Explore the caves at Marble Mountain
Marble Mountain, around 20 kilometers north of Hoi An and on the outskirts of Da Nang, stands in a cluster of five marble and limestone hills. The five mountains are named Kim (metal), Thuy (water), Moc (wood), Hoa (fire) and Tho (earth). The main mountain, Thuy Son, (with a puzzling modern designed elevator running up the side) is home to several Buddhist and Hindu grottoes. There is also a large Pagoda called Tam Thai, built in 1825.
If you are looking for a good half -day activity, Marble Mountain is a great place to visit for the whole family. You can buy a ticket for the elevator at the entrance for $1.50 or choose to climb the 156 steps to the summit for just under $1. This can be a sweaty affair when the temperatures reach the mid-thirties but lovely at other times
of the year. At the top you are rewarded with great view of the coastline and Danang City, and the opportunity to purchase and light incense sticks to place in the Buddhist sanctuaries.
Marble Mountain offers many small hidden treasures, much more than the outside suggests. From small shrines and intimate caves, to grand ancient halls where the sunshine beams through small crevices. The caves stay at a comfortable 20C all year round which can be a welcome break from the summer heat.
The area around Marble Mountain is also famous for its stone sculpture making. The statues are beautifully carved by master craftsman into various sized statues. If you can afford the extra baggage allowance one of the smaller pieces would make a great souvenir from your trip to Vietnam.
We recommend Ut Lan Marble Shop for great quality and good prices.
There are various ways to get to Marble Mountain
Taxi – You can negotiate a taxi from Old Town in Hoi An for around $10 (200,000) one way
Bus – The Hoi An – Da nang bus stops right next to the mountain. Take the local yellow bus from the Hoi An bus station (Le Hong Phong St and Nguyen Tat Thanh) $1 (20,000 vnd)
Motorbike or Bicycle – Take Hai Ba Trung St out to An Bang Beach. Turn left onto the beach road which will take you straight to Marble Mountain.
You can purchase water at Marble Mountain but remember a hat and sunscreen in the hot months.