If you’ve done your research into Vietnam, it’s not surprising you’ll have come across a photo of the ultra-Instagram-famous Golden Hand Bridge. Impressively built at the top of a mountain, two gigantic hands jut out of the earth and gracefully hold up a pedestrian bridge. This spot has captured the attention of people, especially photographers, around the globe. However, be sure not to make the same mistake we did if you want to capture that perfect shot of the Golden Hand Bridge. While the weather in Da Nang and at the bottom of Ba Na Hills SunWorld may seem fine, it can be a whole different situation with cloud cover once you get to the Golden Hands Bridge at the top.
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The Golden Hands Bridge in clear and cloudy conditions
We’ve all seen the photos of Golden Hands Bridge – the ultra impressive hands sticking out from the side of the mountain, holding a bridge with incredible views across the surrounding landscape. It’s certainly a popular spot to visit, especially due to its fame on Instagram. However, due to the location of the Golden Hands Bridge (on top of a mountain), the weather can have a big impact on your Golden Hands Bridge experience.
Can I go to the Golden Hands Bridge in rainy or cloudy weather conditions?
Yes, but don’t expect the views you see online. Golden Hands Bridge is a part of the Ba Na Hills SunWorld amusement park (see their official website here) so you can get more information about any potential weather closures at Golden Hands Bridge from here or by contacting them directly.
Do clouds make a difference to the Golden Hands Bridge experience?
By not being aware of how high up the Golden Hands Bridge is in Vietnam, we didn’t think there would be such an issue with the weather and intense cloud cover. Unfortunately we were very unlucky as our entire time at the Golden Hands Bridge, the bridge was inside a cloud – and it was very windy and cold! While we did work our best photo magic and took photos of the bridge shrouded in cloud (and a fair bit of ‘dehaze’ on the ol’ Lightroom app), it definitely did impact the experience.
What about when the weather is okay in Da Nang?
As mentioned earlier, even if the weather is great in Da Nang or even at the bottom of the hill before you take the cable car up the mountain, the Golden Hands Bridge is located quite high up that even a small amount of cloud cover is likely to impact your experience.
So, what’s the one thing you should do before you to go the Golden Hands Bridge? Check the weather radar.
This post is not me telling you to not go to Golden Hands Bridge in poor or cloudy weather conditions, but it is something that I wish I had known about when we were booking our experience. This experience is one of the more costly ones we found during our time in Vietnam (find out more here: How to get to the Golden Hands Bridge in Vietnam) so it is something to consider if you want to spend the money if the weather at the Golden Hands Bridge is uncertain. Please note this blog is just based on my own experiences and I highly encourage you to make your own mind up about what you choose to do.
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