Remote Hoa Hai, Ngu Hanh Son district, Da Nang city Published on: 17-06-2016
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Why Marble Mountains is special ?
Marble Mountains was a hospital being bombed during the war! And the view from the top of the mountain is breathtaking.
The five 'mountains' are named after the five elements; Kim (metal), Thuy (water), Moc (wood), Hoa (fire) and Tho (earth). All of the mountains have cave entrances and numerous tunnels, and it is possible to climb to the summit of one of the peaks. Several buddhist sanctuaries can also be found within the mountains, making this a famous tourist destination. The area is famous for stone sculpture making and stone-cutting crafts. Direct rock extraction from the mountains was banned recently. Materials are now being transported from quarries in Quảng Nam Province.
What to explore at Marble Mountains?
These mountains have a complicated system of caves and tunnels. In the past they were used as hiding places and important bases for the Vietnam revolutionaries.
Thuy Son and Vong Giang
Among the five, Thuy Son, the mountain of water, is the highest one and also the main attraction. Almost all tourists come to Marble Mountains to climb Thuy Son. This mountain has many caves and Buddhist temples, many dating back to the 17th century.
Climbing up about 150 stone steps from the foot of Thuy Son, one will reach the most beautiful observatory spot: the Riverview Tower or Vong Giang Tower in Vietnamese. The tower was built in the 18th century by Emperor Minh Mang, offering a breathtaking view to Kim Son or the mountain of metal, Truong Giang and Cam Le rivers and beautiful coastal ahead.
Non Nuoc Village
Tourists may also want to visit the Non Nuoc Village at the foot of Marble Mountains. The village is famous for stone sculptures and handicrafts. Here you can buy many things made of marble stone, from small one like earrings, necklaces, vases to the huge sculptures of Buddha. In the past, rock was extracted directly from the Marble Mountains to make sculptures but now the direct extraction was made illegal. Materials for sculpturing work are now transported from nearby provinces like Quang Nam and Thanh Hoa.
How to get to Marble Mountains?
From Da Nang city center, tourists have a plenty of choices to get to Marble Mountains. Either book a tour or take a taxi, or even a motorbike-taxi, you can reach your destination in a few minutes. From Hoi An, drive north 20 km you will see a big sign saying the Marble mountain.
- Fascinating and obsorbing
- “Beautiful cultural place”
- “Lots of steps but lots of history”
- “Fantastic views, temples and pagodas”
- “Reli-disney, but very enjoyable”
Hoa Hai, Ngu Hanh Son district, Da Nang city
Tips for you
You must buy a ticket to the Am Phou caves for 15,000 Dong and for a ticket to the marble Mountain. I highly advise you do both. The lift costs 30,000 dong for a two way ticket. Total cost should be 123,000 Dong for parking, lift-2 ways and tickets to the caves and the Montain for 2 people.Ticket and Pricing
There are a lot of interesting sculptures Inside the caves, don't let the 'squawking' dudes outside scare you. You will end up touching green walls, so carry wet wipes/antibacterial.
Climb to the top to see the view with farms on one side and Danang's rapidly developing downtown on the other. The wind on top is a very breezy and relaxing treat on a hot day!
Hay que hacer una caminata de unos 10 minutos por un escalera bastante inclinada pero una vez arriba merece la pena el esfuerzo, puedes ver cuevas, grutas pagodas, etc...las montañas es espectacular.
Check the weather report before you climb up. If you get caught in heavy rain the lift doesn't operate and it's very slippery and dangerous to walk back down! Steps turn into a waterfall!!
If you bring a bicycle park it somewhere communal. Shop owners will harass you to leave it with them for a tip otherwise. They are very rude!
It's worth making the time to see this. There are a lot of steps but it's not a problem if you take the time. There is a lift half way, and then steps to further sites. It's worth doing a tour or getting a guide as you get more out of it and there are many caves and Buddhas I can recommend Mr Turtle of Simply Vietnam's Travel, very knowledgable and good fun and I felt we made the most of our time there
We stopped here on route from Hue to Hoi An and I have to say it was a strange experience. You go up an elevator on the side of the mountain, and are then able to walk through a badly mapped route of strange plastic statues and small empty pagodas. There were a few points of interest like the huge marble Buddha and one of the caves was interesting but there are odd shrines everywhere with plastic dolls again. Also we found out from our guides that none of the marble being sold around the mountain is actually from Vietnam, it is mostly shipped in from Pakistan so a souvenir was pretty pointless. Personally I think there are better places to see, it's like people have just built random stuff on the mountain to make it a tourist attraction.
The day we visited was very warm (by Melbourne standards) so it is advisable to go early in the day. There is some climbing needed (all very safe) so wear appropriate footwear. A little effort is totally worth a visit. The history is fascinating (used a s a hospital during the war, bombed) and it all looks spectacular underground. The views outside are lovely, with lush greenery and gentle breezes. Make sure you leave plenty of time as there is so much to absorb you do not want to rush anything.
This place is incredible, I suggest taking the walk up, as you'd miss so much on the lift. Take some water and purchase a map (you get some free postcards with the map!). We allowed half a day here. We had 3 kids age 5,7,9 and they managed the walking, climbing, steps and caves no problem. There is a couple of drinks outlets, but no real food places, so I'd suggest getting your hotel to arrange a pick nick or visiting between meal times - we visited in the morning, then went into hoi an. For a late lunch, before returning back to Da Nang for tea. You might get hassled buy guides/ touts. But we simply said no thank you and showed them out guide books. The children enjoyed the pagodas, the view and the caves, we noughts some in sense sticks and they light them. They also thought it was the real temple run!!
There are a lot of interesting sculptures Inside the caves, don't let the 'squawking' dudes outside scare you. You will end up touching green walls, so carry wet wipes/antibacteria