In 1932, the summit of Bach Ma was selected by the French chief engineer Girard to become a hill station for the colonial administration of Hue. In the following years, a village was established, including 139 villas and hotels was created. For accommodating holiday makers and to avoid commuting on the steep, 19 km long road to the next major town, there were even a post office, a market, and a hospital. By 1937 the number of holiday homes had reached 139 and it became known as the ‘Dalat' of central Vietnam’. At an elevation of 1.450 meters above sea level, the National Park is a popular summer retreat for the Vietnamese, who come to relieve and enjoy the cool temperatures of Bach Ma.