The Marble Mountains (“Ngũ Hành Sơn” in Vietnamese) is far from 9 km south of Danang city center. This is a cluster of five hills which is made from limestone and marble, is named after the elements metal, wood, water, fire and earth. There are many peaks, caves, tunnels and temples all just waiting to be discovered. This landscape refered to ancient folklore and even Vietnamese War.
The Marble Mountains are home to several Buddhist sanctuaries and places of worship dotted across the mountains which are a much-visited spiritual site.
Before you go
To explore all of Marble Mountains, travellers should allow up to four hours. Hence it’s good to start early in the morning when it is not so hot neither busy. It’s very important that you should prepare comfortable shoes and cloths and if you can, bring a torch. There is a $1 entrance fee to Marble Mountain and an additional $1 cost for entrance to the cave at the foot of the mountains. Check your healthy situation before travelling as there are a lot of steps to climb and the caves are not suitable for elderly people or small children and even claustrophobic people. If you struggle with stairs or have bad knees, don’t come here. The steps are very slippery when wet, uneven and steep. Besides, bring a big bottle of water with you because the water inside is very expensive.
At the foot of the mountains
You will take the elevator to the top of the mountain and explore full of amazing shrines caves and gorgeous views of the ocean of Danang city and Hoi An.
A stairway of 156 steps leads to the summit of Thuy Son, the only Marble Mountain accessible to visitors. It allows a wide panoramic view of the surrounding area and the other marble mountains. There are a number of grottoes, including Huyen Khong and Tang Chon and many Hindu and Buddhist sanctuaries, the pagoda Tam Thai, Tu Tam, Linh Ung and the tower of Pho Dong.
Nowadays, one of the most popular highlights is climbing up the Marble Mountains and enjoying spectacular views across Non Nuoc, also known as My Khe Beach.
Sometimes, visitors may catch some Vietnamese children selling souvenirs, you can be hassled until you’ve either bought a gift or “tipped” them a few dollars for a “guided tour”.
According to many tourists, it is a beautiful destination and a must visit if you’re in Danang. Don’t look just outside, come to inside so that you can discover new experiences.
(Source: Internet, Tripadvisor)