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The world’s most Instagram-worthy attraction on our doorstep.
You may have seen pictures of it on Instagram and on Facebook. Indeed, photos have been popping up on Facebook and Twitter posts all around the world.
It’s been described as “amazing”, “stunning” and “awe-inspiring”.
‘It’ is Vietnam’s latest tourist draw -- Cau Vaung or the golden bridge.
Images of the bridge have gone viral on social media. The bridge in the Ba Na Hills has been attracting attention for its novel architecture. A pair of weathered colossal hands appear to be lifting the ribbon-like bridge high above the Troung Son mountains.
Designed by TA Landscape Architecture in Ho Chi Minh city, the bridge is meant to evoke the image of the “giant hands of Gods, pulling a strip of gold out of the land,” the company’s Design Principal Vu Viet Anh has been quoted as saying.
Offers breathtaking views
The golden bridge was reportedly built at a cost of US$2 billion and is drawing more tourists to the picturesque Ba Na Hills, which was first developed as a hill station by French colonists in 1919.
At 1,400m above sea level, the bridge offers breathtaking views. The shimmering structure emerges from the trees. It extends over the treetops from the edge of a leafy cliff face, providing panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.
The 150m long pedestrian walkway opened in early June. As you walk along the walkway, you can admire beautiful purple lobelia chrysanthemums which line the pathway.
Can’t wait to get there and take some jaw-dropping selfies? With direct flights from Singapore to Da Nang for only $150 return, flying there won’t cost you an arm and a leg.
Apart from the hills, Da Nang, too, is well worth a visit. An attractive coastal city in central Vietnam, it is a 45-minute drive away from the Ba Na Hills.
It is also home to one of the most popular attractions of the region, the Marble Mountains. This group of five marble and limestone mountains is named after the five elements: metal, wood, water, fire and earth. It has plenty of hiking trails and caves like Am Phu, with sculptures and a staircase to the peak of the mountain.
Da Nang is also known for its white, sandy beaches, tropical rainforest and history as a French colonial port. Watersports enthusiasts can enjoy snorkelling on Cham island while foodies can go on food tours to sample the local cuisine.