I love a good marketing gimmick! See examples: highest commercially rafter waterfall, largest glow worm caves, highest bungy water touch and tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere. Now I can add world’s longest cable car ride to this growing list.
Toc Tien Waterfall – L’Indochine cable car line is located at Ba Na Hill Resort 25 km from Da Nang, Vietnam. This experience is unique by holding a record for the longest single rope cable car system at just over 5 kilometers with the ride lasting roughly 20 minutes. They also earn the record for height difference between departure and arrival stations spanning from the Ba Na Mountains to the neighboring Vong Nguyet Mountain (1,368m).
The cab driver stopped before arriving at the complex to purchase tickets though I would recommend waiting until getting to the venue. The offsite ticket location told us that Aubrey would be considered a child price and Ella would be free. We arrived at the venue to find out they were just a bit too tall and had to wait off to the side to add to our tickets. This allowed a large tourist group to enter the cables cars in front of us. Luckily the line to catch the cable car goes quickly and we were able to board the ride in no time. Their website advertises a capacity of “3,000 passengers/per hour” between their 3 cable car lines. They do not give each group their own cable car which meant we were put with other tourists. This did not bother us but something to note.
Before boarding the cable car ride, make sure to take a few minutes to walk through the beautiful facility with water fountains dancing to music, gift shops and beautiful gardens for photo opportunities. Once we were aboard the cable car, the scenery is breathtaking. On our ride up there were numerous waterfalls flowing down the mountain. We were surrounded by beautiful mountains covered in lush green trees spanning for miles. The only downfall was taking photos through the glass does not do justice for these views!
The ride concludes at the Ba Na Hills resort on top of the mountains but the entertainment continues. The attractions include an additional cable car ride to a French Village, amusement park, Spiritual landmarks, themed flower gardens, restaurants and more entertainment. I will go into more details on this area in a future post.
The ride down following our time on the mountain top enabled us to take the cable car line directly over the waterfalls. The weather had shifted some and the clouds rolled in before our descend. Still the views were stunning looking down. The pictures do not capture these amazing waterfalls due to the glass reflections but they were impressive!
The cable car ride was like nothing I had done before. Each time we thought the line was ending, we would peak over the mountain and see another long stretch of cable. This was a truly unique experience on our last full day in Vietnam.