what else BaNa Hills has to offer, besides the Golden Bridge.
Is it worth visiting?
“Wow, Wow, Wowwwwwwww….”
Upon first glimpse of the Golden Bridge, we went ‘WOW’ for two reasons. Firstly, it really looked magnificent and one can’t help but to applaud the efforts of the architect. In fact, it reminded me of the Crazy House in Dalat, which is also an architectural gem nestled in a cool mountainous landscape.
Don’t get me wrong though, the two attractions don’t have much similarity except for the sheer creativity and quirkiness.
Well, the second ‘wow’ reason was due to the crowd on the bridge. We arrived around 2.30pm+ after our lunch and well, this was what we saw.
Beyond the hordes of tourists with their selfie sticks, the mountainous landscape was a sight to behold and the occasional breeze was comforting. I found myself inching towards the end of the Golden Bridge faster than I would like, as I was not comfortable being in a crowd.
F.Y.I. We visited on a weekday (borders just reopened not too long ago so there’s still not many tourists) and our guide mentioned that the crowd could be bigger during the school holidays or weekends.
It would be nicer to visit before or after the peak hours (supposedly 9am – 5pm) but that’s only possible if you are traveling on your own and not on a group tour.
Is the Golden Bridge in Vietnam worth visiting? In my humble opinion, if you are in Danang, I would say yay! for the following reasons:
- The Golden Bridge is an iconic architectural gem and boasts beautiful views.
- It connects you to various gardens and the Linh Ung Pagoda (there are 3 in Danang) would be of particular interest for Buddhist followers. ‘Linh Ung’ means ‘wishes answered miraculously’. 🙂
- The cool climate provides a respite from the scorching sun in Danang City, especially during summer time!
Danang’s Golden Bridge: An expressive city landmark
Besides creating a connection between land and people, bridges could be architectural symbols that define cities. Did you know that Danang is known as the City of Bridges? It seems that Danang’s obsession with bridges extends beyond its city center, and the Golden Bridge is yet another landmark and good reason for tourists to visit the coastal city in Central Vietnam.
Have you visited the Golden Bridge in BaNa Hills? I would love to hear from you too! Drop me a comment below.
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The above information is based on personal experiences and should only be used as a reference. For more information on the destination, do check out Danang FantastiCity! and https://banahills.sunworld.vn/en.