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Disney meets Instagram at unique Ba Na Hills Park, Vietnam

The 490 foot, pedestrian Golden Hands Bridge is the most famous attraction at the Sun World park; at 1500 meters above sea level it's significantly cooler here than down in Danang

The 490 foot, pedestrian Golden Hands Bridge is the most famous attraction at the Sun World park; at 1500 meters above sea level it's significantly cooler here than down in Danang

The nicest thing about the peacock flower garden was people couldn't walk through it; you could actually get a photo without 20 other people in it

The nicest thing about the peacock flower garden was people couldn't walk through it; you could actually get a photo without 20 other people in it

The main complaint people on TripAdvisor had with the park was the large crowds; our experience was made easier with a tour guide who whisked us from one sight to the next efficiently

The main complaint people on TripAdvisor had with the park was the large crowds; our experience was made easier with a tour guide who whisked us from one sight to the next efficiently

The Ba Na cable car, opened in March 2013, holds the world record for longest non-stop single track cable car at 5,801 meters (3.6 miles!) in length

The Ba Na cable car, opened in March 2013, holds the world record for longest non-stop single track cable car at 5,801 meters (3.6 miles!) in length

The Golden Hands Bridge opened in June, 2018 and has become world famous; you can't just drop by to see it since it's inside the park and you have to take a long cable car to reach it

The Golden Hands Bridge opened in June, 2018 and has become world famous; you can't just drop by to see it since it's inside the park and you have to take a long cable car to reach it

I was looking forward to seeing the St. Denis Basilica but it's not quite finished and will be a hotel; in Paris St. Denis is where most of the French royal families are buried

I was looking forward to seeing the St. Denis Basilica but it's not quite finished and will be a hotel; in Paris St. Denis is where most of the French royal families are buried

There are relatively few attractions at the park, unlike Disney; the focus here seems to be creating photo ops to appeal to Asian tourists

There are relatively few attractions at the park, unlike Disney; the focus here seems to be creating photo ops to appeal to Asian tourists

The wine cellar was originally built almost 100 years ago by French colonists; they constructed a resort here to be used as a leisure destination for French tourists

The wine cellar was originally built almost 100 years ago by French colonists; they constructed a resort here to be used as a leisure destination for French tourists

This 27 meter high Buddha looks out over the property; in Danang I saw the University of Tourism which should teach students better English skills to complement their graciousness and desire to be helpful

This 27 meter high Buddha looks out over the property; in Danang I saw the University of Tourism which should teach students better English skills to complement their graciousness and desire to be helpful

The Golden Hands Bridge was voted by TIME magazine as one of the Top 10 Best Destinations of the World 2018 and admired by The Guardian as the world’s most impressive pedestrians’ bridge

The Golden Hands Bridge was voted by TIME magazine as one of the Top 10 Best Destinations of the World 2018 and admired by The Guardian as the world’s most impressive pedestrians’ bridge

The top of the mountain is set to resemble a French village; surprisingly, there are few souvenir shops since, unlike Disney or Universal, they don't have any licensed characters

The top of the mountain is set to resemble a French village; surprisingly, there are few souvenir shops since, unlike Disney or Universal, they don't have any licensed characters

There's a tradition in Vietnam to take pre-wedding photos which are then shown at the wedding; there's also a party hosted by the groom's family followed the next day by a party by the bride's family

There's a tradition in Vietnam to take pre-wedding photos which are then shown at the wedding; there's also a party hosted by the groom's family followed the next day by a party by the bride's family

Bizarrely, there were tons of stairs at this new park with no accommodation for wheelchairs, strollers or luggage; also, most of the staff spoke little to no English while most of the guests spoke no Vietnamese

Bizarrely, there were tons of stairs at this new park with no accommodation for wheelchairs, strollers or luggage; also, most of the staff spoke little to no English while most of the guests spoke no Vietnamese

We rode the one pseudo-roller coaster but it was pretty tame by US standards; you could accelerate or brake but many of the Asian girls were afraid to accelerate which slowed everyone else down

We rode the one pseudo-roller coaster but it was pretty tame by US standards; you could accelerate or brake but many of the Asian girls were afraid to accelerate which slowed everyone else down

The natural beauty of the area was evident with this waterfall view from the gondola; except for the peak, the mountains have a beautiful canopy of foliage that has been left untouched

The natural beauty of the area was evident with this waterfall view from the gondola; except for the peak, the mountains have a beautiful canopy of foliage that has been left untouched

To recognize the strength of the Buddhist culture, the park has several pagodas and a replica monastery; these attractions weren't crowded since they were at the peak of the mountain

To recognize the strength of the Buddhist culture, the park has several pagodas and a replica monastery; these attractions weren't crowded since they were at the peak of the mountain

Fantasy Park was like a big Dave and Buster's; the first funicular in Vietnam is scheduled to get visitors to the mountaintop in just 90 seconds when it opens

Fantasy Park was like a big Dave and Buster's; the first funicular in Vietnam is scheduled to get visitors to the mountaintop in just 90 seconds when it opens

We were told that 60% o the visitors are from Korea; the ticket price of about $35 is considered way too expensive for the average Vietnamese family

We were told that 60% of the visitors are from Korea; the ticket price of about $35 is considered way too expensive for the average Vietnamese family

Fantasy Park, located in the castle, is Vietnam's largest indoor game zone (it was on 3 levels); the castle also has Vietnam's first wax museum which we skipped (it cost a little extra)

Fantasy Park, located in the castle, is Vietnam's largest indoor game zone (it was on 3 levels); the castle also has Vietnam's first wax museum which we skipped (it cost a little extra)

There are at least 5 huge hotels under construction at the top of the mountain as well as a couple at the bottom; currently it would be quite dead after 5 pm with only hotel restaurants and bars open

There are at least 5 huge hotels under construction at the top of the mountain as well as a couple at the bottom; currently it would be quite dead after 5 pm with only hotel restaurants and bars open

The Year of the Pig was readily apparent everywhere you turned; we took an organized excursion from Hoi An which cost about $56 and included admission, transportation and a buffet lunch

The Year of the Pig was readily apparent everywhere you turned; we took an organized excursion from Hoi An which cost about $56 and included admission, transportation and a buffet lunch

For four years in a row from 2015 to 2018, Sun World Ba Na Hills was bestowed the accolade of Top Tourist Resort of Vietnam by the Vietnam Association of Tourism; I haven't noticed much competition in this category

For four years in a row from 2015 to 2018, Sun World Ba Na Hills was bestowed the accolade of Top Tourist Resort of Vietnam by the Vietnam Association of Tourism; I haven't noticed much competition in this category

By Asian standards, the park is probably quite nice but it lacked the attention to detail that you'd see at a Disney park; for example, almost all of the signs were only in Vietnamese despite the vast majority of guests not speaking the language

By Asian standards, the park is probably quite nice but it lacked the attention to detail that you'd see at a Disney park; for example, almost all of the signs were only in Vietnamese despite the vast majority of guests not speaking the language

I've wanted to visit the Golden Hands Bridge ever since Jeff Fisher sent me a photo of it (knowing that I was planning to visit Vietnam)

I've wanted to visit the Golden Hands Bridge ever since Jeff Fisher sent me a photo of it (knowing that I was planning to visit Vietnam)

More than a million tulips brighten the park this spring; we had two Dutch girls on our tour and they lamented that they'd flown halfway around the world to see more tulips

More than a million tulips brighten the park this spring; we had two Dutch girls on our tour and they lamented that they'd flown halfway around the world to see more tulips

The park has more than 30 restaurants offering a wide variety of cuisine options; our ticket included a buffet lunch but, after reading the mediocre reviews, I opted to skip it to see more of the park

The park has more than 30 restaurants offering a wide variety of cuisine options; our ticket included a buffet lunch but, after reading the mediocre reviews, I opted to skip it to see more of the park

I was born in the year of the dragon; there is a championship golf course and luxury hotel at the base of the complex near Danang

I was born in the year of the dragon; there is a championship golf course and luxury hotel at the base of the complex near Danang

There were different shows every hour on the small stage but we never sat down to watch one; wisely, all of the rides except the roller coaster are indoors so you can visit in the rainy or super hot seasons

There were different shows every hour on the small stage but we never sat down to watch one; wisely, all of the rides except the roller coaster are indoors so you can visit in the rainy or super hot seasons

The dragon with a disco ball in its mouth was attention grabbing but we didn't have time to ride the bumper cars; the lines weren't that long since everyone was outside taking photos

The dragon with a disco ball in its mouth was attention grabbing but we didn't have time to ride the bumper cars; the lines weren't that long since everyone was outside taking photos

Our group had a couple from Latvia, two Dutch girls, a girl from London, an American woman who has spent the last 4 years living in Ecuador, two guys from Turkey, a couple from Malaysia and me

Our group had a couple from Latvia, two Dutch girls, a girl from London, an American woman who has spent the last 4 years living in Ecuador, two guys from Turkey, a couple from Malaysia and me

The climbing wall was huge but wasn't very difficult; the kids preferred being inside where the games and rides were (all were free with the cost of admission)

The climbing wall was huge but wasn't very difficult; the kids preferred being inside where the games and rides were (all were free with the cost of admission)

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