Ba Na Hills Weather: What to Pack for the Day
Ba Na Hills offers a European inspired getaway in the depths of the stunning Bach Ma National Park, a distinctive hidden French town perched upon the Trường Sơn Mountains of Central Vietnam. It is no surprise the resort was built as a temperate getaway for 20th Century French tourists, having its own microclimate to match its unique gothic architecture and scenery. Whilst being located only 25 kilometres from Da Nang and 45 kilometres from Hoi An, the weather can differ greatly between Ba Na Hills and the two cities.
Due to its great elevation Ba Na Hills daily weather patterns often mimic all four seasons. This makes it difficult to know when to visit, even during the region’s dry seasons. Therefore the Hidden team has put together a weather summary of Ba Na Hills. So this way you’ll know the best time to make the most of one of Vietnam’s must-see sights. There is plenty to do in Ba Na Hills from visiting the Golden Hand Bridge to world-class restaurants, all of which can be found in our ‘Complete guide to visiting Ba Na Hills’ article.
Today’s Weather at Ba Na Hills
Monthly Weather at Ba Na Hills
|Season||Average Low Temperature (°C)||Average High Temperature (°C)||Crowd Levels|
|February||End of the wet season and the beginning of the dry season||20||25||Low to Medium|
|March||Dry Season||21||28||Low to Medium|
|May||Dry Season||25||32||Medium to High|
|September||Dry Season||24||33||High to Medium|
|October||End of the dry season and the beginning of the wet season||24||31||Medium|
The Best Time to Visit the Ba Na Hills
When visiting Ba Na Hills, you will no doubt want clear skies to make the most out of one of Vietnam’s biggest tourist destinations. Whilst good weather is never guaranteed at Ba Na Hills, March to September has the most stable weather patterns. June to August has the warmest weather. However, in comparison to neighbouring areas such as Da Nang and Hoi An, the weather is cool and comfortable. The drier, warmer weather also coincides with the busier times of the year, with most tourists opting to visit Ba Na Hills during the hotter months.
The wet season for Central Vietnam begins around mid-October and lasts until mid-February. October brings the most rain with an average of 21 days of rainfall. During this period, expect periods of heavy rainfall, with particularly intense downpours at Ba Na Hills…it is 1,500 metres above sea level after all!
Hidden Hint: It rarely rains all day regardless of the time of year. So expect at least some sunshine and get both your raincoat and sunhat packed.
Wet Season Crowds at Ba Na Hills
The wet season often brings unpredictable weather and substantially fewer crowds to Ba Na Hills. Both the beginning and the end of the wet season in October and February bring the best chance of having smaller crowds and relatively better weather conditions in Ba Na Hills.
If you can time it right then you’ll have a more relaxing experience and have more of a chance of getting great pictures.
The dry season runs from February to October and has plenty of sunshine and what is considered the best weather. June and July are the hottest months with average temperatures reaching a maximum of 36°C. In the extremely hot periods in Da Nang and Hoi An, the mountaintop location of Ba Na Hills is a more moderate get away from the heat. Visiting Ba Na Hills in the early mornings or late afternoons is best. This way you can avoid both the high temperatures and busy crowds.
Hidden Hint: Remember, regardless of the time of year Ba Na Hills is a mountain resort so prepare for all four seasons in one day.
Dry Season Crowds at Ba Na Hills
If you are willing to sacrifice a few degrees of heat for smaller crowds, visiting in March to May is your best option. This period has smaller crowds and the least amount of rainfall. Temperatures are warm yet manageable and crowds are not yet at their peak. The warmest months of June to August has the highest influx of crowds and can have soaring temperatures, particularly if the daily weather forecasts warm and dry weather.
Hidden Hint: There are much bigger crowds at Ba Na Hills during Vietnamese holidays and weekends
What to Pack for a Day at Ba Na Hills
When it comes to preparing for a day at Ba Na Hills Hidden recommends covering all bases. Think suncream to umbrella! While there are no doubt dry and wet periods with corresponding hot to cool temperatures, Ba Na Hills has somewhat of an unpredictable climate. Make sure that you are prepared for wintry winds, strong showers and summer sunshine all within a matter of hours!
When packing a bag for your day at Ba Na Hills we recommend putting sunscreen, snacks and water at the top of your list. There are plenty of restaurants on site but surprisingly little choice, especially for those on a tight budget. Most of the Ba Na Hills restaurants are set up for buffet catering and prices can be double what you pay for the equivalent meal in Da Nang city. Higher-end dining options can be found within the Mercure Hotel with their La Crique and L’Etable Restaurants both well-reviewed.
The Weather at the Golden Bridge
When at the Ba Na Hills, visiting the 150 metre Golden Bridge is no doubt on the agenda. With panoramic views of the surrounding mountain range, the Golden Bridge is a hot spot for Instagram shots and the weather plays a huge role in this.
May and June are a great time of year to visit. Rainfall is at its lowest and temperatures are approaching their peak. This is the time to catch those clear blue sky shots! Remember that great weather attracts bigger crowds so get the first cable car of the day if you want the bridge to yourself for a few minutes.
For more information on Central Vietnam’s weather, read Hidden’s articles on Weather in Hoi An and Weather in Da Nang.
The Ba Na Hills is somewhat unpredictable when it comes to weather. The wet and dry season guaranteeing neither sun nor rain. These periods do tend to have higher or lower average temperatures correlating with the season. However Hidden recommends you prepare for all four seasons in a day whilst at Ba Na Hills, Being 1,500 metres above sea level this is not your standard day trip!
The key tips below give a useful general indication to the weather at Ba Na Hills. We suggest you use these as guidelines to help plan the most enjoyable excursion to this somewhat surreal theme park.
Hottest time: June and July
Coolest time: January and December
Rain: October to January
Quietest time: October to January
Busiest time: June to August
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