Saturday, March 14, 2015

Asia Vacation 2015: Day 2

The 2009 Da Nang was quiet, small, and neighborhoody to 18 year-old me. The 2015 Da Nang, however, is bustling with growing towers, touristy resorts, and wait a minute... an amusement park? Oh my, how much the city has grown over the years!

The amusement park isn't technically in the city, but about a 25 minute drive up the mountains. Upon arrival it seemed small, but let me tell you, it was huge! So huge we didn't even see the whole thing that day.

After buying tickets in town, we drove up to this resort where a cable car was stationed that would take us up to Ba Na Hills. The cable car ride was long, and I'm glad it was because there was so many beautiful sights to see and take in despite the overcast!




When we got to the first landing we immediately went to the temples. With the cloudy fog it was like stepping into some sort of huge film set. Really neat views that kind of made it all surreal. Over and over, I kept thinking in my head, am I really in Vietnam?





After the temples, we headed to the large gardens and I was struck by how much it reminded me of my time in Paris. Paris was where I was used to seeing such gardens, not here! But I guess I shouldn't be surprised since there's already so much influence from the French colonization.





After the gardens we took a another short cable car up higher in the mountains to the amusement park. You could not miss the European influence here!







After walking around and checking out the place, we ducked in doors and rode rides and played our hearts out! If you're ever in the area, I recommend making this a stop. You could just walk for hours and hours here. Even farther up the mountain there were more sites to see, but we were uber tired and called it a day. We headed back to my grandpa's for dinner then to our hotel and called it a night.


8 comments:

  1. Wow, that place looks so cool! The fountain reminded me of the village from Beauty and the Beast! Hey--are those Chinese characters on the temple? I recognized one; it's part of my name when it's written in kanji in Japanese. I didn't know they were used in Vietnam!

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    1. Haha you're right it kinda does look like Beauty and the Beast! I didn't give much thought to them, but I think you're right! They are Chinese characters!

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  2. What an amazing place! I love the shots of the fog and temples. Really beautiful captures and it must have been surreal walking through them. Love it. I've just added Vietnam as a place I need to go someday!

    Alex Hurst, A Fantasy Author in Kyoto
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    1. Nice! I highly recommend! Such a beautiful country!

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  3. Oh my gosh, it's so beautiful there!! I feel like I could go and stay forever. I especially like the picture with the dog! ^_^ The fog really adds to the beauty of everything, too.

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    1. Yes, I love it! Definitely a place I never tire of!

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  4. How beautiful! I love how the fog cozies up in the background. It gives it such a nice feel. Lucky you on having such a long cable car ride...and being able to see something!

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    1. Thanks! Yes, we definitely lucked out!

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